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Use Your Branson Cabin as a Home Base For Your Next Shopping Trip

When you and your girlfriends are looking for a day of shopping, you definitely don’t want to drive around to different stores all day. You could definitely do without trying to cram all of those shopping bags into a hotel room too. When you’re vacationing in Branson, you can get the best Branson shopping experiences and the best place for your “home base”. Look no further than Thousand Hills for your next shopping trip.

Branson Shopping at Tanger OutletsThousand Hills offers a number of luxury cabins that are perfect for groups of any size. When you’re taking a vacation, you want to get away, but you still want to be comfortable. At Thousand Hills, there are a number of cabin options that are sure to fit your needs. Each one of Thousand Hills cabins are equipped with luxuries you can find (and even some you can’t) at a five-star hotel – 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. Cabins are also close to the scenic Table Rock Lake, the famous Highway 76, and all of the shows and attractions Branson has to offer. To make the deal even sweeter, you can also receive coupon books for shops in the Branson Landing and Tanger Outlet Mall when you check in to your cabin. Thousand Hills works hard to make your stay in Branson like you’re not far from home.

While in Branson, it’s hard not to miss the unique shopping experiences that the city has to offer. Unique shops line Highway 76 and are not hard to find in places like the Grand Village or Branson Landing. When you’re enjoying the shopping though, it can be a challenge storing all of those shopping bags in a hotel room. It’s especially difficult when your whole family or a group of people are with you when you’re trying to pack up at the end of your vacation.

Instead of trying to fight against all of your belongings in a cramped hotel room, use your Branson cabin as a “home base” for your Branson shopping trip. You can easily keep everything organized with the spacious and luxurious surroundings in a cabin. The cabins are secluded enough to let you relax at the end of a long shopping day. Plus, Thousand Hills cabins are located close to Branson’s best shopping, like the Branson Landing, the Grand Village, the Shoppes at Branson Meadows, and more. You can stop by your cabin at any time during the day to drop off your bags, or maybe just to put your feet up for a little while.

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.

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State Parks Near Branson – The Best Way to See the Ozarks

The city of Branson is a great place to vacation – there are countless theatre attractions, multiple shopping malls, a bounty of bluegrass venues, great restaurants, and then some. But what does Branson have to offer adventurers who just want to get out of Dodge? If hiking, fishing, bird watching, horseback riding or flower gathering sounds more enticing than shows and shopping, the state parks near Branson are sure to become some favorite hotspots.

Table Rock State Park

Table Rock State Park is one of the most popular state parks around the Branson area. Located off of Highway 165, a few miles southeast of town, this park showcases one of Missouri’s most historic lakes. Table Rock Lake came to be in the 1950s when the Table Rock Dam was built along the White River; it is named after a large rock shelf set about one mile downstream from the dam site. (To learn more about the dam, visit the Dewey Short Visitor Center, next to the lake on Highway 165) Today, Table Rock State Park offers a multitude of recreational activities. There is a lakeside marina, where water enthusiasts can rent kayaks, WaveRunners, fishing boats, and the like. Fishing is a popular pastime at Table Rock – the lake is known for its bass, catfish and crappie. There are several good swimming locations along the shoreline, many of them near picnic sites. If you fall in love with the lake and want to stay awhile, the park offers two campgrounds right next to the water for your enjoyment.

Roaring River State Park

Roaring River State Park is as beautiful and intriguing as its name. Located 35 miles west of Branson, off of Farm Road 2239 in Cassville, Missouri, this state park reigns supreme as far as trout fishing goes – it is known to be one of the best trout locations in the nation. Roaring River became a state park in 1928 when a St. Louis businessman named Thomas Sayman purchased 2,400 acres along the river and donated his purchase to the state. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources now manages the park. Seven different hiking trails take explorers deep into the rugged beauty of the Roaring River terrain. If hiking is not your forte, stop in and stay awhile at the Chinquapin Nature Center and learn about the natural history of the park. The river itself is stocked with trout daily by the parks’ hatchery; fisherman can process their catch at the parks’ cleaning and fillet station. Roaring River also hosts many naturalist events, such as wildflower workshops, free fishing days, and eagle watches.

Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area

Busiek State Forest, Branson MOBusiek State Forest is one of the steepest, rockiest, most Ozarkian original of the state parks near Branson. Located fourteen miles north of Branson, directly off of Highway 65, Busiek encompasses 2,505 acres of beautiful Missouri wilderness. Five miles of nature trails with varying degrees of difficulty offer great hiking, wildlife watching and photographic opportunities. Hunting, fishing and camping are also available in the state forest with permits obtained from the Missouri Department of Conservation. If you are an equine enthusiast, Busiek offers some of the best, most challenging horseback riding terrain in Southwest Missouri – you’ll want to pack a lunch and your saddlebags and stay all day!

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park (not a state park, but well worth the visit!) is located south of Branson and sixteen miles west of Highway 65, and offers visitors some of the Ozarks’ most spectacular scenery on the Missouri/Arkansas border. It is a spectacular experience you won’t want to miss! Dogwood Canyon is tailor-made for the outdoor enthusiast; the park offers hiking and walking trails, fishing, and fly fishing clinics, back country jeep tours, wildlife tram tours, guided trail rides and authentic horseback cattle drives, where guests ride all day driving Texas Longhorns to fresh pastures – a chuck wagon lunch is included! There is sure to be something for everyone at Dogwood Canyon.

There is a little bit of everything at the state parks near Branson. If the great outdoors is what you’re after, you’re sure to find it here!

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Branson Cabin Rentals: ‘Roughing’ It in Comfort!

Most people have the urge at one point or another to fully experience Mother Nature and to unleash their inner wild side. Some adventurers flourish on foraging for food and carrying their home-making necessities in a backpack. But for some people, the thought of sleeping in a bark hut with no heat or indoor plumbing just isn’t very appealing. What is a would-be woods person to do? That is where Branson cabin rentals come in!

Branson Cabin RentalsThe Cabins at Grand Mountain, a division of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort in Branson, Missouri, provide the perfect wilderness getaway without guests having to revert to primitive instincts. These rustic yet modern lodgings are nestled into the hills and hollers of the wooded Ozark ridges, providing guests with some astonishingly beautiful scenery that is truly unique to the Ozarks. These Branson cabin rentals are built into the lay of the land, giving forest romantics the experience of being peacefully secluded in the woods, while only a hop, skip and jump away from many of the Tri-Lakes area attractions, and situated just two blocks north of 76 Country Music Boulevard. So when you get tired of hearing the crickets sing and want more social interaction than visiting with squirrels and chipmunks, take a convenient trip into town! Your cabin will be waiting for you when you get back.

The Cabins at Grand Mountain range in size from a one bedroom, one bathroom cabin that sleeps two, on up to a four bedroom, four bathroom cabin that includes a loft and will sleep sixteen people; rates start at $129 a night and go on up to $618 per night – rates are subject to change depending on the season. Whether it’s a honeymoon trip, a family reunion, or perhaps a club or group get-together, there is certainly a Branson cabin rental to fit your needs!

All cabins come fully furnished in a rustic, yet tastefully functional style. Full fireplaces and screened or open porches are some unique included features that are sure to provide some good entertainment and fun; an indoor picnic dinner by the fireplace or afternoon tea on the porch paired with bird watching are just a few of the experiences that can help make your stay memorable.

For even more comfort out in the woods, the cabins come fully equipped with everything a home would have: ready to cook in kitchens, washing machines and dryers (with included soaps and detergents), TV and DVD players, ironing boards and supplies, pull-out sofas, luxurious jetted tubs, and access to a refreshing swimming pool are all on the list. All the necessary linens that you might need are also provided to you during the duration of your stay. So whether you are looking for an outlet to unleash your inner mountain man, or you just want a unique place to stay or to hold a gathering, these Branson cabin rentals are guaranteed to satisfy – no berries or bark huts required. Be sure to call Thousand Hills to book your own forest hideaway at The Cabins at Grand Mountain today!

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Branson Real Estate for your Vacation Home

Golf Condos and Homes

If you are in the market for a gold condo, home or other branson real estate, Thousand Hills can accommodate all of your needs. The Links at Thousand Hills consists of 4 acres overlooking beautiful kept fairways and Thousand Hills’ award-winning 18-hole golf course. “Enjoy golf-front living, center-city location, and beautiful sunsets; Branson Missouri real estate at its finest,” states thousandhills.com. Thousand Hills makes golf-front living easy, enjoyable, and affordable. Their golf-front properties are made up of 10 four-story buildings with 8 units a piece, adding up to 80 condominiums. They have several different floor plans, including one, two, and three bedrooms starting out at 1050 square feet. The Residence at Thousand Hills, their gold home project, is located at 100 Residence Lane, just off of Green Mountain Drive. These homes are located near Thousand Hills’ golf course and are made up of 34 patio homes equaling up to 1650 square feet. These homes consist of 3 bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, with granite countertops and slab accents, wood flooring, a two car garage to name a few. An outdoor swimming pool is also available to the Residence owners. For full floor plans and pictures visit thousandhills.com.

Log Cabins

If looking for a little more scenic retreat, try out The Cabins at Grand Mountain, a log cabin project by Thousand Hills. These cabins located two blocks north of the Grand Palace on Oak Ridge Road are just close enough to Branson you will still be able to enjoy the Branson experience. Thousand Hills’ objective for these cabins was to give you all the comforts of modern technology with an outdoors feel.

Thousand Hills is also available to help you figure out financing. “When you've chosen one of our special Branson Missouri Real Estate properties and it's time to obtain real estate financing, our dedicated personnel are here to assist you in securing a loan,” stated thousandhills.com. “We work with every major bank in the Branson area to provide our new home owners with the most competitive financing and loan packages in the Midwest. A Uniform Residential Loan Application is completed and we handle the rest. It's that simple. In addition, for qualified borrowers, we offer short-term owner real estate financing under certain circumstances.” Also, Thousand Hills’ representatives will coordinate the closings with the title company and are available to answer any question you may have. They are truly dedicated to helping you find the right property for you.

For additional information or to contact a Thousand Hills professional, call 1-800-495-4653 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Also, you can go onto the Thousand Hills’ website and enter your information; a Thousand Hills representative will be in touch with you within 24 hours.

Thousand Hills is a vacation home expert and a leading provider of Branson real estate, and you are sure to find just the right fit for you and your family at a Thousand Hills vacation home.

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Southwest Airlines Comes to the Branson Airport

When the Branson Airport LLC opened on May 11, 2009, its mission was to make transportation for tourists and residents of the Branson area a little bit easier. With the addition of Southwest Airlines flights to the already numerous flights at the Branson Airport, this mission is stretched just a little bit farther.

Southwest Airlines Plane at the Branson Airport TerminalBefore Southwest Airlines, the Branson Airport was “serviced by AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines, and Branson AirExpress allowing passengers the ability to access over 100 destinations all on low cost carriers,” Branson Airport said in a press release.

Now with Southwest joining the Branson Airport family, the opportunities for travel destination have significantly increased. According to a Branson Airport press release, Southwest Airlines serves 73 cities in 38 states and is one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of performance, people, and planet. Southwest Airlines is based out of Dallas, and operates with more than 46,000 employees and conducts more than 3,400 flights a day.

“We’re looking forward to extending the Southwest Airlines route map to Branson next year,” said Pete Houghton, Southwest Airlines Senior Director of Airport Affairs.

Southwest Airlines main mission is “dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit,” according to www.southwest.com. Southwest Airlines has been awarded several different awards including acknowledgements for an industry-leading airline, a green leader, positively outrageous customer service, one of the best places to work, and acknowledged for their respect in the communities their move into.

Southwest will serve the Branson community by offering three daily nonstop flights to Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby, and Chicago Midway, with additional Saturday-only nonstop service to Orlando, Southwest stated in a press release. Southwest Airlines and the Branson Airport are an excellent fit for each other because of their heart for service. The Branson Airport in known for its unparalleled customer service, and Southwest Airlines differentiates “itself from other low-fare carriers” by “offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service,” Branson Airport said.

“We are thrilled with the news that we will have Southwest Airlines’ red-bellied aircraft touching down in Branson,” said Jeff Bourk, Executive Director of the Branson Airport. “Southwest Airlines presence in this region will do enormous things for the economic development of the entire Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area.”

The Branson Airport welcomed Southwest with a celebration featuring Congressman Billy Long on March 9, 2013.

The Branson Airport is the first privately operated and developed commercial service airport in the United States and has a state of the art FBO, Branson JetCenter, and a full service travel agency.

Currently, the Branson Airport has outgoing and incoming flights from hundreds of connections, and continues to bring new guests to the Branson area every day.The airport is located just south of Branson in the Ozark foothills. The physical address is 4000 Branson Airport Boulevard, Hollister, Missouri 65672.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the official car rental provider of the airport, and they are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. everyday. Their number is 417-334-5370.

Southwest Airlines is sure to only add to the Branson Airport’s already outstanding service and fabulous customer service. To reach the Branson Airport call them at 1-888-FLY-BKG1, or visit their website, flybranson.com.

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The Advantages of Bringing Your Branson Group to Thousand Hills

Getting large Branson groups together can be a challenge, whether for a business meeting, a church meeting, or any other gathering. Before you try to get everyone together, look toward Thousand Hills Golf Resort to help you with all of the details that go into getting people together.

Branson GroupsThousand Hills Golf Resort has both meeting and banquet facilities with menu options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All of the facilities at Thousand Hills are equipped with high speed internet access, conference phones, and audio/visual equipment to help you make your event the best you could ask for. So whether you’re bringing your business meeting, your wedding reception, or your family reunion to Branson, Thousand Hills can satisfy all of your group needs.

Thousand Hills has three different meeting spaces to accommodate your business meeting needs. Each space offers the latest in audio/visual equipment technology and high speed internet. Meeting spaces can accommodate from 50 to 200 people. If you’re hosting a casual business luncheon or cocktail party, Thousand Hills also offers full catering and bartending services. Whether you need an upscale boardroom setting or are planning a casual business event, Thousand Hills can easily meet your needs.

In addition to business meetings, Thousand Hills can also make your wedding reception a hassle free occasion. The meeting spaces mentioned above can accommodate all of your wedding guests after the ceremony and the beautiful golf course also provides a great backdrop for your wedding photos. Thousand Hills also offers cabins and condos that are perfect for your honeymoon and for your out-of-town wedding guests. Secluded and relaxing, cabins feature king size beds, whirlpool tubs, and full size kitchens and living rooms. Lakeside condos are also ideal locations for your guests or your honeymoon. Boat slips and swimming docks are right outside your door when you stay in one of these luxury condos.

Family reunions in Branson are also reason to try out Thousand Hills. Cabins and condos are large enough to accommodate up to 16 people. Families can enjoy their time together in the comfort and seclusion of one of Thousand Hills Branson cabins. Midwest Living magazine has voted Branson one of the top spots for family reunions. Thousand Hills can make the events easy with lodging, your special luncheon, and the guys’ game of golf all in one place. Many groups that have used Thousand Hills for their group planning needs have been extremely pleased with Thousand Hills’ staff. Each gathering has been different, but everyone was able to focus on having a good time instead of having to worry about planning details. On Thousand Hills’ website, Marian Staebel said “I wanted to let you know our family had the Best.Time.Ever. this past week!! Thank you so much for assisting with our reunion.... On behalf of the Wuerz family members, we owe a huge THANK YOU to the staff of Thousand Hills Resort. The front desk staff were exceptional in welcoming our group; the golf-theme condos clean and cozy; the bedrooms private and comfortable. The condos were large enough for our group to gather for various meals. We really appreciated the kitchen space and enclosed patios. Looking forward to our return visit…” You can view more testimonials at thousandhills.com/meetings-and-events/testimonials to see how Thousand Hills has helped other Branson groups make the best of their event.

So before you try planning your event, call Thousand Hills’ meeting coordinators at 417-243-2245. For more information, visit thousandhills.com/meetings-and-events.

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Branson Mini Golf Courses of Every Shape and Size

Families vacationing in Branson are constantly looking for ways to have fun together while staying in the Branson area. One inexpensive way to do that is to play miniature golf. Branson has a multitude of mini golf courses, and each one is different. From outdoor courses to blacklight courses, there are many to choose from.

Each of Branson’s miniature golf courses is centered around a specific theme. Some courses are themed around a famous explorer’s search for gold and diamonds. Others are centered around the pillages of pirates. Obstacles and environment work together to create a one-of-a-kind golf experience. No matter what the theme is, each of Branson’s mini golf courses is designed for families to have fun together.

One of Branson’s best mini-golf experiences can be found at Branson Family Fun Factory. Boasting an 18 hole miniature golf course, this course is entirely indoors in a climate controlled environment so you can enjoy your game out of the sweltering heat of summer. The course is glow-in-the-dark and black lit, and each room has a different theme. You’ll travel through an enchanted forest and experience an underwater adventure. Plus, Branson Family Fun Factory gets even better because it is also home to a laser tag arena. For a single game of either laser tag or mini golf, the cost is $9 per person. Everyone can play both for only $12.50 per person too. For more information about Branson Family Fun Factory, call 417-332-2110 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lost Treasure Branson Mini Golf CourseAnother one of Branson’s best miniature golf courses is Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf. Two 18 hole courses are available. Each one takes players through a course that features streams, waterfalls, and ancient ruins as part of the adventure. A mining car takes players to the first holes. A game of golf is $8 per person at Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf. For more information, visit losttreasuregolf.com.

A third one of Branson’s favorite mini golf courses is Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf. Pirate’s Cove has two 18 hole courses. Each course takes players through the 18th century world of pirates with elaborate buildings, waterfalls, true pirate tales, lush plant life, and a full-scale pirate ship. Adventure is just around the corner.Each course is $8.95 per adult and $7.95 per child. Families can play both courses for $14.50 per adult and $13.50 per child.

Last but not least is Grand Country Inn’s indoor black light mini golf. This course gives families the option of playing 18 or 36 holes in a nighttime setting. An “Ozarks rainstorm” sounds off every 30 minutes, adding to the ambiance of the mini golf course. This course was named 1 of the top 10 miniature golf courses by USA Today. The challenging obstacles are nestled among streams and waterfalls, and everyone can enjoy their game. 18 holes of golf is $7.95 per adult and $6.95 per child. 36 holes is $12.95 per adult and $10.95 per child.

All of these golf courses can provide hours of entertainment for your family while visiting the Branson area. There are many courses to choose from and each one provides a slightly different experience for its players. When planning your Branson vacation, be sure to check out at least one of Branson’s best miniature golf courses.

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Condos in Branson with All the Luxury of Home

When you head out on vacation, you want your temporary residence of choice to be luxurious, yet comforting and functional – kind of like your own home. Staying at one of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort’s condos in Branson ensures that you will have all that – and then some.

Thousand Hills offers a variety of condominium options, from a Queen suite that sleeps three with rates between $74 - $114 per night, on up to a five bedroom, five bathroom Branson townhouse that holds twelve people with rates between $341 - $524 per night. Whether it’s an anniversary getaway, a business trip, or a family reunion, these condos in Branson are sure to fit your style – and make you feel right at home!

Condos in BransonAll of the condos offer a plethora of basic household items and top notch amenities to make your stay comfortable, convenient, and homey. All major appliances can be found within the condos – washers and dryers (with soaps and detergents included), ironing boards, alarm clocks, and televisions with all the bells and whistles in every bedroom, just to name a few. All of the linens you might need, such as sheets, towels, etc., are supplied to you during your stay.

Not only are all of your basic needs met, many of the condo features make for some great entertainment! If you like to cook and you want to hold a dinner party in your Branson lodging, the fully equipped kitchen and the private deck or patio are the perfect place to make and enjoy a meal with family and friends. The open, airy living room, DVD player, and the pull out sofa are all of the ingredients you need to create a fun movie party for the kids. A soak in the whirlpool Jacuzzi-style tub can be a relaxing way to round off a day of sightseeing and shopping in Branson. And for the business traveler, don’t forget about that free Wi-Fi!

When you are ready to venture out of your luxurious condo, Thousand Hills offers several unique indoor and outdoor amenities right in the neighborhood. If you are up for a refreshing swim, check out one of the swimming pools. And there is no need to let inclement weather spoil your swim plans – Thousand Hills features both indoor and outdoor swimming pools for maximum swimming enjoyment. Workout aficionados will be happy to make use of the tennis courts and the on-site exercise facility. And then there is the famous Thousand Hills golf course and pro shop – eighteen of the best holes in Branson! A vast majority of the area’s best shows, attractions (Silver Dollar City, anyone?) and shopping malls are also within just a short jaunt of your condo.

Sometimes a condo just isn't a home without the family pet. For those of you who couldn't bring yourselves to put Rover in a kennel and want to bring him (or her) along on your Branson vacation adventure, there are some pet specific units available upon request – call and ask for details when you make your condo reservation. Branson, Missouri is a fabulous place to vacation – and having a great place to lodge makes all the difference in the world. Condos in Branson are a fabulous lodging choice and you are certain to get the area’s best home away from home experience!

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Branson Ziplines: A New Way to See the Ozarks

Have you ever wanted to fly above the treetops of the beautiful Missouri Ozarks? Thanks to several new Branson ziplines, Red Tailed Hawks and Bald Eagles aren’t the only ones with a bird’s eye view anymore. A zipline craze is sweeping the nation, and four local businesses are rising to the occasion. In fact, they are some of the most popular hotspots in the Tri Lakes area!

Adventure Ziplines of Branson

Adventure Ziplines of Branson is the only high-up adventure tour with the city limits of Branson. It is just minutes from many of the area shows and stores – so when you are tired of shopping and ready for a thrilling adrenaline rush, Adventure Ziplines is the place to go! Adventure Ziplines features seven ziplines up to 2,000 feet long with speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Thrill seekers are harnessed securely as they travel along the dual cable system, making the ride as safe as it is enjoyable. All riders complete an orientation and training course prior to the tour. If you want to watch the stars as you fly above the trees, Adventure Ziplines offers a Zip at Night tour, showcasing the starry skies and city lights of Branson.

Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours at Wolfe Creek Preserve

Branson Ziplines at Wolf CreekBranson Zipline and Canopy Tours, located seven miles north of Branson directly off of Highway 65, is a world class eco-tour with a beautiful view. Opened in May of 2010, this four million dollar establishment has safely guided thousands of zipliners through the canopy of the Wolfe Creek Preserve. The entire zipline was designed and built with the best interests of the preserve in mind – helicopters were used to erect the zipline platforms instead of using bulldozers and heavy equipment that might have damaged the ecological elements. Riders often get the opportunity to see wildlife such as deer and bobcats on the trails below as they soar above the trees. Branson Zipline offers four different canopy tours, each with a different number of zip lines and suspension bridges, and ranging from 30 minutes to four hours: The Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour (a best seller), the Flying Prospector Canopy Tour (a good choice for family groups), the Blue Streak Fast Line and Free Fall Express (which includes a breathtaking, heart stopping 100 foot free fall) and the Canopy Adventure Combo (which includes the free fall and an entire canopy tour). The Xplorer and the Prospector tour are both available after dark for some serious nighttime thrills.

Indian Point Zipline Adventure Tours

The Indian Point Zipline Adventure Tour is a division of the Indian Point Family Fun Park. Soon to be joined by the Indian Point Hydro-Slides, this newer of the Branson ziplines is sure to be a family crowd pleaser. Featuring a secure sitting harness trolley system, this zipline is a good confidence booster for first time zip riders, without being too dull for more experienced zippers. Indian Point has six ziplines totaling 2,700 feet of line. Prices start at $36 per person and Indian Point accepts group reservations.

The Vigilante Extreme ZipRider

Vigilante Ziprider BransonOne of the highest ziplines in Missouri, the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider launches riders from the very top of the Inspiration Tower at Shepard of the Hills and sends them down a half mile long ride at 50 miles per hour for the best view of the Ozarks you will ever see! A special chair-style harness system makes your thrilling ride secure and comfortable as you soar 170 feet above the 160 acre historic homestead. On a clear day, zip liners can see clean across the state line into Arkansas. No training or orientation is needed for the Vigilante, due to the chair harness and the patented terminal brake at the end of the ride; folks of all ages can enjoy this zipline! Pricing is $29 per person.

So whether you are a thrill seeker, a nature buff, or simply wanting a fresh perspective on the Ozarks, any of these Branson ziplines are sure to soar above and beyond your expectations!

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The Many Faces of Table Rock Lake

Table Rock LakeApproximately 2 million visitors come to the Branson area every year. Some are even return visitors who are looking for something new and exciting to do. One of Branson’s treasures for vacationers is the pristine Table Rock Lake. From boating to swimming, you can easily find a way to spend an exciting day on the lake water skiing or relaxing on a pontoon boat. Whatever your preference, Table Rock Lake is the perfect playground for your summer fun.

For boating and water sport enthusiasts, there are numerous marinas located around the lake for your convenience. If you’re staying in Branson, What’s Up Dock, Port of Kimberling Marina, and Baxter’s Boat Dock are within an hour’s drive. Water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing are just some of the options that are available to vacationers enjoying Table Rock Lake’s pristine waters. Boat operators on Table Rock Lake are required to take a boating safety course and carry a Water Patrol issued card that proves that the course was taken and passed. For vacationers, a temporary 30 day permit can be obtained without the boating safety course. To take an online course, visit www.boat-ed.com/mo.

Fishermen also flock to Table Rock Lake for the abundant numbers of bass and lunkers. There is a large variety of species that live in the lake though, including crappie, blue gill, flat head catfish, walleye, and sun fish. In the springtime, the fish spend a majority of their time near the bases of old cedar trees. Catches at this time of year are especially plentiful if you fish Table Rock Lake.

Dining options are also available on Table Rock Lake in addition to the many restaurant options in Branson. Coyote’s Dockside Café and Pub is located at What’s Up Dock Marina in Kimberling City. After some time on the boat, Coyote’s is a great place to grab lunch. Coyote’s has whatever you’re hungry for – burgers, pasta, ribs, chicken, sandwiches, wraps, and other specialties. Lakeside Resort, Restaurant, and General Store is another great option, offering pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and sweet treats for the sweet tooth. Lakeside Restaurant is located in Branson West, right on Table Rock Lake’s banks.

To make the lake area even more appealing, all of the boating, fishing, watersports, and lakefront lodgings are just minutes from all that Branson has to offer. Shopping, shows, dining, and other attractions are easily accessible to visitors staying in one of Table Rock Lake’s luxurious condos, vacation homes, or other lodgings. You can easily get to what you need when staying on the lake.

Your vacation is sure to be relaxing when you stay in one of Table Rock Lakes many condos, cabins, or cottages. Make sure to check out Table Rock Lake when planning your vacation, where boating, fishing, swimming, and other watersports are within your reach. For more information about Table Rock Lake, its lodging, restaurants, and outdoor activities, go to visittablerocklake.org.

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