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It’s Not Too Early To Plan for a Branson Memorial Day Getaway

With Memorial Day just around the corner, it might be a good time to start thinking about how you and your family will spend your holiday. Memorial Day is a day the country takes to remember those who valiantly fought and died for our freedom, and just to remember those we have lost over the years. Sometimes, this can be a dreary day for many, but this year take some time to celebrate the passing of those loved ones with a relaxing family experience!

The Branson Veterans Memorial Museum

Branson Memorial MuseumWhat better way to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom than to spend a little time this year learning about just what it is they did for us. The Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson covers the stories of the men and women who fought for our liberties during the 20th century. “The vast array of exhibits causes reflection and creates an intense curiosity about the personal experiences of the men and women who lived in these uniforms, fired these weapons, lived as a POW, wrote these letters home, wore these medals, played this battlefield organ, flew the planes, rode the motorcycles, and served our country so well,” states The Veterans Memorial Museum website, http://www.veteransmemorialbranson.com. The Museum features ten different halls circulating through World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Dessert Storm, and more. The main attraction of the museum is a 70 feet long, 15 ton bronze sculpture, which is the world’s longest war memorial sculpture, created specifically for The Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson. This sculpture is made up of 50 different combat soldiers storming a beach, capturing the image of one man from every of the 50 states. On the walls in this room are written all of the names of those killed in action while serving in WWII. The website encourages visitors to take lots of time going through the museum to read the literature and truly appreciate the entirety of what these brave men gave up for our freedom. The museum charges 14.95 for adults, $13.00 for Veterans and Military members, $10.00 for students 13 to 17 years old, $5.00 for child 5 to 12, children 4 and under enter for free, and has a group rate of $11.00 for 15 or more people. For exact operating times, visit the museums website or call them at 1-877-554-8387.

The Dobyn’s Dining Room the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks

Another great tradition to start this Memorial Day is visiting the Dobyn’s Dining during your Memorial Day stay. With Memorial Day being on a Monday, take some time on Sunday to enjoy the Keeter Center’s famous Sunday brunch. The Brunch starting at 10 a.m., and running to 2 p.m. features buffet selections including: hot entrees and side dishes, salad and cold cuisine, carved meat, breakfast selection, made-to-order waffles and omelets, wide variety of desserts, and highlighting entertainment from the wide range of student musical talent. The Dobyn’s Dining Room, in true College of the Ozarks tradition, is staff almost completely by students. Students will greet you when entering the Keeter Center, served by students at your table, and eat food cooked by students and culinary majors. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the reservation line at 417-690-2146. After eating a filling meal in the Dobyn’s Dining Room, check out the Veterans historical museum located at the Keeter Center featuring different artifacts and information collected by the college.

Stockstill Park

And what better way to end your Memorial Day weekend with a pinic at Branson’s Stockstill park. You can reserve the picnic table areas, or just show up and set up a BBQ extravaganza. The park has a baseball diamond and lots of playground equipment for the kids to run around in. A small creek runs through the park which in great for taking a little dip in, and a walking trail also runs through the park available to take you through some beautiful Ozark Mountain scenery. However you decide to spend your Memorial Day, it is sure to be a great and memorable experience when spending it in Branson, Missouri.

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The Top 5 Branson Attractions

Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City Wildfire Roller CoasterPossibly the most popular attraction in Branson is Silver Dollar City. The City has a little bit of something for everyone. They have crazy rollercoasters like WildFire features “high-flying, multi-looping, cobra-rolling coaster that will leave you breathless,” boasts the Silver Dollar City website, http://www.bransonsilverdollarcity.com. This coaster travels up to 66 miles per hour, and drops a vertical drop of 15 stories with five full upside down loops, a cobra roll, cork screw and high-speed spiral. If this ride is a little too intense for you could spend some time in The Grand Exposition. This part of the park features 10 different family focused rides with swings, a mini-roller-coaster, and classic teacups. While at the City, be sure to take in some traditional American delicacy – skillet potatoes and funnel cakes. While you are sipping your frozen lemonade and munching on poke salad, stop by and see one of the City’s many shows, which change with the six different festivals Silver Dollar City features. Operating hours for Silver Dollar City change from month to month, so be sure to check http://www.bransonsilverdollarcity.com for ticket prices and times.

Dixie Stampede

If you are looking for a one-stop attraction where you can enjoy a great show and delicious food look no further than Dolly’s Parton’s Dixie Stampede. “Visit Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction in Branson, MO for a family feast and fantastic show fun for all ages,” states Dixie Stampede’s official website, http://www.branson.dixiestampede.com. “Filled with friendly North and South competition, thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects, phenomenal musical productions plus a mouth-watering four-course dinner complete with a delicious dessert!” Start the night out with a pre-show entertainment in Dixie’s world famous Carriage Room with rotating opening acts to get you all riled up before the big show in the Stadium include many different animals, performers, and comedy. Dixie’s scrumptious down-home cooking with corn, a full chicken, potato wedges, and apple turnovers will leave you absolutely stuffed.

Titanic Museum

Titanic The Museum Attraction allows you to interact with history and become a passenger or crew member of the Titanic ship. With over 400 different artifacts from the ship, it is an amazing way to fit in a little history with your trip to Branson. Not only will you be assigned a person from the original ship, but also you can explore how your passenger lived, what they would have done on the ship, and see what it would have been like during the sinking of the Titanic. This self-guided tour through this over four and a half million-dollar collection ends with you discovering whether your passenger made it out or not, but you will surely be returning to this Branson classic.

Sight & Sound Theatres

The Sight & Sound Theatre has not been in Branson, Missouri as long as some of the other attractions on this list, but has certainly made a huge impact on the community and the visitors. The Sight & Sound Theatres started in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Eshelman family, creators and operators of the Sight & Sound Theatres Experience, opened a theatre in Branson in 2008 with the production “NOAH – The Musical.” The Theatre is currently playing “The Story of Joseph,” which tells the biblical story with amazing sets, many different animals, original songs, and experienced actors. Some of the animals used in the shows currently include: “Vietnamese potbellied pigs, Angora goats, Barbados sheep, baby doll sheep, Corriedale sheep, llamas, camels, Scottish Highlander cattle, Jersey cattle, donkeys, miniature donkeys, goats, horses, ponies, dogs (Saint Bernard and Welsh Corgi), Himalayan cats, skunks, macaws, rabbits, chickens of various breeds, doves, white pigeons, Peking ducks, geese, Crescent ducks, turkeys, alpacas, and zebus.” Check the Sight & Sound website, http://www.sight-sound.com, for specific times and ticket prices.

Ride the Ducks

A fun and unusual Branson attraction is Ride the Ducks. Get but by the adventure bug and take a riding tour of Branson in an amphibious vehicle. “Ride through the scenic Ozarks, Climb to the top of a mountain (aboard our Duck, of course) and Splash down and Cruise Table Rock Lake,” states the Ride the Ducks website, http://www.branson.ridetheducks.com. “While on the lake you can drive the duck, if you want.” Ride the Ducks has been operating for 33 years, has had over 14 million passengers, and completed over 700,000 tours. Ride the Ducks has two ticket locations; one is located at 2320 W Hwy 76 near Wal-Mart, and another at the Branson Landing next to Arvest Bank. Each tour location offers a different experience for visitors, so if you gone on one, go on the other! Its sure to be a great time for all.

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NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship

This year College of the Ozarks will host the 22nd Annual NAIA National Tournament for the 14th time.

The NAIA tournament is a single-elimination tournament featuring the champions of the Division II conferences, regional tournaments and at-large berths.

The tournament will run from March 6 to March 12 in the Keeter Gymnasium starting at 8:30 a.m. for three days of rigorous competition for the NAIA Division II Men’s Championship. The championship final will be on March 12 at 8 p.m. and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

Tickets for the tournament are priced at $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for college students with a student ID, $5.00 for children ages 12 -18, $3.00 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5 years old. It is $65.00 for a 31 game tournament pass for general admission, and $95.00 dollars for reserved seating. If wanting reserved seating it is $15.00. The NAIA tournament is not just about sporting events. In 2000, the NAIA added Champions of Character, to enhance the character-building aspects of sports, Chad Waller stated.

The NAIA tournament involves 60,000 student-athletes, has 13 sports and 23 national championships. It involves close to 300 colleges, universities, and conferences, and gives out $450 million in athletic scholarships every year.

NAIA began in 1937 when Dr. James Naismith and other local leaders formed the National College Basketball Tournament. The first tournament was played at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri, and in 1938, the tournament expanded to include 32 teams, which the tournament still includes to this day. In 1980 the NAIA became the first collegiate athletics association to sponsor both men’s and women’s championships by adding women’s basketball, cross county, gymnastics, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, softball, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball championships.

C of O is tied as the second longest host of the tournament, stated Chad Waller, NAIA director of communications and sports information in an article titled “Ozarks to Host 2014 and 2015 DII MBB Championships.” They are tied with Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. Sioux City, the longest national championship hold host, has been hosting the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship since 1998.

The NAIA is dedicated to developing character in all of its student-athletes. “In the NAIA, a dedication to leadership development is balanced with sports accomplishment,” stated the NAIA official website, http://www.naia.org. “A trailblazer in providing equal opportunity for all student-athletes. An expectation of ethical behavior, fairness in competition, access to athletic scholarship, sportsmanship and leadership development.”

The NAIA tournament is not just about sporting events. In 2000, the NAIA added Champions of Character, to enhance the character-building aspects of sports, Chad Waller stated.

“Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience,” Chad Waller stated. “Through Champions of Character, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official, and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.”

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Five Vital Branson Vacation Tips

Improving Your Branson Vacation With Help From The Locals

Traveling anywhere can be difficult. Branson is no exception, especially during the summer when many families are taking their trips. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, your Branson vacation can be stressful. To keep your Branson vacation hassle-free, here are 5 travel tips that may come in handy when planning your vacation.

1. Find out about alternative travel routes.
Navigating the Branson area can be difficult, especially when shows are starting and ending. Before you come to town, familiarize yourself with the alternative routes through the city. These routes allow you to avoid Highway 76 when traffic tends to get a little congested. The three routes are defined by color on maps, and all can take you right to many of the shows that are located in the Branson area. To get a map, visit our Branson Maps Page.

2. Save some money by finding lesser known shows and attractions.
Many of the widely known shows in Branson have higher ticket prices than some of the lesser known shows and attractions. These shows and attractions can get you more bang for your buck. Some of them are:
• National Tiger Sanctuary – this facility was built with private funds to teach about Earth’s ecosystems. The focus is on the world’s big cats and the goal is to teach about preserving the environment. The tiger sanctuary is open year round and tickets for this attraction are only $20 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $10 for children (ages 3 – 12). For more information, call 417-587-3633 or visit nationaltigersanctuary.org.
Hollywood Wax Museum Branson VacationHollywood Wax Museum – at this attraction, you can get up close and personal with some of your favorite stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, and Charlie Chaplin. The Hollywood Wax Museum is open year round until midnight. Adult tickets (ages 12 and up) are $20.03, and child tickets (ages 4 – 11) are $9.99. For more information, call 417-337-8277 or visit hollywoodwaxmuseum.com.
• Smoke on the Mountain – located in the Little Opry Theater, this show chronicles the Sanders Family Singers through a uniquely entertaining story set in North Carolina in 1938. Shows begin in April, and tickets are $30.13 for adults (ages 12 and up). Children 11 and younger are free.

3. Check out Branson’s city parks to have some inexpensive fun.
Branson Parks and Recreation has worked hard in recent years to make Branson’s city parks as beautiful as people have come to expect of the Ozarks. For your Branson vacation, check out one of Branson’s 15 parks located throughout the city, including Alexander Park, Cantwell Park, Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area, and the popular Branson RecPlex with its 12,000 square foot aquatics center. For more information about Branson Parks and Recreation, visit bransonparksandrecreation.com.

4. Support local restaurants.
One of the decisions that you’ll have to make while you’re on your Branson vacation is where to eat. It seems simple enough, but some of the best eateries in Branson are harder to find and well worth the hunt. Here’s a quick run-down of restaurants to visit while in Branson:
• Danna’s Bar-B-Que and Burger Shop – as the name suggests, this out-of-the-way restaurant specializes in the best barbecue and burgers in the area. Their menu features everything from BBQ Nachos to classic pulled pork sandwiches and ribs to fried catfish. And leave room for dessert – Danna’s also has decadent desserts like Bourbon Brownies and ice cream sundaes. Danna’s is located at 963 State Highway 165. Call ahead at 417-337-5527 for to-go orders.
• The Farmhouse Family Restaurant – this eatery, located in downtown Branson close to the Branson Landing, specializes in home-style cooking. Fried chicken, chicken fried steak, and mashed potatoes are just a sampling of the offerings on the menu. The Farmhouse is famous for its rich blackberry cobbler and other desserts. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. excepting Fridays and Saturdays (open until 9 p.m.). The Farmhouse Family Restaurant is located at 119 West Main Street.
• Sugar Leaf Bakery Café – this quaint café, located in Branson’s Grand Village, is the perfect place to get a fabulous sandwich, salad, or slice of quiche. Sugar Leaf also specializes in the best sweet treats in Branson. Sugar Leaf Bakery Café is located at 2800 West Highway 76. Visit sugarleaftreats.com to view their full menu and product offerings.

5. Schedule your meal times around show times.
Many of Branson’s shows have show times at 2 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. If you’re going to a show, keep in mind that it is advisable to get to your show 30 to 45 minutes early. Doing so can help you get better seats. It also allows you to get your tickets early if you haven’t already ordered them. Even if you’re not going to a show, make sure to eat earlier than show times or later, or plan to wait around in the restaurant until the show traffic dies down.

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The Top 3 Non-Country Branson Shows

Visitors to Branson may know the city as the “Country Music Capital”, but what some may not know is that there are a number of shows that aren’t country music related – not even close. Some Branson shows are exactly the opposite. From dance to magic, Branson has something to offer everyone in your family. Travelers on tripadvisor.com have spoken out about their favorite shows. Here’s a run-down of three of the best non-country Branson shows.

1. Acrobats of China Branson ShowThe Acrobats of China offer a detour from the variety of music and dance shows. This breathtaking production is performed by the New Shanghai Circus. Deeply rooted in Chinese history, sixteen highly talented individuals perform feats of strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance. The performers were first invited to perform in Branson in 1998 and even performed on Broadway in 1999. The Acrobats of China keep tradition alive in their feats, which are over 2000 years old. The show changes each year to keep audiences enthralled by the incredible performance given by the Acrobats of China. The Acrobats of China has performances from March to December. The theater is located at 645 State Highway 165. Group ticket rates are available; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get more information about these rates. Specials and Branson vacation packages are available; visit acrobatsofchina.com for more information. To reserve your tickets, call 1-877-21-CHINA or 417-336-8888.

2. The Brady Lunch Show at the Yakov Smirnoff Theater is performed by Barry Williams, who became widely known as Greg Brady from the popular television series “The Brady Bunch.” He expanded his career to include musical comedy after the days of the Brady Bunch, and performed in a number of musical theater productions, as well as in Las Vegas and on multiple cruise lines. He has recorded 5 albums and today Williams brings his musical theater and comedy talents to the Brady Lunch. Guests enjoy a meal while being entertained by Williams and a live five piece band. Adult tickets for this show are $34.95 (ages 12 and up), child tickets are $14.50 (ages 4 to 11), and toddlers (ages 3 and under) are free. Toddler tickets DO NOT include a meal. Group rates are available; call 1-866-EAT-FREE for rates.

3. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the Hamner Barber Variety Show. This incredible variety show features magic and illusions by Dave and Denise Hamner, vocal comedy by ventriloquist Jim Barber, along with song, and dance performed by a talented troupe of dancers. The Hamners have headlined shows in Las Vegas and Hollywood’s “Magic Castle”. They have won many awards including the “Magical Masters Award” and the “Bronze Lion Head Award”, which was awarded them by renowned magicians Siegfried and Roy. Jim Barber has been performing in Branson since 1994 and has been named Comedy Entertainer of the Year by the National Association for Campus Activities. There are also other shows that grace the stage at the Hamner Barber Theater, including Tom Mullica’s tribute to Red Skelton, as well as the gospel singing Fair Family. The Hamner Barber Variety Show runs from March to December. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-888-335-2080.

 

Pick your Branson show and contact our concierge today at 1-800-693-4653.

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Branson Outdoor Activities For Nature Lovers

The list of Branson outdoor activities is varied and long, including canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing, and much, much more. Thanks to the geographical features of the area that include beaches, forests, and lakes, you’ll never run out of things to do.

Get Wet in the Lakes

When the weather is warm, there’s loads of water to cool you down when you visit Branson. Thanks to the three beautiful lakes in the Branson Lakes Area and the high number of creeks and rivers in the area, a lot of Branson’s outdoor activities are water-related.

Table Rock Lake DamWater skiing, jet skiing, tubing, scuba diving, para sailing, and cliff jumping are all popular Branson outdoor activities at the Branson Lakes Area. If you’re just looking for a place to lay down and relax under the sun rays, you’ll be able to do just that at the many parks and swimming beaches around the lakes. Check out Moonshine Beach, the most visited public swimming area.

Canoeing and kayaking is one of the most popular Branson outdoor activities, and for good reason. It’s a great way to see the Ozark Mountain Country away from the city lights. For a calm paddling experience, visit James River, Beaver Creek, Indian Creek, Finley River, or one of the three lakes in the area. For a more thrilling experience, head to the White and Buffalo Rivers.

The three lakes of Branson, Table Rock, Bull Shoals, and Taneycomo, are also well-known for their fish. You’ll encounter plenty of rainbow and brown trout at Lake Taneycomo and catch great bass and catfish at Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake.

Explore the Parks

More than 100,000 acres of parks, including city, state, federal, and privately owned wilderness areas, can be found in Branson for you to enjoy. If you like to hike or bike, you’ll definitely appreciate the 200+ miles of hiking/biking trails in the area.

There’s a lot of wildlife for you to spot, including wild turkeys, deers, bald eagles, and foxes. Try visiting the Mark Twain National Forest and the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park to immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery of Branson.

Geocaching is another popular park activity that you can do in Branson. Seek out the numerous hidden caches all around the Branson Lakes Area.

If you don’t have much time during your vacation, a simple picnic lunch with your family at one of the many parks in the Branson area is a wonderful way to enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of nature.

Escape to the Mountains

For a new view of the mountains around Branson, hop on a horse and enjoy the thrilling experience of horseback riding. You can find many places around Branson that provide guided rides, such as Bear Creek Trail Rides, Cedar Mountain Stables, and Uncle Ikes Trail Rides. Most guided tours on horseback will take you around one hour to complete, but the memories will last forever.

If horseback riding isn’t exciting enough for you, consider spelunking or zip lining through the mountains. Missouri is full of caves and Branson is no exception, so strap on your cave helmet, turn on the light, and explore. Or glide around on zip lines and get a spectacular bird's-eye view of the mountains!

Whether you spend most of your time around the lakes, in the parks, or in the mountains, you'll find plenty of Branson outdoor activities to keep you busy for the duration of your vacation. Just make sure you have comfortable lodgings, such as a cabin or a condo, where you can relax at the end of your fun-filled days!

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3 Travel Tips For a Weekend in Branson

Spending a weekend in Branson is a great way to bond with your family, catch some great shows, and have an all-around amazing weekend. If you are planning a weekend trip to Branson then there are three travel tips you should keep in mind:

1. Pack a Swimsuit- Any weekend in Branson would not be complete unless you are ready to get soaking wet. Silver Dollar City is a great year-round amusement park that is filled with festivals, music shows, roller caster rides and a world class water theme park. You can peruse around in an inter tube or splash around in one of the many pools. There are also plenty of fun things for adults as well. You can take a romantic cruise on the Branson Belle, where the staff and atmosphere will make you feel like a celebrity. As you cruise through the White River, you will enjoy live shows, exquisite food, and fun for you and your spouse or the whole family. This magical journey will make your weekend in Branson a trip to remember!

Silver Dollar city is closed from December to March due to cold weather, so be sure to plan you trip to Branson accordingly!

2. Pack a Sleeping Bag- There is no better way to spend time and bond with your family then to take a trip away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. You can put the iPods and tablet computers away and spend quality time with the whole family.

Branson has many cottages and cabins available which many people use to organize family reunions and vacations. These cabins are also well-suited to accommodate families, couples, or groups of friends. At night the Branson sky unveils millions of stars that are visible to the naked eye. With very little artificial light, you can stargaze with your loved ones. Don't forget to Pack a s'mores kit so you can sit around the campfire and have some munchies while you swap scary stories.

You might also want to bring plenty of towels if you plan to tame the White River on a white water rafting expedition!

3. Bring a Camera and Popcorn!- Between the amazing sites, family memories, and live shows you will need plenty of space on your camera and something to munch on while you become enveloped in one of Branson's live shows! There are so many shows to see in Branson there are too many to list. Every year there are hundreds of family friendly shows, from country and gospel music concerts, to live magic shows, to a vast array of plays and live performances. You will want to catch the action live when you take your weekend in Branson as you will want to capture the moments of a lifetime.

No matter how you plan to travel to Branson, always put safety first. Your weekend in Branson will be filled with tons of family fun, so sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding this wonderful city.

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The Top 5 Branson Shows

Your family is planning a vacation in Branson, and you’re trying to decide what show you’re going to see while you’re in town. The only problem is there are so many to choose from. Before you try picking one at random, here’s the list of the top 5 Branson shows that you should see during your visit.

1. Sight and Sound Theaters
sightandsound mocSight and Sound is the nation’s largest Christian theatre and has been in operation for 35 years. It is one of the highest attended live theatres on the East Coast (there is a location in Pennsylvania) and in the Midwest. With 2000 seats and a 300 foot wrap-around stage, the experience at Sight and Sound is definitely worth it. Joseph will be showing from March 15 to October 18, and Miracle of Christmas will show November 2 to December 28. Tickets for adults are $43.00, teens are $25.00, and children are $18.00. Visit sight-sound.com or call 1-800-377-1277 to reserve tickets.

2. George Dyer
This man is a stellar vocalist who performs a variety of genres and artists in his musical variety show. In his first season in Branson, George Dyer won 11 show awards including Best Morning Show and Best New Show. Joined by his wife Clarisse and daughter Kendra, George will knock your socks off with power ballads, Broadway hits, love songs, favorite oldies, and even gospel. Tickets for adults (ages 18 and up) are $33.50, teens (ages 13-18) are $15.00, and children (ages 5-12) are $10.00. Family passes are also available for $75.00. Call 480-603-5885 or visit georgedyer.com to reserve tickets.

3. SIX
Dubbed “An Orchestra of Human Voices”, these six brothers perform entire song acapella and use absolutely NO instruments. SIX is entering its sixth year as a Branson show and performs a variety of genres and artists, including pop, classic rock, MC Hammer, LMFAO, Coldplay, and Journey. Comedy is also thrown into the mix. The SIX Show is located in the Mickey Gilley Theater and has performances from March to December. Tickets are $29.95 for adults (ages 18 and up), $15.00 for students (ages 12-17), and $6.00 for children (ages 3-11). Call 877-SIX-BROS for reservations or visit thesixshow.com.

4. Branson’s Tony Roi
After spending 18 years as Elvis at the Legends in Concert show, Tony Roi moved to the Jim Stafford Theater and is entering his 15th season. He has been voted Branson’s Entertainer of the Year for 7 straight years from 2003 to 2008. Call 417-335-8080 for ticket information.

5. The Haygoods
Branson Shows HayboodsThese 5 brothers and 1 sister performed at Branson’s well known Silver Dollar City for 8 years before moving on to the RFDTV Theater on the Branson Strip, where they are now in their 20th season. These talented siblings all play at least one instrument and all of them have stellar vocals. They perform a variety of genres and artists that include Train, the Zac Brown Band, The Eagles, and more. Performances are from March to December. Call 417-339-4663 to reserve tickets and visit thehaygoods.com for more information.

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Branson Hotels – Not the Only Option For Your Vacation

When planning your family vacation, one of the first things you will probably do is try to find an affordable hotel for your stay. Searching the internet will find you hundreds of hotels to choose from, but they aren’t your only option – Branson also offers condos, cabins, and bed and breakfasts. No matter what the vacation, Branson has a place for you to stay comfortably.

More Than Branson HotelsThousand Hills Golf Resort offers many different types of condominium and cabin accommodations, ranging from five bedroom townhouse condos ($341-$524 per night, sleeps 12) to rustic cabins that can accommodate up to 16 people. There are a number of amenities, such as a full workout facility, swimming pools, free Wi-Fi, and washers and dryers for your convenience. Condos at Thousand Hills surround an 18 hole golf course, and are close to shows and attractions such as White Water and Dixie Stampede. Thousand Hills also offers condos near Table Rock Lake with private boat docks, plus easy access to State Park Marina and the Moonshine Beach swimming area. Cabins are also available for your vacation, and are located near all of Branson’s attractions, but secluded enough for you to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Ozark Mountains.

There are a number of benefits for renting a condo or cabin for your vacation as opposed to a hotel. One of those is that they can easily accommodate a number of people in a single dwelling. Branson hotels such as Chateau on the Lake, while luxurious, cannot offer a room or suite large enough to accommodate such a large number of people. Another benefit of choosing a condo or cabin over a Branson hotel is that a condo or cabin can give you the peace and relaxation of a private space that a hotel room cannot. Cabins are especially relaxing because they have all of the comforts of home and all the amenities of a hotel without the hassle of being so near other guests.

As you plan your Branson vacation, examine options other than a hotel. Condos and cabins in Branson are close to the shows and attractions without having to deal with other guests. Whatever your itinerary, Branson has a hotel, condo or cabin for you.

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Branson Daytrips from Springfield, Missouri

There are many things to do in Springfield, but sometime you just need a break from your hometown. Being from Springfield gives you the unique ability to act like a tourist for the day a visit Branson. Branson offers so many different opportunities for fun with the whole family.

Golfing at Thousand Hills

Golf near Springfield MOShopping and museums you may have in Springfield, but takes some time to visit Thousand Hills’ awarding-winning 18-hole golf course. Thousand Hills’ course was given 4-starts by Gold Digest magazine in 2009, and is definitely not to be missed. The course has three different tees to ensure that golfers of all ages and skills will enjoy themselves and challenge their skills. While teeing off at Thousand Hills you can take in the beautiful Branson scenery, and Thousand Hills has definitely taken advantage of the natural Ozark backdrop. Thousand Hills offer guests top of the line Yamaha Carts with GPS capabilities, and features the Mulligan’s Snack Bar & Grill April through November for that mid-day snack or after game drink.

Shows & Amusement Parks

Of course, no trip to Branson as a tourist is complete without taking in a classic Branson show or theme park. Silver Dollar City has six different festivals each year – World-Fest, Bluegrass & BBQ, National Kids Fest, Southern Gospel Picnic, National Harvest Festival, and An Old Time Christmas. With so many different festivals and things to take in at SDC, that every time you go it can be a different experience. You can spend an entire day at SDC, or a couple of hours but it will definitely be time well spent. There are many different shows to take in while in Branson, and you could probably visit Branson several times a month for a year and never see all of the shows that Branson has to offer. Not only that, but with all of the different shows the variety is great. You could come down this weekend and see the Amazing Acrobats of China, and see the Baldknobbers next weekend giving yourself a completely different experience every time you visit Branson.

The Tracks

Springfield Missouri Daytrip IdeasMaybe a calm day at the golf course or entertaining show is not your thing, and you are looking for a little more exciting option, then the Branson Tracks are the way to go. The Tracks has eight different go-kart tracks at four different locations so every time you visit a Track you can get a different experience. The Tracks offer the Heavy Metal High Rise for those more experienced drivers and a rookie go-kart track for that future Nascar driver. The Tracks also have bumper cars, laser tag, a Skycoaster, mini golf, and arcades for those in the family who are not all about the need for speed.

Living in Springfield means you will probably visit Branson more than once, so making sure you enjoy all Branson has to offer is easy. Try everything out once, don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never thought of before, and take advantage of the different options your favorite attractions have to offer, because you never know where you new favorite day trip will be hiding.

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