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The Top 3 Non-Country Branson Shows

Visitors to Branson may know the city as the “Country Music Capital”, but what some may not know is that there are a number of shows that aren’t country music related – not even close. Some Branson shows are exactly the opposite. From dance to magic, Branson has something to offer everyone in your family. Travelers on tripadvisor.com have spoken out about their favorite shows. Here’s a run-down of three of the best non-country Branson shows.

1. Acrobats of China Branson ShowThe Acrobats of China offer a detour from the variety of music and dance shows. This breathtaking production is performed by the New Shanghai Circus. Deeply rooted in Chinese history, sixteen highly talented individuals perform feats of strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance. The performers were first invited to perform in Branson in 1998 and even performed on Broadway in 1999. The Acrobats of China keep tradition alive in their feats, which are over 2000 years old. The show changes each year to keep audiences enthralled by the incredible performance given by the Acrobats of China. The Acrobats of China has performances from March to December. The theater is located at 645 State Highway 165. Group ticket rates are available; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get more information about these rates. Specials and Branson vacation packages are available; visit acrobatsofchina.com for more information. To reserve your tickets, call 1-877-21-CHINA or 417-336-8888.

2. The Brady Lunch Show at the Yakov Smirnoff Theater is performed by Barry Williams, who became widely known as Greg Brady from the popular television series “The Brady Bunch.” He expanded his career to include musical comedy after the days of the Brady Bunch, and performed in a number of musical theater productions, as well as in Las Vegas and on multiple cruise lines. He has recorded 5 albums and today Williams brings his musical theater and comedy talents to the Brady Lunch. Guests enjoy a meal while being entertained by Williams and a live five piece band. Adult tickets for this show are $34.95 (ages 12 and up), child tickets are $14.50 (ages 4 to 11), and toddlers (ages 3 and under) are free. Toddler tickets DO NOT include a meal. Group rates are available; call 1-866-EAT-FREE for rates.

3. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the Hamner Barber Variety Show. This incredible variety show features magic and illusions by Dave and Denise Hamner, vocal comedy by ventriloquist Jim Barber, along with song, and dance performed by a talented troupe of dancers. The Hamners have headlined shows in Las Vegas and Hollywood’s “Magic Castle”. They have won many awards including the “Magical Masters Award” and the “Bronze Lion Head Award”, which was awarded them by renowned magicians Siegfried and Roy. Jim Barber has been performing in Branson since 1994 and has been named Comedy Entertainer of the Year by the National Association for Campus Activities. There are also other shows that grace the stage at the Hamner Barber Theater, including Tom Mullica’s tribute to Red Skelton, as well as the gospel singing Fair Family. The Hamner Barber Variety Show runs from March to December. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-888-335-2080.

 

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Branson Outdoor Activities For Nature Lovers

The list of Branson outdoor activities is varied and long, including canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing, and much, much more. Thanks to the geographical features of the area that include beaches, forests, and lakes, you’ll never run out of things to do.

Get Wet in the Lakes

When the weather is warm, there’s loads of water to cool you down when you visit Branson. Thanks to the three beautiful lakes in the Branson Lakes Area and the high number of creeks and rivers in the area, a lot of Branson’s outdoor activities are water-related.

Table Rock Lake DamWater skiing, jet skiing, tubing, scuba diving, para sailing, and cliff jumping are all popular Branson outdoor activities at the Branson Lakes Area. If you’re just looking for a place to lay down and relax under the sun rays, you’ll be able to do just that at the many parks and swimming beaches around the lakes. Check out Moonshine Beach, the most visited public swimming area.

Canoeing and kayaking is one of the most popular Branson outdoor activities, and for good reason. It’s a great way to see the Ozark Mountain Country away from the city lights. For a calm paddling experience, visit James River, Beaver Creek, Indian Creek, Finley River, or one of the three lakes in the area. For a more thrilling experience, head to the White and Buffalo Rivers.

The three lakes of Branson, Table Rock, Bull Shoals, and Taneycomo, are also well-known for their fish. You’ll encounter plenty of rainbow and brown trout at Lake Taneycomo and catch great bass and catfish at Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake.

Explore the Parks

More than 100,000 acres of parks, including city, state, federal, and privately owned wilderness areas, can be found in Branson for you to enjoy. If you like to hike or bike, you’ll definitely appreciate the 200+ miles of hiking/biking trails in the area.

There’s a lot of wildlife for you to spot, including wild turkeys, deers, bald eagles, and foxes. Try visiting the Mark Twain National Forest and the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park to immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery of Branson.

Geocaching is another popular park activity that you can do in Branson. Seek out the numerous hidden caches all around the Branson Lakes Area.

If you don’t have much time during your vacation, a simple picnic lunch with your family at one of the many parks in the Branson area is a wonderful way to enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of nature.

Escape to the Mountains

For a new view of the mountains around Branson, hop on a horse and enjoy the thrilling experience of horseback riding. You can find many places around Branson that provide guided rides, such as Bear Creek Trail Rides, Cedar Mountain Stables, and Uncle Ikes Trail Rides. Most guided tours on horseback will take you around one hour to complete, but the memories will last forever.

If horseback riding isn’t exciting enough for you, consider spelunking or zip lining through the mountains. Missouri is full of caves and Branson is no exception, so strap on your cave helmet, turn on the light, and explore. Or glide around on zip lines and get a spectacular bird's-eye view of the mountains!

Whether you spend most of your time around the lakes, in the parks, or in the mountains, you'll find plenty of Branson outdoor activities to keep you busy for the duration of your vacation. Just make sure you have comfortable lodgings, such as a cabin or a condo, where you can relax at the end of your fun-filled days!

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3 Travel Tips For a Weekend in Branson

Spending a weekend in Branson is a great way to bond with your family, catch some great shows, and have an all-around amazing weekend. If you are planning a weekend trip to Branson then there are three travel tips you should keep in mind:

1. Pack a Swimsuit- Any weekend in Branson would not be complete unless you are ready to get soaking wet. Silver Dollar City is a great year-round amusement park that is filled with festivals, music shows, roller caster rides and a world class water theme park. You can peruse around in an inter tube or splash around in one of the many pools. There are also plenty of fun things for adults as well. You can take a romantic cruise on the Branson Belle, where the staff and atmosphere will make you feel like a celebrity. As you cruise through the White River, you will enjoy live shows, exquisite food, and fun for you and your spouse or the whole family. This magical journey will make your weekend in Branson a trip to remember!

Silver Dollar city is closed from December to March due to cold weather, so be sure to plan you trip to Branson accordingly!

2. Pack a Sleeping Bag- There is no better way to spend time and bond with your family then to take a trip away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. You can put the iPods and tablet computers away and spend quality time with the whole family.

Branson has many cottages and cabins available which many people use to organize family reunions and vacations. These cabins are also well-suited to accommodate families, couples, or groups of friends. At night the Branson sky unveils millions of stars that are visible to the naked eye. With very little artificial light, you can stargaze with your loved ones. Don't forget to Pack a s'mores kit so you can sit around the campfire and have some munchies while you swap scary stories.

You might also want to bring plenty of towels if you plan to tame the White River on a white water rafting expedition!

3. Bring a Camera and Popcorn!- Between the amazing sites, family memories, and live shows you will need plenty of space on your camera and something to munch on while you become enveloped in one of Branson's live shows! There are so many shows to see in Branson there are too many to list. Every year there are hundreds of family friendly shows, from country and gospel music concerts, to live magic shows, to a vast array of plays and live performances. You will want to catch the action live when you take your weekend in Branson as you will want to capture the moments of a lifetime.

No matter how you plan to travel to Branson, always put safety first. Your weekend in Branson will be filled with tons of family fun, so sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding this wonderful city.

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The Top 5 Branson Shows

Your family is planning a vacation in Branson, and you’re trying to decide what show you’re going to see while you’re in town. The only problem is there are so many to choose from. Before you try picking one at random, here’s the list of the top 5 Branson shows that you should see during your visit.

1. Sight and Sound Theaters
sightandsound mocSight and Sound is the nation’s largest Christian theatre and has been in operation for 35 years. It is one of the highest attended live theatres on the East Coast (there is a location in Pennsylvania) and in the Midwest. With 2000 seats and a 300 foot wrap-around stage, the experience at Sight and Sound is definitely worth it. Joseph will be showing from March 15 to October 18, and Miracle of Christmas will show November 2 to December 28. Tickets for adults are $43.00, teens are $25.00, and children are $18.00. Visit sight-sound.com or call 1-800-377-1277 to reserve tickets.

2. George Dyer
This man is a stellar vocalist who performs a variety of genres and artists in his musical variety show. In his first season in Branson, George Dyer won 11 show awards including Best Morning Show and Best New Show. Joined by his wife Clarisse and daughter Kendra, George will knock your socks off with power ballads, Broadway hits, love songs, favorite oldies, and even gospel. Tickets for adults (ages 18 and up) are $33.50, teens (ages 13-18) are $15.00, and children (ages 5-12) are $10.00. Family passes are also available for $75.00. Call 480-603-5885 or visit georgedyer.com to reserve tickets.

3. SIX
Dubbed “An Orchestra of Human Voices”, these six brothers perform entire song acapella and use absolutely NO instruments. SIX is entering its sixth year as a Branson show and performs a variety of genres and artists, including pop, classic rock, MC Hammer, LMFAO, Coldplay, and Journey. Comedy is also thrown into the mix. The SIX Show is located in the Mickey Gilley Theater and has performances from March to December. Tickets are $29.95 for adults (ages 18 and up), $15.00 for students (ages 12-17), and $6.00 for children (ages 3-11). Call 877-SIX-BROS for reservations or visit thesixshow.com.

4. Branson’s Tony Roi
After spending 18 years as Elvis at the Legends in Concert show, Tony Roi moved to the Jim Stafford Theater and is entering his 15th season. He has been voted Branson’s Entertainer of the Year for 7 straight years from 2003 to 2008. Call 417-335-8080 for ticket information.

5. The Haygoods
Branson Shows HayboodsThese 5 brothers and 1 sister performed at Branson’s well known Silver Dollar City for 8 years before moving on to the RFDTV Theater on the Branson Strip, where they are now in their 20th season. These talented siblings all play at least one instrument and all of them have stellar vocals. They perform a variety of genres and artists that include Train, the Zac Brown Band, The Eagles, and more. Performances are from March to December. Call 417-339-4663 to reserve tickets and visit thehaygoods.com for more information.

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Branson Hotels – Not the Only Option For Your Vacation

When planning your family vacation, one of the first things you will probably do is try to find an affordable hotel for your stay. Searching the internet will find you hundreds of hotels to choose from, but they aren’t your only option – Branson also offers condos, cabins, and bed and breakfasts. No matter what the vacation, Branson has a place for you to stay comfortably.

More Than Branson HotelsThousand Hills Golf Resort offers many different types of condominium and cabin accommodations, ranging from five bedroom townhouse condos ($341-$524 per night, sleeps 12) to rustic cabins that can accommodate up to 16 people. There are a number of amenities, such as a full workout facility, swimming pools, free Wi-Fi, and washers and dryers for your convenience. Condos at Thousand Hills surround an 18 hole golf course, and are close to shows and attractions such as White Water and Dixie Stampede. Thousand Hills also offers condos near Table Rock Lake with private boat docks, plus easy access to State Park Marina and the Moonshine Beach swimming area. Cabins are also available for your vacation, and are located near all of Branson’s attractions, but secluded enough for you to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Ozark Mountains.

There are a number of benefits for renting a condo or cabin for your vacation as opposed to a hotel. One of those is that they can easily accommodate a number of people in a single dwelling. Branson hotels such as Chateau on the Lake, while luxurious, cannot offer a room or suite large enough to accommodate such a large number of people. Another benefit of choosing a condo or cabin over a Branson hotel is that a condo or cabin can give you the peace and relaxation of a private space that a hotel room cannot. Cabins are especially relaxing because they have all of the comforts of home and all the amenities of a hotel without the hassle of being so near other guests.

As you plan your Branson vacation, examine options other than a hotel. Condos and cabins in Branson are close to the shows and attractions without having to deal with other guests. Whatever your itinerary, Branson has a hotel, condo or cabin for you.

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Branson Daytrips from Springfield, Missouri

There are many things to do in Springfield, but sometime you just need a break from your hometown. Being from Springfield gives you the unique ability to act like a tourist for the day a visit Branson. Branson offers so many different opportunities for fun with the whole family.

Golfing at Thousand Hills

Golf near Springfield MOShopping and museums you may have in Springfield, but takes some time to visit Thousand Hills’ awarding-winning 18-hole golf course. Thousand Hills’ course was given 4-starts by Gold Digest magazine in 2009, and is definitely not to be missed. The course has three different tees to ensure that golfers of all ages and skills will enjoy themselves and challenge their skills. While teeing off at Thousand Hills you can take in the beautiful Branson scenery, and Thousand Hills has definitely taken advantage of the natural Ozark backdrop. Thousand Hills offer guests top of the line Yamaha Carts with GPS capabilities, and features the Mulligan’s Snack Bar & Grill April through November for that mid-day snack or after game drink.

Shows & Amusement Parks

Of course, no trip to Branson as a tourist is complete without taking in a classic Branson show or theme park. Silver Dollar City has six different festivals each year – World-Fest, Bluegrass & BBQ, National Kids Fest, Southern Gospel Picnic, National Harvest Festival, and An Old Time Christmas. With so many different festivals and things to take in at SDC, that every time you go it can be a different experience. You can spend an entire day at SDC, or a couple of hours but it will definitely be time well spent. There are many different shows to take in while in Branson, and you could probably visit Branson several times a month for a year and never see all of the shows that Branson has to offer. Not only that, but with all of the different shows the variety is great. You could come down this weekend and see the Amazing Acrobats of China, and see the Baldknobbers next weekend giving yourself a completely different experience every time you visit Branson.

The Tracks

Springfield Missouri Daytrip IdeasMaybe a calm day at the golf course or entertaining show is not your thing, and you are looking for a little more exciting option, then the Branson Tracks are the way to go. The Tracks has eight different go-kart tracks at four different locations so every time you visit a Track you can get a different experience. The Tracks offer the Heavy Metal High Rise for those more experienced drivers and a rookie go-kart track for that future Nascar driver. The Tracks also have bumper cars, laser tag, a Skycoaster, mini golf, and arcades for those in the family who are not all about the need for speed.

Living in Springfield means you will probably visit Branson more than once, so making sure you enjoy all Branson has to offer is easy. Try everything out once, don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never thought of before, and take advantage of the different options your favorite attractions have to offer, because you never know where you new favorite day trip will be hiding.

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Where to Shop In Branson

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

The Landing

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

The Tanger Outlet Mall

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

Downtown Branson

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

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Home Away From Home in Branson Condos

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

Room to Relax

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

Total Privacy

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

Creature Comforts

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

Luxurious Amenities

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

Are you ready to experience Branson in style and luxury?

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Branson Spring Break Ideas

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

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

Table Rock Lake

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

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

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

The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure

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

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

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Where to Eat in Branson

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

Danna BBQ Branson RestaurantDanna’s BBQ

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

Vasken’s Deli

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

Billy Gail’s

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

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

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