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What's in store for you in a Branson Thanksgiving

The start of the months that end in -ber is the signal of colder weather, and in no time winter would be here as well. As the weather changes, Branson, Missouri continues to offer a variety of events to interest every member of every family. And in November, the whole country sees the arrival of American Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving should be a memorable occasion for every family. It is the time of the year when all of us should be thankful for having gone through another year. On the 28th of November, make memories with one another and head for the Ozarks to celebrate. Delight in various activities during this weekend and make the most out of your stay. You have lots to thank for and Branson, Missouri is just the perfect place to be. There will be lots of things to do – even attractions – to make your stay worthwhile. Be sure to try these.The Titanic Museum in Branson

IMAX Entertainment Complex

Whether you want to shop, dine in unique restaurants, or watch a movie, the IMAX Entertainment Complex is one of the places to visit. It has specialty Branson stores, such as Legend Gifts, which has movie posters, limited edition prints, soundtracks and IMAX films on video. The Shadow Box can is also there where you can get beautiful quilts, grandfather clocks, custom-made leather apparel, jewelry, and souvenirs.

Branson Scenic Railway

Start-off your trip on the Branson Scenic Railway. It is a 40-mile roundtrip through the Ozark Mountains, which takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. The trip takes you to place that cars and other modes of transportation can’t access, making your trip unique and something you would want to remember. This tour provides you with historical sightseeing plus a conductor that narrates the beautiful places you see. You definitely have to try this because the trains have been renovated and restored to make you feel that you are riding it during the old days that they were actively transporting people, when train travel was at its peak. There are three cars and each car provides a different panoramic view of the jaw-dropping beauty of the Ozark Mountains.

Ride The Ducks

An alternative to the Branson Scenic Railway without sacrificing fun and entertainment is the Branson Ride The Ducks. The Branson Ride The Ducks is one of the most unique Branson attractions that provide fun, adventure, and thrill all in one ride. It is an 80-minute tour along Branson Missouri pathways, with a trek up the beautiful Ozark Mountains, travel along the famous Highway 76 visiting Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, trip to the pristine Table Rock Dam, and lastly, an exciting finale in true “duck” fashion straight into Table Rock Lake for a lake cruise. The Ride The Ducks is an ultimate lake activity for the whole family! Known for the comfort and the reliability the water vehicles provide, you are sure to have fun and still be at ease during your cruise.

Branson Theaters

After having a tour around Branson, you can visit Branson Theaters that have various shows. These shows have made Branson famous and it still one of the reasons people come here. You might want to try Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, the Starlite Theater, the Mickey Gilley Theater and the Clay Cooper Theater. There are many different shows to catch while you are there. These include the Crossties Bluegrass and Gospel Show, the Branson Brothers Show, the Branson Divas Show, the Six Show, Number 1 Hits of the '60s, the 4 Ever Motown Show, the Redhead Express Bluegrass Comedy Show and the Moe Bandy Show.

Branson Museums

Other than movies, variety shows, and concerts, Branson, Missouri offers both locals and tourists the chance to wander through the town's museums. Check out the Branson Titanic Museum, which is the World's Largest Museum Attraction. You can also be closer to your favorite Hollywood stars and snap a photo or two with then at the Hollywood Wax Museum. If you are looking for unusual things, visit Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum and be amazed! For the kids, you can also visit the Dinosaur Museum and the World's Largest Toy Museum.

Branson Restaurants

Thanksgiving would not be complete without some Thanksgiving meals, right? There are many Branson restaurants that serve unique Branson Thanksgiving dishes. Make your tummies happy and have the best Thanksgiving meal in Branson's restaurants.

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Celebrate the Season with Branson Christmas Shows

There are a vast number of ways that folks like to celebrate the Christmas and holiday season. Most people grew up with traditions like caroling, baking scrumptious Christmas sugar cookies, or perhaps going to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Some people celebrate by throwing a party or hosting a big dinner, or by hitting the stores to go window shopping. No matter what your style is, Christmas is about finding unique ways to celebrate the reasons for the season. If you would like to start a new celebratory Christmas tradition, check out some of the great Branson Christmas shows! They are sure to get you and yours in a festive mood, and make some Christmas memories that will last for holiday seasons to come.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Family Christmas

Dixie Stampede at ChristmasDolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Branson located on Highway 76 always draws a crowd. If you love the horses, the food and the fun, you are sure to love the Dixie Family Christmas! The Dixie Stampede arena becomes a dazzling winter wonderland in this Christmas spectacular – and the best part is that you get to be part of the fun! You will get to be a part of the friendly rivalry between the North Pole and the South Pole, and cheer on your team in various games (many of them on horseback!) as you enjoy a filling four course meal fit for a king. Watch in wonder as daring trick riders jump their horses through rings of fire, and festively dressed ponies and riders gallop through the ring to well-loved Christmas carols. The live Nativity scene will fill your heart with the true meaning of Christmas, and of course, no Christmas show is complete without a visit from Santa Claus! Book your tickets today!

Christmas on the Trail at Shepherd of the Hills

For a frontier Christmas experience celebrated the cowboy way, come see the Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show at Shepherd of the Hills, located on West Highway 76. You will enjoy Christmas music with a fiddlin’ twist, holiday cowboy stories, and a little dash of good old fashioned campfire humor. This enjoyable show is made even more memorable by the great meal that accompanies it; be prepared to feast on trail chili, dutch oven taters, corn, cornbread with apple butter, apple cobbler and a steaming hot cup of joe! This ten year strong Branson Christmas show is sure to warm you inside and out this Christmas season. Your ticket also includes admission to the Trail of Lights, and a trip up to the top of the Inspiration Tower.

White Flight at The Butterfly Palace

For a fluttering holiday celebration, come visit The Butterfly Palace for White Flight, a special holiday exhibit featuring hundreds of white tropical butterflies floating about the tropical butterfly aviary like winged snowflakes. You and your family will watch in awe as these beautiful Christmas butterflies fly among Living Statues of Angels, and soar up to the top of an eighteen foot tall Poinsettia Christmas Tree, while Christmas carols play in the background. Your family will want to come back year after year!

Celebrating the season with Branson Christmas shows is a great way to get in the spirit of the holidays. So book your tickets to these and other great shows today!

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The History of Branson Missouri

When most folks around the United States think of Branson, chances are that they think of bluegrass music Highway 76, affectionately known by locals as ‘The Strip’ or the ‘Main Drag.’ Or Silver Dollar City may come to mind, with the world famous wooden roller coaster Outlaw Run and piping hot, melt in your mouth funnel cakes. Images of the Table Rock Dam, the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider, White Water and Tanger Outlet Malls can be thought of when the name Branson is tossed around. But have you ever wondered what came BEFORE all that? Just where did Branson come from, and how did it get to be one of the most popular vacation destinations in America? Read on for a little Branson history!

Branson HistoryFor a long time, the Southwest Missouri area was just like any other frontier – wild, rugged and unclaimed. Slowly civilization began to trickle in from more densely populated areas, and in 1882, a man named Reuben Branson opened a post office and general store in the Ozark Mountains. The area where he staked his claim with his post office and store soon took on the shape of a real town, and in 1912, the site became officially incorporated as a township by the name of Branson, Missouri, named after Reuben Branson himself.

Before Branson became a federally recognized town, locals were already getting a jump on attracting tourists from outside areas. In 1894, William Henry Lynch purchased a local cavern that went by the name Marble Cave, switched the name to Marvel Cave, and began charging visitors a fee to tour the cavern. In 1907, Harold Bell Wright’s timeless classic ‘The Shepherd of the Hills’ book was published, and tourists began flocking to the area to see this strangely exotic place and the people Wright had so vividly written of.

After Branson became a dot on national maps, still more exciting entrepreneurial ventures were launched. 1959 marked the finish date of the long awaited Table Rock Dam, as well as the first live music show on The Strip, the Baldknobbers Jamboree. Also in the 1950s, the Herschend family leased Marvel Cave and began hosting square dances inside the cavern – something most people had never contemplated before! They restructured the cave by adding electricity and staircases, and in 1960, the Herschends’ opened the now world famous Silver Dollar City, which was back then a replicated frontier town where actors and actresses played out the ‘Hatfield and McCoy’ story. That same year, Shepherd of the Hills began showing the famous book as an outdoor drama, and people flocked to Branson in droves.

The number of shows and unique activities in Branson continued to grow and today, it is the live entertainment capitol of the United States. And it’s easy to see why, with the world’s tallest ZipRider and fastest wooden coaster calling it home, and with anglers from across the nation coming to cast a line in the lakes, and with notoriously good home cooking located on every street! The Branson history is part of what gives this place its charm, and will keep you coming back year after year.

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Ozarks Hunting Info – Growing Deer TV

That time of year is almost upon us again. No, not football season. No, not the holiday season. Ladies and gentleman, it’s deer season. That most treasured time of year when hunters of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes don their camouflage, sight in their guns, gather their arrows, check the stability of their deer stands and trek out into the woods for the hunt. Most hunters here in the Ozarks wouldn’t mind having a little insight on how to improve the deer on their plot, or how to have a more successful hunt. So where can you go to get a little Ozarks hunting advice to prepare for the upcoming season? Check out GrowingDeer.TV!

Ozarks Deer HuntingJust what is Growing Deer TV? Growing Deer TV is an informational deer hunting website created by local Ozarks hunting enthusiast and Wildlife Biologist Dr. Grant Woods. Dr. Grant Woods was raised in the Ozarks region and has had a lifelong love of whitetail deer and deer hunting. His fascination with the outdoors, and with deer, and his knowledge base on that subject led him to pursue a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in the fields of buck rubs and scraping behavior. Dr. Woods is the director of a wildlife research and a management consulting business that caters to clients worldwide. In 2010, he created a video based website to share his vast knowledge of wild game hunting with the world, and hunters everywhere have benefitted from learning how to practice advanced wildlife management techniques, read whitetail deer behavior, and more.

So what can you find on Growing Deer TV? Basically everything the avid hunter needs to know about whitetail deer, and some information on a few other critters as well. If you need some insight on some basic hunting skills, such as bow hunting or hunting with a muzzleloader, or controlling predators, check out the Hunting and Tactics video library. Want to improve an existing herd of deer on your property? On the Growing Deer TV website, you’ll find a whole video section on Deer Management. If you want to learn more about managing deer habitat, check out the videos on mineral licks and timber management. There is also a specific video archive just for food plots. Trail Cameras and Deer Behavior and Biology are some of the other videos you can access on this hunter friendly website.

Videos are not the only thing you’ll find on Growing Deer TV. This site also features a Frequently Asked Questions page, where locals on the Ozarks hunting scene (and elsewhere, of course!) can get information on the Growing Deer Team, and how they can help you improve your deer herd, habitat and hunting. You’ll also find Dr. Woods blog on Growing Deer TV, where he shares his real life experiences and information on deer subjects ranging from food plot improvement to how to process the venison you harvest to how to determine the age of bucks.

Deer season is an exciting time for outdoorsmen and women. Take some time before it starts to sharpen your skills and your management plans with Growing Deer TV; the hunt is on!

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Stay in a Log Cabin This Winter at Thousand Hills

Most folks will admit that there is just something magical about winter. Even those who aren’t fond of the cold will probably admit that they like the thought of the season. Winter does take away a few things, to be sure – things like swimming, tank tops and leaves on trees – but this magical season also brings in its own gifts. With winter comes a mug of hot cocoa, warm and fuzzy scarves, a number of well-loved holidays, time to reflect on the year behind you, and blankets of white, pure, glittering snow on the ground. This winter, find a place to settle in and enjoy the season – like a Thousand Hills log cabin in Branson, Missouri!

Why a log cabin at Thousand Hills? Well, why not enjoy a cozy log cabin in the wintertime? Staying in a log cabin is something that, for many people, truly completes the picture of winter. Many paintings, greeting card images and book covers feature a cozy, picturesque cabin with warm yellow light spilling from the windows onto a snowy landscape. Why not make that image your reality this winter? Branson, Missouri, is a great place to be during the colder months – and not just for cabins! During the winter here in Branson, you’ll experience Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas, great shopping at the Tanger Outlet Malls and Branson Landing, fun shows, fantastic food and some more than beautiful winter scenery. A Thousand Hills log cabin can be your headquarters for all this winter goodness!

log cabinWhat does a log cabin offer you besides a picture perfect winter setting and access to the best that Branson has to offer? A whole lot! Built from Colorado Spruce logs, these cabins have the rustic look that most wilderness experience seekers are after, while having the comfort of a home and the luxury and convenience of a hotel. All cabins come equipped with Wi-Fi – just in case you are tempted to check your email during your vacation! Cable TV and DVD players are also available for your enjoyment. Want to warm up and relax after a day of shopping in Branson? Take a long hot soak in the Jacuzzi tub that comes with your cabin. If you want to experience the brisk air of winter while you sip your morning coffee, step out onto the screened in porch – a stunning view awaits you! If you want to stay awhile, the Thousand Hills log cabins are fully furnished with washers, dryers, linens, dishes, a fully functioning and ready to cook in kitchen and more – right down to the laundry detergent!

Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort offers a variety of cabins to suit your needs; they range in size from a cabin that holds anywhere from two guests to a maximum of sixteen people. All cabins are located conveniently close to town, while being far enough out from the bustle to be relaxing. Prices differ seasonally, so be sure to call Thousand Hills for reservation information and availability. Be sure to ask if your log cabin can be upgraded to the Platinum Experience!

Winter is certainly magical by itself – but to really heighten the experience, book a winter stay at a Thousand Hills log cabin!

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Living at Thousand Hills – Make Us Your Branson Home

Dorothy had it right when she clicked her ruby shoes and said “There’s no place like home.” Nowadays a lot of people like to get away once in a while, but the hard part is finding a place to stay, something to do, and something cool to see. In Branson, staying is easy – just visit Thousand Hills Golf Resort. They have a variety of condos, cabins, and vacation homes so when you come to Branson for a vacation, your home away from home isn’t that much different from the one you left.

Thousand Hills condos and cabins give you the opportunity to make a good purchase. You’ll be owning your own valuable property in the Branson area with the option of participating in a nightly rental program through Thousand Hills. Millions of visitors travel through Branson every year, and you can be one of the lucky ones who never has to worry about where you’ll be staying or how clean your room will be. Thousand Hills condos are like your home away from home!

Lakefront Condos at Thousand HillsThousand Hills has four different types of accomodations for your new Branson home. Table Rock Lake condos come in a variety of sizes and floor plans. Two to four bedroom floor plans are available and range from 1,070 square feet to 1,900 square feet. Each of these condos have spacious living rooms, granite countertops and a balcony overlooking the beautiful Table Rock Lake. Located just north of Chateau on the Lake, you’re not far from the marina at Indian Point or the nightlife of Branson.

Thousand Hills also offers cabins to its guests and its residents. The Cabins at Grand Mountain combine the best that Branson has to offer. Located north of the Grand Palace, each of these beautiful cabins is built of Colorado spruce logs, and features two to three bedrooms in each. Loft floor plans are available at Grand Mountain. These cabins are also located not far from Branson and its many attractions, but are also secluded enough to give you the privacy you need.

Golf homes and condos are two other options for your Branson home. Golf homes have open floor plans that offer you and your family plenty of space. Most golf homes feature three bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. Granite countertops, wood flooring, a two car garage and an outdoor swimming pool are also part of the amenities that you get with a golf home from Thousand Hills. Golf condos are also available, with one, two, and three bedroom layouts starting at 1,050 square feet.

In addition to these reasons for making Branson home, Thousand Hills is also home to one of Branson’s favorite golf courses. Thousand Hills Golf Course is one of the only courses in Branson that caters to different skill levels with three different tee-off points on the course. Thousand Hills also offers daily golf specials like the Early Bird Special and the Three Day Unlimited Golf Pass. The best part is that you don’t have to go far to enjoy a round of golf if you are living in one of Thousand Hills premier residences.

If you’re thinking about buying a second home in Branson, Thousand Hills Golf Resort has something to offer you. With lakefront condos, log cabins, golf homes, and golf condos, Branson can easily become a new home away from home.

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Hard Work U – Students Earning Their Education

In 1906, Reverend James Forsythe had a vision. His hope was to provide a high school education for area students who financially couldn’t get such an education. His solution was to create a school where students worked instead of paid. His solution became College of the Ozarks. Over 100 years later, that little high school has flourished into an institution that continues to provide education in exchange for hard work.

Students at the College of the OzarksEach student who attends College of the Ozarks works 15 hours each week at an on-campus workstation. Those 15 hours translate to $4,060 of the student’s tuition, which is approximately $17,900. So where does the remainder of the tuition come from?

Basically, College of the Ozarks provides each student with a scholarship that covers the remaining portion of their tuition. In addition to this scholarship and the work program, any state and federal grants the student qualifies for also apply to their tuition.

In addition to working for their tuition, students at College of the Ozarks have the opportunity to work for their room and board expenses through the Summer Work Program. For six to 12 weeks, students work 40 hours each week to pay for their room and board. Six weeks of summer work pays for one semester of room and board, while 12 weeks pays for both semesters.

Between working at their work stations students attend classes during the week. College of the Ozarks offers over 80 majors and minors, as well as pre-professional programs in pre-medicine, pre-law, and pre-engineering. Each student is required to complete at least one major to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. A single major contains eight to 12 courses, while a minor contains six to seven courses. Students are expected to complete that major and minor (if applicable) within eight semesters. Extensions will allow for two additional semesters, but must be approved by the Dean of the College.

College of the Ozarks also strives to develop Christ-like character in its students. The college does so through chapel services and special convocation programs held throughout the year.

The college has hosted notable convocation speakers, including Newt Gingrich, Benjamin Netanyahu, Lady Margaret Thatcher, former President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, and Dr. Ben Carson.

Students are required to attend five chapel services each semester, along with five convocations, and an additional five chapels or convocations, in whatever combination the student chooses. Each of the convocations relates to one facet of the college’s fivefold mission, which includes cultural, vocational, academic, patriotic, and Christian values. Because it emphasizes working for a Christian education, College of the Ozarks encourages students to graduate debt-free. To help further that ideal, the college itself has no debt, allowing them to set an example for students. College of the Ozarks relies on donors to help fund the college, which allows them to prevent getting into debt.

If you’re visiting the Branson area, College of the Ozarks is just outside Branson in Hollister, Mo. The college is home to the Keeter Center and its restaurant, Dobyn’s Dining Room. Visitors can tour the campus, including the dairy, Gaetz Tractor Museum, the Ralph Foster Museum, and more.

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Looking For A Branson Zoo?

Here in the Ozarks, we have a vast amount of critters to observe. There are wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, raccoons, hawks, eagles and the occasional skunk, to name a few. But sometimes a person has a hankering to see some animals that are a little more unique, a bit more exotic, and a tad less run of the mill. Here in the Midwest, the best place to go see amazing creatures like zebras, kangaroos, lions and elephants is at a zoo! Are you around the Tri-Lakes area and looking for a Branson zoo? (Or a near Branson zoo?) You are in luck – there are some exotic adventures not far from you!

Promised Land Zoo

branson-promised-land-zoo-01Promised Land Zoo, located on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, Missouri, is a fantastic option for a Branson Zoo experience. Promised Land Zoo is a five acre zoo encompassing over one hundred different animals and forty-four different species, many of which are babies and youngsters. Meandering about the neatly mulched hillside paths, you’ll find critters like caracals, alligators, prairie dogs, a spider monkey, and more! Be sure to bring your camera – you’ll certainly want to snap some pictures of the exotic deer, tortoises and other cool critters. Promised Land Zoo offers animal shows every day for your enjoyment – visitors can get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s animals, and learn about their traits, habitats and other information in an outdoor show and tell setting. Zoo visitors also have the opportunity to help bottle feed some of the baby animals that reside at the zoo.

Dickerson Park Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo is a great nearby Branson zoo located in Springfield, Missouri next to the fairgrounds. Home to over three hundred animals, you can spend hours here roaming through different ‘continents’ admiring the animals that live there. You will find tigers and elephants in the Asia section of the zoo, for example. Kangaroos hop happily about in the Australia exhibit, zebras make their home in Africa and otters can be found frolicking in the North American exhibit. Dickerson Park Zoo also has a petting zoo area, where guests can pet and feed goats, donkeys and cows. There are exotic birds located throughout the zoo, as well as a reptile house and a giraffe exhibit, where animal lovers can feed the long necked giants crackers. Peacocks can also be found roaming freely about the zoo – you may find a few fancy feathers lying around!

Branson’s Wild World

Branson’s Wild World is a unique interactive animal attraction that features one hundred eighty different species of animals for you to enjoy. You have the chance to touch, feed and hold some pretty cool critters that you don’t see every day. One of the most unique features of Branson’s Wild World is the indoor wolf exhibit, Wolf Woods. It is the only indoor wolf exhibit in the region, featuring wolves that have been bottle fed from pups and are now full grown! Branson’s Wild World also features an arcade and glow in the dark mini golf – and the golf course is surrounded by live animal exhibits!

If you want an exotic animal experience to remember, you are sure to find it at a Branson or near Branson zoo. Let the adventures begin!

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Branson Lunch Spots

When you take a break for lunch while visiting Branson, check out one of these restaurants for fare that’s perfect for your midday meal. From sandwiches to soup to sushi, each of these restaurants has something to offer every palate.

One of Branson’s favorite places for lunch is Vasken’s Deli. Vasken and Staci Haroutounian opened in Branson in 1997, serving a variety of Mediterranean cuisine. With over 26 years of experience in food service, the Haroutounians have made Vasken’s into a favorite for lunch.

Vasken’s menu features seven varieties of pizza, including Vasken’s Mediterranean Chicken, Bavarian German, and Vegetarian. Each pizza is 7 inches, the perfect size for one. In addition to pizza, Vasken’s serves a variety of hot and cold cut sandwiches. A favorite is the Firehouse Gyro, which features generous portions of lamb and beef served on pita bread with tahini sauce, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and spicy giardiniera vegetables. Other sandwiches include Italian Beef, reubens, muffaletta, and Mediterranean Turkey. For events, Vasken’s also caters party trays to meet your needs. For the more adventurous, Mitsu Neko is another great place to get lunch. This Asian fusion restaurant combines surf and turf for a delightful dining experience. You can order from their sushi menu to find some of the freshest, most flavorful fish in the area, or from the regular menu for a steak that beats them all. The Blizzard sushi roll features white tuna, cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese wrapped up in seaweed and rice. Another favorite is Heads and Tails, and is chock-full of lobster tail and crab. If you’re not into fish, steak, duck and chicken entrees are available as well.

One of the most quaint and quiet lunches in Branson lives at Sugar Leaf Bakery. Located amid unique shops in the Grand Village, Sugar Leaf serves a variety of sandwiches, soups, quiches and sweet treats. All of their sandwiches are served on fresh, homemade breads like tomato basil or marbled rye. Each sandwich comes with your choice of kettle cooked chips – regular, barbeque, jalapeño, or salt and vinegar. You can even combine your sandwich with a cup of soup, a side salad of mixed greens, or fresh fruit. In addition to lunch, Sugar Leaf also serves a variety of delectable cookies and cakes for an after-lunch treat.

Hook & Ladder Pizza for lunchA final place to try for a Branson lunch is Hook and Ladder Pizza Company. This firehouse themed restaurant has some of the best pizza in the Branson area. The ingredients are fresh and flavorful, and served by members of Hollister’s Fire Protection District. Specialty pizzas at Hook and Ladder include alfredo, taco, veggie, and chicken bacon ranch. You can also build your pizza your way, with your choice of toppings. Hamburger, sausage, Italian sausage, pepperoni, bacon, ham, mushrooms, black olives, green olives, green peppers, jalapeños, pineapples, and red onions are some of the options you can use to make your favorite pizza.

In addition to pizza, Hook and Ladder also serves sub sandwiches. A roast beef sub, supreme pizza sub and ham and cheddar sub are on the menu. All sandwiches are served with a bag of chips and a pickle. Soups are also on the menu seasonally, so ask about cheesy potato veggie soup or a hearty bowl of chili.

Whatever your tastebuds crave, there is a place to find a fabulous lunch in Branson that caters to exactly what you want. From sushi to sandwiches, from pizza to soup, Branson has it all.

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Why Millions of People Choose Branson, MO

Maybe it’s the quality of entertainment. Maybe it’s the beautiful geographical location. Maybe it’s the down home cooking and the genuine friendly people. Maybe it’s the affordability. Maybe it’s the low crime rate. Maybe it’s the bluegrass. Whatever the reason, or reasons, millions of people choose to come to Branson, MO. They come to vacation, to fish or to live – and anyone who has been here can tell you, there is a lot to love about Branson!


Branson MO Shows VarietyFirst time visitors to Branson, MO, have been heard to remark over and over again “There’s a lot to do here!” And it’s true. There is a variety in here in Branson that you will find nowhere else in the United States. When travel guides or tourist centers tell you that there is something here for everyone, there truly IS something in Branson that EVERYONE will love. Music, movies, thrill rides, fishing, restaurants, horseback riding, shopping, haunted houses, museums, hiking, zoos and animal attractions, ziplines – Branson really DOES have it all! Silver Dollar City and White Water boast the title of some of the best theme parks in America. Branson Landing provides and shopping and dining experience you’d expect to find in big cities like New York, complete with a fiery fountain show. Trout fishing here is second to none. There are literally hundreds of world class live entertainment shows that line the strip. Local eateries and mom and pop stores give the town a very warm and homey feel, while still being big enough to have some fun. The variety in Branson is truly endless!

Location, Location, Location

Set in the forested heart of the Midwest, Branson, MO is a beautiful backdrop for a vacation, a summer home or a year round residency. The wooded hills and hollers are breathtaking in any season, and you won’t find their equal anywhere else. The three lakes around the area make for great boating, fishing and swimming – the recreation provided by the unique and rugged geography is unparalleled as well. Plus the Ozarks/Branson area is full of rich history – it was here that the outlaws known as the Baldknobbers, masked marauders of the hills, robbed banks and wreaked havoc on the Ozarks backwoodsmen. It was here that the Table Rock Dam was constructed and later called a great engineering feat. It was here that Indians roamed, pioneers settled and townships grew, eventually making Branson what it is today – a great place to be.

Good People Make Good Places

While Branson is pretty fantastic on its own, it wouldn’t be near the place it is without the people. The people of Branson have a real love for their community, and for the tourism that keeps it alive. They take pride in its history, as well as the positive directions the Branson is going in. The people in Branson love to serve, to help and to teach – if you are lost, ask a local! They’ll point you in the right direction. If you want to know the best places to eat, ask a local – they’ll be happy to share Branson’s best kept secrets. Branson is also nationally known for its patriotism – the majority of venues around town offer veteran and military discounts, and many well-known shows such as the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama and Red, Hot…and Blue! perform salutes and tributes to veterans as part of the show.

These are just a few of the reasons why millions of people choose Branson, MO. Come see what everyone is talking about, and find your own!

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