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Magic Shows in Branson

Let’s face it – everyone is at least a little tiny bit fascinated with magic. Folks of all ages and walks of life are deathly curious about how magicians pull rabbits out of hats, cut people in half without injury, make airplanes appear onstage and just plain disappear. “How does it work?” they ask. “Is it real?” If you are one of many who find magic tricks and illusions utterly captivating, and you happen to be near Branson, Missouri, you’re in luck! There just happen to be a few great magic shows in Branson, the live entertainment capital of the world.

Kirby Vanburch Branson Magic ShowKirby Vanburch – World’s Largest Magic Show!

Around the world, Kirby Vanburch is known as the ‘Prince of Magic,’ having the title bestowed on him by the Princess of Thailand on one of his many world magic tours. Kirby began his magical career at the young age of seven – he spent many years performing magic and illusions in Las Vegas, where his fame as a magician grew. In 1992, Kirby moved his magical enterprise to Branson – and he’s been here ever since! Today, Kirby’s show encompasses illusions like a rapidly appearing helicopter, flame tricks, assistants cut in two and a cast of exotic big cats!

The Magic and Comedy of Taylor Reed

A Texas native, Taylor Reed has quickly rose to fame here in Branson! A magician since the age of five, Taylor has had a long and award studded career. He also is an avid supporter of charitable organizations and has performed many shows to benefit March of Dimes, the Shriners, the Ronald McDonald House, and more. Taylor performs dozens of illusions within his fast paced comedic magic show, and the unique part is that he invented and designed most of the inventions himself! THE ULTIMATE LEVITATION Illusion is patented under Taylor’s name; he designed and built the illusion device for this trick. Another unique Taylor Reed illusion is the 25 Piece Drum Set Vanish, where Taylor combines his passion for percussion and his magic knowledge, and turns the drums into a motorcycle! For a show that will boggle your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat, be sure to get your tickets to see the acclaimed Taylor Reed!

The Hamner Barber Show

For a colorful, feathery, magical performance that you won’t forget anytime soon, check out the Hamner Barber Show! Dave and Denise Hamner, husband and wife team and nationally acclaimed magicians, will put on a family friendly show for all ages at the Hamner Barber Theater on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Magical illusions such as The Fall of Death and The Lightning Levitation are performed by the Hamners, as well as their exclusive act where their beautiful Macaws and Cockatoos take flight around the theater amid falling coins, flying swords, jewels and fire. At the end of this captivating show, the Hamners put on a magical tribute to Veterans that will bring the audience to their feet. Book your tickets today!

For a fabulous magical experience that will surely make some magical memories, you’ll want to visit one of these great magic shows in Branson.

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It’s All Fun and Games in Branson Arcades

As you drive along the famous Highway 76, it’s hard to miss the go-kart tracks and mini-golf courses that dot the landscape. What you may not know is that some of those attractions have arcades inside their buildings. Young and old alike will love the chance to play some of the classic arcade games at these area attractions.

Branson’s Wild World is one of the attractions in Branson that has a number of arcade games available for guests. At Branson’s Wild World, you can experience wolves, sea creatures like bull sharks, crocodiles, alligators, turtles, lizards, and a whole host of interesting animals. In addition to the animals, Branson’s Wild World has a “Jungle Arcade.” This arcade has a number of pool tables available, along with classic video games and more. All games are free to play after a small fee, so come enjoy this arcade after you’ve enjoyed all the creatures as well. Branson’s Wild World is also available for birthday parties and other events. For more information, call 417-239-0854 or visit

Guests Enjoying A Branson ArcadeThe impressive wooden go-kart tracks along Highway 76 are also places where you can find great arcades. Tracks 3 and 5 have arcades that feature a variety of games, including dance games, driving games, Skee-Ball, and hunting/sporting games. You can play some games for tickets that you can redeem after you’re finished playing. You can also save your tickets so you can get a bigger prize later! Have some fun on the go-karts and bumper boats before and after your trip through the arcade games.

Grand Country Square is yet another place where you and your family can go to enjoy some arcade fun. From Guitar Hero to the Big Bass Wheel, there is something for everyone. You can redeem your tickets for prizes when you’re done. Some of the best technology lives at the Fun Spot at Grand Country.

So if you’re planning a trip to Branson, consider one of Branson’s arcades for a little family fun.

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The Majestic at Table Rock - Lakefront Vacation Condos

Thousand Hills Golf Resort has a fantastic set up off of Table Rock Lake called “The Majestic”. The Majestic is build right off Table Rock Lake giving a fantastic feeling of seclusion without the hour long drives to and from all the attractions in the city because the Majestic is only fifteen minutes away from the heart of Branson!

2-bedroom-branson-lake-condos-bedThe Majestic is often referred to as the crown Jewel of The Thousand Hills Golf Resort for good reason. The Majestic will be composed of two types of rooms, the Lake Front condos and the Lake View condos. The Lake Front condos are closer to the water with a grand view of the forest surrounding part of Table Rock Lake. The Lake Front condos are ideal for travelers who are looking for an exceptional room at an exceptional rate and can be viewed at our website at:

The soon-to-be reconstructed Lake View Majestic Condos will have one of the best views of Table Rock Lake combined with some of the highest quality rooms found in Branson Missouri. Keeping with the highest standards of luxury the new Majestic lake view condos will have all granite counter tops with stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and beautiful décor thought out the condo. All the Lake View condos at the majestic will have breath taking views from both the glassed in porch as well as the open porch on the back of each condo. The condos at the Majestic will range in sizes from the luxury two bedrooms up to four bedroom condos and are expected to be completed in April of 2014.

Don’t forget to bring your water crafts! The Majestic also has an easily accessed covered boat dock a short walk from the condos that leads straight to the heart of Table Rock. If you would like to rent water crafts the State Park Marina is approximately a mile away for The Majestic. Also, anytime you rent at the Majestic through Thousand Hills you will get the Platinum Experience book which gives discounts to over thirty attractions in Branson including the State Park Marina.

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Free Branson Activities - Branson On a Dime!

A vacation in Branson doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are many free or nearly free Branson activities within a short drive from Thousand Hills Golf Resort. My husband and I were both surprised how much our nephews enjoyed the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Conservation Center. It's a wonderful kid friendly free Branson activity. There are gumball machines filled with food to feed the trout for only 25 cents a pop. Nearby, across Table Rock Dam is the Dewey Short Visitors Center, with a nature trail that goes along the lake to the State Park Marina.

bransonlanding fire showDuring the summer there are free concerts at the Branson Landing, a fire and water show that is one of the most spectacular free Branson attractions, and clowns that make balloons for the children and other street performers.

On Sundays there are numerous free Branson Worship Services. There are so many great entertainers in Branson, and it’s not unusual to hear one of them singing on Sunday at an open service. Another free Branson show is The “Good News Gospel” with Leroy New and Friends which is at 9 a.m.Sundays, also at the “Little Opry Threater”.

Norma Jean of “The Porter Wagner Show” and “Grand ‘Ol Opry” fame have a free Sunday service at Cowboy Church and at the God and Country Theatre on Hwy 76. You never know who will show up and sing with her!

Dave Hamner of the Hamner & Barber Show and Wide World of Magic fame, recipients of many awards in the field of magic, just happens to also be an ordained Baptist minister, and has a morning service at his theater on Sunday, 10:00 a.m. He usually also offers all guests at his Sunday service a great discount off of any of the shows at his theater.

Barbara Fairchild also of Grand ‘Ol Opry fame and know for the Teddy Bear Song, has a free worship service at the Doug Gabriel Theatre located at 3750 W. Hwy 76 at 10:00 a.m. Barbara also has a great show at the Golden Corral for tips only.

Branson also has two wineries with free wine tasting tours. Try Stone Hill Winery or Mt. Pleasant Winery. Both are close together by the intersection of Green Mountain Drive and Hwy. 165., just a few blocks from the Branson lodging at Thousand Hills.

College of the Ozarks, known as “Hard Work U” has many free Branson activities that include Edwards Mill, a traditional working grist mill, and the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen where visitors can watch the students making the goodies & maybe even try a sample or two. Also view Williams Chapel which looks like it was transported from the Old Country, but was actually built by students of the college in 1956. The Ralph Foster Museum is low cost, and free for high school age and under, will entertain anyone for several hours. It has often been called “the Smithsonian” of the Ozarks.

While Branson is known for it's music, the other classical arts in Branson are well represented. And the best part is that almost all of these classic and modern arts can be seen for free!

Branson family activities are available for the whole family from 1 to 100. See some of the affordable options for your next family vacation!

These are just a few free Branson activity ideas to keep your budget tiny yet enjoy a gigantic, fun-filled Branson vacation

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They’re Always Biting When You Fish in Branson

Wouldn’t it be nice if fishing were as easy as Ernie from Sesame Street calling “Heeere fishy fishy fishy!” and having dozens of fish jump into your boat? Most fishermen will tell you that that is not often the case, but when you go fishing in Branson, the fish will certainly be biting, even if they don’t wind up leaping into the boat! The Branson/Tri-Lakes area offers some fantastic fishing that avid fisherman from around the country enjoy year after year. Where are some good spots to sink a line? Buy your gear? And what kinds of fish swim these waters? Read on to find out!

Brown Trout Caught in Lake TaneycomoWhere to fish: Table Rock Lake is a super spot to cast a line for some Branson fishing. This particular lake is well known for its bass population and its tendency to always have biting fish! There are numerous great spots along Table Rock’s shores to set down a picnic basket and a tackle box. Indian Point is a good location, along with the Table Rock State Marina, Table Rock State Park, and anywhere along the lake shore that is not specified as a fish hook free zone. For some terrific trout fishing, fish Lake Taneycomo. This lake is located below Table Rock, and Taneycomo’s waters are MUCH colder than Table Rock. A great spot to cast a line is right below the Table Rock Dam on the Taneycomo side – it is conveniently close to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery!

Where to buy your gear: If you are off to bait your hook, chances are that you will need to buy some fishing equipment! Fishing line, lures, jigs, hooks, sinkers, bobbers, nets, waders, and perhaps a new tackle box or fishing hat are probably on your list somewhere. Where is a good place to go to purchase your goods for your Branson fishing trip? Bass Pro on the Branson Landing is indeed a pro at supplying fishing equipment to visiting and area fishermen! Here you will find a versatile, useable selection of quality products, from outdoor clothing, to fishing poles, to the equipment you need to tie your own flies. If you are a fly fishing advocate, you’ll want to check out River Run Outfitters – they offer a full fly fishing shop and an expert guide service for a fly fishing experience you won’t quickly forget.

What fish you’ll find: There are a whole lot of fishy friends floating in the waters of Branson. Bass and trout are the most well-known species here – largemouth and smallmouth and striped bass, rainbow and brown trout are a big draw for tournament fishers every year. Other varieties for Branson fishing include: crappie, catfish, bluegill, sucker, carp, paddlefish, walleye, bullhead and warmouth. There is no shortage of fish to be pulled out of these lakes!

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert fisherman (or fisherwoman!), you will always find that the fish are biting on your Branson fishing trip!

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Groceries For Your Branson Condo Stay

There are a lot of benefits to staying in a Branson condo at Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hill’s condos are conveniently close to town, to attractions, to the area’s famous lakes, and to hospitals in the event of an emergency. Condos also offer more of a homey feel than a hotel room – they come complete with kitchens, TVs, porches, washers and dryers – all the amenities of a home. With such great features, it is highly likely that you’ll want to stay in to cook meals instead of leaving the condo comforts to brave the traffic of Branson at the suppertime hour. So bring home some groceries from area grocery stores to your Branson condo!

Thousand Hills Kitchens: Part of the convenience of a Branson condo is that one of the amenities included in most units is a fully supplied, ready to cook in kitchen – all you need are the groceries. Condo kitchens come equipped with utensils, dishes, appliances and of course, a place to eat your meal! Branson condo kitchens make a great place for a home cooked dinner for two, or a potluck lunch for a family reunion, or simply a place to make a quick sandwich before hitting the green for a round of golf. Again, just add groceries from one of the following great stores!

Wal-Mart: There are two conveniently located Wal-Mart stores in Branson. One store is located on Highway 76, and the other store is on Branson Hills Parkway. Wal-Mart is a great option for not just food items, but for toiletries, clothing, and medicinal items. Their everyday low prices and large selection will provide you with many of your grocery needs in one convenient location. A photo center and a sporting goods center are also offered for customers.

Country Mart: For more groceries than goods, visit the Branson Country Mart located on Highway 248. Country Mart offers a big selection of meats –beef, pork, chicken and more!- and a large variety of fresh produce, from greens to fruits. Country Mart also features a bistro/deli counter, a Starbucks and a floral department. Money orders and payroll cashing are also services offered by Country Mart.

Price Chopper Groceries in BransonRhodes Family Price Chopper: The soon to open Rhodes Family Price Chopper on West Highway 76 is a family owned business that takes pride in building their employees from the inside out while offering the public great groceries and services! Keep watching their website and Facebook page for grand opening dates and store coupons.

Amish Country Store: For more specialty food items, visit the unique Amish Country Store located on Gretna Road. Here you can purchase Amish made favorites like jams, jellies and preserves, Jake and Amos Pickles, Amish noodles, honey, Amish Popcorn, Amish Beef Jerky, as well as flour, pancake mixes, and lots of tasty pie fillings like Red Raspberry, Chocolate and Key Lime. Bulk spices, salsa and spiced peaches line the shelves here too! The Amish Country Store also carries a wide variety of coffees, such as Chocolate Almond, The Branson Blend and Pralines and Cream.

There is no shortage of great locations where you can purchase groceries for your fully equipped Branson condo kitchen at Thousand Hills. You’ll want to cook ALL your meals in during your enjoyable stay!

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A Rainy Day in Branson at Thousand Hills

Branson Rain ShowerIt’s a rainy morning at Thousand Hills Golf Resort. It’s just a prelude to the abundant sunny days that lay ahead as we welcome in the summer season. Even with the rain pounding a symphony against the lush greens and landscape, golfers peak from the doors of the Pro Shop hoping that the old saying “start raining before 7, ends by 11” rings true today.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and baked cookies sweeten the lobby air as our guests linger for just a moment to deliberate chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar or oatmeal raisin for their drive home. “Thank you” and “Safe Travels” are exchanged as our guests stay comes to an end…until next time.

The sky now begins to give way to just a glimmer of sunshine as golfers begin to bustle with anticipation. Laughter and conversations fill the lobby. Guests begin visiting with our concierge for today’s Branson entertainment. Families are checking out basketball and shuffle board equipment. Pool towels are flying off the shelf. Groups are filtering in to attend their meetings. Mulligan’s restaurant fuels golfers for their next nine. Stories are exchanged.

The afternoon transitions to evening as our new guests arrive. Just another day at Thousand Hills Golf Resort

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5 Branson Frequently Asked Questions

Branson is the perfect place to be in a getaway. Your vacation in Branson will definitely be hassle-free if your frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Branson will be answered. Read on to find the answers to your questions.

Branson FAQ 1: What are your nightly rental rates?

Rates differ according to the type of lodging that you will get and to the time of the year when you plan to visit Branson. Branson offers you a choice between a cozy and rustic cabin or a luxurious and posh condo unit for your place to stay in your vacation. The cost for the nightly rental of the condos and cabins also depend on how large the place you want to get. Going solo in a 1-bedroom cabin is much cheaper than in a 4-bedroom cabin that sleeps up to 16 people, of course. The same holds true for condo units. During peak seasons; however, expect the rates of the cabins and condos to be higher because there is a greater influx of tourists. Know the availability and the corresponding cost of renting a cabin or condo by visiting Always remember that the longer you stay in Branson, the cheaper the rate gets.

Branson FAQ 2: Is Thousand Hills Golf Course a public golf course?

Yes, the golf course in Thousand Hills Golf Resort is a public golf course in Branson. It is also known to be the best golf course there is in Branson. It features an 18-hole golf course which caters to any level - may it be for a professional or for a newbie. This public golf course also offers club rentals and assistance from golf professionals for you to learn more about golf or be a lot better in playing golf.

Branson FAQ 3: What types of condos and cabins can I purchase?

If you are looking for a vacation home in Branson, Thousand Hills has a variety for you to choose from. You can choose from townhomes, log cabins, condos, condos overlooking the golf course, or lakefront condos. You can also choose how large the cabin or condo you want to get. The cabins and condos range from 1 to 4 bedrooms. If you have a large family, getting a vacation home situated in a serene location, and at the same time spacious enough for all of you is simply the best choice you have. For mor information about owning a Branson vacation home, visit

Branson FAQ 4: What is the Platinum Experience?

The Platinum Experience is a privilege for the people who stay in Thousand Hills. No need to join any other promotions just to get the Platinum Experience. You just have to be a guest in Thousand Hills, and you can have access to Branson’s best shows, big discounts at Branson’s malls, and many more. Be a guest in Thousand Hills and receive all these perks. Surely, you get more than what you pay for.

Branson FAQ 5: Where is Thousand Hills located?

Thousand Hills Golf Resort is located at 245 South Wildwood Drive, Branson, Missouri. This is two blocks south of the Grand Palace Theater in 76 Country Boulevard. The location of Thousand Hills is very convenient for the guests because it is situated right at the heart of the entertainment, shopping, and dining centers in 76 Country Boulevard. Visit Thousand Hills now to experience the perfect lodging for your vacation.

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Start Planning for a Great Spring in Branson

There is nothing more relaxing than seeing the blooming flowers, the lush greens, and the cheerful chirping of the birds. This spells nothing else but spring. Spring is all about nature coming to life, and there is no place more apt to show you the wonders of nature than Branson Missouri. Spring in Branson is definitely one of the seasons that tourists look forward to since it has the best views of the Ozark Mountains.

You can enjoy each day with a perfect mix of warm and sunny and spring also surprises you with rainshower that gives off fresh foliage and blooms. If you are planning a spring break in Branson, then you are not making a mistake. Branson brings you the best of spring by giving you its world-class attractions and shows, along with the festivals that you must catch during your spring break.

For an awesome history-laden spring break, visit Branson’s museums and learn more about the place. However, you can also choose to go to unique museums like the Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not Museum, which features unbelievable but real artifacts and trivia, and the Titanic Museum, truly a delight for the 90’s kids who used to be and are still fascinated by the tragic story of the star-crossed lovers, Jack and Rose. For those who love gardening, visit the Country Inspirational Gardens. There is also the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery for those who love fish and fishing too. For the wine lovers, do not miss out on visiting the Stone Hill Winery during the spring to be able to see how the perfect wines are made. You can also opt to watch the famous Branson musicals acts and theater plays.

Branson Spring at Silver Dollar CityExperience spring in Branson at its very best by taking part in the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, which happens in late May. This festival takes place in Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most popular theme park. Also happening in Silver Dollar City is the Young Christian’s Weekend which features live entertainment from popular Christian artists. This is definitely great for church groups. Silver Dollar City also celebrates a World-Fest happening from mid-April to early May. Here in World-Fest, experience being immersed in other cultures as different acts come and offers you their own brand of music, their own taste of food, their own cultural dance, and of course, their crafts. Car lovers also need not fret. You can go out and enjoy spring break in Branson because there is a Branson Collector Car Auction. See the dream cars you fell in love with and you can also join the auction if you have some money to burn.

For a place to stay for your spring break in Branson, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort. It puts you in the heart of nature and at the same time you are just minutes away from the festivals and attractions in Branson. Reserve now and make Thousand Hills Golf Resort a part of your spring break.

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Never Too Early To Be Thinking About Summer in Branson

There is no other place more perfect to spend your summer than in Branson. A Branson summer vacation is the perfect reward you can give to yourself. Enjoy summer with your loved ones here in Branson with the numerous festive activities and the many pleasurable sights that the Ozarks has to offer you.

choosing-the-right-condoWake up in the morning with a cool fog from the Ozark Mountains – perfect to get you in the mood for an outdoor breakfast in your private deck. You can also start the day by some water activities that you can do in Branson’s tri-lakes area. It is best if you stay at a cabin or condo that is situated near the lake for you to have a tranquil view and a peaceful experience in Branson. It is also advantageous staying in a place near the lakes because you can easily go fishing or boating or swimming – whatever water activity you want to do is right within arms’ reach. Some popular summer activities among the tourists in Branson are scuba diving, canoeing, water skiing, and boating. These activities are perfect if you want to feel the summer heat.

If being in the outdoors is already beating you up too much, you can always opt to enjoy your summer indoors with Branson’s entertainment. You can go and watch the theater events, dance performances, musical shows, and theatrical plays that are available every day for you to enjoy your stay in Branson, the Live Music Capital of the World. You can catch the Hamner-Barber Variety Show for some treats for your eyes. This show features world-class magicians and their mind-boggling tricks, along with their own style of comedy. Or you can also opt to go see the Presley’s musical tradition that they have established in Branson. You can also bring out the theater enthusiast in you and go see the Sight and Sound Theater for amazing effects and a 3D theater experience - truly one of a kind! For a dose of great music, concerts by your favorite artists also frequent summertime in Branson.

Summer festivals are also one for the books. You should not miss the Annual Woodcarving Rendezvous, Mustang Rally, and Fiddlers Festival. Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most popular theme park, also celebrates National Kidsfest from mid-June to mid-July. To highlight your summer in Branson, make sure to catch the annual celebration of Fourth of July. A picnic festival, parade, and many other fun and festive activities occupy the day and is capped off by a grandiose display of fireworks. All these and many more festivals are happening in Branson during the summer.

Excited? Make your move now because Branson is heating up to give you the most memorable summer you will ever have. For an equally memorable place to stay during your vacation, reserve a condo or cabin in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Not only will you feel at home, you will also experience all the amenities and the convenience that you are looking for in a lodging place. Reserve at Thousand Hills now and get ready for the summer heat!

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