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Grab Lunch Near Your Branson Condo

Everybody likes to have a noon meal. It used to be called luncheon. Some cultures still call it dinner. For some people, it’s the biggest meal of the day. Whatever you associate with lunch, your stomach certainly knows when it’s time for it! If you happen to be staying at one of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort’s many condos here in Branson, you’re in luck! There are some great Branson lunch spots just a hop, skip and jump away from your luxurious condo! Read on for some of the best luncheon hotspots in Branson.

Great Gourmet: If you are after a fancy formal lunch in a classy restaurant with elegant place settings, grab a reservation at the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, just a mile or two down the road from Branson. Here you’ll find a student run restaurant set in a lodge style building with vaulted ceilings, a gift shop, and great service. The Keeter Center makes it a point to serve as much local food as possible – and they make it delicious! Another high class restaurant for your lunchtime pleasure is Cantina Laredo on the Branson Landing. This is not your typical Mexican restaurant – it’s a five star establishment with some spice! Enjoy made fresh guacamole on the patio while you wait for your meal.

vaskens-deliCultured Cuisine: Ready to try something a little different for your noon meal? Check out Vaskens International Deli on Gretna Road! It’s a Branson lunch spot that is sure to satisfy your hunger. Serving Greek foods like gyros and hummus, Vaskens takes pride in their freshly served heritage. Try a Firehouse Gyro and a pastry for dessert today! Are you up for some sushi? Head on over to Mitsu Neko on Highway 76 – you won’t find better or fresher sushi anywhere in Branson! Try a Strawberry Delight Roll with salmon and a bright strawberry sauce. Or order some of their other dishes like steak, duck or chicken! Round it off with a little Crème Brulee and you’re good to go.

Savory Sandwiches: If you’re up for a classic sandwich and soup kind of lunch, run over to Panera Bread, located on Green Mountain Drive. There is no shortage of sandwich options here! Enjoy a Classic Turkey sandwich on Country White Bread with a bowl of Broccoli Cheddar soup, or branch out a little with a Panini and some White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese. For something a little faster, head down to Charlie’s Sub Shop on the Branson Landing. There’s a great variety of tasty sandwiches at a low price – perfect after a morning of shopping and exploring the Landing!

These are just a few of the numerous Branson lunch spots that you can find near your Thousand Hills condo – the possibilities are endless. Head out, follow your nose and find your favorites! Be sure to review your restaurant experiences on TripAdvisor.com so that other lunchers can give them a try too!

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See Branson in the Month of March

 

During the month, we see the season of spring blossom. And there is no better place to be during spring but in Branson Missouri. Branson boasts of breathtaking sceneries, and endless activities and attractions, too. Imagine the weather just right, the greens in full bloom, and you have all of Branson to enjoy.

For your visit to Branson in March, there are a number of things happening that you should not miss. After all, Branson is a very fun place and you will never run out of things to do. Make your vacation an adventurous one by spending it in Branson’s old-fashioned theme park. Silver Dollar City is an 1880’s themed amusement park right in the heart of Branson. It features thrilling rides such as the Outlaw Run, which is the world’s most daring wood coaster, Giant Swing, Geyser Gulch, and many others. Silver Dollar City also has more than 40 live music shows that can be your breather from all the excitement brought to you by the park. Silver Dollar City is also known to have the best theme park food all over America. This theme park for the whole family opens mid-March. For other activities, you can also try to catch the park’s several festivals like the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, and the National Kidsfest. The lanes in Silver Dollar City are also overflowing with craftsmen and women. It also has a Culinary and Craft School for the visitors who love to cook, or would want to learn how to cook.

You can also be one with nature in your Branson vacation this March. There are a lot of outdoor adventures in Branson waiting to be experienced by you. The daytime temperatures run from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but the weather may vary. It would be wise to check on the weather forecasts before planning any outdoor activities. The Branson outdoors guarantees you of fresh air and blooms. Tour the Ozarks to have the total sight-seeing experience. You can make your Branson tour very unique too. Try touring Branson on horseback, biking, or the adrenaline-filled zip line tour. Another extreme adventure that you may try is exploring the Talking Rocks Cavern via a cave tour.

To cap off your Branson vacation in March, why not catch one or two of Branson’s live music shows? The first Branson shows of the year are mostly happening during March, so you will be lucky enough to catch the fresh versions of standard local shows. Some of the famous Branson artists whose shows you might want to catch are Hamner Barber Variety Show, Baldknobbers Jamboree, The Cat’s Pajamas, The Presleys, and many more.

Though March may be a good time to visit Branson, anyone would still enjoy their visit to Branson any time of the year. For the month of March, get to experience the beauty that spring brings to make your first vacation of the year truly memorable. 

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Rock Your Body with Songs of Praises at the Branson's Christian Weekend

If you want to witness a great live entertainment from different popular Christian Artists, visit the Branson Christian Weekend in the Silver Dollar City and stay at Thousand Hills Resort Hotel. Silver Dollar City features great festivals and events all year long. With this year’s weekend extravaganza for young Christians, many people from around the nation will come together to rejoice and worship the Christian Weekend celebration. Silver Dollar City also features Worlds Fest which is billed as America’s largest international festival that will amaze everyone its authentic food and live performances brought to you from around the world.

Bransons Christian Weekend LogoThis March 28 to 30, 2014, Silver Dollar City is celebrating Young Christians’ Weekend. In this celebration, young Christians standing up together, rejoicing the freedom that they have and profess our faith to the Lord. This three day celebration features the biggest lineup of Audio Adrenaline, Big Daddy Weave, Kutless, Finding Favour, Tim Timmons, Group 1 Crew, and Shine Bright Baby. The following are the schedules of the Branson’s Christian Weekend in Silver Dollar City.

March 28, Friday

The weekend celebration’s kick-off with a concert Friday night by Big Daddy Weave, Group 1 Crew and Tim Timmons at the Echo Hollow Amphitheatre starts at 8:30 PM.

March 29, Saturday

Noon time, 3pm or 6 pm – The rallies feature Christian music’s hottest performers – Kutless, Audio Adrenaline, Shine Bright Baby, and Finding Favour. These four bands also perform in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. When you reserve your tickets, be sure to choose a rally time you prefer.

9am – 6 pm – You can enjoy America’s Best Theme Park that feature thrill rides and roller coasters at the Silver Dollar City.

March 30, Sunday

8:30 am or 11 am – Experience and rejoice a second day of Christian Weekend celebration and fellowship featuring praising songs by Finding Favour and Kutless at Sunday Worship in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. Plus a life-altering message from Joe White, a nationally-acclaimed youth speaker. To join the rally, choose a worship time you prefer when you reserve your tickets.

9am – 6 pm – Spend a second day enjoying exciting activities at Silver Dollar City.

If you want to experience a great live entertainment performed by different popular Christian Artists around the nation, visit Branson Christian Weekend in Silver Dollar City. Come celebrate the Branson Christian Weekend and rejoice to the Lord with songs of praises.

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Go to Branson’s Praise Fest this March

 

There are a lot of reasons to visit Branson. Aside from the live music shows and the attractions in Branson, your Branson vacation will also be made even more special with the special events happening in Branson. For this month of March, come and visit Branson for the Praise Fest!

The Praise Fest in Branson is a 3 day, 4 session event. There are evening sessions that begin at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday evenings. The morning sessions begin at 10 AM on Fridays and Saturdays and end at 1 PM. The Thursday sessions in the evening starts at 7 PM until 10 PM. This event will be held in Oak Ridge Boys Theater in 464 State Hwy 248, Branson, Missouri.

Get ready for hours of singing and good music. Make sure you got your jam when you go to this event so you can enjoy and participate in the activities. The Praise Fest in Branson this year has many great artists for you! The organizers of Praise Fest 2014 has already released an artist lineup schedule for the event.

For Thursday evening, at 7 PM to 10 PM, enjoy the music from the Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Hoppers, Tim Lovelace, Freedom Singers, and the Penny Loafers. You will surely want more after a night of good music. For Friday morning, at 10 AM to 1 PM, continue singing the songs of praise together with the Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, Tim Lovelace, Freedom Singers, and the Penny Loafers. Since you have started your day with praise songs, why not end it with praise songs also. Friday evening, from 7 PM to 10 PM, you can experience really good praise songs from the Collingsworth Family, Gordon Mote, Legacy Five, TaRanda Greene, Tim Lovelace, and The Penny Loafers. The last session of the Praise Fest is on Saturday morning, at 10 AM to 1 PM. The artists for that day will be Dr. Charles Stanely, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, TaRanda Greene, The Penny Loafers, and 11th Hour.

Enjoy the music in Branson’s Praise Fest this March. And while you are in Branson, make the most out of your vacation time, too. Catch the famous live music shows in Branson featuring the homegrown talents. You can also try to go to the theme parks and nature parks in Branson like Silver Dollar City, Tracks Family Fun Parks, Table Rock State Park Marina, and many others. For your lodging needs for your Branson vacation, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort. In Thousand Hills, you get to be close to the entertainment district in Branson and at the same time, you get to live in the caress of the Ozark Mountains. For more inquiries and for reservations in Thousand Hills, just call 1-877-262-0430.

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It’s Time for Visioncon 2014 in Branson

 

Calling all the gamers and anime fanatics out there! It’s time for you to visit Branson for the months of February to March this year for a very special event. The gaming, science fiction, fantasy, and anime convention is happening in Branson this February 28 to March 2, 2014. This is Visioncon 2014 that will truly bring out the kid in you.

The Visioncon for this year will be held at The Raddison in Branson Missouri. This is the time of the year when The Raddison Hotel in Branson is filled with magical and mystical characters. This 2014 may just be the biggest cosplay ever for Visioncon. You can go to participate in the cosplay event, or you could just be a spectator and have fun with the event itself.

This year’s Visioncon in Branson is being planned to be the killer experience for the anime enthusiasts and toy collectors. For those who are going to this event for the first time, you will surely enjoy being a newbie among the con-goers. Some events that you should watch out for in this year’s VisonCon staples in Branson are the Slave Auction, Best Buy Game Room, Anime Room, and the Masquerade Ball. VisionCon 2014 will also feature a free photo booth so you get to keep your precious moments in printed photos.

Branson is known to be the premier vacation destination because of its endless list of attractions and activities that will guarantee you hours and hours of fun and excitement. There are several attractions like Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most famous 1880’s themed amusement park. Make your Branson vacation for the Visioncon even more worthwhile by visiting other Branson attractions as well. You can also watch the live music shows in Branson that earned the place the title “Live Entertainment Capital of the World”. Take advantage of the moment to have that total Branson experience. One activity you can do after attending the Visioncon in the Raddison Hotel is to catch the intense games in the NAIA Basketball Tournament which happens in the month of March.

To make your Branson experience even more special, choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort to be your lodging partner for your vacation. Thousand Hills is located in Highway 76, where the entertainment district is located. Thousand Hills will also be the perfect place to stay in while you go to the VisionCon 2014 in Branson. You will get to experience the vacation vibes in Branson and at the same time, attend the gaming and anime convention that you wanted to attend.

Attend the biggest gaming and anime convention in Branson this year! See you in Branson this February 28 to March 2!

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A Promise of Forever for the Whole Family in Promised Land Zoo

Promised Land Zoo in Branson is a family owned and operated zoo established in 1999. It began with just a few animals and now it has over 500 animals and expanded to more than 120 acres. The zoo is open daily from 9am to7pm year round. Visitors can bottle feed animals daily at 10am, 2pm, and 6pm. There are hundreds of animals from all over the world that represent 50 species. There are Kangaroos, antelope, deer, lemurs, tropical birds, large replies and many more. Rescued large reptiles and tropical birds can be seen inside the zoo.Promised Land Zoo Logo

Promised Land Zoo is a complete fun and a great adventure for family with kids. School buses and charter buses as well can be accommodated inside the zoo. The zoo offers personal tour so you can get up close and personal with the animals. Bottle feed a camel, a monkey, or hear stories of the zoo from your personal tour guide. Some animals are in large pens that you can toss them food.  The goats and ponies are amusing creatures. Few parrots have impressive language that is fun to talk to.

The petting zoo can let you get up close and feed goats, horses, porcupine, tortoise, hogs and much more. When you drive through the property, you will be greeted by emus, deer, buffalo all looking for some food. You can buy various sizes of food at the shop. As you drive along, you stop for awhile and feed the animals every time they come close. The animals are not shy and will come to your window and eat the food out of from your hands. If you have ample time, you can drive for an hour and enjoy looking at the animals.

The Promised Land Zoo is a truly bizarre place. In just one minute you’re in the middle of the wooded hills of the Ozarks, the next minute you see herd of zebras while buffalo eyeing you and ostriches chase your car. The zoo has monkeys, big cats, and all other kinds of animals.

Going to Promised Land Zoo, be sure to bring camera with you – you may love to snap some photos of Forrest Hump (a baby camel), an adorable Zebra, and the squirrel monkeys. Other baby popular baby animals is an Olive Baboon named Calamity Jane that animal show performer Jungle Josh performer fed and raised by himself. The zoo also has the world’s largest albino Burmese Python.

All visitors are welcome to walk around the zoo, ask questions, or take pictures. The zoo has the Parakeet Paradise, a screened house full of exotic birds. The zoo also feature live animal shows daily  at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm where Jungle Josh and his helpers take out all kinds of fascinating animals for visitors to feed while Jungle Josh teaches you about each unique animal. The zoo has facilities of gift shop full of fun nature themed items such as stuffed animals and zoo themed merchandise.

So if you are looking for something unique and different to enjoy, something exotic on the wild side, come to the Promised Land Zoo in Branson.

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Branson Spring Break Means Spending Time with the Family

Branson Spring Break is a great time to experience a family-focused attractions jam-packed with entertainment options and some of the best outdoor activities in central United States. Branson is one of the best tourist destinations in the Midwest as it is beautifully connected with the three lakes namely, Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake. With the three lakes around the area, you can imagine how vast the exciting outdoor and water sports activities offered around the lakes.

During spring time in Branson, when rain showers pour in the Ozarks, lush greens will flourish while dogwoods, redbuds and wildflowers bloom. Branson’s family attractions and world-famous entertainment shows and beautiful theme parks introduce new features, exciting acts, and new exhibits. Branson and the lakes area are really a perfect family-friendly spring break destination.

RiverBlast LogoSpring Break Events in Branson, Missouri is going to be the most exciting Spring Break in history. Experience the most exciting and thrilling multi-level go-kart tracks and the new thrill ride RiverBlast at Silver Dollar City that will give you an unforgettable ride of your life. The park has about 30 thrilling rides and 40 shows to entertain kids and adults, a play area with climbing nets, treetop fun houses, sand tables, and a carousel. Styled after a 1800s Ozark town, the park also offers educational opportunities, such as a visit to Culinary & Craft School classes, Marvel Cave, and a chance to watch craftsmen creating items from blown glass.

Other exciting attractions in Silver Dollar City Amusement Park include  The Track Family Fun Park (good for multi-level go-kart tracks), and a museum visit of your choice that includes the Hollywood Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. In the Hollywood Wax Museum you can have the chance to pose beside the wax figures of some famous Hollywood stars such as John Wayne, a leather clad James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.

In the evening, you might want to attend a wonderful show with dinner at the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show. Each guest will all get their own roasted chicken and several side dishes while watching a very entertaining and extraordinary show. The live music shows with costumed southern bells, 32 trick horses, and Civil War soldiers, pay tribute to America while providing the best cuisine, wholesome entertainment, and comedy for people of all ages.

During your spring break in Branson, you can also visit the Ozark Mountain Spring festival with a wide variety of events that await you in the Branson/Lakes Area. One of the events includes the WorldFest at Silver Dollar City featuring cuisines from classic foods to home favorites.  The festival also features sporting events of the NAIA College Basketball Championship and FLW Bass Tournament.

The nicest things you’ll find out at Branson Spring Break are the panoramic view around the lakes and the beautiful scenery of the Ozark Mountain.  If you want to take a break this spring season, come to Branson and stay at Thousand Hills Hotel & Resort.

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Have a Great and Educational Time in Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery this springtime

 

If you want to experience and see the most significant trout manufacturing hatchery in Missouri, visit the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery this springtime in Branson. The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is the largest trout-rearing hatchery in the country. The fish hatchery is located in Taney County near the Table Rock Dam.

 

The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery was created  in 1957 and it is in 1958 that fish were made available in the facility. One million trout every year is generatedShepherd of the Hills Hatchery Logo normally in the hatchery with a total weight of 300,000 lbs. The hatchery production of 80 percent goes into Lake Taneycomo and the other 20 percent to other Missouri trout-management areas.

 

The fish hatchery offers guided tours weekdays with scheduled times at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm. The hatchery features 50-seat auditorium, pavilion and picnic tables, and wildlife-viewing blind and tower. The hatchery also features a staffed visitor center that displays exhibits. The place has about 3 miles of hiking trails through glades and forests.

 

Brown and rainbow trout are some of the species that is hatched in the fish hatchery. Brown trout that originated from Europe and the British Isles, was introduced into the country as early as 1883. About 200,000 brown trout were introduced from 1927 to 1933 in Missouri. Stock efforts were made in the 1960s in the Current and North Folk rivers, expanding to other Ozark streams and Lake Taneycomo. Brown trout is a sleek fish with soft-rayed fins and small scales. Its dorsal fin is in round black spots with small orange or red spots surrounded by a lighter halo. Rainbow trout is very much similar to brown trout with some difference in sizes of black spots and small orange or red spots.

 

The output of brown and rainbow trout are the principal fish provided by the hatchery to supply the operations needs of the Conservation Departments. The unit takes a crucial role in providing eggs and fingerlings for grow-outs at various Conservation Department facilities. The fish hatchery covers more than 200 acres. The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery entertains about a quarter of a million tourists every year and gives a variety of information and facts about the hatchery to the general public.

 

Table Rock Lake is the main source of water used at the fish hatching facility. It is supplied by way of the law of gravity. Fish development levels are all covered by the fish hatchery. The hatchery facility has bottle type incubation devices as well as fiberglass along with aluminum tanks. The facility uses a dozen exterior concrete channels for intermediate rising, and the end raising is finished with thirty cement channels.

 

The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery provides millions of tourists yearly the opportunity to see the educational nature of the hatchery that promises future generations to learn the importance of fishing in Missouri. If you plan to visit Branson anytime soon, come to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.

 

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Fasten your Seat belts with the Intense, Maximum and Ultimate Thrill at Xtreme Racing Center

There is one great attraction in Branson, MO where you could explore and improve your talents in the field of driving. Actually, this is the newest. With so many tourists coming in, great outdoor experiences for an anxious traveller will just fit to his chosen taste of hobby. And the Xtreme Racing Center is irresistible!

Xtreme Racing LogoThe world class go-karting race is equipped with the latest high tech Sodi kart race. And the maximum speed is 40 mph. For adults and children, the go-karts are of different types. Usually, the big go-karts are for adults and the maximum speed is set for safety reasons. The kids have their own small go-karts with a minimal speed set too!.

It will be favorable for you if you have brought with you safety helmets for your kids, their complete gears and the shoes. But rentals are always at the counter, which attend to your needs or if you don’t have some either. In order to avail of some discounts, it is advised that you buy a bundle of card credits, where you will enjoy the race with your kids or your family. Price ranges from US$ 12 to US$ 19 , depending on how many minutes you would choose.

Your speed, together with your kids are recorded, and you may be listed in the charts if you and your kids have made an exemplary performance. Even if you go back next year, you will be entitled to such a big discount and membership. Or you may join in the annual competition for adults and kids separate. And best of all, you will be known. Who knows, your new-found talent with your kids will make you famous someday!

Safety tips and the safety system of the complex are excellent since a round of excellently- pooled staff are always ever present to preclude minor accidents. The race course are protected with rubber edges , and thus any minor bumps or thugs are not so prevalent.

So if you are in Branson, MO , do not think twice in getting the race at Xtreme Racing Center only in Branson, MO during your wonderful escapade this Christmas. It will be a total fun, complete with educational training and early driving skills for your kids. You are not at a lost. Everybody wins!

Yes, believe me. You will be exhausted with the great joy and experience the moment you try the race. As if you are in a world competition of racing. It is so much exhilarating. Your little kids will love it. And your children too. How wonderful to see if you do this rare activity with the whole family. This is an absolute fun and excitement and thrill open to all and for all ages!

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Shop in Tanger Mall’s Spring Sidewalk Sale

 

A lot of people say that the season of spring may just be the perfect season to visit Branson Missouri. Not only because of the fact that it is the entertainment capital of the Midwest; you can now make shopping as another reason for your visit to Branson. Shopping may not be the first thing that might come to your mind when talking about Branson, but after your vacation, it just might.

Shopping in Branson is already a whole day’s activity on its own. Branson has the best shopping malls and outlet centers where you can find the best bargains and discounts while getting quality items too. As you plan your spring vacation in Branson, include shopping in your itinerary. One mall in Branson where you can find some good discounts for your spring season shopping is Tanger Outlet Center. Tanger Mall has a lot of shop that will cater to everybody. Some of the shops that you can find in Tanger Outlet Center are Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, Chico, Coach, Converse, Ecco, Fossil, Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, Levi’s, Nautica, Nine West, Osh Kosh, Polo Ralph Lauren, Skechers, Tommy Hilfiger, Vans, and many more. This is truly the perfect mall where you can stay updated with the latest fashion finds. There are also shops for the fashion savvy kids. Aside from the shops, Tanger Outlet Center has also become a home to the best restaurants in Branson. Your visit to Tanger Outlet Mall will also make your tummy happy.

During the spring season, Tanger Mall has a Spring Sidewalk Sale to give you big, big discounts! The Spring Sidewalk Sale is a two-day event where you can get the best deals ever! This event starts on April 18 until April 19, 2014. This is the perfect opportunity to get that outfit that you have always wanted at a discounted price. Make sure that you get to participate in the first sidewalk sale of Tanger Outlet Center in 2014.

To make it more convenient for your stay in Branson, stay in a lodging place that is close to Tanger Outlet Center. Choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort! Thousand Hills is located in the famous Highway 76 strip, which is also the entertainment district of Branson. During the Spring Sidewalk Sale, expect heavy traffic in the main streets of Branson so it would be the best idea to stay in a place close to the mall.

Aside from the convenient location of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, you are also offered various lodging options to make your vacation even more relaxing and fun. It has nightly rentals of Branson log cabins, Branson golf front condos, and Branson lake front condos. In Thousand Hills, you always have the option with the lodging place that will suit you and your company.

Make the most of the Spring Sidewalk Sale in Branson! Book your trip to Branson now and shop till you drop in Tanger Outlet Center! 

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