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The Track Family Fun Parks

When traveling down Highway 76 and around Branson, you can see towering wooden tracks from the street. If this is your first Branson vacation, you may be wondering, “What is that?” The answer is The Track Family Fun Parks. The Track Family Fun Parks are an ideal location for families to have fun together. With five locations in Branson, go-karting fun is just minutes away.

Branson Track Family Fun ParkBetween the five locations, there are 14 different track styles for every age group. Kids and adults alike can have fantastic fun at a great price. However, go-karts aren’t the only thing that the Track Family Fun Parks have to offer. Mini golf, bumper boats, laser tag, arcades, batting cages, and the Skycoaster are also part of the fun at the Track. Three of the Track Family Fun Park locations feature a unique go-kart track. One of those tracks is the LumberJack, located at the Track 5. Built in 2001, this wooden track is three stories tall and 1,186 feet long! This track was the original wooden high-rise in Branson, and took the Track Family Fun Parks to new heights. The LumberJack continues to be a favorite among visitors.

Another of the unique tracks is Wild Woody. This track has two full spirals and a blind peak, making this riding experience feel like a wooden roller coaster. Located at the Track 3, WildWoody was built in 2002, and was even bigger than the LumberJack. At four stories high and 1,440 feet long, it’s hard to miss Wild Woody when you drive into town. With ups, downs, twists, and turns, your family will love riding Wild Woody!

The final of these unique tracks is the newest one to Branson. Located at the Track 4, Heavy Metal High Rise is a metal and concrete track (700 cubic yards of concrete and 200 tons of steel, to be exact). At four stories tall and 1200 feet long, kids and adults will be thrilled when four upward spirals bring them to the top, and a three tiered slope brings them back to the ground!

All of the go-karts, rides, and games at the Track Family Fun Parks require credits, which you can buy in person at any Track Family Fun Park or online. Prices for go-karts and rides vary. If you plan on coming back to the Track more than once during your stay in Branson, a 2013 GO-CARD is a great value.

The GO-CARD gives you all the same fun at all of the Track Family Fun Parks for half price. You get $40 in free credits ($50 if you buy online), and other freebies including free pizza at Pizza World, free custard at Andy’s Frozen Custard, and more. Your GO-CARD also gets you discounts and freebies at other local shows, attractions, and dining including Ride the Ducks, Dixie Stampede, SIX, Fall Creek Steak and Catfish House, and Outback Steak and Oyster Bar. If you’re bringing your family to Branson for a reunion or just for a vacation, group rates are also available at the Track Family Fun Parks. All-Day, 2 Hour, and 1 Hour Fast Pass options are available. All-Day Fast Pass gives you unlimited go-karts and mini golf at ALL of the Track locations ALL DAY LONG! A 2 Hour Fast Pass gives you unlimited go-karts and mini golf at a reserved Track location for two hours, and a 1 Hour Fast Pass gives you unlimited go-karts and mini-golf at a reserved Track location for one hour. For more information about groups and booking your event, call 417-334-1612 or visit www.bransontracks.com.

So, when considering what to do on your Branson vacation, give the Track Family Fun Parks a try. Everyone in your family will love thrilling speed of the go-karts, the splashing fun of bumper boats, and stealthy enjoyment of laser tag at the Track Family Fun Parks.

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Raising a Family in Branson

When you think of how you’re going to go about living the American dream, you want to do it in a place where you can raise a family in safe, friendly and quality environment, with good schools, room to play, and a solid community background. Want to start living your American dream? Perhaps you should consider raising your family in Branson. It has all of the ingredients that are vital to a family friendly community!

Branson Public Schools

Branson SchoolsThe schools within the Branson public school district are proud to proclaim that they are ‘a community committed to learning.’ With six different schools spread out over three different campuses, the administrators, faculty and staff are committed to your child’s education from preschool through high school. At Branson Primary School, little learners from preschool to first grade receive engaging instruction at their level along with social interaction important to their development. The next step in your child’s journey in education is second through fourth grade at Branson Elementary East or Elementary West, depending on the location of your home. Both locations encourage learning for life and striving for greatness. Branson Intermediate will be your child’s in between phase during fifth and sixth grade before entering Branson Junior High, where Principal Bryan Bronn’s mission is “student success.” Then it’s on to Branson High School, with top notch facilities and a staff committed to student growth and scholastic achievement. This great school district is truly dedicated to empowering young learners – you and your family will be proud to be a part of the Pirate community! For more information on the individual schools, programs and faculty, visit www.branson.k12.mo.us Branson Community Library

Branson Taneyhills Community Library is a wonderful family-oriented hotspot. Located in downtown Branson, this is a great place to take your little people for story-time, or your older children to research a school project. This library features a used bookstore, a thrift shop, free Wi-Fi, meeting room space, and much more. A variety of books for a variety of readers makes the Branson Community Library appealing to all ages. There are also community programs such as First Aid and Babysitting Training offered here. The library was first opened in 1933 and today, receives no state or Federal funds – it is funded instead by The Library Club and is run by a handful of paid employees and numerous volunteers. This is a great place to frequent for the reading family in Branson! For directions, hours and other information, visit www.bransoncommunitylibrary.org

Branson Parks

Parks are such an important part of a family friendly community. They provide the perfect backdrop for a play-date, a picnic, or a romantic evening walk. Luckily for those who want to raise their family in Branson, there are several great parks to visit! Alexander Park, located off of Hawthorn Street, is the home of a tennis court, two youth ball fields, a playground and a picnic area. Stockstill Park, situated along Roark Creek, has two large playgrounds, a walking trail, a lighted soccer field and a new skate park - there is something here for everyone. North Beach Park is a very scenic park right on the shores of Lake Taneycomo – it runs right up to the Branson Landing boardwalk. This quaint park features a walking trail, barbeque grills and two fishing docks. These are just a few of Branson’s fun and family friendly parks!

Why Branson?

Branson, Missouri, is a great place to live, work and play. With so many lakes, rivers and creeks, you and your family will never run out of places to explore. The area is serviced by three major hospitals. There are countless country churches and community events to attend here. (Plumb Nellie Days, anyone?) The crime rate is very low and Branson even has its own airport. What’s not to love about raising your family in Branson? For more detailed information about Branson or to order a relocation guide, visit the Branson Chamber of Commerce website at www.bransonchamber.com

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Riding in Branson – Ozarks Equestrian Venues

Many people long to feel the wind in their face and hear the hoofbeats of a valiant steed as they thunder through the woods and across open prairies. But for a lot of people, owning a horse to ride is just not practical. But if all you dream about is horses, come check out some of the great equine stables and opportunities for riding in Branson!

Branson Horse RidingShepherd of the Hills Baldknobber Trail Rides

For a real Ozarks adventure, come ride the historic trails atop a horse here at Shepherd of the Hills! It’s an authentic experience you won’t want to miss. The horses used for the trail rides are the very same horses used in the Shepherd of the Hills theater production – so in a way, you’ll be partnered with a star! Trail rides at Shepherd of the Hills last around half an hour; the trails you’ll ride on meanders through the historic homestead, wooded hollers and on some of the very same terrain the Baldknobbers rode. Riders must be at least seven years old, four feet tall and weigh no more than two hundred-fifty pounds. Riders age seventeen and under are required to wear a riding helmet – safety is a top priority on the Shepherd of the Hills Trail Rides! For more information or to book a ride call 417-334-4191

Bear Creek Trail Rides

Bear Creek Trail Rides, located seven miles north of Branson directly off of Highway 65, is a horse-centered, family owned and operated business nestled in the Ozark Mountain country. If you are looking for a quality horseback riding experience on beautiful trails, this operation is a prime choice for riding in Branson. The trails here wind through lush oak forests characteristic of the Ozarks, and offer riders lovely bluff views. Trail rides at Bear Creek last for one hour or two hours – one hour rides are $25 per person and two hour rides are $40 per person. (NOTE: two hour rides are for experienced riders only) All horses are equipped with Western tack, and Bear Creek prides themselves on providing gentle, well trained horses for guests to ride. Riders must be at least seven years old and weigh no more than two hundred-fifty pounds. You can find Bear Creek Trail Rides on Facebook or call 417-337-7708.

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park Trail Rides

For a variety of fun horseback experiences, come visit the stables at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park! Folks of all ages and riding levels will find something to enjoy here. The Straight Shooter Trail Ride is an excellent choice for novice riders. A leisurely, ‘nose to tail’ ramble through Dogwood Canyon will delight riders on this fun, nature packed trail ride. Riders on the Straight Shooter must be at least eight years old, forty-eight inches tall and less than two hundred-sixty pounds. The Little Indian Advanced Trail Ride is a challenging five to six hour ride that will take riders through forests, open pastures and across Little Indian Creek. Lunch is provided! Riders for this adventure must be at least twelve years old, forty-eight inches tall and less than two hundred-forty pounds. The Raw Hide! Cattle Drive provides riders with an authentic cattle drive experience moving Texas Longhorns across open fields to new pastures. After the herd has been driven to a new site, cowhands will receive a hearty chuckwagon meal! Cattle drivers must be at least ten years old, forty-eight inches tall and weigh less than two hundred-fifty pounds. Visit Dogwood Canyon on the web at www.dogwoodcanyon.org

If a thrilling (or leisurely!) ride across the Ozarks is what you seek, look no further than these great locations for riding in Branson!

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Table Rock Lakefront Condos at Thousand Hills

Table Rock Lakefront CondoPlanning a vacation is stressful enough, even without having to worry about getting lodging for your stay. Even though there are hotels abound in Branson, they aren’t your only option. Instead, consider a condo rental at Thousand Hills, which offers the same amenities for a better price and more comfortable environment.

Thousand Hills offers many luxurious options for your Branson vacation. All condos and cabins come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are affordable for your family. Whether you choose a secluded cabin, a condo located near all of the excitement of Highway 76, or a Table Rock lakefront condo, Thousand Hills’ variety of lodging is perfect for your vacation.

Table Rock Lake is only one of three lakes that surround the Branson area. One of the most pristine in the area, it is a fantastic place for boating, fishing, and a variety of other water sports. Visitors love the experience of being on this lake, and Thousand Hills has the perfect lodging for those who want to take in the stunning location on Table Rock Lake.

Thousand Hills Table Rock lakefront condos offer luxury and privacy that a hotel can’t match. Condo rentals are ideal because families of any size can stay comfortably without the hassle of having multiple hotel rooms. Each of these lakefront condos features access to top-of-the-line resort amenities, including:

• Indoor pools
• Outdoor pools
• Hot tubs
• Thousand Hills’ 18 Hole Golf Course
• Golf Pro-Shop
• Tennis courts
• Exercise facilities
• Guest computer
• Fax services
• Free in-room Wi-Fi

Kitchens in these condos are also decked out with all major appliances, including full size dishwashers, microwaves, and even washers/dryers so you don’t have to take wet bathing suits home.

Table Rock lakefront condos also offer you the convenience of a private boat dock. Bring your boat to Branson for some fun on the lake, and you can keep it overnight just down the hill from your condo. Plus, there’s plenty of trailer parking near the condos. When staying near the lake, you also have access to Table Rock Dam, the Dewey Short Visitor’s Center, State Park Marina, and the Corps of Engineers swimming area, Moonshine Beach.

To top it all off, lakefront condos aren’t far from everything that Branson, Missouri has to offer. You have easy access to more than 50 theaters featuring world-class entertainment, go-karts, mini-golf, over 100 restaurants, craft malls, and more. Plus, the lake offers access to kayaking, bass boating, parasailing, fishing, mountain biking, and hiking trails. All of this and even more is just minutes away from your Table Rock lakefront condo.

Consider a Table Rock lakefront condo from Thousand Hills instead of a hotel for your next vacation. Still close to town, you have access to some of the fantastic entertainment that the lake and Branson has to offer. Watersports, shows, shopping, and more are all within your reach. With first-class amenities and enough room for your entire family, Thousand Hills has the perfect place for you and your family on your next Branson vacation.

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Dixie Stampede is Off and Running in 2013

dixie-stampede-buildingBranson is known as the “Live Music Capital” of the world, and visitors to the area get to experience some of the world’s best performances. Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction is just one of the options that visitors have, and the show is ready to provide you with an entertainment experience you’ll never forget. So when you’re planning your family’s vacation, check out this premier Branson experience filled with excitement and thrills.

Dixie Stampede is filled with competition between the North and South, like the competition between the two during the Civil War. The show uses many different mediums to create a memorable experience. The show features live animals, dramatic lights, sounds, and even pyrotechnics. Talented horsemen and women perform stunts on horseback. All of this is coupled with special effects and musical productions to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

This entire experience is included with your ticket, but that’s not all you get at Dixie Stampede. The show also features a four course feast that includes a whole rotisserie chicken, barbecued pork loin, vegetable soup, corn on the cob, a herb basted potato, a homemade biscuit and a decadent dessert. Vegetarian meals are also available, and include garden vegetable salad, vegetable soup, corn on the cob, a herb basted potato, a homemade biscuit, and dessert.

branson-stampede-feastEach Dixie Stampede ticket includes not only general admission and a four course feast, but access to the Carriage Room pre-show. You get the opportunity to walk through the open air stables to see the magnificence of the Quarter Horse, Palomino, Paint, and Appaloosa breeds. The charming Belles of Dixie Stampede will lead you into the 2-level Carriage Room where Mountain Rukus will entertain you before the show begins with comedy and tons of family fun. Popcorn, peanuts, and Pepsi® products are all available in the Carriage Room during the pre-show, along with non-alcoholic fruit drinks in Dixie Stampede’s Souvenir Boot Mugs.

The fun at Dixie Stampede has already begun. The show season for Dixie Stampede begins in February and runs until December. Dixie Stampede offers a “Dixie Family Christmas” during the holiday season. This show features the same live animals and horsemen and women, plus twinkling lights, old-fashioned holiday costumes, and holiday music, transforming the arena into a fantasy holiday land. If that wasn’t enough, Dixie Stampede’s Christmas extravaganza also features a live nativity in which the Three Kings ride into Bethlehem on the backs of camels.

Tickets for Dixie Stampede can be reserved online or by calling the box office. Adult admission (ages 12 and up) is $50.21 and child admission (ages 4 to 11) is $25.66. Children who are 3 years old or younger may sit in their parent’s lap and eat from their parent’s plate for free; however, if the child needs a seat and his/her own meal, a ticket must be purchased at the child’s price. To reserve seats, visit branson.dixiestampede.com or call 417-336-3000.

For a fabulous evening of family fun and entertainment, visit Dixie Stampede for some of the best entertainment in Branson. With live animals, dramatic lights, sound, pyrotechnics, special effects, and musical productions, Dixie Stampede is a complete experience under one roof. The four course feast, featuring Southern fixings like rotisserie chicken and homemade biscuits is also sure to please anyone and everyone in your family.

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Local Dining in Branson Missouri

Most everybody loves to eat out every now and again. Maybe you eat out several times a week, or just once or twice every month. Regardless, when you hit the town for a meal, you want something unique, fresh, and wholesome. So why not give one of Branson, Missouri’s local restaurants a try? Local dining in Branson is sure to satisfy even the most demanding of eaters. Here are some great local choices to get you started!

Mitsu Neko

If you want a delicious Asian Fusion experience that will outdo all other Asian Fusion experiences, look no farther than Mitsu Neko. Located just off of West Highway 76 in a small strip mall, this gem of a restaurant is a treasure waiting to be found. Opened in January of 2013, and owned and operated by Russian couple Kate and Roman, Mitsu Neko has some of the best sushi in town. A restaurant atmosphere steeped in dark purple, good music and mood lighting makes your sushi taste even better! Some of the most popular sushi rolls at Mitsu Neko are the Blizzard (featuring mango and white tuna) and the Spicy Land. Another tasty and unique sushi option offered here is the Strawberry Delight – a delicious combination of salmon, strawberry and avocado rolled in seaweed and rice and topped with a creamy strawberry sauce. If you like a little heat, be sure to try a dab of ginger wasabi with your sushi. And if sushi isn’t your style, Mitsu Neko also offers a variety of steak, chicken and duck dishes, along with appetizers such as fried eggplant, smothered with mild white cheese. “Our duck is really good!” says owner Kate. Round off your sushi (or not!) dining in Branson experience with a dish of delectable crème brulee or some tiramisu. With so much to offer, Mitsu Neko is sure to become a favorite dining hotspot! Be sure to like them on Facebook for the latest dining deals and updates.

Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café

Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café is a local family owned and operated restaurant full of homemade goodness. Founded in 2004, Sugar Leaf was opened by owners Todd and Lori Janson and is located today off of West 76 Country Boulevard. Sugar Leaf boasts a menu of made to order salads, classic soups, and signature Panini sandwiches such as Café Chicken Salad, Pastrami on Rye and Tuscan Veggie. Perhaps the most popular part of Sugar Leaf, though, is the desserts! Made fresh cookies, pies (Lemon Meringue, anyone?), and cobblers are sure to satisfy the strongest of sweet tooths. And the cakes from Sugar Leaf are sheer works of art. Everything from airplanes, to cars, to football helmets and so much more have been crafted from cake at this unique bakery. Sugar Leaf works closely with customers to create the perfect cake or treat for events, weddings and everyday occasions. Find them on Facebook or visit their website at www.sugarleaftreats.com

For some truly delicious local fare, check out these and many other great restaurants around town – such as Rocky’s Italian Restaurant or Billy Bob’s Dairyland. If you like what you eat, be sure to post reviews on UrbanSpoon.com or Trip Advisor – that way others can learn about the tasty opportunities for local dining in Branson!

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Branson Meadows – Shopping and Entertainment

Many towns have great places for Branson shopping or dining or entertainment that are a little out of the way, but very much worth the time and effort to get there. Branson is no exception, and The Shoppes at Branson Meadows is a great example. Located just minutes from Highway 76 at 4740 Gretna Road, Branson Meadows has a variety of unique shops for many different tastes. Culinary enthusiasts, sports aficionados, and quilters alike can all find something to enjoy.

Few places offer shopping and entertainment in the same location. The Shoppes at Branson Meadows do just that, with a number of unique shops, including:

Branson Meadows Sign1. All About Scrubs
2. Bike Shop
3. Bon Worth
4. Branson Meadows Cinema
5. Branson Pet Depot
6. Casual Male XL
7. Christian Gift Outlet
8. Copy Run
9. Cyberstreet
10. Dressbarn
11. Dressbarn Woman
12. Easy Spirit
13. 50's At The Hop
14. Forsyth Furniture
15. Gamewerks
16. The Gardens Cafe Coffee Tearoom
17. Golf USA
18. HobbyTown USA
19. Hush Puppies & Family
20. The Ironworks
21. Leather Outlet
22. Metz Book Outlet
23. New Image School of Cosmetology
24. Ozark Quilts & More
25. Ozarks Technical Community College
26. Paper Factory
27. Skaggs Medical Supply
28. Summerwinds Resort Services
29. Supermarket of Shoes
30. Tool Town USA
31. Touch of Class
32. The Tower Theater
33. VF Outlet-Vanity Fair Wrangler Lee

The Shoppes at Branson Meadows houses Branson’s first ever Ozarks Technical College campus. This provides high school students with the opportunity to get a higher education without being too far from home. It is also a great stepping stone for students who want to get general education requirements out of the way before moving on to another college. One of the many stores housed at Branson Meadows is Vanity Fair. This outlet is a great stop to make if you’re looking for discounted clothing items. The store is chock-full of wonderful pieces for men and women.

For the handyman in your life, Tool Town USA stocks many different brands of power tools, including Craftsman and Black and Decker. Like a smaller version of Harbor Freight, this store has all of the tools you need for whatever project you’re working on.

If you’re looking for a prom dress or tuxedo, visit Touch of Class. Touch of Class offers competitive prices on tuxedos, whether you’re buying or renting for that special event. Prom dresses are also competitively priced. The Shoppes at Branson Meadows also houses a cinema. This theater is state-of-the-art, boasting all digital formats and 11 screens for showing the best movies. Branson Meadows Cinema 11 is in the same family of businesses as the IMAX, McFarlain’s Family Restaurant, Montana Mike’s Steakhouse, and the Little Opry Theater.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Garden Café Coffee Tearoom. The Garden boasts some of the best cheesecake in Branson, in addition to a full menu that includes a juicy steak, pecan crusted trout, and different salads. The peaceful atmosphere is inviting and allows you to relax and enjoy your meal.

Even though Branson Meadows is a little out of the way, it is worth stopping by to check out all of the unique shopping opportunities that are available at the Shoppes at Branson Meadows. Located near the famous Highway 76, you won’t regret visiting the Shoppes at Branson Meadows during your Branson vacation.

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What To Expect With Branson Weather

Branson Weather - RainAny resident of the Branson area can tell you one truth about Branson weather – it’s unpredictable at best. So before you pack an entire suitcase of summer clothes for your vacation, here are a few tips to help you brave Branson’s unpredictable nature.

1. Check the forecast. If you’re getting ready to take a Branson vacation, check the forecast well in advance. Doing this will help you to better plan your wardrobe. Plus, it also helps you plan your activities during your stay, because you can’t play golf very well when it’s raining.

2. ALWAYS bring a jacket. A light jacket can be your best friend when you’re traveling to Branson. Even in the summer, the evenings can get chilly. Having a jacket on hand keeps you from freezing to death while you’re walking out to your vehicle after a show or strolling the Landing in the evenings.

3. Summers get HOT. That said, it’s important to drink plenty of water and pack a bottle of sunscreen. Bring light colored clothing along too. It will keep you cooler during those steamy days we get in southwest Missouri. The heat also gives you an excuse to pack your bathing suit so you can enjoy the beautiful Table Rock Lake.

4. Know what the averages are. Typically, high temperatures for summers in Branson range from low 80s to high 90s. Low temperatures are usually in the 70s and sometimes below. Temperatures will be affected by the humidity, which is always high in the summertime.

5. Have an alternative plan for your day. If you’re planning on playing a game of golf and a rain shower sneaks up on you and changes your plans, having an alternative activity can be a great idea. Some great rainy day activities are close by, like the World’s Largest Toy Museum, the Ralph Foster Museum at College of the Ozarks, indoor mini-golf at Grand Country Inn, or a movie at the Branson IMAX.

6. Keep your phone handy. Many phones nowadays are capable of telling you the weather anytime, anywhere. Keeping your smartphone handy will keep you from being caught in an unexpected thunderstorm. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can call the National Weather Service hotline for a Springfield/Branson weather forecast at 417-869-4491.

Weather in Branson - Snow7. Other general clothing tips.

a.Socks and alternative shoes. Flip-flops are fabulous, but if the weather turns sour, it won’t exactly be enjoyable getting your (basically) bare feet all wet. Tennis shoes are advisable, especially if you’re going to be doing any walking. Extra socks are good too, just in case a pair get soggy.

b. Jeans. Bringing jeans along is important, especially if Branson weather turns a little chilly after dark.

c. Umbrella or poncho. These are nice to have if the forecast calls for scattered showers and Branson just happens to get one. Compact ones are easy to keep in your car or pack in a suitcase.

d. Emergency car kit and other supplies. Keeping one of these in your car is one of the best ways to prepare for a “worst case scenario.” With Branson weather, if you get stranded because of high water or a tornado, it will be very helpful if you have items like a flashlight, extra batteries, a weather radio, and food and water.

The unpredictability of Branson weather makes it hard to know just what to bring along. Planning ahead helps you make certain that you have what you need in many different situations.

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Enjoy Hollywood at Branson Movie Theaters

Everyone loves going to the movies. Maybe it’s the thrill of seeing action on the big screen. Maybe it’s watching a star crossed romance with your sweetheart. Maybe it’s the comfortable seats and the popcorn. Whatever it is, everyone loves a little Hollywood in their lives – and with Branson movie theaters, that little dose of Hollywood is conveniently close to home. The Tri-Lakes area boasts three great movie theaters – Branson Meadows Cinema 11, the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex, and the Elite Cinema III. Each theater features all the basics one would expect to find in a movie viewing establishment – big screens, good seats and popcorn – while still having some aspects unique to each theater. So get ready to plan a trip to any of these Branson movie theaters, folks!

Branson  Movie Theater - IMAX Entertainment ComplexBranson Meadows Cinema 11

Branson Meadows Cinema 11, located inside The Shoppes at Branson Meadows, is a great theater to visit if you want to kick back after shopping. Cinema 11 is fully digital, with Sony 4K Digital Projectors, making for astounding resolution. In fact, it’s four times great than 1080p! You’ll feel closer to the action with such amazing clarity. Cinema 11 features Free Popcorn Tuesdays, for those of you that love your popcorn. There are some great birthday party and school group options at this theater as well – birthday party packages include a movie on any of Cinema 11’s eleven big screens, popcorn, and soda, as well as access to a party room. School groups can make reservations for up to 1,200 students at a time.

Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex

Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex houses by far the biggest screen in Branson – the six story tall screen will take you on the best movie adventure of your life! The IMAX screen is ten times larger than conventional movie screens. At eighty-three feet wide, movie watchers have maximum viewing area with stunning clarity. And the sound is just as good – with twenty-two thousand watts of surround sound, you’ll be immersed in a movie experience like no other. If you are hungry or in the mood to souvenir shop after your movie, there is a restaurant and some fun shops located within the IMAX Entertainment Complex.

The Elite Cinema III

The Elite Cinema III is the newest of the Branson movie theaters, and it was designed with comfort in mind. The stadium style seating features oversized armchairs with adjustable arm rests, LOTS of leg room for taller movie goers or those who simply want to stretch out and relax, and even Tempur-Pedic foam seat pads! Movies don’t get any more comfortable than this. A stellar digital surround system makes your movie experience as classy as it is comfortable. Movies at this theater are available in 3D as well as standard movie viewing style – in case those 3D glasses just don’t match what you’re wearing. Tickets can be purchased online for this location for those who wish to avoid the crowds and long lines on a Friday night.

All in all, Branson movie theaters are great places to see some of Hollywood’s best in the Ozarks. With great features and locations to choose from, you are sure to have a glamorous movie experience! So be sure to make your weekend movie plans here in Branson – it will be just as epic as the movies themselves.

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Complimentary Tickets and More with the Platinum Experience

The Platinum Experience Complimentary TicketsMetallic is in these days – gold, silver and bronze are all the rage in today’s society. At Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, you can find the best metallic shade of them all – platinum. With qualified reservations, Thousand Hills in Branson, Missouri, is offering you the Platinum Experience in hopes of you getting the most out of your Branson stay. What exactly is the Platinum Experience, you might ask? The Platinum Experience is a booklet full to bursting with over $750 of complimentary Branson tickets, attraction admissions, free appetizers, and more, all free of charge – a thank you gift from Thousand Hills. Wondering how to make the most out of your Platinum Experience? Read on for more information.

Qualifying for Your Platinum Experience.

In order to qualify for your Platinum Experience, you must make reservations for any TWO bedroom or larger golf condo, lake condo or log cabin at Thousand Hills. Single bedroom condos or cabins and group reservations do NOT qualify for the Platinum Experience. Each qualified reservation will receive one Platinum Experience booklet – this booklet is available March 1 through December 31. The Platinum Experience is ONLY offered at Thousand Hills and there is not a catch involved – you will not need to spend any extra money or do anything special to receive your Platinum Experience, simply make a qualified reservation. Call Thousand Hills to reserve your two bedroom or larger unit today!

Making the Most of Your Platinum Experience

six-platinum-experienceNow that you know what the Platinum Experience is and how you can get it, where can you use this gem of a booklet? The majority of Branson hotspots are featured in the booklet – all of the locations that offer free Branson tickets and admissions, etc. are all places that you will actually WANT to visit! Take the Pierce Arrow Theater, for example. Known as Branson’s Hottest Show and featuring world’s lowest bass singer, one free adult admission to the show can be found in the Platinum Experience booklet. Are you a fan of Beatles music? Then you will love the free ticket to see Liverpool Legends, Branson’s own Beatles impersonators hand-picked by George Harrison’s sister Louise. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy making use of the free admission to a Wine 101 class at Mount Pleasant Winery. The complimentary admission to the IMAX is sure to be popular with movie buffs. If you’re hungry after using some of your free Branson tickets and admissions, head on over to Florentina’s Restauraunte Italiano for a free appetizer (Italian Nachos, anyone?) or venture to McFarlain’s Family Restaurant for a complimentary breakfast. All of the free goodies in your Platinum Experience booklet come with instructions for redeeming your complimentary loot at the designated locations. Each voucher is a little bit different, so make sure to read the instructions to redeem your tickets, etc., carefully.

Going Platinum in Branson

Branson, Missouri, has some of the nation’s most popular shows, attractions and restaurants. With the Platinum Experience from Thousand Hills, you can take your platinum to town and make the most of your Branson tickets – and your stay!

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