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The Track Family Fun Parks for an Awesome Branson Vacation


Aside from having the best live music shows in the world, Branson also boasts of its theme parks and nature parks which draw in a great deal of tourists. These parks have attractions that people of all ages will most definitely enjoy. Branson is not only the Live Entertainment Capital of the World; it is also the premier vacation destination in the Midwest for its endless variety of activities and attractions.

When in Branson with the family, you must visit the Track Family Fun Parks for the fastest fun in Branson. For those who love karting, the Track Family Fun Parks will also be your speed haven with all the karting activities here. This place is suitable for novice to pro karters, so there’s no need to worry about your skill level. This park also features the standard classic go Kart tracks and extreme tracks like the Wild Woody and the Lumberjack, which caters to all skill levels. These tracks never fail to give you the thrills that you are looking for. The Wild Woody is four stories tall and 1,400 feet long. It also has one full spiral and two mini-spirals. The Lumberjack is 3 stories tall and 1,200 feet long. This track has 2 full spirals and a blind peak! Take the ride to know what is over the next hill.

Aside from karting, the park also has bumper cars for some family fun. Tracks Family Fun Parks also has Bumper Boats, a twist from the usual bumper cars by adding water cannons to the ride and riding in the water. Aside from these, the park also has a mini golf, Laser Tag, and other arcades. Families and youth groups will enjoy the activities here in the Track Family Fun Parks as they would not run out of things to do. They can go karting or bump cars, or they can enjoy a fun day of playing and running around in the laser tag arena. If these attractions in the park are already too much for you, there is still one major attraction – the Ozark Skycoaster. This is a 100-foot tall super swing that will make you feel like you are skydiving and hang gliding all in one ride. All you have to do is be strapped in the swing, pulled to the top, and go flying at speeds reaching 70 miles per hour.

Visit the number one thrill location in Branson with your loved ones to create fun memories. After spending your day at the Track Family Fun Parks, have your very own Branson condo or cabin where you can stay away from the city noise and rest well with a calming ambiance from the Ozark Mountains. Go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort for nightly rentals. Thousand Hills is also located close to Branson’s entertainment district so you can avoid traffic and be home in just a matter of minutes. Call 1-877-262-0430 for more information.

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Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Lights Parade


This holiday season, the best vacation destination in the Midwest brings you something new! As fun and exciting as Branson is right now, it still continuously finds ways to give its guests new attractions to enjoy. Aside from the live music shows in Branson, there are also the world-class theme parks that provides the tourists the thrill that they are looking for.

One of the best theme parks in Branson Missouri is Silver Dollar City, where you can find exciting rides and pleasure-filled attractions. The park is also for people of all ages to enjoy. Silver Dollar City is also known for its year round festivals which keep the tourists constantly pouring in. This December, Silver Dollar City holds the Old Time Christmas festival which is a sure fire hit to the guests. The entire park is clad in Christmas lights and displays, and Christmas carols can be heard playing all throughout the park. At the center of the park, there is also a giant Christmas tree covered in millions of lights.

While this may be an annual attraction that people are used to see, Silver Dollar City brings you a new attraction for the whole family to enjoy. The Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade will be in Silver Dollar City this year! The parade led by Santa’s most famous reindeer, Rudolph, is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the television special called “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” During the year 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was the longest-running and most-watched Christmas special to ever grace the television screens. Rudolph is the parade’s Grand Marshal, and the evening parade also features nine musicals and lighted floats to delight everyone in the streets of Silver Dollar City. One of the floats even feature Sam the Snowman. The floats are also lit up with 200,000 ultra-bright LED lights, and were designed exclusively for the Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade in Silver Dollar City. The attractions do not end here as you can also see 33 colorful costumed characters in the parade. One of the characters that will be present in the parade is Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster! The kids and the kids at heart will definitely enjoy this night parade in Silver Dollar City as they celebrate the Christmas cheers in Branson.

For your Branson vacation to be even more awesome, choose to stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort for comfort and convenience. It is located near the Ozark Mountains and also near Branson’s entertainment district, so you can feel the peaceful ambiance and at the same time be close to all the activities and attractions that you might want to go to. Thousand Hills has various lodging options such as log cabins, golf front condos, and lake front condos. Reserve your very own home away from home for the Christmas season now by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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Why Have An Ozark Mountain Christmas This Year


Branson is known to many for its spectacular live music shows and theater plays. It is also a shopping haven for those who are after huge discounts and fab fashion finds. Aside from these, Branson has become a family destination already because of the theme parks and nature parks that people of all ages will truly enjoy. This Christmas, the fun never stops in Branson as it brings you the 20th annual Ozark Mountain Christmas for a unique and exciting way to celebrate the holidays.

As early as November, Branson celebrates the Christmas season with live music shows and entertainment, outlet mall sales, festivals, and other Christmas-related activities. The Ozark Mountain Christmas transforms Branson into a winter wonderland full of lights and Christmas displays. Everyone is excited for the Ozark Mountain Christmas this year, and here’s why.

The lights displays in Branson are truly a sight to behold. You can visit the Festival of Lights in Branson, or the Trail of Lights at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. These events start in November and ends on December 31. The Festival of Lights features more than a hundred holiday lights in Branson Hills Parkway, and all over Branson. The best thing to do is to take a tour of Branson by taking your own car, or riding the Trolley or Ride the Ducks to see the lights displays all over Branson. The Trail of Lights is also a multi-colored display of lights. There is even a drive-through where you can see magnificent Christmas decorations! You can also take a ride to the top of the Inspiration Tower where you can have a view of the entire Branson lights.

Silver Dollar City, Branson’s famous theme park, also joins in the Christmas fun with the Old Time Christmas festival. This festival gives the Ozark Mountain Christmas a little spunk to it by celebrating Christmas the old school way. You can also find a 17 foot tall talking Christmas tree, Christmas carols all over the park, and special live shows such as Dickens’ Christmas Carol and The Living Nativity. This 18880’s also lets you enjoy its rides and other attractions if the weather permits. The Old Time Christmas in Silver Dollar City runs from November 3 to December 30.

Aside from these Christmas treats, having an Ozark Mountain Christmas this year also lets you witness the live music shows and famous entertainers in Branson such as Andy Williams, Daniel O’Donnell, Dino, Mickey Gilley, Jim Stafford, Shoji Tabuchi, The Osmonds, and a lot more.

For you to maximize your Ozark Mountain Christmas experience, stay in a place where you are close to all the excitement in Branson. Stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, which is located close to Branson’s entertainment district. The lodging places in Thousand Hills is also near the Ozark Mountains so you are guaranteed of a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Reserve your vacation home in Branson now by dialing 1-877-262-0430.

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Plan Ahead for Branson Hot Winter Fun


As the Christmas season is nearing, people always crave for some fun and unique vacation places. The best vacation place in the Midwest is Branson Missouri. Branson has gained popularity as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, so for people who crave for world-class entertainment, the place to be is Branson Missouri.

By this time, your Christmas vacation may be all set and complete already. Why not plan ahead so you can continue your holiday fun in Branson? After the Christmas activities in Branson, you can still have some adventures during the months of January to February. The winter season is still pretty much bringing the usual chills in the area. The mild winter weather is perfect for some outdoor activities. Come to Branson this January to February 2015 to celebrate the Branson Hot Winter Fun. The Branson Hot Winter Fun is your ticket to a lot of Branson shows, attractions, post-Christmas shopping, museums, golf, fishing, and a lot more.

Unlike in the month of December, the snowfall is less frequent during January to February. Snow is also light and short-lived, which makes this time a perfect one to go and enjoy the outdoors. The average daytime temperature can rise up to 50, too. One of the activities that are very famous this time of the year in Branson is trout fishing. Branson serves as a home to three pristine lakes, where you can do fishing and other water activities. Trout fishing is especially famous in Lake Taneycomo, one of the lakes in the Branson TriLakes Area.

Other things that you can catch this Hot Winter Fun is the White Flight at the Butterfly Palace and the new exhibit in Branson Titanic Museum. Shopping in Branson will also be more convenient for you since there are post-Christmas sales in the shops, plus you don’t have to deal with long lines and crowded malls. Of course, you shouldn’t miss the specialty of Branson – its live music shows. These shows are to watch out for during the start of the year because they usually give the audience surprises in their performances.

Because of the great weather, the reduced crowd, and the many activities and attractions, the Branson Hot Winter Fun is able to draw in tourists from all over America to come celebrate the after-Christmas and the New Year days. Area resorts and lodging properties are also offering great discounts during the Hot Winter Fun. For your lodging needs, stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. This is located very near the entertainment district of Branson so you can see any show you want at your own convenience. You also have different lodging options to suit you and your travel buddies. Plan your trip to the Hot Winter Fun in Branson and stay in Thousand Hills. For inquiries and reservations in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Come to Silver Dollar City for Old Time Christmas


A Christmas vacation in Branson is sure to bring much excitement for the whole family. You can also have the best bonding time with your loved ones and special someone here in Branson Missouri. The Christmas season in Branson promises you new activities and attractions for the holidays. From lights shows to live music shows with Christmas themes, you will surely find something to tickle your fancy. A day is not even enough to explore all that Branson has to offer you this holiday season.

One popular attraction in Branson all year round is Silver Dollar City. Silver Dollar City is an 1880s themed amusement park. This theme park has become so popular that it has been a staple in the itineraries of tourists in the Midwest nowadays. The park is like a huge craft village where you can see craftsmen, shops and restaurants, and more than a dozen rides that will bring out the kid in everyone. Since the 1960s, Silver Dollar City has been an annual vacation destination already.

When you have an awesome theme park like Silver Dollar City, it is exciting to see what they can do with the Christmas season to delight its visitors. Silver Dollar City hosts the Old Time Christmas Festival every Christmas, and this festival is also one of Branson’s festivals that attract a multitude of tourists. The Old Time Christmas festival starts on November and lasts until the end of December, and features new shows and attractions in the park. The guests will really enjoy strolling around the park as they can feel the Christmas vibe everywhere. At the central square of the park, there is a giant Christmas tree adorned with a million lights. There are also lights displays in every corner of the park, and your favorite Christmas carols can also be heard all throughout Silver Dollar City. To give you a breather from all the excitement in the park, Silver Dollar City lets you sit back and relax and enjoy the shows in Silver Dollar City. For the celebration of the Old Time Christmas, the shows that you can watch are “The Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, “The Living Nativity”, and many others. To complete your visit to Silver Dollar City, there are light parade marches twice every night in the streets of the theme park.

If the weather permits, the guests of Silver Dollar City can also enjoy the rides in the park like the Frisco Silver Dollar Steam Train, Fire in the Hole, Outlaw Run, and a lot more. Don’t miss this chance to have an old-school Christmas celebration in Branson. For your lodging needs this Christmas, stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is situated very close to Silver Dollar City and has various lodging options, making it the ideal lodging place for you this Christmas. For reservations and inquiries, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Christmas Shopping at the Branson Landing


Shopping in Branson may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the things that you can do here. After all, it is dubbed as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, that is why people come to Branson to catch the amazing live music shows and theater plays in the area. A vacation to Branson this Christmas is no exception for an opportunity of fun and making memories with your loved ones. Like every year, Christmas in Branson is a very exciting experience, whether it may be your first time or not. The whole city is illuminated with Christmas lights and displays, and Christmas carols are heard everywhere. With all these activities and attraction in Branson, it still gives you one thing that most people enjoy doing – shopping.

Christmas shopping in Branson is a win-win situation for you. You get to have fun in the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest, plus you get to cross some items off your Christmas wish list, too. Branson is also home to a lot of outlet malls that gives big discounts and fab finds. One of these malls is the Branson Landing. Branson Landing is located alongside the shores of Lake Taneycomo, and is home to different attractions, restaurants and shopping venues to make it one of Branson’s largest recreational areas.

For the fashion savvy people, you can trust Belk to provide you with unique and affordable fashion finds. Belk is the mainstay in Branson Landing and has more than 60,000 square feet full of clothing and also items for your home. Men will be delighted to be in the Bass Pro Shop, and women will surely enjoy over a hundred specialty shops in the Belk Department Store. Your Christmas shopping in Branson Landing is even made more enjoyable with the restaurants and attractions here. Most of the restaurants in the Landing overlook Lake Taneycomo so you can enjoy the view while you eat. Try the best restaurants like Liberty Tavern, The White River Fish House, Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar, Waxy O’Sheas’ Irish Pub, and Cantina Laredo. As you stroll along the shops of Branson Landing, you can also take time to pause and enjoy the water fountain show. This attraction combines water, fire, lights, and music to make a beautifully crafted show in Branson Landing.

Make your visit to Branson worthwhile by staying in a place that is close to all your favorite attractions. Choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort, where you can stay close to Branson’s entertainment and shopping districts. Staying close to these places can save you a lot of time since you can stay away from the traffic that the Christmas rush will most likely cause. For reservation and inquiries on the lodging options in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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Branson Cabin Rentals For Your Christmas Vacation


The holiday season is a peak for the influx of tourists in Branson Missouri. Aside from being known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, Branson has also become the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest for most people because there are many theme parks, nature parks, outlet malls, and restaurants around the area. You will never run out of things to do in Branson. In fact, just one day is not enough to explore all that Branson has to offer.

This Christmas season, there are a lot of new activities and attractions in Branson. Lights and Christmas displays adorn the city and you can also see parades and Christmas shows often in the area. You can partake in the Branson Area Festival of Lights and Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. These lights festivals are the perfect venue to take a tour of Branson to see the magnificent lights displays in the city. You can take your car, or take the Trolley or Ride the Ducks for a unique tour. Silver Dollar City theme park also has Old Time Christmas festival where there are lots of shows and new attractions in the park.

When you have lots of sights to see and things to experience in Branson, your vacation should be as long as you want it to be. All you have to do is to choose the right lodging places in Branson for you to enjoy your stay here. One famous lodging option in Branson is Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills offers various lodging options, and one of which is the Branson cabins at Grand Mountain. The log cabins in Thousand Hills are located in a rustic and romantic wooded setting – perfect for the privacy that you need. This Branson cabin rental also gives you the Ozark woods as your backdrop for your vacation. Since Thousand Hills is located very near Branson’s entertainment district, Thousand Hills’ promise of peace and quiet in the Branson log cabins area will surely be beneficial for a good night’s rest. It is also more pocket-friendly for you since the log cabin can sleep 2 to at most 16 people.

The amenities waiting for you in a Branson log cabin in Thousand Hills are jetted tubs, fireplaces, fully-equipped kitchens, free wireless internet and back porches, too. You can also enjoy premium channels in a cable TV or pop your own favorite DVD into the cabin’s DVD player. It also has a very spacious living room so you can spend some bonding time with the entire family or with your special someone.

Getting a Branson log cabin in Thousand Hills will be your best decision for your Christmas vacation. Top off your fun stay in Branson with the best perks and lodging experience in a log cabin. For reservations and inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Be Dazzled by the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights this Christmas


This Christmas, add the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights to your Christmas itinerary. Explore various light displays that will leave you breathless. This is a drive-thru animation that lets you explore the lands of the Shepherd of the Hills.  It is a two-mile trail that has the holiday theme you’ve been craving for. This Branson Christmas attraction carries you through the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills homestead into the very heart of Christmas as you enjoy all the twinkling lights in the place. Not to mention the bright stars up above while you do your exploration.

The Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours and is very much appropriate for all ages. This is also handicap accessible and is a treat for the eyes of everyone who will see it. Don’t forget to bring your cameras or video cameras as these are permitted all throughout the ride if you want to have something to remember your visit.

Travel into a variety of different lands as you watch all the light displays in the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. Each land will have its own characters and theme for the season. Have a well-rounded exploration and see different things from fantasy to religious to patriotic. There are multi-colored Christmas lights that will bedazzle your eyes. You can have the choice to use your own vehicle and tour the homestead, into the trees and hills while the night is young. You will be under the sparkling stars while you wind through the roads of the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. Don’t forget to take a closer look at the detailed light displays and behold the intricate designs of the scenes from Santa’s Workshop, the Nativity Scene, and many more!

You will make memories with your family or your loved one as your tour this wonderful light attraction at Shepherd of the Hills. Enjoy seeing not just lights, but also life-size three-dimensional characters moving and twinkling inside their frames or houses. There will also be harmonic sounds and traditional music of the season will play as you travel in your vehicle. And as you reach the end of your tour, take a trip to the Inspiration Tower as the grand finale. You will have not just an eagle’s eye view, but Santa’s as you will be 230 ft from the ground! And lastly, drop by the gift shop for unique Branson finds and souvenirs or sip on some hot chocolate and relax with your family.


Can’t get enough of the Christmas vibe? Continue the Christmas spirit at Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort where the finest Branson Lodging are and will be decorated with a beautiful Christmas theme to celebrate the holidays with you. Choose from a Branson Condo, a Branson Log Cabin, or a Branson Lakefront Condo for your stay. Here at Thousand Hills, we have the best of the best at affordable prices. You will get more than you pay for as our units will surpass your expectations with not only luxury and space, but also the amenities that come with them. Don’t hesitate and make us your home away from home. For more information, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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The World’s Largest Toy Museum

Everyone loves toys. Young or old, toys speak to us – to young children, toys are friends, companions and copilots. For adults, toys are often a reminder of happy, simpler times, or a chance to bring a bright, joyous smile to a child’s face. And let’s not forget the famous Toy Story movies made by Disney/Pixar – toys come to life and have rousing adventures that captured the hearts of millions! If you are a toy fanatic and you happen to be around the Branson/Tri-Lakes area, you are in luck – there just happens to be a Branson museum devoted entirely to toys! Come visit The World’s Largest Toy Museum – it is sure to bring out the inner child in everyone.

branson-toy-museumWhat kind of toys are here at The World’s Largest Toy Museum? All kinds! This isn’t the toy isle at Walmart – this museum features toys that date from all the way back to the 1800s to present day. Historic toys, new toys, big toys, little toys, tin toys, wooden toys, plastic toys, rubber toys, girl toys, and boy toys – toys galore!

If you fondly remember American made tin toys, the collection of little tin figures at this playful Branson museum is sure to make you smile. Many of these tin toys were made by Louis Marx, who introduced affordable, USA made tin toys in the 20th century, sweeping the market out from under German tin men. The popularity of these toys skyrocketed and today, many of these antique treasures reside in The World’s Largest Toy Museum.

Are you or your children or grandchildren familiar with Roy Rogers? Then get ready for a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time looking at all the cowboy memorabilia from Roy, Gene Autry, and John Wayne! It’s sure to bring out your western drawl. If the engineer in you secretly loves trains, you will be enthralled by the model trains, as well as the planes, fire engines, Hot Wheels cars and even a 1959 British Embassy Rolls Royce and a 1927 Cadillac with wooden spoke wheels! Boys of all ages will surely enjoy this section.

Are you a Barbie girl? There is a whole collection of these famous fashion dolls for you to admire! Included in this group is the very first Barbie introduced by Mattel in 1959. There are also some My Little Pony dolls, Betty Boop, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and so many more!

There is something for everyone to enjoy looking at here at this fun Branson museum. Be sure to include The World’s Largest Toy Museum on your list of Branson stops!

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Hiking Options Near Branson

As the snow melts and the weather warms, and trees begin to bud, and tourist season begins, chances are that you are looking for some ways to get out of the house – and out of town!- here in the Branson/Tri-Lakes area. You are in luck! Not only is Branson full of great shows, unparalleled shopping, fantastic food and unique attractions, there are also some stellar Branson hiking options for you to explore and enjoy. So just where are some of these hiking trails hidden? Read on to find out, and then grab your hiking boots and head out for a trek!

Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area: For some of the best that the Ozarks have to offer, plan a hike at the Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area. It is rugged, challenging, rocky, and, quite frankly, beautiful! Featuring more than a dozen miles of trails that interchange and loop back into each other, you can spend all day wandering this park. Each trail is well marked and has varying degrees of difficulty. Busiek offers two creeks to admire and splash in – Bull Creek and Woodsfork – and numerous opportunities to see an 1880s cemetery and wildlife, such as native songbirds, whitetail deer, squirrels and more. Be sure to watch out for mountain bikers and horseback riders on the trails as well!

Roaring River State Park: If you like fish and hiking together, head about three quarters of an hour south of Branson for a hiking experience you won’t forget! Experience a beautiful natural spring, intense rock formations, and panoramic views that will take your breath away! After a long hike, cool down by admiring the on-site fish hatchery, and maybe casting in a line or two! You will share the steep, wooded trails of Roaring River State Park with turtles, woodpeckers and other classic Missouri wildlife – be sure to bring a bottle of water and a camera!

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail: For a trail of relative ease that still showcases some of the beauty near Branson, take a stroll along the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail! This paved 2.25 mile trail is situated right on the shores of the famous lake – you will have a view of the waters at all times! Glades, forests and 200 year old oaks are some of the unique landscapes and wildlife habitat you will find along this path. Hikers here often see eagles, hawks and ospreys during their treks!

These are just a few of the great Branson hiking options near the entertainment capital of the Midwest. Any time you hike, be sure to practice a few safety rules that will improve the quality of your hike, as well as your piece of mind: Always inform someone of where you are going and when you will be back, especially if you are hiking alone. Always carry water, a first aid kit, and a cell phone in case of an emergency (if you get service). Always use proper sun protection, whether it is sunscreen, a hat or both. And lastly, always enjoy yourself! Take time to stop and smell the wildflowers and enjoy the great outdoors.

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