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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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Where to Shop In Branson

Like many other vacation destinations, Branson offers many different opportunities to shop. Shopping in Branson gives you the opportunity to have a big city experience with all of your favorite brands located at the Branson Landing. If you are on the hunt for those bargains, the Tanger Outlets may be more your style with many brands all at discounted prices. And for that adventurous shopper, Downtown Branson has many different novelty shops and local artists with their goods for sale in the quant historical downtown district.

The Landing

Branson Landing ShoppingThe Branson Landing website boasts visitors will “discover uncharted waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment adventures at Branson Landing, located on the waterfront of beautiful Lake Taneycomo in downtown Branson.” And it definitely delivers with 70 different stores ranging from popular brands like Bass Pro Shops and J. Jill to specialty shops like Branson Quilts, there is truly every kind of store to please every kind of person. The Landing is a great place to go shopping, but it also offers other amenities as well. The Landing has 25 restaurants and specialty food shops able to meet any kind of craving all in the beautiful setting of the Taneycomo Lake. Most of the stores open up at 10 a.m. on the weekdays, and 11 a.m. on weekends. The Branson Landing is also one of the only places visitors can find some exciting night life with live bands and concerts during the summer and many bars and restaurants open late. The Branson Landing is one destination you are going to want to see more than once on your visit to Branson.

The Tanger Outlet Mall

After visiting the Branson Landing, you may want to head over to the Tanger Outlet Mall located just off Highway 76. Tanger Outlet Mall provides visitors with brands they love, at a discount. Tanger has 71 shops including stores like American Eagle, Aeropostale, Chico’s, Under Armor, and Nike outlet stores. You can go to these stores at home, but at The Tanger Outlet Mall these stores are giving you their products at discounted prices because they order too much of an item, or they are just trying to get rid of product. This is a great stop to make because you can shop and not break the bank, and find something for everyone in the family. Bring your walking shoes because you are definitely going to want to spend some time walking around the Tanger Outlet Mall.

Downtown Branson

After hitting all of your favorite stores at Tanger and the Landing, it’s time for a little bit of a different shopping experience. Historic Downtown Branson takes you back to a time when change stores were not available and every item in a store was unique. Take a stroll through Downtown Branson and enjoy a little piece of Branson history. Downtown Branson has shops you won’t find anywhere else with Dick’s 5 & 10 and If The Shoe Fits. Downtown Branson has many different flea markets to find that novelty treasure for your home. You call walk into Cowgirl Clad Company and cowgirl-up, or walk down to Patricia’s Victorian House and get a piece of the Victorian . Visiting Historic Downtown Branson will leave you with the complete Branson experience.

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Home Away From Home in Branson Condos

If you're planning a trip to Branson, you've probably been researching local hotel rentals, but what if you could afford to stay someplace that made you feel like you were truly at home? The Branson condos at Thousand Hills are the perfect way to spend your vacation in comfort and luxury without breaking your budget. Here's a taste of what you can expect when you book a stay in one of our lush Branson condos for your next getaway.

Room to Relax

Branson CondosOne of the downsides to a family vacation is having to live together in a single-room hotel for days on end. Choosing to stay in the Branson condos, though, will offer everyone the space that they need to truly relax. Whether you're on a romantic trip for two, a family excursion, or traveling with a big group of friends, there's plenty of room for up to twelve people to sleep and enjoy their time. We offer condos and townhouses with as many as five bedrooms so that Mom and Dad can have a private place to lay their heads, and you can even give your children their own rooms.

Total Privacy

Although hotels are expensive, you are still expected to share them with hundreds of other guests. There's nothing more frustrating than having your room situated across the hall from the noisy ice machine, or having to endure the sounds of children running and shouting through the hall. The Branson condos can offer you all of the privacy, peace, and quiet that you need to enjoy your time on your vacation.

Creature Comforts

When you visit one of the Thousand Hills Branson condos, you'll have access to all of the creature comforts that you're used to having at home. After a fun day of catching shows and exploring the city, you can come home to your condo rental and relax in your own living room as you watch TV or chat with your family and friends. You don't have to worry about eating out three times a day either. Each of our condos come with a fully equipped kitchen, including all of the utensils that you need to cook your own meals and eat with your family. When you're done, you can load up the dishes in your dishwasher and go outside to enjoy the sunset from your front or back porch. And your view won't be of the roof of the building next door, either. The Branson condos feature tranquil and beautiful views of either a wooded setting or of the golf course. At the end of the day, you'll have plenty of time to quickly log on to your Facebook account via your condo's wireless internet access and brag to all of your friends about what a great time you are having.

Luxurious Amenities

Although the Branson condos are your home away from home, you'll probably feel like they're an upgraded version of your house. Each condo features a number of luxurious amenities to further enhance your visit. Of course the most popular of these amenities are the Jacuzzi tubs. Imagine a long, hot soak in a lush bath to start and close out your days. When you're done, you can curl up next to your condo or townhouse's fireplace and enjoy a glass of wine with that special someone or share some laughs with your family. Some of the Branson condos also feature private garages, and gas grills for cooking out. Plus, all of the Branson condos offer total security to keep you feeling safe.

Are you ready to experience Branson in style and luxury?

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Branson Spring Break Ideas

Spring Break at Table Rock Dam
Table Rock Dam - Photo By Sara Karnes
Branson Spring Break Lakeshore Trail
Table Rock Lakeshore Trail - Photo by Sara Karnes
Table Rock Dam Tours
Table Rock Dam Tours - Photo by Sara Karnes

A typical Branson vacation consists of lots of shows, shopping, and maybe taking in a theme park or two. But, for spring break this year why not try to go on a little bit of a different Branson adventure? There are many other attractions to take in while staying in Branson, and some really special ones to explore are Table Rock Lake, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and the Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure.

Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake offers amazing views for a relaxing lake day for the whole family. If swimming, fishing, and boating are some of your interests then you will love Table Rock Lake. If you and your family like to hike, the Table Rock Lakeshore Trail is a great mini adventure to embark on. The trail starts at the Dewey Short Visitors center and ends at the State Park Marina with 2.25 miles of beautiful scenery and calming nature. You can walk or bike then trail, and it is even wheelchair accessible. Besides the trail and scenery, the Dewey Short Visitor Center has been newly remodeled as is free to visitors. The Visitor Center takes you through a breakdown of the animals and plants native of the Table Rock Dam as well as showing what the inside of the Dam looks like and the advantages of hydro-electric power. If the pictures of the inside of the Dam intrigues you, then taking a tour of Table Rock Dam itself will be even more fun. Children under six cannot enter the Dam, and you must have an I.D. if you are over 16. The times and rates fluctuate during the year, but be sure that the inside of the Dam is a tour you will not soon forget.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

While you may have been into a Ripley’s before, Branson’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium will leave you with a completely different experience. With over 400 different exhibits, there is sure to be something to entertain everyone in your family. Some of the more popular attractions are a shrunken head, a 30 foot Cadillac Stretch Limousine, a two-headed calf, a playing car replica of the Roman Colosseum, and a model of the U.S.S Forrestal aircraft carrier made out of 48,000 matchsticks. Ripley’s will give your family a little break from the country music and allow you to get lost in some of the world’s weirdest finds.

The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure

What better adventure than a walk through thousands of butterfly’s during your spring break? At the Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, you and the whole family can take a stroll through the exotic butterfly aviary filled with imported butterflies, a Mata Mata turtle, exotic birds, and exotic plants. Don’t enter if you’re afraid of butterflies, because these beautiful specimens will flutter around you, and if you’re lucky, land on you. Besides the aviary, the Butterfly Palace has a living Rainforest Science Center great for kids hungry to learn more about the animals and environment of a rainforest. Also, a Rainforest Theater provides a journey into the rainforest and through the typical day of a tropical butterfly. The Emerald Forest Mirror maze tests your family’s navigational skills, and the Coconut Tree Climb allows you to get a little more physical with two different coconut tree climbs.

There are so many adventures ready and waiting to be explored in Branson, make sure your family doesn’t miss any one of them!

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Where to Eat in Branson

With all of the amazing and interesting places to dine at in Branson, it can be overwhelming sometimes to decide where to eat. However, Branson is unique in the sense that besides the normal tourist traps Branson has to offer some of the best local restaurants around.

Danna BBQ Branson RestaurantDanna’s BBQ

Danna’s BBQ is one of the best stops in Branson for good, old-fashioned family eats, and of course finger licking BBQ. In addition to BBQ pork, beef, and chicken, you can choose from nine different burgers ranging from the basic single cheeseburger, to Danna’s signature fat burger that has all of the normal burger fixings topped off with a fried egg. At this family owned restaurant, you will get classic BBQ, but also with a bit of a twist. Some of Danna’s best dishes are the BBQ Quesadilla, BBQ Nachos, and Stuff Baked Potato which comes loaded with butter, cheese, sour cream, coleslaw, beans, and your choice of either BBQ chicken, pork, or beef. And save room for dessert, because if you step into Danna’s without trying her Banana’s Foster or Brownie you are missing out. All of the dishes range from $3.75 for a single burger to their Smoked Pit Plate that can feed two for the price of $24.99. Danna’s BBQ is located at 963 St. Highway 165, Branson, Mo., 65616. Their telephone number is (417) 337-5527, and they open up at 11 a.m. every day but Sunday when they are closed.

Vasken’s Deli

After all that delicious home-cooking you are sure to encounter at Silver Dollar City, your stomach may be looking for something a little different, and at Vasken’s Deli that is just what you will find. Since opening in 1997, Vasken’s Deli, owned and operated by Vasken and Staci Haroutounian, has changed locations over the years, but their food certainly has not lost its home cooked appeal. Vasken’s Deli only brings in the best quality of food to serve its guest, and makes everything from scratch. From the charming atmosphere and open kitchen, you and your family can enjoy a little taste of the Mediterranean at Vasken’s you will not get anywhere else. Vasken’s gyro’s are authentic, but fussy eaters do not be weary, even a simple turkey sandwich is to die for a Vasken’s. You will find all of the normal Mediterranean dishes at Vasken’s from the Hummus dip, to their Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich. Vasken’s even has options for the vegetarian in the family with things like their Hummus and Falafel sandwiches. Vasken’s Deli is located at 1015 Highway 248 Suite D, Branson, Mo. 65616. They are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their number is (417) 334-9182.

Billy Gail’s

Like the other Branson restaurants I have mentioned this establishment is family owned and operated and is known as a classic by the Branson locals. After church on Sunday, you can find all of Branson seated in Billy Gail’s little gas station turned eclectic restaurant. The favorite dish by locals at Billy Gail’s? Pancakes so big they flop off the plate onto the table. Behind the red screen door of this log cabin restaurant, you will be welcomed by years of Ozark and old southern paraphernalia. The restaurant is much larger than it would first appear, and each room is decorated with mirrors, old farm tools, pictures, and anything else you can imagine finding stored away in your grandmother’s farmhouse. Besides the amazing pancakes, Billy Gail’s serves sandwiches, soups, even chili for those cold afternoons. And, best of all? Almost everything on the menu is under $10. Billy Gail’s is located off the beaten path and is a bit of a drive from Branson, but this is one stop you can’t afford to overlook. Billy Gail’s is located at 5291 Highway 265, Branson, Mo., 65616. Their phone number is (417) 338-8883.

The best thing to do when visiting Branson and not knowing where to eat, is to ask a local. Every Branson local will have a favorite place to get a great meal, and the locals usually know best. You will feel like a real Bransonite and get a great meal to boot.

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Not Just For Tourists - Tips For Living in Branson


Living in Branson - Scenic Railway

Branson Scenic Railway photo by Doug Wertman

Living in Branson - Titanic

Titanic Photo by Brad A. Totman

Living in Branson - Branson Landing
Living in Branson - Lake Taneycomo
Living in Branson is a little like vacationing here the whole year. As a local you come to find the best small town restaurants and the best time to hit Silver Dollar City. Living in Branson is an experience and gives you the tourist town appeal in a small town setting.

If you are looking to move to Branson, where you live in important. You might be looking to stay closer to the heart of the city, but will Branson being such a small town living out and away from the hustle and bustle is a good idea. With some many beautiful views and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, living in Branson can give you the best of both worlds if you choose a home a of the beaten path. Also, it gives you a break from the constant flow of tourists and who doesn’t like beautiful scenic views?

Branson is known for its shows. As a local, you have a unique opportunity to try out different shows. Many of the theaters switch performers or bring in new acts every year and provide you with brand new entertainment year round. Obviously, you will love the classic Branson shows, like Dixie Stampede, the Baldknobber’s, and the Presley’s but don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Six is a phenomenal experience, as is the Haygoods. And Branson entertainers love locals. Every year shows do area appreciate where you can get in for a fraction of the cost, and they typically will give you discounts all through the year just for being a local.

Living in a tourist town mean there will be many restaurants geared toward bringing visiting guests, and while these restaurants are great, there are almost always over packed and may leave you wanting more of a down-home experience. As a local you have the ability to explore a little bit. Branson has great family and locally owned restaurants. Dana’s BBQ, The Shack, Billy Gail’s, and Vasken’s Deli are all great locally owned restaurants that live off of local support. Branson also has great Mexican and oriental restaurants scattered around. Living in Branson leave you with so many different restaurant options, so make sure to take in some local cuisine and leave the tourists to the hour and a half waits.

If you are going to play tourist for a day, make sure to do it on a weekday. Silver Dollar City is a fun experience for everyone, but not when there is a sea of people and you have to wait 45 minutes to ride Fire in the Hole. Go on the weekdays! Typically, families and couples come down on the weekends, so Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the perfect days to visit SDC or White Water. Shows won’t be a packed on weekdays, and might even offer you cheaper tickets. Restaurants won’t be as busy, and traffic will not be as horrible.

Branson traffic is an experience. A person living in Branson should know to stay off of 76 Country Boulevard, or the Strip, between May and December - don’t even venture over that way. Instead, learn the back roads. During the season there are plenty of back roads and short cuts that should keep your time on the Strip to a minimal amount. Especially if new to the Branson area, grab a map and turn off the tourist routes; almost every road will lead back to the Strip so taking a little day trip and exploring the are will not only leave you with a fun day, but give you alternate routes when traffic on the Strip is sitting still.

Branson is located in the middle of many other little towns and cities that offer other attractions and amenities that Branson doesn’t. Historic Downtown Hollister has quaint little shops and coffee houses, and Point Lookout, home to College of the Ozarks, is a great afternoon get away with a beautiful campus, the award winning Keeter Center, and a diary where you can visit the cows, and the hard working students.

Visiting Branson is great, but living in Branson is even better. You can the best of both worlds - the chance to act like a tourist and enjoy all of the attractions Branson offers, but the ability to side step the tourists and lines and enjoy a little of that Ozark mountain magic.

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Branson Family Vacations - Fun For All Ages

Looking for a place to take your whole family for a fun vacation? Look no further than Branson, where every person, no matter their age, will have the best time. From 1st graders to senior citizens, everyone in your family will enjoy these activities in Branson.

Explore Interactive Museums

A museum doesn’t have to be boring and stodgy. Full of history and interesting things, the museums in Branson will appeal to both older adults and younger children.

Branson Family VacationIf you and your family love to watch movies, head to the Hollywood Wax Museum to “meet” loads of famous movie stars and characters. Sing with the beloved characters of the Wizard of Oz, shake hands with Brad and Angelina, and get involved in a shoot-out with cowboys from your favorite Westerns. No matter how old you are, you’ll find actors and characters from your time that you’ll take delight in seeing in the waxy flesh at the museum.

Another fun museum that will appeal to everyone is the World’s Largest Toy Museum. It’s filled to the brim with every toy that you can imagine. Children will find their current favorites, while older adults will be able to reminisce about the toys they played with years ago.

Play a Competitive Game of Mini-Golf

Everyone likes a good game and anyone, young or old, can win at mini-golf. There are several great mini-golf courses to try during one of your Branson family vacations. Play a round or two and then go out for ice cream afterwards.

The Greatest Adventures Minigolf has 36 holes, all creatively designed for maximum fun. This spot also includes a gift shop and a snack bar. Another place to check out is the Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf & Games. Jump on a pirate ship with your family and seek out the buried treasure with your golf stick and colorful golf ball!

Entertain Everyone at Silver Dollar City

Since the 1960s, people have been flocking to Silver Dollar City as a part of their Branson family vacations. A great thing about Silver Dollar City is how it has something for everyone, from thrilling roller coaster rides to skilled demonstrations by craftsmen. There’s also 40 entertaining shows and 12 delicious restaurants to sample from. The younger people will love the rides and the excitement, while the older people will appreciate the history and local fare.

Go Boating on the Lake

For a fun-filled day outside with lots of water, rent a boat at Bull Shoals Lake. The water is warm, which makes it a perfect place for your family to take a dip in when the boat is anchored. Grab a pair of water skis for the teenagers and a tube for the younger kids and have lots of laughter as you drag them across the water. You could even bring along a couple of fishing rods for those who love to fish, since the lake is full of freshwater fish like Large Mouth Bass and Crappie. Or you can simply relax and soak in the sun on the boat while the kids swim in the water.

There’s so much more to do during Branson family vacations that aren’t mentioned here, such as the much-loved tour of Ride the Ducks (where you ride a vehicle that turns into a boat), spectacular shows that will appeal to all ages, and a wide variety of restaurants that cater to everyone’s tastes.

Take your Branson family vacations from good to great by staying in a cabin or condo, where everyone can retreat to their own spaces after spending a lot of quality family time together in the living room and the kitchen.

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There's A Branson Cabin For Every Type of Traveler

You have heard a lot about the cool places to visit in Branson. This destination has been a haven for different travelers and you can not wait to have the unique Branson experience. The thoughts of scenic views, sports activities, the delectable restaurant offers, the comforts of Branson cabins, and shopping venues excite you.

In addition to this, you have heard about the friendliness of the locals. One thing is definite, you want to go to Branson. Pack your bags and go. But before that, you want to know if there is a Branson cabin for you. Yes, there is. Depending on the kind of traveler you are, there is a Branson cabin in Thousand Hills waiting for you.

 

    The Different Types of Travelers include:
  • Single Traveler. You love solitude and discovering things on your self. You do not favor group tours as they're too rigid for your type
  • Romantic Couple. Branson is an ideal place to visit with your special someone. Most couples spend their Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and honeymoon in this dreamy place.
  • Family Travelers. Your family is your constant companion for all your out-of-town trips. Kids are treated to historical places, museums, and theme parks.
  • Group Travelers. Most of your trips include get-together times with your drinking buddies, church mates, members of the neighborhood club, and your classmates. You have practically toured every place in the map and the fun never stops as you go to new destinations.
  • Business Travelers. Travels masquerading as meetings, conferences, and business deals are your forte. It is work and pleasure at the same time. During your free time, nothing beats playing golf with your associates to get the relaxation you deserve.
  • Senior Travelers. Retired from employment, you want to taste the good life and see the world out there. You had spent your life working and now is the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
  • Backpackers. Adventure is the name of the game. You want the outdoors, sports, and activities that a place has to offer.

 

Branson cabinsThere are lots of cabins and condos in Thousand Hills Cabin and Golf Resort catering to your needs. A Branson cabin with 1 bedroom and bath are recommended for singles and romantic couples.

For families and groups with 4 to 8 members, you can book a Branson cabin of 2- bedrooms plus loft and two baths. Larger families and groups of 12 to 16 members can opt for the 4-bedroom plus 2 Lofts with 4 baths. All these offers make you eligible for a Platinum experience. Thousand Hills offers free tickets to many attractions and theaters for their guests.

Business and seniors travelers may choose to stay at Branson condos and choose among the Queen Suite, Jacuzzi King Suite. Bigger groups can go to 2-5 bedroom suites. All the two bedroom or larger suites are eligible for the Platinum experience.

Amenities of a Branson Cabin

Checking into a Branson cabin entitles you to features like Jacuzzi tub, swimming pool, cable TVs, private deck, DVD players, full kitchen, washer, dryer, iron, alarm clock, radio and major appliances. The linens are clean and fresh.

Detergents and soaps are provided. The doors have electronic locks for safety and protection. On top of all of these amenities, there is a free hi-speed Wi-Fi internet. You can update your Facebook status and chat with your relatives and friends at home.

The ultimate goal of this resort is to provide you with utmost comfort. You are assured of a comfortable, relaxed, and safe place. Make your stay more pleasurable by staying at a Branson cabin.

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Entertaining Groups in Branson

It's time to plan a Family Vacation

Branson is a place where families come to bond and spend quality time together. This family-friendly city has so much to offer a family reunion or vacation.

There are many options for lodging in the Branson area. One of the most popular choices is renting a cabin in the wilderness. Groups in Branson that choose cabins get all the advantages of camping while enjoying the comforts of modern life. The close proximity to the city also allows your group get to and from your destinations very quickly.

There is no better way to spend time with a group of people than star gazing late at night. You can look up at the unveiled sky, start a campfire, or go exploring with the little ones. Renting a cabin in Branson is the best way to experience all the city has to offer while still be tucked away from the every day toils of society.

The Possibilities are Endless

Groups in Branson have a myriad of options, from live shows, to the Silver Dollar amusement park, to a ride on one of the Main Street lake cruises. These romantic and classy cruises include great food and live entertainment. These trips are great for kids as well as there are on board activities for them to do as well. Groups in Branson have a one in a life opportunity when taking a lake cruise. You can hold your special someone while gazing at the pristine water, or you can watch a terrific live show by some of the Midwest's most talented performers.

Branson also has both golf courses and shopping centers. You can split up your groups and have one go out for a day of golfing and the other enjoy shopping for souvenirs. Groups in Branson can have a diversity of activities while exploring this marvelous city.

When you are in Branson you have to catch one of over the hundreds of shows that take place there every year. There are family friendly shows for people of all ages. There is live theater, musicals, plays, and magic shows every week. There is also country and gospel music concerts quite often. You can wave your hands in the air and sing along to your favorite tunes with the people that you care about the most.

Make a Splash on Your Next Vacation

Family groups come to Branson for the world-renowned Silver Dollar City. This is a great place for children and parents to have a blast. You can hop onto a inner tube and float carelessly down their water attractions. There is also a number of slides and water-themed play areas as well. If you want to tackle the White River with family you can also take a white water rafting tour on the river. There is so much to list on this amazingly fun theme park. It is never overcrowded either!

Silver Dollar City is only open in the Spring and Summer, so be sure to plan out your trip accordingly.

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101 Years of Branson History

Branson HistoryWhen Reuben S. Branson opened his general store and post office it is safe to say he never anticipated Branson one day becoming the "live music capital of the entire universe," as called by "60 Minutes."

Branson’s first official postmaster dubbed the town "Branson" on his application for the U.S. Post Office department, and it was officially named Branson on April 1, 1912.

In 1894, William Henry Lynch, a Canadian mining expert, bought Marvel Cave and with his two daughters started Branson’s first attraction. Lynch opened the cave and gave tours. The cave is still in operation today located under Silver Dollar City.

While Marvel Cave brought visits in from across the country, Harold Bell Wright moved to the Ozarks in 1898 because of health reasons. Wright moved in John and Anna Ross and was so inspired by the Ozarks and its residents he wrote "The Shepherd of the Hills."

The book quickly became popular, and today is the fourth most widely read book in the publishing industry. The book told Wright’s perspective of the Ozarks and told the story of John and Anna Ross, renamed Old Matt and Aunt Mollie, as well as telling about the beautiful views and amazing cave in the area.

Due to the book’s success, tourists from all over began coming to Branson and by 1959 with the completion of the Ozark Beach Dam and Table Rock Dam, Branson was not only known for its beautiful views, but for its outdoor activities like fishing and boating.

1960 began a new era for Branson. Hugo and Mary Herschend opened Silver Dollar City, located 10 miles west of Branson on Hwy. 76. This theme park was fashion after a small Ozark mountain town from the 1880s. The park featured attractions such as a stream train, musical entertainment, food, shopping, and local craftsmen.

In its first year Silver Dollar City attracted 125,000 people to the little town of Branson and continues to be Branson’s most visited attraction today.

While Silver Dollar City was bring visitors for all around, Branson was working on gaining its "live music capital" title.

One of the first performers to start a show in Branson was Red Foley, who hosted one of the first successful network television shows "Ozark Jubilee."

After Foley made the Ozarks more well known with his hit show, performers like the Baldknobbers and Presleys began performing in Branson. Wright’s "The Shepherd of the Hills" even began being performed in an amphitheater where the original Old Matt and Aunt Mollie lived, produced by Dr. Bruce and Mary Trimble.

While the Baldknobbers, Presleys, and "The Shepherd of the Hills" all still perform, Branson has seen countless numbers of great shows, performers, and acts over the years.

Since the 1990s, Branson has been growing and changing to meet the needs of the large groups of tourists that visit every year.

Adding to Branson’s entertainment and outdoor fun, the city has seen the development of the Branson Landing, a waterfront development incorporating dining, shopping, and nightlife. Also, the addition of the Titanic Museum Attraction, the new Branson Convention Center, and Branson’s largest theater, Sight and Sound Theater, only add to Branson’s appeal.

Branson continues to grow, morph, and building onto its already amazing history, and will surely be entertaining visitors for many years to come.

All information about Branson’s history was provided by branson100.org.

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