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Join the Divas Half Marathon in Branson Landing


The month of May proves to be a jam-packed one for Branson. Aside from the countless festivals and celebrations that are happening, there is also a big event coming your way. This May 4, 2014, gear up and opt for an active and healthy living by joining the Divas Half Marathon in Branson.

The Divas Half Marathon will be held in the Branson Landing, one of Branson’s most famous outlet malls. Branson Landing is located in the shore of Lake Taneycomo so you are assured of a breathtaking scenery when you are in Branson Landing. For May 2014, make sure you are able to keep track of the schedule of activities for the Divas Half Marathon in Branson.

Starting May 2, 2014, there will be a Health and Fitness Boutique/Packet Pick Up from 4 PM to 7 PM. And on Saturday, May 3, 2014, the Health and Fitness Boutique/Packet Pick Up continues from 10 AM to 6 PM. These events are held to get you ready in time for the marathon on Sunday. Come Sunday, May 4, 2014, the big event is happening. The 2014 Divas Half Marathon starts at 7:30 AM, and the Divas 5k Marathon starts at 7:50 AM. The marathon should be finished before 10 AM, and by 10 AM there will be an awarding ceremony for the top finishers of the tournament. There is a Runners’ Gear Check Area for all the participants to be able to check their gears. This area is located near the finish line of the marathon. The gear check drop off will be open from 6 AM to 7:15 AM. During the Packet Pick Up days, there will be a Diva Backpack given to you and that should be used as your Diva Gear Bag. To use it, just tear the gear check tag from the bib number given to you, and attach with a zip tie that will also be supplied to you. For you to claim your Diva Bag, simply show your bib number to the Coat Check volunteer. Just remember that all the bags must be claimed by 11:30 AM. If not, the unclaimed bags will be disposed of. It is also advised that you should not leave your jewelries, cash, mobile phone, and any other valuables in your bag.

As early as now, start planning for Branson’s Divas Half Marathon 2014. It could also be your weekend vacation in Branson, too. During your stay in Branson, make sure that you also get to enjoy much that the place has to offer. Get to experience everything that Branson is all about. You can see some of Branson’s live music shows, visit Branson’s unique museums, or take on an adventure in Branson’s theme parks. For your lodging place, stay in a place that is close to all the attractions. Choose only Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort since it is located near Branson Landing and near Branson’s entertainment district. Book your trip to Branson now just in time for the 2014 Divas Half Marathon!

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Stay in A Two Bedroom Branson Condo For Your Vacation


Your Branson vacation will be even made more special by choosing the right lodging place. The perfect place to stay in Branson is where you can be close enough to all the hip happenings! One place you can stay in Branson for your vacation is in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is the best place to be in with your loved ones for your vacation. If you are coming over to Branson with your family, then Thousand Hills has a lodging option that is truly recommended for you.

Spend your family vacation in Thousand Hills’ two bedroom Branson condo! This lodging option in Thousand Hills is the most popular size of all the Branson condos. The two bedroom, two bath condo unit can handle a variety of guests – from an extended family to couples going on a double date to business associates. The condo unit has fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, with king sized beds and Jacuzzi tubs. It also has a fully equipped kitchen so you have the option to dine in your condo unit than eat out in Branson restaurants. The two bedroom Branson condo in Thousand Hills also has a spacious living room where you can do your bonding activities together. In here, you can have your family’s usual game night, or you can just snuggle up with your sweetheart to watch your favorite movie. There is also a queen sized sofa sleeper in the living room which you can use to extend the condo’s sleeping capacity. The condo also has televisions with premium cable channels, a DVD player, and free wireless internet!

Your two bedroom Branson condo unit has a private porch or patio where you can spend some of your alone time. In here, you can also spend your mornings with a nice breakfast and a nice view of the greens in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. The golfers playing in the golf course can also be a nice view for you. And if you are enticed to play a game of golf, then you are already in the right place since Thousand Hills golf course is considered to be the best golf course in Branson. The rates in the golf course are discounted if you are a guest of Thousand Hills.

Choosing Thousand Hills to be your lodging partner for your vacation makes everything easy for you. Thousand Hills is located I Highway 76, near Branson’s entertainment district and shopping district. It will be more convenient for you to catch your favorite show or have a nature adventure in Branson, and then be home in the peace and quiet of Thousand Hills in just minutes! Choose Thousand Hills now, and be one of the customers who are more than satisfied! Call 1-877-262-0430 for more inquiries.  

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Make the Perfect Swing using the Finest Branson Golf Club Rentals

Thousand Hills Golf Resort is beautifully located at the heart of Branson near the famous 76 Country Music Boulevard. The resort offers top of the line golf equipments for your Branson Golf Club Rentals at an affordable price. Branson Golf Club Rentals offer its top of the line Nike golf clubs that includes everything you need in playing golf. Whether you are one of the golf enthusiasts or just wanted to experience a great vacation in Thousand Hills Golf Resort, we are ready to assist you for your playing pleasure on the greens or just plain watching the professional golfers at play.Nike Everclear Putter Logo

Thousand Hills Golf Resort is popularly known as the best golf destination in Branson. Our award-winning 18-hole course is played by about 25,000 golfers each season. This golf course is equipped with beautiful fairways with challenging tees that adds aesthetic value and excitement in the course. The beautiful location of Branson Golf Course will let you enjoy the wonderful combination of challenging holes and beautiful sceneries. Thousand Hills Golf Resort have served thousand of golfers since 1993 and most of them became satisfied with the golf course and often came back to play.

The advantage of playing golf at Thousand Hills Golf Resort is having the chance to rent our premium Nike golf club rentals. Our golf club rentals have varying prices that range from 15 dollars for 9 holes to 25 dollars for 18 holes. Right handed golf players are designated with blue bag. This version comes with a driver – the new Nike Mach speed black, has a graphite shaft, and comes with a 9.5 degree loft. This set has a Nike Mach Speed 3 wood, a 15 degree with a graphite shaft. Its 3 hybrid comes with a steel shaft and the irons start at 4 iron. The putter, the irons, and the new Nike Everclear putter come with a steel shaft

The black bag is designated for left handed golf players – with the same weight cart bag of the right handed version as well as the putter, irons, 3 wood, hybrid and driver. Red bag is designated for the ladies. Irons of this ladies version start at 5 iron and extend through the stand wedge, and has the same Nike Everclear putter. This ladies version has 4 hybrids with a graphite shaft and the same Nike Mach Speed driver with graphite shaft also.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort have re-routed the course for faster round of golf playing and better flowing. This re-routing has placed the difficult par at a later round and not after the easiest hole on the course. The re-routing has reduced the typical found of golf playing to four hours or less. Golfers can still play great 18 holes but in lesser time. The golf course has also changed some maintenance practices that have helped in expediting every round of playing golf.

If you want to play golf and try to make a perfect swing using the finest Branson Golf Club Rentals, come play golf at Thousand Hills Golf Resort.


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Let the Adventure Begin this spring at the Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not Museum

Ripleys Believe it or Not LogoRipley’s Believe-It-Or-Not Museum in Branson will bring you a wholesome fun of excitement and entertainments where unbelievable things, trivia, artifacts, and unique displays will surely entertain you. This bizarre and one of a kind museum displays an array of strange and unusual items that will amaze and mystify every visitor. Robert Ripley, founder of the Ripley Entertainment, Inc. that is based in Orlando, Florida, started this museum in Branson that featured unique items so unusual that visitors will always find it amusing and interesting. The museum collections include 100,000 carton panels and 30,000 artifacts.

Ripley Entertainment, Inc. boasts about 80 attractions worldwide with annual visitors of about 12 million. The company has divisions on broadcast and publishing which have numerous projects that include newspaper cartoon panel, books, games, posters, and syndicated TV series. Ripley originally developed Champs and Chumps (a cartoon featuring sports) that was premiered in the New York Globe on December 19, 1918. The title was later changed to Believe It or Not in October 1919 and from there Ripley started adding items unrelated to sports.

During the early part of the 20th century, Robert Ripley became a world famous cartoonist and artist. “Believe it or not” was originally created by Ripley as sports cartoon and became extremely popular that gave him the chance to travel the world over. While travelling around the world, he would always look for some odd and strange things that he can add to his collections. The bizarre and strange building you can see around the area of the museum in Branson is one of his unique collections.

This unusual cracked building in Branson, Missouri is a reflection of an earthquake that measured 8.0 on the Richter Scale. This earthquake in 1812 made the bells ring in one of the Philadelphia churches that time. This Missouri earthquake was the worst to hit the US that time and even surpassed the earthquake that hit California these last few decades of the 20th century. The odd cracked building of Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Branson has become the world’s most photograph spots.

The Odditorium in Ripley’s Believe It or Not has fascinating displays of exhibits and artifacts that include a model of an aircraft carrier that is made of 48,000 matchsticks and a replica of the Coliseum in Rome that is made of playing cards. You can also see a 30 ft Cadillac Limousine used for movies in Hollywood, the human unicorn from Manchuria, and the two headed calf.

Several attractions in the museum have been added after recent innovations were made. Now crammed inside the museum are the world records, 400 unbelievable artifacts, amazing illusions, awesome art works, franks of nature, and cool interactives. A full size stagecoach made of 1.5 million toothpicks and a pair of horses made from welded horseshoes is the latest new additions in the Odditorium.

If you want to see many unusual and strange things and captivating displays of artifacts and odd things that will make you gasp and wonder, visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Branson.

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Fishing and other Water Fun Activities at the Bull Shoals Lake be Your Bonding Moments with Your Family

Fun in Bull Shoal Lake LogoIf you are looking for a perfect place to spend a bonding moments with your family, visit the Bull Shoals Lake in Branson where you will enjoy great  water activities and exciting fishing adventure that you will not forget for the rest of your life. The lake has an area of 45,000 acres with nearly one-thousand miles of shoreline that is surrounded by deep forests. Bull Shoals Lake is a man-made lake that was formed after the construction of the Bull Shoals Dam was completed in 1952. The dam was erected to produce hydroelectric power and to control flooding in the White River basin.

Bull Shoals Lake has achieved wide recognition as a perfect fishing destination in the Midwest.  The lake boasts several Missouri and Arkansas State angling records and home to many species ranging from stripped bass and largemouth to walleye.  The lake garnered great achievement when it enhanced fishing and improved fish habitat. Downstream of the Bull Shoals Dam that goes to the White River, is the prime trout fishery in the central United States and produced state records for rainbow trout and cutthroat.

In the southwest of Missouri, there are several bodies of water. One of these is the Bull Shoals Lake. The lake has a body of water with great multitude of lake activities. It offers multiple activities such as fishing, camping, swimming, boating and other water sports recreation. The Bull Shoals/White River State Park is the main attraction in the area that is located in Baxter County and Marion County in Arkansas.

Boating is a popular water activity in Bull Shoals Lake. The lake offers multiple boat docks where boating enthusiasts can weigh anchor and set sail. At the Bull Shoals Lake boat dock, boaters can rent WaveRunners and boats or take a guided fishing trip, rent a houseboat or even scuba gear. The boat dock also offers a full floating marina store that sell rods and reels, marine hardware, clothing, sunglasses, snacks and many more to boaters.

Fishing is another favorite recreation on the lake. White, bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, and black bass can all be angled in from th e lake. Every year, there are a number of record sized fish that are pulled out of the Bull Shoals Lake. Crappie, Walleye, and Catfish are the ones that are easily caught in the lake.

If you are looking for some other water activity aside from fishing and boating, try a little more unique water sports activity, scuba diving in Bull Shoals Lake. Enjoy a exciting water adventure under the waves for advanced divers or for beginners. Bull Shoals is sometimes called by divers ‘The Caribbean of the Midwest.’ Dive instructors offer advanced and beginner level classes in the lake. You will be entertained for hours on the lake floor with its beautiful rock formations, sunken boats, and hundreds of different types of fish.

For a fun and exciting fishing trip and diving adventure, come visit Bull Shoals Lake, where water sports activities abound.

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The Branson TriLakes Area for the Hot Season


Summer is only a few months away and it won’t harm you if you plan it early! Have a different kind of summer this year at the Branson TriLakes Area. Being the product of such a beautiful Table Rock Lake Dam, the TriLakes area serves its purpose to be one of the most visited attractions in Branson. More and more tourists from all over the world come to Branson and visit the TriLakes Area. You could just be one of them!

This coming hot season, take the whole family to Branson, Missouri and spend the day at the TriLakes Area. Being one of Branson’s best attractions, the place offers you so many things to do and see. You can take a dip in the waters, engage in different lake activities, and so much more for your enjoyment. Make the most out of your stay and try out these activities at the Branson TriLakes Area:

Hop Aboard Showboat Branson Belle

The Branson Belle is most commonly known as the showboat of Table Rock Lake. It is a 1890s paddle wheeler which visitors can use for a cruise. The cruise does not only let the guests behold the beauty of the Branson scenery at the lake area, but also make them experience some fine and elegant dining with live entertainment on board.

Fishing at Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake is a renowned bass fishing lake. If you are looking for largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish, the lake is a great spot to do your fishing. Below Lake Taneycomo, when it was completed, changed from a warm to a cold water lake and became a perfect habitat for trout. Thus visitors coming for some quality fishing should not forget to look below the dam as well.

Stay at resorts in the Ozarks

There are over 100 resorts in the Ozarks to choose from for the ultimate fun family vacation. With these Branson lake activities, visitors will see that Table Rock Lake has two sides – Kimberling city side and Branson side. Visitors will also see that majority of the vacationers choose to stay at the Branson side of Table Rock.


Complete your visit by doing some boating in the Table Rock Lake. But if you do not want to operate a boat, you have the choice to make use of the 3 commercial boat cruises or rides that operate on Table Rock Lake. You can count on full service marinas that operate on Table Rock Lake at various locations to provide service and convenience. The State Park Marina is the best choice for any type of water craft rentals; they have everything from wave runners to daily cruised on a 48 ft. sailing catamaran.

Scuba Diving

If you are already having fun above the water, then you will have more fun below! Try out the Table Rock Lake’s Scuba Diving and witness the beauty below the waters of the lake. There are experienced dive shops and countless great diving spots in the Branson Trilakes Area foryou’re your convenience. The Zebulon Pike, Oasis, Enchanted Forest, and Duck Island are just a few great diving spots in Rock Table Lake. Don’t forget to include scuba diving in your summer activitiy list and behold a whole other world with fantastic treasures underwater as you dive into the inviting waters of Rock Table Lake!

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Beat the Heat: Ideas For A Fun-filled Summer Day In Branson


A Branson summer is not like any other. There are just so many things to do and see in the city. Even if temperatures get really high, you don’t have to worry because you can sure beat the heat! You can choose from so many activities to fill your day. From educational museum to great outdoors, you name it! So, this summer, make Branson your destination. Have that fun-filled summer day with these activities:

Branson White Water

The Branson White Water is a water theme park in Branson, Missouri. It is part of Silver Dollar City Family of Attractions with a whopping 13-acre theme park that if filled with more than two million gallons of water! Spend the morning at this water theme park and try out ten fun water rides and attractions. You and your family or loved one would enjoy the experience! For the list of water rides at the Branson White Water, please visit

Branson Lakes

The Lakes in Branson, Missouri are famous for their crystal clear waters. Visit the TriLakes Area, which is home to 3 scenic, unspoiled lakes: Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake. You can take a stroll here or try out many water activities in the afternoon such as boating, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, wake boarding, swimming, fishing, and so much more. This is a water-filled adventure for you and your family, especially the young ones! Also, outdoor enthusiasts would love this!

Branson Titanic Museum

After trying out various water activities, visit the Branson Titanic Museum. You will not only learn a lot from this museum because you will also have fun looking at different galleries in it. It is the world’s biggest Titanic Museum, which is dedicated to history of the Titanic. You will learn more about its construction, its first use, its destruction, and its rediscovery at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in over 20 galleries. This is a fun way to end one of your days in a Branson summer.

After your day, have that much needed and wanted rest at Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort and make it your home away from home because a day would not be enough when you spend your Summer in Branson. Here are Thousand Hills, we will provide you with the best among the best Branson Lodging where our accommodations will surpass your expectations with space, luxury, and amenities. You can choose from three Branson Lodging: a Branson Condo, a Branson Log Cabin, or a Branson Lakefront Condo. Whichever you choose, we can assure you that you will have the most out of your stay. Our friendly staff will also be there to serve you. For more information, or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Spring Vacation is perfect with Silver Dollar City’s BBQ FestivalBBQ Festival Logo

Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and BBQ Festival is an annual event that features food extravaganza and astounding music from award-winning songs to hot rising stars. Come and enjoy in this great festival that will be held on May 8 to June 1, 2014 and savor the taste of delicious barbecue at The House of BBQ in Red Golf Heritage Hall. Whether you are a barbecue enthusiast or just have a passion in weekend grilling, you should not miss to visit Bottle Neck Bros and Sauce Shack.

Each year, a flock of visitors come to Silver Dollar City’s BBQ Festival to experience one of the most unique entertainments of live bluegrass music. The Bluegrass portion of the festival features over 50 bands performing hundreds of live entertainment shows during the 16-day celebration of the festival. The traditional and contemporary forms of music can be kept alive in the hearts of people of all ages.

When the festival was first organized in the 1950s as a genre, Bluegrass have continuously gained popularity as the generation that comes along, adds energy and spirit and the innovation that makes bluegrass music the best as ever.  Singers and country Bluegrass musicians come from across the country to perform at the Silver Dollar City’s BBQ Festival. African influence can be heard in the rhythms of the music while the fiddle music can be heard with the influence by the Irish and Scots.

The bluegrass festival today features award-winning artists such as Rhonda Vincent (who is dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as the “Queen of Bluegrass Music”); Grascals (the Grammy-nominated group); Blue Highway (the IBMA Vocal Group of the Year); Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (6-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners); the Boxcars (featuring 9-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year and 5-time Grammy winner); and the Gibson Brothers (winner of the 2012 IBMA Entertainer of the  Year. Plus many guests performers who are up-and-coming bands in bluegrass, such as the Snyder Family Band, The Bankesters, the Monroeville, and the Hillbenders.

Since last year, bluegrass music has been enjoyed by land and by lake. Enjoy a boat trip with the Bluegrass Cruises that are featured on board the Showboat Branson Belle. This river cruise features performances by Monroe Crossing on May 24 and by the Larry Stephenson Band on May 25, and the Special Consensus on May 26. These fabulous shows aboard the Showboat Branson Belle include a three-course meal and a lake excursion.

This Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in Silver Dollar City features two national competitions:  The 7th Annual National Single Mic Championship, May 18 (highlighting performance skills as bands gather around a single microphone and balances their sound by moving away or toward it); and the Youth In Bluegrass Band Competition, May 25 (this encourages and promotes amateur bluegrass musicians 21 years and younger and compete each other for cash prizes).

If you want to taste a mouth-watering and the most delicious BBQ treats while enjoying traditional music from award-winning artists, come to Branson and spend your perfect spring vacation at the Silver Dollar City’s BBQ Festival this coming May 8 to June 1.


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Popular Restaurant Chains Call Branson Home

Even when you’re traveling away from home, there are always chain restaurants you and your family love. Branson knows what you’re looking for and has a number of chain restaurants in the Branson area for you to enjoy.

Fast food is one of the chain restaurant options Branson offers to visitors. From McDonalds to Arby’s, there are lots of options when you need your fix on French fries. IHOP and Denny’s are options for pancakes and breakfast food anytime, and both are open 24 hours a day. Subway has your favorite fresh subs, and Dairy Queen has grill and chill treats. Branson also has no shortage of pizza places. Pizza Hut and Dominos are located throughout the city, along with a new Godfather’s Pizza coming to town in February. Golden Corral also has a location in Branson if you’re looking for a variety of flavors on one buffet. The restaurant serves their all you can eat buffet seven days a week, 363 days a year (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.)

But what if you’re looking for something at a slower pace, consider Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Olive Garden gives you a variety of pasta, seafood and other Italian dishes. Chicken parmigiana, spicy shrimp vesuvio, and cheese ravioli are just a few of the options Olive Garden has on their menu. Plus, you get unlimited soup and salad with your meal. Lunch prices at Olive Garden range from $5 to $17, and dinner prices range from $7 to $20. Red Lobster also has a great selection of seafood dishes. Rock lobster tail, snow crab legs, pasta, sirloins and shrimp, chicken alfredo – the possibilities are endless!

Famous Dave’s BBQ has also made an appearance at the Branson Landing. St. Louis style spare ribs, baby back ribs, barbeque pulled chicken sandwiches, and brisket burgers are just a few of the delicious BBQ options on the menu. Prices range from $8 to $25 at lunch or dinner, so head on down to the Branson Landing to check out Famous Dave’s BBQ.

Another chain that has made its way to the Branson Landing is Cantina Laredo. With authentic Mexican cuisine, Cantina Laredo has a variety of dishes to satisfy any craving. Spinach enchiladas, tuna tacos, and a shrimp stuffed chicken breast round out the options at Cantina Laredo. If you are a guacamole fan, you can have it made fresh right at your table. Lunch prices at Cantina Laredo range from $11 to $16, and dinner prices range from $11 to $25.

So if you’re looking for the chain restaurant you love going to when you’re at home, chances are you can find it while you’re on vacation in Branson, Missouri.

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Have A Good Time at Silver Dollar City's Worldfest


It is that time of the year again when people flock to Branson to witness the biggest international festival all over America. This is none other than the World Fest at Silver Dollar City. Why is this festival a really famous one for the tourists across the state?

For one, the World Fest is indeed famous because it is hosted by Silver Dollar City. For those who do not know, Silver Dollar City is an 1880’s themed amusement park that is a hit to people of all ages in Branson. It has the best rides and attractions to get you on an adventure like never before. There are also theater plays in Silver Dollar City to help you take a break from all the excitement in the park. Not only that, Silver Dollar City is also known to have one of the best amusement park food all over America.

World Fest is one of the most anticipated festivals in Branson because it gives the visitors a taste of the world. Expect every spring season for the tourists to come to Branson for the festival to witness amazing performances, taste exotic dishes, and experience different cultures from around the world. In this festival, language barrier will not be an issue at all since laughter and music will be your common language for the festival. Get to see performers from different countries across the globe as they entertain you with their country’s own brand of entertainment, and a little bit of comedy, too. Some of the performers to watch for in this year’s biggest international festival are Benise, Via Romen, Spanish Marionetas, and a lot more. Benise performs exceptionally with his Spanish guitar and with the help of his world-class musicians and dancers. He does Flamenco music so well that he makes his own brand of music. Via Romen features a Ukranian violinist, a Romani accordionist, and so much more. This is the musical band to watch out for in World Fest! The Spanish Marionetas entertains the visitors using the Spanish Toreros. Other acts from t previous World Fest that you can see in this festival are the Amamos Argentina, Island Fire, Ecuador Manta, Dearbhail Finnigan, and a whole lot more! Prepare yourself for days of awe, music, and dance as these personalities entertain you.

The World Fest in Branson happens during April 5 to May 4, 2014. You can still catch the festival right now if you book your trip to Branson now. To make your vacation even more awesome, make Thousand Hills Golf Resort a part of your vacation. You have various lodging options to choose from and you will also get to stay very near Silver Dollar City! Make your move now and book your trip to Branson for the World Fest! 

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