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The Last Stretch of the White Flight

 

 

Do you want to make your January the most magical month of the year? If you do, then all you need is to head out to Branson to catch the many events and adventures that it offers everyone. Branson is very much well known for its live music shows, concerts, and theater plays. It is also famous for providing the best entertainment with its unique concepts like the Showboat Branson Belle, and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Aside from these indoor attractions, Branson also gives you the best outdoor adventures!Butterfly Palace in Winter

 

One such place that you can go to for an outdoor getaway is the Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure. Experience how it is to be immersed in a rainforest with all the gifts of nature. Appreciate nature by immersing yourself in this safari right here in Branson. The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure serves as a habitat to hundreds of species of butterflies, each having their own specially designed aviary. The environment in The Butterfly Palace mimics the conditions of the natural habitat for the butterflies, too. The Butterfly Palace not only lets you see a wide array of butterflies, but also other species of birds and exotic plants. There is also nothing to worry since The Butterfly Palace’s butterflies were imported under the regulations and guidelines of the USDA.

 

Aside from the butterfly aviary in this nature park, there is also the Living Rainforest Science Center and the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze that people of all ages will surely enjoy. Walk into the Living Rainforest Science Center and see different rainforest creatures like salamanders, poison dart frogs, giant cockroaches and many more! This will also let the kids be exposed to the myriad of animals existing in rainforests that they don’t normally see in books. The Living Rainforest Science Center is also a big ecosystem. Other activities in this Science Center are using a light microscope, and watching a frog dissection. The Emerald Forest Mirror Maze, on the other hand, is a fun activity for kids and adults. It is basically a maze, and the challenge for you is to find your way out. Try this and see if you can get out of this challenging maze.

 

The highlight of The Butterfly Palace this January is the White Flight. The White Flight is a holiday display of many white butterflies, an 18-foot poinsettia Christmas tree, living statues of angels, along with some good ol’ holiday songs. This event in The Butterfly Palace runs only until January 15, 2014 so you better catch it to experience this magical moment. Keep the holiday spirit burning in you as you celebrate your last hurrah for the holidays in The Butterfly Palace’s White Flight!

 

The Butterfly Palace is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Experience White Flight now before it ends!

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It May Be Winter in Branson, But It’s Still Open For Business

As the holidays approach all over the country, Branson is stringing up it’s Christmas lights and capturing the Christmas spirit for you and your family to enjoy before you go home to cook your Christmas ham or turkey.

hot branson winter fun logoBut what will you do after all of the guests have gone home and the leftovers obliterated? Visit Branson, of course! Branson stays open year-round, so there’s no shortage of things to do if you’re planning a trip in January or February, after the holiday rush is over.

One of the attractions that will stay open into January is White Flight at the Butterfly Palace. You can enjoy one of Branson’s newest family traditions through Jan. 15. Thousands of white tropical butterflies flutter around a 18-foot tall poinsettia Christmas tree while your family looks on in wonder. Living angel statues come to life as you tour the Butterfly Palace, and you’ll get to see the 18 foot tall poinsettia Christmas tree while you’re exploring White Flight. In addition to the butterflies and Christmas magic, your family can learn more about the rainforest and the other butterflies that call the Butterfly Palace home. For more information about White Flight, the Butterfly Palace, ticket prices and more, visit thebutterflypalace.com.

Throughout the month of February, the Titanic museum will be honoring teachers by offering complimentary tickets to educators. In addition to offering complimentary tickets, the Titanic museum also provides educational materials right on their website. Titanic related lessons in math, geography, science, religion, and more are listed on the website for use. For more information about complimentary tickets for teachers, call the Titanic museum at 1-800-381-7670 or visit www.titanicbranson.com.

If you want to take in a show while you’re in Branson, the Hot Winter Big Show will be heating up Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre on Feb. 3, 2014. A wide variety of shows and performers will be on-stage so you can preview some of what Branson has to offer later in the year. The Branson Show League sponsors the Hot Winter Big Show, and is looking forward to the performance. To get tickets for this show, call Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre at 417-339-3003.

Also in February, you can find a number of Valentine’s Day events for you and your sweetheart to enjoy. Main Street Cruises will be hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner and cruise over Lake Taneycomo. The Titanic museum will also be hosting a tribute to the honeymoon couples that were aboard the ship on her maiden voyage.

The Branson Tri-Lakes Home Show will also be held on Valentine’s Day in 2013. This is the 18th year for the home show. The Vacation Channel has brought together some of the Tri-Lakes area’s best companies to showcase goods and services for your home. The event will be held at Chateau on the Lake. For more information about the Branson Tri-Lakes Home Show, visit bransonhomeshow.com.

Before you write off Branson for the winter, take a look at some of what Branson has to offer during January and February. You’ll be glad you did!

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A Variety of Branson Churches Welcome Vacationers

For some Branson visitors, faith is important and so is worship. But how do you find a church in the area that will welcome you if you’re on vacation and don’t know the area? Never fear – whether you go to an Assembly of God, a Catholic parish, or a Baptist church, Branson has you covered.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 420 West Main in Branson, Mo. First Presbyterian holds Sunday school at 9 a.m., and worship at 10 a.m. Wednesday night services include fellowship dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by bible studies for all age groups at 6:30 p.m. For the holidays, the church will be hosting their Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Branson Bible Church also hosts services each week on Sunday mornings and evenings and Wednesday evenings. Sunday school starts at 9:45 a.m. and runs to 10:30 a.m., followed by Sunday morning services from 10:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sunday evening services are from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday nights consist of multiple classes that start at 6:30 p.m., and focus on different age groups.

The Sanctuary of Hope is another option for worship if you want to attend church while in Branson. Located at 1790 Bee Creek Road, the Sanctuary of Hope holds Sunday school 9:00 a.m., followed by morning worship at 10:00 a.m. and evening worship at 6:00 a.m. Bible studies are held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

If you’re looking to attend a worship service while vacationing in Branson, check out one of these area churches.

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A Branson Log Cabin for Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine’s Day is the most celebrated event in February. It is the loveliest day of the month and every couple surely deserves a break from the busy streets. Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort presents the best treat for the couple with its Branson Log Cabin.

Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort is the most famous Branson resort. Not only does it provide a place to stay, but it also provides its guests and visitors the comfort which is more than what they pay for. This upcoming Valentine’s Day, make it special by staying at Thousand Hills with your loved one. The Branson Log Cabin is simply perfect for you.

The Branson Log Cabin is a famous accommodation at the Grand Mountains. It is located in a secluded romantic setting where there are woods in everywhere you look at. The place it refreshing and romantic at the same time. The exterior of the log cabin is meant to blend with its surrounding. Feel the peace that surrounds the place as you make your way towards your unit.

Stepping inside the famous Branson Log Cabin, you will see the spacious living room right in front of you. And even the interior of the place is meant to blend with the environment around you. The log cabin will surpass your expectations with space, luxury, and quality of everything you can see inside.

A Branson Log Cabin is perfect as it has the finest and the newest designs and appointments. All major appliances are included for your ultimate convenience; even a washer and a dryer are included. There is also a fully-equipped kitchen that is perfect for if you want to cook the best dishes for your romantic dinner. And the rooms are of high-end beddings with pillowtop mattresses. Each bathroom has a Jacuzzi jet-type tub that you will enjoy too.

You can never get bored in a Branson Log Cabin as it has complete TV & DVD sets in each room for your enjoyment. You can even make use of the free wireless internet. Or if you want a little more fun, you can make use of the fully-equipped gym or take a dip in the private pool of the resort.

 

A Branson Log Cabin is not just romantic, but will be the best place for you and your loved one on Valentine’s Day. It is one of the most famous Branson accommodations that will take you away from all the hustles and bustles of the streets without being too far from the Area attractions in Branson. That’s having the best place to stay while being only minutes from all the fun excitement Branson has to offer. You can spend the day with different Branson activities and then go home to your Branson Log Cabin and spend some intimate time with your loved one. Don’t miss this this upcoming love month! For more information, or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Start Planning Your January Branson Vacation

 

 

The year 2013 is nearing to an end. With the month of December fast approaching, it is never too early to start planning your January vacation. Start the year right with the perfect vacation with your loved ones. And when the “perfect” vacation is needed, there is no other place to go but in Branson Missouri.

 

May people think twice of having a January Branson vacation, but doubt no more since a lot of people swear that a January Branson vacation is just the perfect year-starter. Branson has a lot of activities and attractions perfect for any season of the year. It is also known to be the Live Music Entertainment of the World so there is no doubt that you will certainly have the time of your life in Branson Missouri. If you are also the type of person who shies away from large crowds, Branson in January is the perfect place for you since the holiday madness is already over.

 

One of the popular events for your January Branson vacation is the honoring of American veterans. This is done in remembrance of the signing of the Vietnam Peace Accord in the year 1973. This war is the longest and most talked-about war wherein America is involved, so a ceremony and a dinner for the honor of the veterans are only fitting to commemorate their heroic deeds. This tradition has been going on annually for the people who fought in the war.

 

Another event you may consider as historic, and at the same time fun, for your January Branson vacation is the annual ice sculpting event in the world-renowned Branson Titanic Museum. Relive the memories of the unsinkable ship that sank in this museum. There are also other activities in this museum. You can listen to the stories of other survivors of the Titanic and tour the grand halls of the Titanic – just like in the movies! The ice sculpting event is for free and it also features the best ice sculptors in the world.

 

Another museum which you can take on a tour is the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. This museum is anything but ordinary – with its unique façade and its mind-boggling contents. Enjoy on the fun facts about anything under the sun brought to you by Ripley’s museum. After your tour, you will definitely see the world in a new light!

 

 

To complete your January Branson vacation, book your stay at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. With the perfect location of Thousand Hills, you can stay close to all the live shows, concerts, amusement parks, shopping districts, and restaurants that Branson has. Thousand Hills also offers you lodging options such as a Branson cabin or a Branson condo. Book now and enjoy Branson in January!

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It’s Always A Good Time in Silver Dollar City

 

 

Have you ever wanted to feel what others say YOLO, or You Only Live Once? If you do, then it’s time to pack your stuff and head over to Branson Missouri! You can have the time of your life with the overflowing attractions and activities you can do in Branson.

 

One thing that spells pure entertainment, fun, and adventure in Branson is Silver Dollar City. This is an 1880’s-themed amusement park which features rides and attractions that will surely please people of all ages. Whether you are a kid or an adult, there is certainly something for you to enjoy in Silver Dollar City. After all, this theme would not be considered as “world-class” for no reason.

 

Silver Dollar City is open from mid-March to December 31 to give Branson guests an adventure of a lifetime. This theme park has more than 30 rides and attractions to keep everyone entertained. Some of its rides are also considered to be the best. When you go to Silver Dollar City, you have to try the ride called the Outlaw Run. This ride is considered to be the world’s most daring wood coaster. With its twists and turns, and ups and downs, you will definitely feel like a daredevil when you are aboard the Outlaw Run. But there is nothing to be scared when riding the Outlaw Run because you are also treated to the sceneries of the Ozark Mountains. Other rides that you should try when you visit Silver Dollar City are Powder Keg, Giant Swing, and the steam engine train. For the kids, there is also a mini roller coaster that is fit for them.

 

To provide a breather from all the excitement and adventures you will have in Silver Dollar City, there are over 40 musical shows and theater plays you can spend your time watching. You can also take a break by strolling the park and marveling at the other attractions you can see. One thing unique about Silver Dollar City is it embodies everything about the 1880’s so much that you can find everything about the 1800’s in the park. There are crafts being made in the park, so you will find more than a hundred craftsmen and women to show you how the essential crafts during the 1880s are made. Watch how they can transform a simple piece of glass into an elegant vase and other crafts. These crafts people can also show you how to cook using just homemade sap.

 

Silver Dollar City also has the best theme park food in all of America. After a long day of adventure, you can treat yourself to the best meals or pastries in Silver Dollar City. You can get the best meals in Aunt Polly’s, known for their fried chicken and catfish, and The Ribhouse, known for its barbecue, baby back ribs, smoked chicken, and smoked brisket. For desserts, there are ice cream stands and bakeries all over the park to cure your sweet tooth.

 

When you visit Silver Dollar City, make sure to book your stay at Thousand Hills Golf Resort for the best lodging options. For inquiries, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Plan Your Branson February Vacation

 

 

A new year has come upon us! This 2014, make sure that your year will be filled with lots of adventures and fun with your loved ones. Make priceless memories that you will cherish forever. Right now, plan your February vacation already. Where else should you go but in Branson, Missouri!

 

Branson Missouri is a place filled with family-friendly activities. There are a lot of theme parks and nature parks to quench your thirst for adventure. Branson is the perfect place for your February vacation, as it is any month of the year. One of the reasons why Branson is the place to go during the month of February is the absence of tourist traffic. No more lining up for your favorite rides in amusement parks or for a table in Branson restaurants. Another reason why you should visit in February is the great savings that you can get. The month of February is considered as off-season, so expect the prices of lodging, souvenir, and many more to drop.

 

Tourists may be less, and prices may drop but for sure the activities will be no lesser and your excitement in Branson will never drop. For one thing, there is Silver Dollar City, Branson’s premier amusement park, to provide you with endless fun and excitement suited for people of all ages. You have to try the Outlaw Run, one of Silver Dollar City’s prized rides. Apart from the amusement park, there is also the Table Rock State Park Marina which will be perfect for picnics and water bonding activities. There are also restaurants in Branson where you can have a delectable dining experience and make your stay in Branson memorable.

 

The month of February is known as the love month. If you choose to go to Branson with your special someone, then a candlelit dinner in one of Branson’s posh restaurants or a romantic tour aboard Branson’s Titanic Museum would be more than perfect to celebrate Valentine’s Day. February visits to Branson can be chilly, but there are a lot of indoor activities for you to enjoy with your loved one. You can go museum hopping, or to one of Branson’s indoor water parks. If you are either sports enthusiasts, or at least willing to learn a new sport, then you can also go to Branson’s indoor mini golf and arcades.

 

For your lodging needs, staying in Branson’s cozy log cabins would really exude romance in the air. The log cabins in Thousand Hills offers luxurious amenities that you will surely enjoy with your loved one. The log cabins come with fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchen. There are also cable TVs and DVD players for your entertainment needs. Wireless internet is also available for free. All these and more when you decide to spend your Branson February vacation in a Thousand Hills log cabin.

 

 

What are you waiting for? Ask him or her out to a date that will give you memories you will both remember for a lifetime.

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Visit Branson This January

 

 

January is still a good month to have that vacation you have been dreaming of. Yes, it is the post-holiday season but that fact can also become a blessing for you. January means that there would be less people because the holiday season is already over. And since the crowd would be less, you could expect that there would be no more waiting in long lines in theme parks, restaurants, and theaters.

 

If you want to have the total entertainment package for your January vacation, the best place to be in is Branson Missouri. Branson is known to be the entertainment central in Missouri and also has lots of activities for you to experience. You can never go wrong with going for a Branson January vacation. Find out what activities are in line for you this January.

 

One of the activities that you can do in Branson this January is to experience the honoring of the American veterans who served as America’s heroes during the war. The war is regarded as the longest and most controversial war that America has ever been involved in. Thus, the honoring of the war veterans in Branson has long become a tradition for the Branson locals. The ceremony also comes with a dinner to accompany the honor for the veterans.

 

You can also take your nationalistic spirit to another level by visiting the museums in Branson. There is the Veterans Memorial Museum if you want to see the heroic deeds of the American soldiers back then. There are also museums that can tickle your fancy. One is the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. This museum features all the oddities and some of which may not even be imaginable. Take a tour of this museum and it is already up to you if you want to believe it or not. Another museum that you might not want to miss is the Hollywood Wax Museum. This museum showcases wax replicas of your favorite Hollywood legends. There are replicas of Hollywood greats of the past and the present, so now is your time to take a picture of yourself together with these Hollywood legends.

 

Branson in January is not a peak season for the tourists so this would be a great time to do some shopping in Branson. Since everything is at a much slower pace in January compared to the holiday season, you can take your time to shop until you drop. Branson has become a shopper’s heaven with shopping malls like Branson Landing, Tanger Outlet Center, and The Shoppes at Branson Meadows. There a lot more outlet malls in Branson for you to explore in the course of your vacation this January.

 

 

With all these exciting activities in Branson this January, what would keep you from booking your trip to the entertainment capital of the Midwest? to make your stay in Branson more enjoyable and comfortable, book your stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort where you can have various lodging options. For inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Winter Lodging in Thousand Hills’ Cabins

If you’re planning on being in the Branson area for a holiday show or a simple weekend getaway this holiday, make sure you check out Thousand Hills’ beautiful cabins as a great location for your vacation.

cabin-snow-tallThousand Hills offers some of Branson’s best cabins to its guests and its residents. The Cabins at Grand Mountain combine Colorado spruce logs with great floor plans, along with the seclusion and privacy you want. Located north of the Grand Palace, each of these beautiful cabins features two to three bedrooms in each. Loft floor plans are available at Grand Mountain.

Each of Thousand Hills cabins are equipped with luxuries you can find (and even some you can’t) at a five-star hotel, including a swimming pool, Jacuzzi tub, cable television, DVD players, spacious living rooms, fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi and all of your major appliances, including a washer and dryer and soaps and detergents.

During your trip, you can experience the winter wonderland of Branson without having to go far. All of Branson’s attractions are located just minutes from Thousand Hills’ gorgeous cabins. While you’re in Branson, visit the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre for one of Branson’s favorite Christmas shows. Visit downtown Branson’s variety of unique shops to find one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts for everyone on your shopping list.

Renting a Branson cabin can be a great place to have your “home base” when you’re visiting and shopping in Branson. The quaint, cozy atmosphere of a cabin gives you a place to relax and unwind after a long day at the Landing. You also get a place where you can keep your vacation organized amongst all of the shopping bags and suitcases that come with traveling. Consider a Branson cabin when visiting and shopping. You’ll love the luxury experience, comfort, and relaxation a Thousand Hills cabin can offer you.

Thousand Hills cabins are also a great option if your family reunion is coming to Branson for the holidays. With cabins that can accommodate up to 16 people, your whole family can stay together to celebrate the holidays when you’re in Branson. If you’re looking for things to do as a group, the Branson Tourism Center has guides created especially for family reunion planners so their lives are much easier. Booking show tickets early can help take some of the stress out of the trip, and you can get the best rate on group tickets by reserving early. Cabins at Thousand Hills are ideal lodging for your Branson vacation or family reunion.

While An Old Time Christmas Festival is going on at Silver Dollar City, be sure to spend an evening experiencing the five story special effects Christmas tree and the Holiday Light Parade. Until December 30, Silver Dollar City will remain open until 9 p.m. nightly, so go and enjoy the Christmas wonderland in the park before hitting the hay in the luxury of a cabin at Thousand Hills.

Cabins in Branson are very popular, so make sure to call Thousand Hills to reserve yours today! The peaceful atmosphere of the Ozarks is waiting for out just outside the front door of your Branson cabin, and you can have the best of the Ozarks’ wintry scenes starting at $129 per night.

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The History of Taney County, Missouri

What do you think of when think of Taney County, Missouri? Perhaps you think of the famous and fish filled lake by the name of Lake Taneycomo – which is short for Taney County Missouri. Maybe you think of College of the Ozarks, the only college in the county. Or perhaps you might think of the Taney County Fire Department, or the town of Forsyth, Missouri, which happens to be the county seat. Taney County is full to bursting with great people, beautiful places, and fun things to do. The county also boasts a rich history, one that any citizen of Taney County can be proud of.

Taney County was carved out of the rugged Ozarks wilderness – it took hard work, determination and a bit of luck on the part of the people who inhabited the area. But they did it – and their heritage is one that should not be forgotten. Taney County became an officially organized and federally recognized county on January 4, 1837. The county was named in the honor of Roger Brooke Taney. This famous man was the fifth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court – he is most often recognized for delivering the majority opinion on the Dred Scott v. Sanford case. (This historical event happened some years after the Southwest Missouri county was named after him.)

Once the county was in place, a courthouse was built in 1837 by pioneer settlers in the area. It remained standing until the dawn of the single bloodiest event in the history of the United States: the Civil War. The Taney County courthouse was destroyed on July 22, 1861, during a Civil War battle. Post war, a second courthouse was built, and stood tall as a symbol of the county until it was destroyed by fire in December of 1885. With the stubborn determination that still characterizes the Ozarks people today, loyal county citizens built yet another courthouse. In 1952, this courthouse was removed so that the construction of Bull Shoals Lake could be carried out to completion. The fourth, final and current courthouse was occupied on August 1, 1952.

Taney County was the county in which Harold Bell Wright settled to write his famous novel, The Shepherd of the Hills – county residents still take pride in this today. But the county saw its fair share of historical troubles as well; Taney County was the hotspot for the Baldknobber vigilantes. Deep in the heart of the county lies the old bald hill upon which the leaders would light signal fires to summon the rest of the gang. The Baldknobbers murdered, plundered and robbed many of Taney County’s residents, and are featured as the main villains in Wright’s book.

Today, Taney County is known for its lakes – Bull Shoals, Table Rock and Taneycomo – as well as being the county in which Branson, Missouri is located. It is also famous for its hiking trails, and for being the locale for the acclaimed movie ‘Winter’s Bone.’ It is a county full of history, rock formations and hill folk – if you haven’t been yet, come see it for yourself! If you want to find out more about the history of Taney County, visit the Branson library.

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