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The Three Best Branson Museums

Branson boasts of a number of great museums that are sure to please every visiting tourist. Branson museums immortalize a range of icons – from Hollywood superstars to war weapons that helped shaped history. For your trip to Branson, Missouri, do not forget to pay a visit to these museums which you will surely enjoy.

Titanic Branson MuseumOne of the museums that Branson is proud of is the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. It isn’t a wonder why this museum intrigues and excites tourists. It does not have the usual façade of museums that you usually see. This out-of-the-ordinary building is intentionally made to look wrecked to reflect the peculiar earthquake that happened in Missouri in 1812. The earthquake, which registered more than 8.0 magnitude in the Richter scale, caused the Mississippi River to run backwards. With this museum’s strange façade, there is no doubt that this is the most photographed building in Branson and all over the world. Just as the name of the museum implies, over 400 exhibits housed in creative galleries are sure to leave you in awe and disbelief. Ripley’s museum showcases bizarre exhibits like two-headed cows and a vampire hunter’s kit are sure to tickle your imagination. Fact or fiction? You decide.

The Titanic museum is also one of Branson’s best. Everyone knows Titanic to be the unsinkable ship that sank. Experience a blast from the past by boarding the Titanic before it set off on its maiden voyage 100 years ago. Walk the hallways that Jack and Rose once stepped on. Touch a real iceberg. And do not miss the best part where you can hear stories from actual survivors of the Titanic. The 90-minute guided tour is surely worth your visit as you experience history firsthand.

Can’t get your pictures taken with the ever busy Hollywood A-Listers? Now, you can. Come down to one of Branson’s best museums – the Hollywood Wax Museum. One must-bring item to your visit to this museum is your camera. Get ready to catch Hollywood legends in action and have a souvenir photo taken. Meet Johnny Depp, Elvis Presley, Will Smith, and many more. Even King Kong and Frankenstein are there to add an epic touch to your museum visit. The Hollywood Wax Museum is open to the public until midnight, 365 days a year. So take a chance and reach for the stars. Who knows, you might just be one of them.

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Fun in the Sun at Moonshine Beach and Table Rock Lake

If you’re visiting the Branson area, there are three pristine lakes that provide hours and hours of entertainment on the water. The most popular and most visited is Table Rock Lake with its opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports. Part of Table Rock Lake’s opportunities for fun includes Moonshine Beach.

Moonshine Beach Branson MissouriMoonshine Beach is a recreational area maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many people don’t expect to find a sandy beach among the Ozark Mountains, but Moonshine Beach is just that. Moonshine is the largest sand beach in southwest Missouri and is near the luxury resort Chateau on the Lake. It lies in a cove like area on Table Rock Lake and adds to the numerous activities available on Table Rock Lake. Moonshine Beach features picnic tables, food vendors, a boat launch ramp, showers, flush toilets, a large pavilion, and a kids playground. The beach is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and requires a payment of $5.00 per carload daily usage fee. The pavilion is available for rental.

Moonshine Beach is also minutes away from Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery , as well as the newly opened Dewey Short Visitors Center. The famed Highway 76 is also only minutes away from the beach.

Some people visiting the Table Rock Lake area are looking for thrills, and there are multiple marinas where you can find them. 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. In addition to the opportunities for thrilling water sports and other fun on Table Rock Lake, there are many different lodging options near the lake. Cabins, campgrounds, cottages, condos, hotels, resorts, RV parks, and vacation homes are available for your convenience. The Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Branson’s peak tourist season, and visitors are flocking in from all over the United States and the world. Make your lodging reservations in advance so that your room will be ready upon your arrival. Some of the lodging near the lake has private boat docks for your convenience if you have a boat you are bringing with you. For more information about lodging, dining, and entertainment close to Table Rock Lake, visit the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce website at visittablerocklake.org.

When you plan your Branson vacation, check out the Table Rock Lake area. There are a number of unique dining, lodging, and entertainment options within reach of the lake area. Your family can easily find something to do. Moonshine Beach is one of those great ways to enjoy the sand and surf without traveling too far from home. Check out Table Rock Lake and Moonshine Beach for your summer vacation.

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Fishing in Branson – Tips for the Tri-Lakes Area

Fishing in BransonBranson boasts of the Tri-Lakes area, which is known to give you one of the best freshwater fishing experiences in North America. There are three lakes for fishing in Branson - Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake. Although it is not the only activity that Tri-Lakes offers its visitors, fishing is one of the most popular amongst boating and other water activities. The waters are rich in trout, bass, catfish, and many more.

If you are looking forward to go fishing in Branson’s Tri-Lakes area, a few tips for a more fulfilling experience would not hurt especially if it is your first time.

Check the date of your visit. First things first, make sure you visit at the right season and at the right days to make sure you get the most out of your fishing trip in Branson. The waters of Tri-Lake are rich enough that even in winter, fish are still abundant. However, fish have an observed seasonal pattern and it would be of great help if you are aware of these patterns to maximize your fishing experience. Tri-Lake has an annual free-fishing weekend where people from across Missouri throw their fishing lines in the rich Tri-Lake waters in the hope of catching a nice, big fish. This free-fishing weekend in Branson takes place during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.

Hire a guide. If it is your first time to go fishing in Branson, it is very helpful to hire a fishing guide. Fishing guides will teach you how to catch bass, trout, and other species of fish in the area. You can also get tips from these fishing guides if the weather is favorable for fishing, or what to expect during your fishing trip. You can hire fishing guides in Branson for a very affordable fee, and these guys also have great reviews from past visitors to Branson.

Get a permit. If you are visiting on a day before or beyond the annual free-fishing weekend, then you have to get a permit before you can fish around the area. There is a daily $7 fishing permit that should be purchased by those who want to go fishing in Branson. Residents and non-residents alike are required to secure this permit. Are you between 16 to 65 years old? If yes, then a fishing license is also required before you can go fishing. This is part of Missouri’s fishing regulations.

It is every visitor’s dream to make the most out of the place they visit. With these tips, you can enjoy a hassle-free Branson fishing trip.

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Bluegrass and BBQ at Silver Dollar City

Long known as the “Home of American Craftsmanship”, Silver Dollar City brings together some of the best craftsmen and entertainers throughout the year for its six festivals. One of those festivals is Bluegrass and BBQ. Dubbed the “World’s Top Bluegrass Event” by the International Bluegrass Music Association, the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival at Silver Dollar City attracts music enthusiasts and BBQ lovers from all across the United States and the world. Families can enjoy the park for hours, and it is easy to find a little something for everyone.

During the festival, Silver Dollar City sets the stage for artists like The HillBenders and Darin and Brooke Aldridge to wow audiences with their talents. Many different Hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the United States to see some of the best live bluegrass music in the world.

Bluegrass & BBQ at Silver Dollar CitySome of the bands that were featured in the festival this year were The HillBenders, The Grascals, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Each year, Silver Dollar City hosts a Single Microphone Competition, which is a revival of a style made popular in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. According to Silver Dollar City’s website, this style used only a single microphone, and band members would balance their sound by moving toward it or away from it. The winners of the 2012 competition, Brightwater Junction, are performing in the festival in 2013. This year the competition took place on May 18th, and the band Lonsome Meadow took home the first place prize. During Bluegrass and BBQ, Silver Dollar City also hosts the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Contest. On May 25th, musicians 21 years of age or younger wowed audiences with their budding talents, and WMD Band took home the coveted first place honor.

New to Bluegrass and BBQ this year is the opportunity to experience bluegrass music by land and by lake. Showboat Branson Belle offered bluegrass cruises on May 24th and 26th at noon. This cruise featured performances by Monroe Crossing on May 24th, the Larry Stephenson Band on May 25th, and The Special Consensus on May 26th.

Last but definitely not least is The House of BBQ. This eatery serves St. Louis style ribs, smoked chicken, roasted corn on the cob, and many other dishes that come straight from outdoor charcoal grills and a custom built nine-foot long smoker. An all-you-can-eat BBQ rib feast is also back to Bluegrass and BBQ. This feast happens each afternoon on the Square, and smoked ribs and smoked brisket are on the menu. A variety of different sauces are also available for sampling, and can enhance the flavor of any of your BBQ dishes.

When you’re in the Branson area in the spring, make sure to check out Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and BBQ festival for the best of the best in bluegrass and the best of the best in BBQ experiences. You and your whole family can find something to enjoy, whether it is the bluegrass music, the fabulous food, or the opportunity to cruise the lake and experience the ambiance of bluegrass from the water. Before you go on vacation, take a look at Silver Dollar City for your family. For more information about tickets, season passes, and events going on in the park, visit silverdollarcity.com.

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Branson Rentals – When You Want More Than A Hotel

Branson RentalsA perfect vacation spot would normally mean a breathtaking resort coupled with a touch of nature and a relaxing place to get some sleep afterwards. You can now add a little twist to your perfect vacation with Branson’s vacation rentals. There a variety of vacation lodging options that Branson can offer you.

You can opt for Branson cabin rentals if you prefer a more secluded feel for your dream vacation. Rest and relaxation, not to mention privacy, is in your hands with the Branson log cabins. Situated in the luscious greens of Branson, Missouri, these cabins will surely give you a memorable vacation experience. Cabin rentals include fireplaces, fully furnished kitchens, wireless internet and many more. Also, a swimming pool and a jacuzzi tub are available to ensure that you totally enjoy your stay in Branson. Surely, renting a cabin in Branson will take nature within arm’s reach and give you that much needed breath of fresh air.

Rentals of Branson condominiums are also available if you prefer larger bedrooms and ample space and if you come in large groups. Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson, Missouri offers five-star amenities and luxurious facilities along with the exemplary service that you will get from the staff. Kids and kids at heart are sure to enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools of the condominium. Just like the rentals for the log cabins, you can also choose from the pristine views that surround the Branson condominiums. With peace and serenity at hand, it’s like living life away from the busy city with everything still accessible to you. Condominium rentals in Branson offers fully furnished kitchens and bedrooms, wireless internet, cable television and many more. For the visitors who need to squeeze a workout in their getaway, a gym is also available for use. Now here comes the best part. It is absolutely free. Condo rentals in Branson definitely allow you to get more than what you paid for.

Branson rentals offer you first-class amenities and service at an unbelievably low price. So if you want a classic twist in your usual vacation routine, don’t forget about the simple yet elegant cabins and condominiums available for you to rent in Thousand Hills Golf Resort.

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Get a Slice at a Branson Pizza Place

Pizza is one of those classic dishes that nearly everybody loves. You might say that it’s All-American – but historically, pizza was brought to America by Italians who discovered this loaded flatbread in China. Go figure! Regardless of its origins, pizza has worked its way into the hearts of many. And everyone has their favorites: thin crust, thick crust, stuffed crust, pepperoni, vegetarian, macaroni and cheese, spicy, mild, white sauce, red sauce – if you can dream it, it has probably been on a pizza. If you are in the Branson/Tri-Lakes area and you are in the mood for a slice of goodness, you’ll want to check out some of the great Branson pizza joints around town – you are sure to find a pizza that will fit your style!

Hook and Ladder Pizza Co.

Hook and Ladder Pizza, located off of the main drag in downtown Hollister, MO, is by far one of the most unique pizza places around. The first thing that you’ll probably notice is that there are antique fire trucks parked outside the door advertising the restaurant. The second thing you’ll probably notice is that the inside décor is all firehouse themed. And the third thing that you’ll probably notice is that the cooks, waiters and waitresses are all volunteer firemen and women! This locally owned and operated firehouse-centered pizza restaurant does more than make pizza – they work hard to promote paid and volunteer fire stations and to raise awareness about everything that firefighters do and how you can help. When the employees at Hook and Ladder are not busy fighting fires or responding to other local emergencies in the area, they are making pizza – delicious pizza! (And a few other things too) Upon entering Hook and Ladder, you can peruse the menu and place your order at the front counter. Then you continue into the dining room, where you can learn a lot about local fire districts just by looking at the memorabilia hanging on the walls. Then comes the pizza! The crust here is made from scratch, and so is the sauce. Only fresh, high quality ingredients top these pizzas. Some of their specialty pizzas include: the Super, which is a combination of everything good on a pizza, such as pepperoni, black olives, green pepper, pork sausage, mushrooms and more, and the Alfredo, which is a superb pizza topped with chicken, mushrooms, onions and a special cheese blend and slathered in Alfredo sauce. Hook and Ladder also serves sub sandwiches, salads, seasonal soups and desserts – a BIG slice of Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie is a great way to round off your firehouse pizza experience!

Old Chicago Pizza

Old Chicago Pizza, located on the Branson Landing, is a nice place to have a slice of Branson pizza while people watching on The Landing and getting a view of the lake. Old Chicago has been serving pizza and beer for three decades – customers love the food and keep coming back for more. Some of Old Chicago’s menu items that are up for grabs include: Pub Pizzas, Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls, wings with varying degrees of spiciness, and Mozzarella Sticks, just to name a few. Old Chicago is also well known for its draft beers, some of which include Blue Moon, Boulevard, New Belgium and 1554. Old Chicago also offers a kids menu – so with something for everyone, it’s a great place to eat after a day of family fun, a girls day shopping trip or a night with the guys.

Mr. Gilberti’s Place

Mr. Gilberti’s Place, an authentic Chicago style pizza experience, is another wonderful hidden pizza place near Branson. Located just off of Acacia Club Road in Hollister, just up the road from College of the Ozarks (lunch after touring campus, anyone?), Mr. G’s Place is famous for their old family recipes that are cooked, baked and served at the restaurant. Start off with an appetizer like Toasted Ravioli, Crab Bites or Tomato Bread. Then choose from entrees such as a Chicago Style Pan Pizza, Mostaccoili Ala Gilberti pasta dish, or some Minestrone Soup, which was rumored to be Al Capone’s favorite dish. Desserts such as Cannoli, Gelato and Dino’s Carrot Cake can be purchased here as a sweet ending to an authentic Chicago/Italian meal!

Branson pizza (or near Branson pizza!) is always a delicious treat. If it’s a slice you’re after, you’ll have no trouble finding a place here to satisfy your hunger!

 

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Get Ready For The National Kid’s Fest at SDC

Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, is a place that everyone, both young and old, delights in. However, there is one annual festival that is centered just around children (although parents are welcome too!). That’s right, folks – it’s almost time for National Kid’s Fest at Silver Dollar City! Pack a camera and some sunscreen and get ready for some excitement – kiddie style.

What is National Kid’s Fest?

National Kids Fest at Silver Dollar CityWhat is National Kid’s Fest, you might ask? It is a national festival held yearly by Silver Dollar City Attractions celebrating the spirit (and fun) of children. This year’s festival dates are June 8 through July 21, 2013. 2013 will be the final year of this particular festival – so you won’t want to miss visiting Silver Dollar City with your kids this summer! The final year’s line-up of child sized fun includes: performances by championship cloggers, Cartoon Character Meet and Greets (Spongebob and Patrick, Scooby Doo and Shaggy, Yogi Bear and Booboo and many others will be on hand in the Carousel Barn to meet your kids and take pictures!), a fascinating crazy science experience with Professor David Willey (wacky and educational experiences galore!) and Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience, featuring canine athletes performing astounding displays of strength and agility that animal lovers won’t want to miss. On top of all of the shows and entertainment at Kid’s Fest, you and you children will also have the opportunity to check out all of the thrilling amusement park rides that Silver Dollar City has to offer visitors. Powder Keg, Wildfire, the GIANT Barn Swing, the American Plunge and the Lost River of the Ozarks are some popular fun rides that most kids love. This year, kids also have the opportunity to ride Silver Dollar City’s newest roller coaster, Outlaw Run! This $10 million wooden roller coaster is the world’s first and only wooden coaster to feature a double barrel roll. It is the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster and the second fastest wooden coaster in the world! For smaller children that may not meet certain height requirements or maybe aren’t up for a big adrenaline rush, little kid rides can be found at Half Dollar Holler and Geyser Gulch.

Tickets, Passes and Planning

Admission to Silver Dollar City’s National Kid’s Fest can be purchased in a couple of different ways. When purchasing your admission, you want to consider a couple of things in order to make the most efficient purchase. Are you from out of town and visiting only for the day? If so, a one day general admission ticket ($48 for children, $58 for adults, and $56 for seniors without tax) is probably the best option. Do you live in Branson or nearby and plan on visiting the park for more than just National Kid’s Fest? If you will be frequenting here, you will most likely want to buy a season pass. For less than the cost of two days’ worth of general admissions, you can purchase a pass that will get you into any festival on any day of your choice within the operating season. Will you be attending the park with a large group for a party or reunion? Be sure to call the park for group ticket rates and discounts.

As far as planning goes, you’ll want to make sure that you travel light while still having everything your kids need to make their day at Kid’s Fest enjoyable. Bottled water is a good thing to add to your travel backpack – encourage your kids to have a sip or two every time you stop so they stay hydrated. A few healthy snacks will also make life easier – or you can peruse the dining choices available throughout the park. Sunscreen and hats are a must during the summer – especially for little people! For older children, make sure they carry a cell phone and designate a check-in point with them before they run off to have fun. For small children, be sure that you point out what the park employees look like in case they get separated from you and need help – a wristband with your name, the child’s name and a cell phone number can come in handy here.

With a little planning and sunscreen, your trip to National Kid’s Fest at Silver Dollar City is sure to be a success! So get ready to create some great memories that will last a lifetime.

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Branson Vacation Sweepstakes - Dare to Share!

Branson SweepstakesDo you like vacations? Do you like free? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you'll want to be sure to enter the Dare to Share Branson Vacation Sweepstakes by clicking on this link. Enter to win a dream vacation to Branson, including a shopping spree and tickets to the best shows & attractions in Branson!

Thousand Hills has partnered with Silver Dollar City, Titanic Museum Branson, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and Tanger Outlets to provide the ultimate sweepstakes giveaway. The Grand Prize inlcudes:

  • A 3 Night Stay For your Family at Thousand Hills Golf Resort
  • $500 Gift Card good for any of the shops at Tanger Outlets
  • 4 Tickets to Silver Dollar City
  • 4 Tickets to Dixie Stampede
  • 4 Tickets to The Titanic Museum

All this will go to one lucky winner who will be chosen at random after June 9, 2013. And don't forget the name of the contest, Dare to Share. The more you share this contest--on Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter & more the more free entries you will receive. So get out there, share this contest & get as many opportunities as you can for this dream Branson Vacation.

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The Pierce Arrow Show Brings Audiences To Their Feet

As you travel Highway 65 toward Branson, you’ll probably notice multiple billboards advertising Pierce Arrow as “Branson’s Hottest Show.” With six all-star performers with years of performing experience under their belts, Pierce Arrow is undoubtedly Branson’s Hottest Show.

Pierce Arrow Show in Branson MissouriThere’s little doubt as to Pierce Arrow’s popularity among show-goers in Branson. Reviews on TripAdvisor rave about the “…exceptional vocal ranges…” of the performers and the hilarious comedy contained in this show. For 13 years, Pierce Arrow has been entertaining audiences in Branson with their show that seems to have come off of the Las Vegas strip, but the entertainment here is top-notch.

Six cast members make up the talent of Pierce Arrow. Luke Menard, Scott Fraker, Tim Storms, Jimmy Fulbright, Jarrett Dougherty, and Michelle Wait bring multiple accomplishments and stellar talent to the stage at the Pierce Arrow Theater. Luke Menard appeared on American Idol in 2008, and was a finalist on the show. After his elimination, he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. After chemotherapy and radiation, Luke is cancer free. He joined the cast of Pierce Arrow in 2011.

Scott Fraker is a graduate of Missouri State University and has performed with accapella group The Wing Tips. The Wing Tips made appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the CBS Morning program. Scott has performed with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Frankie Avalon. He has also performed for former President George Bush and performed in the gospel quartet Chosen Few at Silver Dollar City until 2001. Scott joined the Pierce Arrow family in 2010.

Tim Storms has been part of multiple accapella groups that gave him the opportunity to perform in seven countries, including Brazil, France, Switzerland, Jamaica, Fiji, Russia, and England, as well as all over the United States. Tim joined the crew in 2006 and has also set the Guinness World Record for the lowest note produced by a human.

Jimmy Fulbright is the newest member of the Pierce Arrow cast, having just joined in 2013. He has played keyboard and/or bass for multiple gospel and country acts that include Donna Fargo and Lee Greenwood. He plays piano, guitar, and drums and loves to sing. He spent 12 years working in theater productions in Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, TN.

Jarrett Dougherty has made a name for himself in Branson has the funniest comedian in town. He moved to Branson in 1995 and spent time performing with Silver Dollar City’s Sons of the Pioneers. He joined the Pierce Arrow family shortly after ending his career with the Pioneers.

Michelle Wait is the only lady in the Pierce Arrow cast. She has been in Branson since 2004 and has been employed by multiple theaters in the area as a performer. She has even been featured as a vocalist on Carnival Cruise Lines. She’s excited to be part of the Pierce Arrow family in Branson.

Pierce Arrow performs two shows per day from May to December. The schedule is subject to change, so visit piercearrowtheater.com for this season’s schedule. Tickets for this fantastic show are $33.42 for adults, $16.72 for children, $31.19 for seniors and $28.96 for veterans. Pierce Arrow also offers a Family Pass, the Power Punch Program, and 2nd Show discount. Group rates are also available for groups of 20 people or more. You can buy tickets and get reservations by going online to piercearrowtheater.com, calling 1-877-687-4241, or going to the box office in person. Pierce Arrow Theater is located at 3069 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson MO, 65616.

When you’re passing those billboards along the highway, don’t be skeptical. Pierce Arrow is Branson’s Hottest Show.

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Branson Gift Shops and Novelties

Branson, Missouri, is well known for its shopping venues. We’ve got outlet malls, name-brand stores, more outlet malls, and even a Bass Pro. But if you are looking for some stand out products in some unique places, you may want to visit some of these groovy novelty stores and Branson gift shops!

Mulberry Mill

Mulberry Mill, located in Branson’s Grand Village Shops, is a locally owned and operated novelty store that you’ll want to be sure and stop by. A delightful array of fashion accessories and gourmet foods awaits you here – and what’s even better is that Mulberry Mill has a tasting room, where you can sample drink mixes and dips such as BLT dip and Pineapple Chicken Salad, and much more! Some of the gourmet foods available for purchase include: Bronco Bobs Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, The Beer Bread Company’s famed Beer Bread Mix, Savory Saltine Amazing Party Crackers, and The Resident Chef gourmet cheeseballs and soup mixes. On the fashion end of things, Mulberry Mill sells a lovely array of scarves, scarf charms, and jewelry. Items can also be purchased at Mulberry Mill’s online store, www.mulberrymill.shopfactory.com

Devo Olive Oil Co.

If you are a culinary whiz or you just want a REALLY unique present to give, Devo Olive Oil Co. on the Branson Landing is the place to stop. After all, who doesn’t love some crazy flavored olive oil? Devo offers flavors of olive oil such as Chipotle, Garlic, Wild Mushroom and Sage, and Blood Orange olive oil – and these are just a few. This unique Branson gift shop also carries specialty gourmet oils like Italian Grapeseed Oil, Roasted French Walnut Oil and White Truffle Oil. Aged Balsamics are another specialty item at Devo – Black Cherry Balsamic and Vanilla Balsamic are a couple of interesting choices. Oils and Balsamics are bottled at the store – you choose your flavor and employees will dispense your flavor of choice into a Devo Olive Oil Co. bottle. There is a taste testing opportunity for every flavor! Devo also stocks pasta – to pair nicely with your olive oil – and locally made lotions and body butters.

Dicks Five & Dime Shop in BransonDick’s Oldtime 5 & 10

For a nostalgic novelty store experience you won’t forget anytime soon, take a trip to Dick’s 5 & 10 in downtown Branson. Founded, owned and operated by Henry L. ‘Dick’ Hartley until his death in 2006, the store is run today by Dick’s wife, June, her son, Steve Hartley and son-in-law, Dave Montgomery. Voted Branson, Missouri’s Best Specialty Store in 2008, Dick’s Oldtime 5 & 10 has something for everyone, young and old alike. Many of the products carried here are the same merchandise lines that were carried by five and dime stores of old, such as linens, sewing notions, hardware and toys. Nostalgic sweet treats like Horehound Candy, BB Bats and candy cigarettes can be found in the candy aisle. Old timey puzzles and games line the shelves, along with household décor and classic TV memorabilia. Pilot-autographed aviation prints and sports memoranda fill the walls, giving the store a true five and dime feel. For a step back in time that will become a lasting memory, come visit this nationally known oldtime 5 & 10 – it’s ‘so much more than just another store!

With these and other fun novelty stores and Branson gift shops to visit, you are certain to find that perfect standout gift or souvenir – and make some memories along the way!

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