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Group Activities in Branson

Group activities are something that nearly everybody enjoys. Humans are herd animals – much like wolves or elk or horses, humans like to travel in packs. Being in a group makes us feel safe, included and secure. Being in a group can also help us problem solve better – the term ‘two heads are better than one’ is very often true! Groups are also very often more fun than just being by yourself, since you have more people to have fun with. And Branson, Missouri, is a great place to have fun with your group! If you are in town and looking for some fabulous crowd activities, read on for some places to take your Branson group.

Bear Creek Trail Rides

Do you have a group that is ready to take on a rugged outdoor adventure sport? Then make an appointment to saddle up and go for a horseback adventure on the trail in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks at Bear Creek Trail rides. Located just off of Highway 65 and right on the banks of Bear Creek, about ten minutes north of Branson, Bear Creek Trail rides offers rides to both beginning riders and folks who have prior riding experience. The trail will lead you through the forested hills, and up to lookouts with a sweeping panoramic view of the valleys below. Call for pricing, age and weight requirements, and booking info.

Silver Dollar City

Group Thrill Rides at Silver Dollar CityIf you have a mixed group who like to shop, ride thrill rides, eat, and watch shows, historic and beautiful Silver Dollar City is the place for your Branson group! Silver Dollar City offers a multitude of group discounts on admission and ticket pricing – and they are built to handle a crowd. Make plans to attend one of the many live shows that play throughout the operating season at the Red Gold Heritage Hall. Stop in at Browns Candy Shop to watch a peanut brittle making demonstration – and get a sample! Tackle the adrenaline rush of Powder Keg or the new world famous wooden coaster, Outlaw Run. Pick up some hand thrown pottery from the potters shop, or a hand turned baseball bat or rolling pin from the woodcarver’s store. If you have little ones, pop in at the petting zoo to pat the bunny! Whatever the interests of your group, Silver Dollar City is sure to suit.

College of the Ozarks

Does your group like stained glass, homemade fruitcake, and dairy cows? Then set up a tour of the beautiful College of the Ozarks campus, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, just a few miles south of Branson! Visit the inspiring Williams Memorial Chapel, and admire its vast stained glass windows and vaulted ceiling. Spend some time wandering though the Ralph Foster Museum, known as ‘The Smithsonian of the Ozarks.’ Poke your head in at the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen and get a free sample to nibble on. Come on over to the Tractor Museum and marvel at relics of a bygone era. And don’t forget to stop in over at Edwards Mill to watch students looming and weaving! Tour buses are welcome. Contact the admissions office for your group tour today.

And A Place To Stay

If your Branson group is planning on staying in town for a while, call Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort to book on of their group cabins or condos. These homey venues are built to comfortably hold a crowd, and come with all the amenities a Branson group might need!

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Daytrips to Springfield, Missouri

If you’re visiting the Branson area and want to get a better taste of what southwest Missouri has to offer, take a daytrip to Springfield and experience some of the rich Ozark heritage that resides in the area.

Located south of Springfield in nearby Republic, the Hulston Library at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is open year-round for visitors to peruse the 6,000+ volumes collected there. With government records, books, diaries, maps, and journals, the library is an excellent source for researchers, genealogists, and anyone else who is curious about the defining event at Wilson’s Creek and how it affected the war. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is located at 6424 West Farm Road 182, Republic, Mo. and is free for visitors. For more information about this historical site, visit or

dickerson-park-zooFor a kid-friendly adventure, visit Springfield’s Dickerson Park Zoo. Over 340 animals live in the zoo, including elephants, hippos, a variety of exotic birds, and many more. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April to September, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from October to March. Tickets for adults and teens are $9; children (age 3-12) and seniors (age 60+) are $6. Children 2 years of age and younger are free. Dickerson Park Zoo is located at 1401 West Norton Road, Springfield, Mo.

If you’re looking to have a little fun that’s just for the grown-ups, visit one of Springfield’s favorite breweries. Mother’s Brewing Company creates three year-round craft beers as well as some seasonal varieties. Towhead, Lil’ Helper, and Three Blind Mice make up the year-round line-up, and Sandy, Old School, Winter Grind, and Spring Batch make up the seasonal brews. Located at 215 South Grant in Springfield, Mother’s Tasting Room is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by and sample some of Mother’s best brews, and even take a tour of the brewery.

For the art enthusiast, Springfield is home to Springfield Hot Glass Studio. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Bloodworths work hard in their studio, and have glassblowing demonstrations every day they’re open. The artists are eager to work with you to create one-of-a-kind glass pieces, and even offer glassblowing classes. Glass pieces are available for purchase online at For more information about Springfield Hot Glass, visit their website or call 417-868-8181.

If you’d prefer a day of relaxation in Springfield, take a drive to the area’s best day spa – Grove Spa. The professionals at Grove Spa are focused on helping you refresh your mind, body, and spirit. The spa offers massages, body treatments, facials and peels, waxing and tinting, nail treatments, and medi spa services. A day out with the girls is a perfect reason to visit Grove Spa for some pampering. For more information about Grove’s services, visit or call 417-881-8887.

No matter what time of year or weather, you can take a daytrip to Springfield during your Branson vacation. Enjoy a family outing at the zoo, a brewery tour, or a day of pampering without having to go far from the Live Music Capital.

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Spice Up Your February Vacation



Long after the holidays are over starts the month of love. February is the month for couples to go on vacations and getaways to spend some quality time with each other. Keep the love alive and stronger than ever by spending it Branson Missouri. Plan for that February vacation now.


You will have no regrets in choosing Branson to be the spot for your vacation this February. You can even make it more special by planning surprises to do for your loved one while in Branson. February is a great time to visit Branson since the holiday crowd is already gone and it is not too cold to go out and have some of your own adventures. There is not much tourists in Branson during February so expect to have your own private moments without the presence of a big crowd. You can also expect that there will be less lines (or no line at all) in Branson’s restaurants, amusement parks, nature parks, shopping malls, and a lot more. February is also considered as “off-season” so you can also expect that prices for lodging and other expenses are lower compared to the other times of the year.


When planning your Branson vacation this February, make sure that you get to spend Valentine’s Day in this exciting place. Bring your sweetheart to a fancy date or a chill date – depending on what you couples like, Branson can definitely offer it to you. You can plan surprises for your loved one in Branson’s nature parks or theme parks. You can take him or her to an afternoon picnic in Branson’s Table Rock State Park Marina and let the beauty of the Table Rock Lake take your breaths away. If you are both music lovers, then coming to Branson is definitely perfect for you because it is the home of the best live entertainers in the world. Let Branson’s local and exceptional musical talents serenade you and your date with romantic songs of their own rendition.


The month of February is a bit chilly but not as cold as winter. This weather is definitely perfect for a tight, warm hug with your loved one. For your Branson vacation this February, make sure that you choose the perfect lodging place to make your vacation a memorable one. Choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is situated in Highway 76 so that you can stay close to all the attractions that Branson can offer you. Thousand Hills is also in a strategic location that is far away from the city noise so you are assured of a worry-free rest after a long day of activities. You can also choose from various lodging options that will suit you and your Valentine.


This February, love is definitely in the air. Make this month even more special by booking your vacation. Where else, but in Branson.

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It’s A Branson Kind of Valentine’s Day



It is nearing the month of February – the month of love. If you are planning a vacation with your loved one for your own special celebration of Valentine’s Day, then Branson Missouri is the perfect place for you. You may not know it yet, but you are already planning the most romantic vacation of your life.


There are a lot of activities that you can do in Branson this Valentine’s Day. To give you some date ideas for your vacation this February, then read along and make this the perfect vacation date with your sweetheart.


Adventure is one thing that Branson can guarantee you. This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to an adventure in the Branson outdoor. If he or she is adventurous, you can take him or her to a number of places here in Branson. You can have your date in Table Rock State Park Marina, or in Branson’s TriLakes Area. Have a romantic picnic by the lake and marvel at the beauty of nature while basking in the air of romance. You can also have your date in Branson’s Butterfly Palace. That date will definitely feel like you are in the movies with the magic of nature enveloping you and your loved one. If he or she is looking for a thrilling adventure, on the other hand, there is always Silver Dollar City to give the both of you an adrenaline rush. Try their rides like the Outlaw Run, Giant Swing, and many others to experience a thrill like no other.


Another thing that Branson is excellent at is music. Branson is known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World and will surely give you a good musical show to please all the music lovers. These Branson shows are not simply musicals, though. These shows by the local talents of Branson also incorporates their own brand of comedy. Some notable performers in Branson are Shoji Tabuchi, Mickey Gilley, The Cat’s Pajamas, and many others. There are also musical theater plays in Branson for both the theater lovers and music lovers. Witness a whole new rendition of plays in Sight and Sound Theater in Branson, wherein you will experience a 3D theater play. There are also other theaters in Branson – just find one that will suit your mood.


If your date is always hungry for new tidbits of knowledge, then go on a date in Branson’s famous museums. Among these museums are the Branson Titanic Museum, the Hollywood Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. Visiting the Titanic Museum is very apt for Valentine’s Day as you can go as Rose and Jack to this museum. In the museum, you can tour the grand staircase much like that in the movie, see and actual iceberg, hear stories of survivors, and a lot more.


Make Branson your first choice for your Valentine’s Day getaway with your loved one. Because there is nothing more romantic than doing what he or she, or the both of you love doing – together.

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Choose Your Own Branson Lodging



Have you planned out a trip to Branson Missouri already? If not, then anytime is never too late to plan for that much needed vacation of yours. Whatever month it may be, Branson still remains to be the awesome place that tourists want to go to. Branson has made its name as the perfect vacation place for the entire family, for couples, and even for you alone.


Branson Missouri is known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World because of its local talents who have made it big onstage. Come to Branson and witness the local greats of Branson music. Catch the shows of classic acts like the Presleys, the Baldknobbers, Mickey Gilley, and so much more. Not only will you be treated to good music of the past and the present; you will also enjoy the musicians’ comedy antics. You will definitely have a grand time watching Branson’s shows.


Apart from the shows, people of all ages will also enjoy the adventures that one can have in Branson. Visit Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most famous theme park, and nature parks in Branson like Table Rock State Park Marina and Dogwood Canyon. Whatever adventure you are looking for, Branson has it for you.


To make your vacation in Branson even more perfect, why not look for a Branson lodging in Thousand Hills Golf Resort? Thousand Hills offers you various lodging options to suit any size of group you are going with in your vacation. Lodging options in Thousand Hills ranges from Branson cabins, Branson condos, and Branson lakefront condos. Why choose Thousand Hills for your lodging in Branson?


Thousand Hills has a very strategic location for you not to miss out on all the fun in Branson. It is located near the entertainment district in Branson so you can be close to all the fun and excitement that Branson can give you. However, it is also situated far enough from all the city noise so you can have your own peace of mind in your home away from home.


The amenities offered by Branson lodging spells luxury and comfort at the same time. There are fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, with king-sized beds, luxurious linens, and a Jacuzzi tub to make your rest time more comfortable. For those who prefer cooking their own food than going out to dine in Branson restaurants, there is also a fully equipped kitchen in each of these Branson lodging places. You will also never get bored while staying in Thousand Hills because there are a lot of things for your entertainment. There is the cable television and DVD players in each lodging place. There is also a swimming pool available, and access to Table Rock Lake swimming for rentals of Table Rock Lakefront Condo. A private deck in every lodging option is also available for your own alone time.


You can never go wrong with choosing a Branson lodging in Thousand Hills for your vacation. For more inquiries about Branson lodging and for reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430 now.

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Not Too Late For A Branson January Vacation



If you ever find yourself doubting some plans of a January vacation in Branson, don’t. Read through and discover all the reasons why Branson is still a hot vacation spot during the month of January.


Branson Missouri is one place that never runs out of attractions and activities for you to enjoy. Branson’s main attractions are the live music shows and concerts that made it famous. It is known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, simply because of the showmanship and natural talents of Branson’s homegrown talents. Witness the likes of the Presleys, the Baldknobbers, The Cat’s Pajamas, Shoji Tabuchi, and many others entertain you with their own unique musical styles. It won’t be long until you find yourself singing along with their songs. Also, their shows are infused with their own brand of comedy so you feel light-hearted and happy with the entire show. Catch Branson’s live music shows on your January vacation.


Branson is also teeming with parks to give you the adventure you are looking for. There are numerous nature parks so you can commune with nature’s gifts. Some parks in Branson that you should not miss are Table Rock State Park Marina and The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure. These parks are perfect for your bonding activities involving the outdoors and also learning a thing or two about nature. During January, the Butterfly Palace holds the last stretch of White Flight, a display of white butterflies – perfect way to cap off your holiday vibes!


January is also the month where Branson’s museums have their own special events. The Titanic Museum in Branson has a free-for-all annual ice sculpting event. This is the perfect chance to explore this famous museum and witness the creations of the best ice sculptors in the world there are also a lot of activities that you can do inside this museum shaped as Titanic’s replica. You can also visit Branson’s Veterans Memorial Museum and see the unsung heroes of America’s longest war during the 1970s. You can also attend the annual honoring of the American veterans, wherein this event has become a sacred one for Branson. Last but not the least, Branson’s guests should always visit Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum to see mind-boggling displays of different oddities in the world. It is up to you if you want to believe it or not.


If you are looking for a place to stay for your January Branson vacation, come on down to Thousand Hills Golf Resort! Thousand Hills offers you several lodging options so that you are more in control of your vacation. Go on and make this vacation a really memorable one for you. For inquiries and reservations in Thousand Hills Golf Resort, just contact 1-877-262-0430.

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The Last Stretch of the White Flight



Do you want to make your January the most magical month of the year? If you do, then all you need is to head out to Branson to catch the many events and adventures that it offers everyone. Branson is very much well known for its live music shows, concerts, and theater plays. It is also famous for providing the best entertainment with its unique concepts like the Showboat Branson Belle, and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Aside from these indoor attractions, Branson also gives you the best outdoor adventures!Butterfly Palace in Winter


One such place that you can go to for an outdoor getaway is the Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure. Experience how it is to be immersed in a rainforest with all the gifts of nature. Appreciate nature by immersing yourself in this safari right here in Branson. The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure serves as a habitat to hundreds of species of butterflies, each having their own specially designed aviary. The environment in The Butterfly Palace mimics the conditions of the natural habitat for the butterflies, too. The Butterfly Palace not only lets you see a wide array of butterflies, but also other species of birds and exotic plants. There is also nothing to worry since The Butterfly Palace’s butterflies were imported under the regulations and guidelines of the USDA.


Aside from the butterfly aviary in this nature park, there is also the Living Rainforest Science Center and the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze that people of all ages will surely enjoy. Walk into the Living Rainforest Science Center and see different rainforest creatures like salamanders, poison dart frogs, giant cockroaches and many more! This will also let the kids be exposed to the myriad of animals existing in rainforests that they don’t normally see in books. The Living Rainforest Science Center is also a big ecosystem. Other activities in this Science Center are using a light microscope, and watching a frog dissection. The Emerald Forest Mirror Maze, on the other hand, is a fun activity for kids and adults. It is basically a maze, and the challenge for you is to find your way out. Try this and see if you can get out of this challenging maze.


The highlight of The Butterfly Palace this January is the White Flight. The White Flight is a holiday display of many white butterflies, an 18-foot poinsettia Christmas tree, living statues of angels, along with some good ol’ holiday songs. This event in The Butterfly Palace runs only until January 15, 2014 so you better catch it to experience this magical moment. Keep the holiday spirit burning in you as you celebrate your last hurrah for the holidays in The Butterfly Palace’s White Flight!


The Butterfly Palace is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Experience White Flight now before it ends!

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It May Be Winter in Branson, But It’s Still Open For Business

As the holidays approach all over the country, Branson is stringing up it’s Christmas lights and capturing the Christmas spirit for you and your family to enjoy before you go home to cook your Christmas ham or turkey.

hot branson winter fun logoBut what will you do after all of the guests have gone home and the leftovers obliterated? Visit Branson, of course! Branson stays open year-round, so there’s no shortage of things to do if you’re planning a trip in January or February, after the holiday rush is over.

One of the attractions that will stay open into January is White Flight at the Butterfly Palace. You can enjoy one of Branson’s newest family traditions through Jan. 15. Thousands of white tropical butterflies flutter around a 18-foot tall poinsettia Christmas tree while your family looks on in wonder. Living angel statues come to life as you tour the Butterfly Palace, and you’ll get to see the 18 foot tall poinsettia Christmas tree while you’re exploring White Flight. In addition to the butterflies and Christmas magic, your family can learn more about the rainforest and the other butterflies that call the Butterfly Palace home. For more information about White Flight, the Butterfly Palace, ticket prices and more, visit

Throughout the month of February, the Titanic museum will be honoring teachers by offering complimentary tickets to educators. In addition to offering complimentary tickets, the Titanic museum also provides educational materials right on their website. Titanic related lessons in math, geography, science, religion, and more are listed on the website for use. For more information about complimentary tickets for teachers, call the Titanic museum at 1-800-381-7670 or visit

If you want to take in a show while you’re in Branson, the Hot Winter Big Show will be heating up Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre on Feb. 3, 2014. A wide variety of shows and performers will be on-stage so you can preview some of what Branson has to offer later in the year. The Branson Show League sponsors the Hot Winter Big Show, and is looking forward to the performance. To get tickets for this show, call Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre at 417-339-3003.

Also in February, you can find a number of Valentine’s Day events for you and your sweetheart to enjoy. Main Street Cruises will be hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner and cruise over Lake Taneycomo. The Titanic museum will also be hosting a tribute to the honeymoon couples that were aboard the ship on her maiden voyage.

The Branson Tri-Lakes Home Show will also be held on Valentine’s Day in 2013. This is the 18th year for the home show. The Vacation Channel has brought together some of the Tri-Lakes area’s best companies to showcase goods and services for your home. The event will be held at Chateau on the Lake. For more information about the Branson Tri-Lakes Home Show, visit

Before you write off Branson for the winter, take a look at some of what Branson has to offer during January and February. You’ll be glad you did!

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A Variety of Branson Churches Welcome Vacationers

For some Branson visitors, faith is important and so is worship. But how do you find a church in the area that will welcome you if you’re on vacation and don’t know the area? Never fear – whether you go to an Assembly of God, a Catholic parish, or a Baptist church, Branson has you covered.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 420 West Main in Branson, Mo. First Presbyterian holds Sunday school at 9 a.m., and worship at 10 a.m. Wednesday night services include fellowship dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by bible studies for all age groups at 6:30 p.m. For the holidays, the church will be hosting their Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Branson Bible Church also hosts services each week on Sunday mornings and evenings and Wednesday evenings. Sunday school starts at 9:45 a.m. and runs to 10:30 a.m., followed by Sunday morning services from 10:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sunday evening services are from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday nights consist of multiple classes that start at 6:30 p.m., and focus on different age groups.

The Sanctuary of Hope is another option for worship if you want to attend church while in Branson. Located at 1790 Bee Creek Road, the Sanctuary of Hope holds Sunday school 9:00 a.m., followed by morning worship at 10:00 a.m. and evening worship at 6:00 a.m. Bible studies are held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

If you’re looking to attend a worship service while vacationing in Branson, check out one of these area churches.

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A Branson Log Cabin for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is the most celebrated event in February. It is the loveliest day of the month and every couple surely deserves a break from the busy streets. Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort presents the best treat for the couple with its Branson Log Cabin.

Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort is the most famous Branson resort. Not only does it provide a place to stay, but it also provides its guests and visitors the comfort which is more than what they pay for. This upcoming Valentine’s Day, make it special by staying at Thousand Hills with your loved one. The Branson Log Cabin is simply perfect for you.

The Branson Log Cabin is a famous accommodation at the Grand Mountains. It is located in a secluded romantic setting where there are woods in everywhere you look at. The place it refreshing and romantic at the same time. The exterior of the log cabin is meant to blend with its surrounding. Feel the peace that surrounds the place as you make your way towards your unit.

Stepping inside the famous Branson Log Cabin, you will see the spacious living room right in front of you. And even the interior of the place is meant to blend with the environment around you. The log cabin will surpass your expectations with space, luxury, and quality of everything you can see inside.

A Branson Log Cabin is perfect as it has the finest and the newest designs and appointments. All major appliances are included for your ultimate convenience; even a washer and a dryer are included. There is also a fully-equipped kitchen that is perfect for if you want to cook the best dishes for your romantic dinner. And the rooms are of high-end beddings with pillowtop mattresses. Each bathroom has a Jacuzzi jet-type tub that you will enjoy too.

You can never get bored in a Branson Log Cabin as it has complete TV & DVD sets in each room for your enjoyment. You can even make use of the free wireless internet. Or if you want a little more fun, you can make use of the fully-equipped gym or take a dip in the private pool of the resort.


A Branson Log Cabin is not just romantic, but will be the best place for you and your loved one on Valentine’s Day. It is one of the most famous Branson accommodations that will take you away from all the hustles and bustles of the streets without being too far from the Area attractions in Branson. That’s having the best place to stay while being only minutes from all the fun excitement Branson has to offer. You can spend the day with different Branson activities and then go home to your Branson Log Cabin and spend some intimate time with your loved one. Don’t miss this this upcoming love month! For more information, or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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