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Plan a Picnic on Your Next Branson Visit

As the weather warms up in Branson during the spring months, boaters, campers, fishermen, and other lake-goers are undoubtedly trying to find a way to get lunch without breaking the bank or having to leave their activities for long. You may just want to get a more outdoorsy experience amidst your shopping. Whatever the case may be, planning a picnic is a great way to explore the Ozarks.

Branson Picnic SpotsThe first thing to take into consideration is your picnic location. The Branson area has a wide variety of possibilities. Table Rock State Park is one option for those who want to have their picnics in conjunction with lakeside fun. Some state park locations have picnic tables for your use so you don’t have to worry about packing your picnic blanket. However, the State Park locations aren’t the only lake options you have. You can spread your blanket out almost anywhere on the shoreline to enjoy your lunch.

Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area is another area where you can enjoy a picnic in the sunshine. Hiking enthusiasts will love the trails in Busiek, and you can find plenty of places to spread a blanket. You may camp overnight in Busiek with a permit and enjoy picnics for more than one of your meals.

Branson Parks and Recreation also offer a number of parks throughout the city of Branson. One of the best known is the Branson RecPlex. Whether you’re chilling poolside at the aquatic center or just celebrating the last win of the youth baseball season, Branson Parks and Recreation have a great space for you. If you’re looking for a city park near you, visit

The next thing to think about when planning a picnic is your food. The possibilities are endless in Branson, from take-out BBQ to cold cut sandwiches. Rib Crib and Danna’s BBQ offer carryout from their menu. You could have short ribs on your picnic, or you could have BBQ brisket. You could also choose from Chinese or Mexican cuisine, or even do some grocery shopping and have your favorite cold cut sandwich, or even grill up some burgers and hot dogs at one of the camping areas at Table Rock State Park.

Another great option for a picnic is Sugar Leaf Bakery Café, located in the Grand Village Shops. Serving the perfect picnic fare, Sugar Leaf offers bakery paninis, salads, soups, quiche, and decadent desserts. Everything is made fresh daily, and you’ll never go hungry. With the carryout option, you can get a perfect and delicious sandwich to take with you on your adventure.

Plan a camping trip during your Branson stay this spring. You’ll have a chance to enjoy some great food and the magnificence of the Ozark Mountains as the flowers bloom and the birds sing in the trees just for you.

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Come to Branson for the Flame of Freedom Ceremony


Branson is famous all over the world for its live music shows and numerous attractions and activities. Because of these, Branson is a sure hit to people of all ages. Aside from these, there is also one thing that is very notable about Branson – the celebration of ceremonies to commemorate the heroes of yesterday. The celebrations of Branson are sure to be grand and unique. It is also one of the few places who gets to do a solemn celebration in honor of the unsung heroes.

Mark this date on your calendars: March 29, 2014. This will be the date for the celebration of the Flame of Freedom Ceremony. What is the Flame of Freedom Ceremony, you may ask. This ceremony is held to honor the people who are still held in captivity. The Flame of Freedom Ceremony is a symbol of hope for the captives. The light is kept burning to show the captives their way home. With the tagline “You are not forgotten”, the Flame of Freedom Ceremony is certainly the beacon of hope for those who are held in captivity and also to their families.

The Flame of Freedom Ceremony begins at 11:30 AM at the Radisson Hotel. Show your nationalistic spirit by supporting this event. Let your hope for the captives radiate through to them as you participate in this year’s Flame of Freedom Ceremony in Branson. Your attendance in this event will surely mean a lot.

And while you are in Branson, why not make the most out of it by trying out the different attractions and activities. Catch some of Branson’s world-famous live music shows and concerts so you will also be a witness why it is called the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. Branson is also known to be the ultimate vacation destination for its thrilling nature parks and theme parks. Bring along the whole family in your Branson vacation so you can show some patriotism and at the same time have some quality time with each other.

For your lodging needs in your Branson vacation, choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. No matter how big a group you come to Branson, Thousand Hills always has the best lodging option for you. It offers nightly rentals of Branson log cabins and Branson condo units, which come in one bedroom to five bedroom units. Having this nightly rental in Thousand Hills is much more practical and convenient as to having multiple hotel rooms for your vacation.

Make this Branson vacation the perfect one for your family by going to the Flame of Freedom Ceremony and by experiencing all the fun that Branson has to offer.

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Merge with Nature and Fill your Vacation with Biking and Hiking at the Busiek State Forest

If you want to experience a glorious and fulfilling vacation with a lot of nature activities such as biking, hiking, and horseback riding, visit the Busiek State Forest in Branson. In 1981, the state forest was named in honor of Dr. Urban and Erma Marie Busiek when the state purchased the first sections of the land from them. Busiek State Forest has an area of 2,505 acres which are all accessible for hiking, camping, biking, and more. Although this park doesn’t have spectacular rock formations or waterfalls, it does offer campsites and panoramic hilltop views of the Ozark.

Busiek State Forest which is now owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation, provides visitors multiple recreational opportunities. The state forest has a stream called Woods Fork Creek that runs through the middle of the forest. In spring time, the stream is cold and clear and around knee deep.

Busiek Hiking Trail LogoThe park’s well-marked 18 miles trail system provides great fun for bicyclers, hikers, and horseback riders. At certain times of the year fur trapping and deer hunting is allowed in the forest. The elevation of the hills of the state forest is 980 feet to 1,200 feet above sea level on the mountaintops, so the uses of motorized vehicles are prohibited.

The state forest also features unstaffed shooting range and primitive camping at designated sites which is available by permit only. There is no potable water or amenities in the area. At the top of the hill, you will find a hidden secret treasure and a cemetery. No one is buried here for a long time. The headstones aren’t legible anymore because the cemetery was erected during the time of the civil war.

The Busiek State Forest also has two hiking trail systems, an 8-mile “West” trail system, and a 10-mile “East” trail system. Each trail system ranges from 2-4 miles each with three color-coded loop trails. The trails are for mixed use, which means open to mountain-biking, hiking, and equestrian use. If you are going to camp or hike in the state park, it is advisable to wear orange blaze.

Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area has 18 miles of hiking trails, 9 campsites, and unsupervised shooting range. The state forest can be accessed through U.S. Highway 65, it is about 18 miles south of Springfield and 15 miles north of Branson.  In the park, there are nine primitive designated campsites, all close to the eastern trail system. The state forest is actually close to the Mark Twain National Forest but they are separated by several private property tracts of land.

The state forest is home to several wildlife creatures and plants to keep environmentalists happy in their exciting and thrilling adventures. During spring time, dogwood and redbud trees practically bloom with flowers, giving the forested hills a pink, purple, and white hue. During summer, it is nice to enjoy the nature when you are under the shade of leafy trees.

If you are looking for a glorious vacation filled with nature-friendly activities such as biking, hiking, and horseback riding with the whole family, come to Busiek State Forest in Branson this spring season.

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Pump Up your Spring Vacation by the Lake and Aboard the Showboat Branson Belle

Branson Belle LogoThis spring season, you may want to experience a fantastic and wonderful vacation by the lake aboard the Showboat Branson Belle. This river boat that cruises along the lake in Branson features on board world-class performers. Showboat Branson Belle was constructed at its home port in White River Landing and was christened on April 13, 1995. The boat uses the power thrust of 2 twin rear paddle wheels with measurement of 16 x 24 ft in diameter and it travels at a maximum speed of 14 knots (26 mph). It has a weight of 1250 tons, 278 ft in length, has a beam of 78 ft, with a height of 112 ft, and a draught of 7 ft. This river boat can accommodate 700 passengers.

The showboat cruises in the Table Rock Lake which is landlocked by the Table Rock Dam on one side and Beaver Lake Dam on the other side. The launching rails of the Showboat Branson Belle are lubricated by about two tons of bananas. This lubrication from bananas is a biodegradable material which is not pollutant and will not contaminate the Table Rock Lake.  The boat is considered the biggest ship in a landlocked lake in America. Exciting shows on board feature world-class performers like comedian Christopher James, The Showmen group, and violinist Janice Martin. While you are enjoying the live performances, you will be served a three-course meal.

The two and a half hour river cruise of the Showboat Branson Belle offers you a perfect relaxation as you enjoy picturesque views of the natural scenery around the Table Rock Lake. You can enjoy a unique shopping experience while you are onboard the showboat. Shopping in boutiques will help you complete your Showboat Branson Belle cruising experience. At the White River Landing, McAdoo’s Boatworks and Layton’s Mercantile offer an array of men’s accessories, ladies’ apparel, jewelry, along with inspirational home décor and souvenir items. Candies, Silver Dollar City jams, coffee, preserves, jellies, and more can also be found in White River Landing boutiques.

The Showboat Branson Belle features a lunch show “Made in The USA” that gives honor to the stars and stripes featuring the amazing voices of all female four-member quartet, The ShowBelles along with master pianist Julie McClarey and dynamic fiddler Dean Church. The show is hosted by magician and comedian Christopher James with the support of The Showboat’s live band, The Castaways. All audiences watching the varied musical performances of the “Made in the USA” show applaud with great pride and excitement. The show also features Janice Martin and The Showmen which is accompanied by a rockin’ live band.

All around the Showboat Branson Belle you can feel that it is really filled with laughter and illusions with the great live entertainment show of varied performers including the comedy show of Christopher James. If you want to experience a wonderful spring vacation with great attractions in the Table Rock Lake and fantastic onboard entertainments in the Showboat Branson Belle, consider a wonderful river cruise with the Showboat in Branson, Missouri.

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Things to Do during Spring Break in Branson

Spring season is a wonderful time to spend a perfect spring break in Branson where you will be able to experience great outdoor activities. During this time, most families look for the best vacation destination to spend together and have fun, giggle, laugh, and share old stories. Spring break in Branson is a perfect vacation spot where you can have a complete relaxation while you enjoy the surroundings with lush greenery and the fresh blooms of flowers and plants. In Branson, you can enjoy exciting attractions and activities such as watching live entertainment shows, cruises on the lake, and retail outlet shopping.

Dancing Queen: Abba’s Greatest  Hits LogoAs the climate temperature during the spring break in Branson averages from 50 to 80 degrees, you can feel a refreshing evening while it is warm and sunny during the day. With 50 theaters and 80 live entertainment performances in Branson, you can always have a wholesome fun with your family. If you have an active approach on your spring break vacation in Branson, there are several activities to enjoy around the lakes that include biking, hiking, boating, and fishing. However, if you like to shop and dine around the area, there are outlet shops and upscale restaurants that offer lots of shopping opportunities and fine dining.

Branson has many wonderful attractions that include the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. The fish hatchery is a great educational destination for your family where you will learn more about fresh water fish. At the Shepherd of Hills Fish Hatchery, you will learn how much fish the hatchery can produce every year. If you want to know more about wine making, visit the Stone Hill Winery which is the most awarded winery in Missouri. At the winery you will see the sampling of juices and wines and will enjoy relaxing in one of its six tasting rooms.

If you are a golf enthusiast or just like watching golfers play, Branson features seven golf courses that include the Branson’s famous Thousand Hills Golf Resort. If you like to experience thrilling and exciting activities, there are several attractions to enjoy during spring break in Branson than simply watching or playing golf. Visit the Silver Dollar City theme park that features many fun rides such as Power Keg, Rollercoaster Fire-in-the-Hole, and Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train.

During spring break in Branson, you can also enjoy many of the world’s famous live entertainment shows. These shows are: the “Dancing Queen: Abba’s Greatest  Hits” which is performed in King’s Castle Theater; Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus which is performed in the New Shanghai Theater; Dublin’s Irish Tenors and the Celtic Ladies which is also performed in King’s Castle Theater; and many other entertainment shows. 

Whatever exciting attractions and activities you like to prefer, spring break in Branson is definitely a perfect vacation destination. If you want to enjoy a wonderful and relaxing spring break vacation with more exciting attractions and activities, come to Branson and stay at Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort.


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Come and See the World in Branson


It is everyone’s dream to be able to see the world. But what if you will be given the opportunity to see the world without the need for passports, visas, and intense travel? In Branson, you can have that opportunity! Branson Missouri is known to many to be the live entertainment capital of the world. Now, you can also get to know Branson as a place that can show you the whole world.

Branson Missouri holds an annual event called See The World in Branson. This event will start in April 1, 2014 and continues until May 5, 2014. See The World in Branson highlights the vast influence of international artists and musicians on the unique Branson style of entertainment. You can also experience the international influences in the attractions in Branson. And if you are longing to taste food from the different parts of the globe, this event would be the best venue for that. Taste the delectable dishes from different countries. You are guaranteed to have the best time here in this event because you don’t only get to physically indulge yourself in the specialties that other countries has to offer, you also get to be exposed to the different cultures and traditions of the countries. This event will also let you some trivia or tidbits about the other countries. See The World in Branson makes sure that all the continents are well represented so it would really feel like you are travelling the whole world. Just imagine how far your one visit to Branson could reach. There are local theaters, hotels, restaurants, and retail venues to represent the countries from all over the world. You can also expect overflowing creativity as some places are designed well to be able to give you the distinct vibe for a particular country. Some examples of the venues that you can visit are Mexico, Israel, Greece, Scotland, wherein the cultures of these countries will be highlighted.

Branson already has attractions which feature the talents of various countries, too. Some of these shows are the Acrobats of China, Twelve Irish Tenors, Shoji Tabuchi, the Liverpool Legends, Yakov Smirnoff, and many more. These internationally acclaimed acts are one of the reasons why Branson has become known worldwide to be a powerhouse in entertainment.

Branson offers you this opportunity to see the world and explore the other places that you have been used to seeing in books, magazines, and movies. The spring season in Branson during this time also makes it a conducive time to have your vacation since the weather will be so chill. This month long festival will surely have many things to offer to Branson’s guests. For this festival, make your vacation long enough for you to experience a lot of things and to make some memories of your own. Choose your lodging place in Thousand Hills Golf Resort, since it near all the attractions in Branson. Plan your vacation now in Branson and See The World In Branson – No Passports Needed!

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Enjoy Your Spring Break in Branson Theme Parks

Spring break in Branson is a wonderful time to experience great outdoor attractions and activities at Silver Dollar City theme park. Silver Dollar City in Branson boasts six annual festivals, 60 outlet shops and restaurants, and 40 entertainment shows. Spring break in Branson is a perfect vacation destination where you can see flourishing flowers and plants filled the surroundings of the beautify scenery around the Ozark Mountains.

As Branson is beautifully located near the three lakes namely, Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, and Lake Taneycomo, it makes the place the best vacation destination. The easy accessibility with the lakes, will allow you to enjoy the many opportunities of exciting water sports adventures and other outdoor activities. A complete fun of enjoyment of exciting attractions and activities is what visitors want to experience during spring break vacation in Branson. Families spending a wonderful vacation along the lakes will surely enjoy lots of activities including water sports adventure.

Spring break in Branson is such a great time to enjoy as the temperature of the climate averages from 50 to 80 degrees which means warm and sunny in the day while in the evening you feel a refreshing air. If you have an active style on your vacation, there are several outdoor adventures to enjoy around the lakes that include hiking, biking, boating, and fishing.  However, if you prefer to spend a leisurely walk around Branson shopping area, you will find many outlet shops and upscale restaurants that offer great shopping and fine dining. In the same location during night time, you can enjoy live entertainment shows that feature world-famous performers.

Silver Dollar City theme park offers many exciting theme ride adventures to make your spring break vacation in Branson a wonderful experience. Silver Dollar City features a fun-packed theme park with dozens of attractions and 30 thrill rides that include Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train, world-class roller coasters, PowerKeg, steam engine train rides, Giant swing, and water-shoot-out rides. The park’s PowerKeg and roller coaster rides will give you a truly exciting and thrilling ride of your life when it is launched at 53mph in 2.8 seconds. The theme park also features RiverBlast and multi-level goes kart tracks which is the most thrilling and the most exciting ride in the park. The park features also a play area with climbing nets, tree top fun houses, sand tables, and a carousel.

There are also world’s famous live entertainment shows that can be enjoyed in Branson during spring break. These shows are: Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus which is performed in the New Shanghai Theater; Dublin’s Irish Tenors and the Celtic Ladies which is performed in King’s Castle Theater;  and the “Dancing Queen: Abba’s Greatest Hits” which is also performed in King’s Castle Theater and many more shows.

With so many attractions and outdoor activities including many stimulating thrill rides in the Silver Dollar City theme park, vacationers in Branson during spring break have many reasons to return another time.


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Spring Break in Branson Means Table Rock Lake Exploration Time

Table Rock Lake Bonding LogoIf you are looking for a great vacation this spring break, visit the Table Rock Lake in Branson where you can explore many exciting water sports activities such as boating, fishing, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, and more. Spring break in Branson will let you experience a warm and sunny days with occasional rain showers that give off fresh blooms of flowers and plants.

At the Table Rock Lake, you can have a great time to enjoy the lush greenery on the lakeside scenery, boat trips on the rivers, cruises on the lake, live entertainment shows, and outlet shopping. Visitors to the lake will be delighted to learn that it was created after the damming of the White River in 1958. This man-made Table Rock Lake was made with the collaboration of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to measure the flood control along the river.

During this spring season in Branson, the temperature averages between 50 degrees to 80 degrees which has a perfect blend of sunny and warm weather while the nights have refreshing temperatures.

Table Rock Lake is really a perfect family spring break destination as it features several outdoor activities and water sports adventures.

Along the banks of the Table Rock Lake, you can find dozens of attractions. The scenic beauty of the forests, natural shoreline of the lake, bluffs and wildlife are well preserved by the area’s environmentalists. The lake has about 750 miles of shoreline and has an area of 52,300 acres.  It has an abundant supply of large bluegill, bass, and crappie in the lake.  There are also catfish of all sizes at the bottom of the lake. If you want to go boating or fishing, boat rental is available in marinas and other area resorts.

At Table Rock Lake, there are several fine restaurants that serve boaters. These restaurants in the coves offer delicious treats with free boat docking. In the area, there are full-service marinas that offer delicious foods and other supplies while you are refueling the boat. There are also eateries in Kimberling City near the Table Rock Lake that serve foods from local choices to home favorites. You can also find dine-in restaurants at the lake that offer evening live entertainments during weekends.

The lake features more than 100 resorts that can make your lake adventure truly exciting and enjoyable. Your spring break vacation in Table Rock Lake will not be complete if you don’t try a river boat adventure. If you are hesitant to man the boat, you can take a ride in one of the commercial boat cruises that operate on the Table Rock Lake. These boat cruises operate from many locations so that so they can provide good service to many boaters around the lake.

If you want to experience and explore some of the many water sports activities in Table Rock Lake this spring season, come to Branson and enjoy the awesome view of the lake while exploring many exciting attractions and water sports adventure.

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Have the Grandest Spring Break with Branson Golf at Thousand Hills Golf Resort

Branson Golf LogoIf you want to experience the grandest spring break vacation, come to Branson Golf at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. The resort is located near the famous 76 Country Music Boulevard in the heart of Branson, Missouri. The Thousand Hills Golf Resort is popularly known as one of Branson’s most fascinating golf courses. This award-winning 18-hole course is played each season by about 25,000 golfers. This golf course is equipped with challenging tees and fairways. The course has 9 par 3’s, 8 par 4’s, and one par 5. The layout requires precise shots into the greens. Strategic bunkering throughout this 18-hole course not only adds aesthetic value but also to the overall excitement and experience of playing golf.

Golf Digest magazine in 2009 rated 4-Stars this 18-hole golf course and was voted Best of the Ozarks by the readers of the Springfield News. Thousand Hills Resort’s popularity was gained from its ability to cater different golf skill levels. From neophyte to professional golfers, the three separate sets of tees will assure you that the golf course remains challenging and fair for all golfers with no discrimination on age and experience.

The location of this 18-hole golf masterpiece is another benefit as the place allows you to see beautiful wooded forests, unique rock formations, and over Ozark streams. Here, you would never think that you are near the 76 strip and Branson’s world-famous live entertainment shows. The place is also within 10 minutes drive from Tale Rock Lake and 5 minutes from Lake Taneycomo that will let you see great outdoor attractions. With the beautiful location of the golf course, you will surely enjoy the spectacular combination of beautiful sceneries and challenging holes.

Thousands of golfers have played in the Thousand Hills Golf Resort since 1993 and many of them were satisfied and came back to play their favorite. The Golf Resort offers senior flags allowing senior golfers over age 55 to drive in the fairways on days specially open only for them. The implementation of the senior flag was made in the fall of 2012. Aside from the senior flags, new cart paths have been built so that walking to the greens will come easy and comfortable. The senior flag system and the new cart paths can help make the senior golfers become more interested to play golf often.

The golf course at the Thousand Hills has been re-routed for a better flow and faster round of golf playing. The re-routing of the course has put the difficult par later in the round and not after the easiest hole on the golf course. The change after the re-routing will reduce the typical round to four hours or less. Golfers still get the same great 18 holes but can be played in a little less time. Some of the maintenance practices in Thousand Hills Golf Course have been changed to expedite every round of play.

If you haven’t played at Thousand Hills Golf Resort before, come play at Branson Golf and enjoy our new re-routing of the golf course.


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Spring Break Madness at Silver Dollar City

If you want to spend a wonderful vacation this spring break in Branson, visit Silver Dollar City which is one the most popular vacation spots in Central America. Silver Dollar City has been entertaining visitors since 1960 with its 40 entertaining shows, 60 outlet shops and restaurants, and six annual festivals that make the place a favorite annual destination for every family. A wholesome fun of entertainments and exciting attractions is what people of all ages want to enjoy during spring break vacation. Families spending a great vacation time at Silver Dollar City will surely enjoy its non-stop entertaining activities and attractions.

SDC Frisco Ride LogoFrom mid-March to end of December, Silver Dollar City offers visitors lots of exciting and fun things to enjoy. The city features a fun-packed amusement park with dozens of attractions, and 30 thrill rides that include world class roller coasters, Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train, PowerKeg, Giant swing, steam engine train rides, and water-shoot-out rides. Riding the roller coasters and PowerKeg that is launching 53mph in 2.8 seconds will give you a very exciting and entertaining ride of your life. You can also find six entertainment venues in the park featuring 40 shows daily that usually last 20 to 25 minutes.

Spring break vacation in Silver Dollar City is such a great moment to spend where families can enjoy the tranquil surroundings with refreshing atmosphere, lush greenery, and the flourishing blooms of flowers and plants. With the city’s fun-packed adventures, no one will ever feel emptiness around the place. The city’s 1880s-style theme park boasts American Craftsmanship featuring 100 craftsmen and women including glassblowers, basket weavers, knife smiths, potters, quilters, blacksmiths, and many more. Spring break vacationers can watch glassblowers at work turning a glass into a beautiful base. You can also enjoy at the park’s live music entertainment and fine restaurants serving delicious foods from home-cooked favorites to festival specialties.

The “Amusement Today” magazine rated Silver Dollar City’s with the best theme park food in the USA. Fine restaurants in the theme park include Aunt Pollys, with its fried chicken specialty and popular catfish; The Ribhouse, known for its baby back ribs, barbecue, smoked chicken and smoked brisket; and Buckshot Annie’s Skillet Cookery famous for its harvest succotash. There are also plenty of ice cream and funnel cakes for dessert, making dining experience, worth the visit.

Silver Dollar City has about six World Class Festivals to entertain visitors all throughout the year. These festivals include the World-Fest, a celebration of diverse international events and the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival in May.  National Kids Fest is celebrated by young visitors from June through August. The Southern Gospel Picnic runs through late August through early September. The National Harvest Festival is celebrated from mid-September to late October. From November to December is the time of celebration of Old Time Christmas.

With so many exciting attractions and a variety of outdoor activities including the many stimulating rides in the Silver Dollar City theme park, spring break vacationers in Branson have many reasons to return another time.

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