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- Published on Tuesday, October 22 2013 3:08 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
Celebrate Old Time Christmas in Silver Dollar City
Head over to Branson to celebrate the Christmas season in a different way. Spend the Yuletide season in Branson's world-famous theme park, Silver Dollar City. Silver Dollar City is an 1880's themed park which features rides and attractions that will surely delight kids of all ages. Bring out the kid in you when you visit this amusement park in Branson, and also don't forget to bring your holiday cheer to fully enjoy the unique Christmas celebration in Silver Dollar City.
Opening in November, the celebration at Silver Dollar City is really a must-see event. Simply put, your Christmas vacation in Branson just won't be complete without experiencing the Old Time Christmas. The Old Time Christmas is Silver Dollar City's special holiday treat for all of Branson's guests. Here, you get to celebrate Christmas the old school way in winter wonderland.
The Old Time Christmas festival starts at the Town Square, which is the main entry point. The start if the festival is especially focused on the colorful light display called the "Christmas on Main Street". At the central point in the town square is a gigantic Christmas tree to match the height of your Christmas spirit. This giant Christmas tree is decorated with more or less 300,000 lights that illuminates the whole Town Square.
A Christmas celebration is not one without the Christmas carols. There is no room for a Scrooge in Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas since Christmas songs are there to serenade you while you are in the park. These Christmas carols continue to fill the park all throughout the season. Traditional carols, Holiday songs, and new Christmas chart toppers are sure to please your ears and will also get your holiday vibes going. As these songs about Christmas joy echo through the amusement park, your visit to Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas will truly be an unforgettable experience.
This is the time of the year when anything Christmas-y can be found just about anywhere in Silver Dollar City. Even the stage shows in the amusement park's Opera House Theater are in line with the holiday theme. One such show that is a staple in Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas is Charles Dickens' "The Christmas Carol". This magnificent theater piece is portrayed by fourteen actors donned in period costumes, coupled with a grand stage design and awesome special effects. It almost feels like you are watching a show on Broadway. Another performance to watch out for in Old Time Christmas is "The Living Nativity", which will let you time travel back to when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. Other shows about Christmas are also scheduled regularly, so you better catch as many shows as you can.
When the sun sets and the night envelopes the amusement park, a light parade marches through the park's streets twice every evening. The rides in the theme park can also be enjoyed by everybody. As you go around the park, fill your stomach with traditional Christmas cooking and foodies, like the traditional turkey, Christmas pudding, roasted chestnuts, and many others.
Experience Christmas in a Victorian manner in Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas. Make this holiday season your best one yet with a visit to Silver Dollar City. For your lodging needs, head on to Thousand Hills Golf Resort for nightly rentals of log cabins and condo units - totally perfect for a family vacation. For reservations and inquiries, dial 1-877-262-0430.Read More ...
- Published on Monday, October 21 2013 4:33 PM
Written by Klaire Howerton
Posted by Mark Ruda
International Cuisine in Branson
Eating out for breakfast, lunch or dinner is always a real treat. It’s fun to sample from many different restaurants to develop your tastes and learn what dishes you like and don’t like. Branson, Missouri offers many great eateries to order up at around town – everything from bakeries to barbeque joints to pizza places. But if you’re looking for a flavor with a different flair, something that is outside the traditional American box, perhaps you should give some international eats a try – the international cuisine in Branson is sure to please your palate!
Vasken’s International Deli
If a tasty and non-traditional lunch is what you are after, you’ll want to make a date at Vasken’s International Deli! Located along Gretna Road and just down the way from the Coleman Outlet, Vasken’s is fast becoming one of the most popular luncheon places in the area. Featuring a large variety of Greek and Mediterranean food, Vasken’s is one of the more unique restaurants for international cuisine in Branson. The atmosphere in this deli is large and open – folks who are dining in can grab a seat wherever they can find an empty spot! Many customers wind up sharing tables as they enjoy the great food. The menu items themselves are prepared with fresh, wholesome ingredients and the pricing is very reasonable for the amount of food in a given order. Appetizers such as hummus dip and Baba Ganoush (a refreshing eggplant dip) are a fun way to start off your meal. Pizzas, salads and cold cut sandwiches are some of the tasty menu items, but the Vasken’s Famous Gyros take the cake – it’s easy to see why they are famous! Featuring thinly sliced and spit roasted lamb and beef, fresh veggies and a tasty sauce all wrapped in warm pita bread, these delicious Greek sandwiches will have you hooked. The Firehouse Gyro is just as good as the Famous Gyro – it includes a creamy sauce with a kick and spicy giardiniera vegetables on top of the regular gyro ingredients. Side dishes include potato salads, Feta cheese and stuffed grape leaves. Round off your meal with a flaky, buttery sweet almond croissant!
If you have a flair for Mexican food, head on over to Little Hacienda, mi amigos! Located off of Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Little Hacienda has plenty of sizzling hot – or not – options to keep you happy. Upon entering the restaurant, your table will be supplied with the traditional tortilla chips and a delicious red salsa with plenty of cilantro and a jalapeno kick. But don’t fill up on just chips! Be sure to save room for entrees like Chili Verde, a Taco Plate (your choice of crispy or soft, ground beef or shredded chicken) or Ranchero Fajitas, a sizzling hot cast iron platter of seasoned to perfection beef, chicken or shrimp. The Ranchero Fajitas also come with rice, beans, warm flour tortillas, sour cream and pico de gallo – so come hungry or be prepared to have leftovers! Little Hacienda also offers a full service bar, as well as carry-out and catering options.
Waxy O’Shea’s Irish Pub
If you’re after a hearty meal with, perhaps, a pint to wash it down, then the luck o’ the Irish is on your side! You’ll find all foods Irish (with a few American favorites too) on the Branson Landing at Waxy O’Shea’s Irish Pub. A pub-like atmosphere, with wooden bench style booths, wrought iron light fixtures and friendly service makes you feel right at home. Start off with an appetizer like South O’ The Border Nachos or Scotch Eggs and a draft beer. Or order a cup of Beer Cheese Soup, a hearty yet tangy thick soup topped with fresh croutons. An entrée like Waxy’s Fish and Chips, Chicken Pot Pie or a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is sure to fill you up. If not, there’s always the dessert menu!
Branson, Missouri, is loaded with great food of all kinds. So when you’re ready to step outside the box, international cuisine in Branson is sure to satisfy!Read More ...
- Published on Sunday, October 20 2013 12:29 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
Celebrate the Best Christmas in Branson
This Christmas season, do not forget to visit the Ozark Mountains and celebrate the best Christmas in Branson. And you won’t even have to worry about looking for a place to stay because the Thousand Hills Golf Resort is there to make your stay comfortable with its nightly log cabins rentals or luxurious condo units. Do not miss out on the fun this Christmas season; make sure to check out all the celebrations Branson has for you and your family. Lots of Christmas shows, various celebrations, and a whole lot more are in store for you here at Branson!
Branson will give you the best Christmas celebration. With a Branson Christmas, you can celebrate the special holiday not just with your loved ones of loved one, but also with the fun and exciting events Branson has in store for you. Fill your holiday with oh-so-fantastic shows and events! And just so you know, here is a small sampling of the how you can celebrate the best Christmas in Branson:
Branson Festivals of Lights
From November 1 to January 2, beautiful lights are set up all around town that you can drive through and enjoy at night. You could also make use of the Trolley or Ride the Ducks tour and let them take you out for the night if you don’t want to drive. Light displays are all over Ozark Mountain Country for your enjoyment!
Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
From November 1 through December 31, a beautiful display of the lights and dioramas are present. These are located west of Branson at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. You can drive through using your car and have that delicious hot chocolate in the gift shop and stay warm this season. For a gorgeous view of the Branson night lights this Christmas season, you can take a ride to the top of Inspiration Tower.
Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas
This is a special Christmas festival in Branson that starts November 3 through December 30. This is considered as one of the best ways to experience and celebrate your Branson Christmas the old fashioned way. You can see miles of lights and delight in the beautiful 5-story Christmas tree. This event will surely amaze people of all ages! There are also many shows and musicals during this festivity. There’s no other best way to celebrate a Branson Christmas than to sit back with a cup of Hot Chocolate or Wassail and travel back in time to celebrate the holidays.
The 65th Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony
This favourite annual event among all local residents will be held on December 2. This marks the beginning of the Christmas holiday.
Santa’s Workshop in Branson
For the whole month of December, you can go to historic downtown Branson for a time of decorating the “Giving Trees” to collect gifts for the Boys and Girls Club and residents of local nursing homes. Children are also welcome to come and visit Santa, decorate a cookie and make an ornament to take home. Here at Branson, a workshop with Santa is part of the celebration of Christmas.
Branson’s Live Shows
Branson is known for its various entertainment theaters, so don’t forget the hundreds of live shows and theaters! Many of them even incorporate a Christmas there into their existing shows for the celebration of the season. The shows are all throughout Branson town from November 1st to December 31st.
Branson Christmas Shopping
A Branson Christmas would not be complete without shopping! Branson has many outlet malls and shops to accommodate your shopping needs, as well as the new Branson Landing Shopping district in historic downtown Branson. If you stay at Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort, don’t forget to ask for you coupons for the malls. Don’t forget you stocking stuffers as well!
Bring your whole family and celebrate the best Branson Christmas together at Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. You will have that Branson Christmas that you will always remember, whether in one of our 1-4-bedroom condos or log cabins. All of us at Thousand Hills wish you and your family a Merry Christmas Season and we look forward to your stay!
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- Published on Saturday, October 19 2013 12:23 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
Experience shopping at its finest in Branson
Being the entertainment city that Branson is, people think of the place as full of fun and excitement. They think of the pristine lakes, the live shows that have made the city known all over the world, the best museums, and the breathtaking scenery that surrounds the entire city. But what most people do not know is that Branson can also be a great destination for all the shoppers out there to do their shopping. And not just to shop for known brands and lines, but also for beautiful hand-made arts & crafts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, musical instruments, unique artworks and souvenirs. The city can also be a place to hunt fantastic bargains! You can truly have everything even in your Branson shopping at Branson, Missouri. This just goes to show, again, that Branson is the perfect vacation spot.
Enjoy your Branson shopping by checking out the shopping places below.
It is the newest shopping mall in Branson that hold $7.5 Million Water and Fire Show that keeps the shopper entertained while they shop. This mall features a variety of popular national retailers from Bass Pro Shops and Belk Department Store to White House/Black market, Chico’s and Ann Taylor Loft. It is located at the lakefront of Lake Taneycomo, which is just a perfect location for you to go shopping after a day of outdoor activities.
If you wish to shop for the famous brands and clothing lines, you must check out Tanger Outlet Center. Stores such as Polo Ralph Lauren, GAP Outlet, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Aeropostale, Liz Claiborne, Levi’s, Eddie Bauer, Haggar, Izod, Van Heusen, Rockport, and Skechers are all in the mall that will let you keep your wardrobe up-to-date with the latest fashion styles and designs! And for the kids, Tommy Kids, The Children’s Place, Osh Kosh B’gosh, Disney Outlet Store, Gymboree and Carter’s are available.
The IMAX Entertainment Complex is the place to go if you are looking for specialty Branson stores. One of the stores in the complex is the Legend Gifts, which has movie posters, limited edition prints, soundtracks and IMAX films on video. The Shadow Box can is also there where you can get beautiful quilts, grandfather clocks, custom-made leather apparel, jewelry, and souvenirs.
Branson Craft Mall
The Branson Craft Mall features the famous craftsmen of Branson, Missouri. You will be able to see candle making, basket weaving, a silversmith, brass engraving, potato bags, decorated shirts and jackets, leather works, wood turning, pottery & musical instruments made and played daily! Over 16,000 sq. ft. of arts and crafts and 200 booths featuring imaginative artisan from across America all for your shopping pleasure!
Fashion House Ladies Boutique
Check out Branson’s premier boutique with all the personal service, upscale casual clothing and super cute accessories. This can be fun for both girls and women!
With all of these shopping places in Branson, you can never leave the city with just window-shopping. Make your Branson shopping the best by maximizing your experience with all of the stores Branson offers!
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- Published on Friday, October 18 2013 12:11 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
See and feel the safari at the Promised Land Zoo
Just opened its gate last June 18, 2013, the Promised Land Zoo is Branson’s newest attraction up to date. It is located on the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and is fast becoming a favourite destination of tourists and locals of the entertainment city. It features various animals from different places with a main goal of giving education and conservation awareness to people. The Promised Land Zoo is a whopping 5-acre land that is home to over a hundred different animals and over forty-four different species. Because it has only recently opened, many of the animals are babies and youngsters. But even so, just imagine how you would delight in seeing cute animals at the zoo! You and your kids would surely have a great time here at the zoo.
The Promised Land Zoo brings the animals to you rather than you go to them in very far places like the Savannah in Africa. There are lion cubs playing, lemurs swinging, and even hyenas laughing and lounging in the sun. Various exotic animals can be found at the zoo and you can even get up close and personal with them if you like! Adventure in the Promised Land Zoo is just like an adventure to the Safari. Besides exotic animals, you will also fins critters like caracals, alligators, prairie dogs, a spider monkey, and so much more on the neatly mulched hillside paths. Watch out for and get to know the famous animals at the Promised Land Zoo when you visit, like Forrest Hump ( a baby camel), the squirrel monkey, and adorable baby zebra, Calamity Jane (an Olive Baboon), and the Banana (the world’s largest Burmese Python)! Jungle Josh, one of the zoo’s directors and animal show performer will guide you with the animals of the Promised Land Zoo.
If you plan to have a trip to Branson, Missouri, better include the Promised Land Zoo in your list of Branson attractions to visit. It is open daily from 9am until 7pm. You can buy the last admission ticket at 6:30pm if you want to check out the zoo at night and have that night in the safari feel. Bring your camera with you as you can take pictures while walking around zoo. You are free to ask questions of you have some! Here are some of the places you should stop by at the Promised Land Zoo: The Parakeet Paradise, a screened house enclosing different exotic birds, is open from 10am to 6pm. The much sought after animal shows are offered every at times 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Watch Jungle Josh and his helpers bring out all sorts of animals during the show. You can pet and feed them these animals while Jungle Josh teaches fun facts about other unique animals, including Esmeralda (the Screaming Hairy Armadillo) and Barry (the Kinkajou). If you can’t get enough of the petting and feeding during the shows, you are welcome to participate in the daily bottle feedings at times 10am, 2pm, and 6pm.
If you are looking for something different in Branson, visit the Promised Land Zoo. Enjoy all of this and learn a lot about the animals you see. For your convenience, the zoo facility includes restrooms. End your day at the zoo by checking out the gift shop full of fun nature-themed items, stuffed animals, plastic critters, and Promised Land Zoo merchandise. There are also other animals that are housed at the gift shop!
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- Published on Thursday, October 17 2013 12:39 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Titanic Museum: A Museum You’ll Never Let Go
The RMS Titanic, or simply Titanic, was a British liner that aboard thousands of passengers. It was on its way to New York City from Southampton, UK when it collided with an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. It has been one of the most tragic maritime disasters in the world and so many replicas have been made in order to study and commemorate the event.
In 1963, Ed Kamuda formed the Titanic Historical Society (THS), which is the first and largest global organization dedicated to preserving the history of the British Liner. Titanic Branson works with THS. And since Branson is known as an entertainment city because of its attractions, Titanic Branson has established a museum dedicated to the Titanic. The Branson Titanic Museum has become one of the most famous attractions in Branson. It has been the tourist spot for people looking for history, romance, or just simply a museum for the family. Because of Branson’s dedication to the Titanic, the established museum has become the largest Titanic museum in the world! No wonder why people from across the globe go to Branson, MO to see this.
The Branson Titanic Museum is a building shaped like a half-scale replica of the Titanic’s bow. It is a two-story tall establishment that features the same details as the actual Titanic, such as lifeboats, portholes, and so much more. What’s more interesting are the many artifacts in the galleries of the museum that tells of the story of the Titanic – from when it was built to when it sank and to when it was rediscovered in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. As the museum induces the hunger for discovery, visitors would not want to leave.
The Branson Titanic Museum’s goal is to give you the best experience during your Branson vacation. Thus, a new gallery has been opened at the museum! Discover the 133 Children’s Stories of Titanic as this year-long exhibit shows you the documentary of what the children saw, heard, and felt from the moment they boarded the ship. This serves as a celebration of the children’s courage and faith that has been an inspiration to us all. For tickets, dial 800-381-7670.
Come to Branson, MO and visit the Titanic Museum. As you witness the luxury of the Titanic, you can also be home to a luxurious place after at the Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. The resort will provide you with various lodging rentals. The museum is only minutes away, so you won’t be missing out on anything! For reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.
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- Published on Wednesday, October 16 2013 12:46 PM
Written by Rhoda
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Log Cabins for all Occasions
Branson Missouri is the perfect destination for all occasions. You can plan a vacation in Branson whenever you want to because this place never runs out of things to do, no matter what season it is. There is never a dull moment in Branson – may it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year.
Most of the happenings in Branson can be found in Highway 76, the heart of Branson’s entertainment. To make your vacation a convenient one, it is best to rent a place that is near the entertainment district of Branson. The best lodging place there is near Highway 76 is Thousand Hills Golf Resort, based on the numerous positive reviews of the Branson tourists who have come and stayed in the golf resort. Thousand Hills Golf Resort offers you Branson log cabins, a new and refreshing break from the usual hotel rooms that you may have been used to in your other vacations. Now, you can enjoy a homier feel in your lodging place because you get to live in a place that is almost similar to your home, too.
The Branson log cabins in Thousand Hills Golf Resort are within minutes from Highway 76, bringing you closer to the best world-class live musical shows, theme parks, shopping malls, and restaurants in Branson. The theme parks such as Silver Dollar City in Branson has festivals and parades to celebrate certain occasions. There is the Thanksgiving Festival in Silver Dollar City. Come Christmas time, staying in a Branson log cabin in Thousand Hills will keep you closer to all the holiday shopping sale in Branson Landing, and other shopping malls. The live musical shows in Branson also adds something special to their performances onstage whenever there is a special occasion, especially during Christmas where a lot of families choose Branson to be the venue for their Christmas vacation. There are also special performances in the Showboat Branson Belle, America’s most entertaining dinner cruise, and in Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.
Another thing about the log cabins in Branson’s Thousand Hills is that they are situated in the comforts of the Ozark Mountains, so you are assured of a good view and a serene atmosphere for you to have that much-needed rest and relaxation that you deserve. Outside the cabin is nature at its finest. To make you feel that you are one with nature, the log cabins also have an interior that is very akin to the laid-back and homey atmosphere of nature. These log cabins are made of Colorado cut spruce logs, giving it a nature-inspired interior the mixes excellently with the modern feel of the cabin.
The cabin’s amenities includes a fully furnished bedroom and bathroom, with a king-sized bed and a Jacuzzi tub. The kitchens of the cabins are also fully equipped with microwave ovens, silver wares, dryers, and many more. Also, the cabins have cable televisions in every room, and a DVD player for your family movie nights. Wireless internet is also free so you can keep up with you social networks and your e-mails. The cabins have a private deck and a spacious living room for you to free your mind of worries.
There is no doubt that the amenities of the cabin in Thousand Hills is beyond hotel-like. Rent a log cabin in Thousand Hills when planning your vacation as it is more convenient since it can sleep up to 16 people. There are also small units available for couples and those who are alone travelling in Branson. Attest to the good reviews of Thousand Hills customers, and experience your won great adventure in Branson too! Reserve a Thousand Hills cabin now!
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- Published on Tuesday, October 15 2013 2:50 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Breakfast Options for Early Risers
For years, moms have told their kids that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After all, it does kick-start your morning. For some people, finding a good breakfast away from home is important, and that’s why Branson has a number of options to help you find some of the best restaurant breakfasts in town.
A personal favorite for a Branson breakfast is Clockers Café, located at 103 South Commercial Street in downtown Branson. This is the café where my dad and I enjoyed breakfast when he helped me move into a college dorm room. This little café serves up eggs, bacon, ham, hashbrowns, omelets, and a variety of other breakfast options. Breakfasts start at around $7 - $8, and are always served hot. They are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to great breakfast, Clockers also serves lunch and dinner, which includes dishes like turkey melts and chicken tenders, along with a variety of home-style dishes. You’ll enjoy your meal in a quaint atmosphere with friendly wait staff, and you’ll definitely enjoy the food!
Another one of Branson’s best breakfasts comes from The Farmhouse Restaurant. Located at 119 North Main Street, also in downtown Branson, the Farmhouse is known for having outstanding home-style cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Farmhouse serves a variety of breakfast options and you can order breakfast any time of day. While you’re there, you can check out the gift shop upstairs. They have a variety of unique home décor items as well as gifts for those people that already have everything else. The Farmhouse Restaurant is open Monday through Thursday, as well as Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and open on Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Branson locals also enjoy The Shack Café, located in downtown Branson at 108 South Commercial Street. This local eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast options include everything from hotcakes and biscuits and gravy to eggs, ham, and omelets. The Shack is also known for its pies with “mile-high meringue” in classic flavors like chocolate, peanut butter, and lemon. Fried chicken, country fried steak, burgers, meatloaf, and a variety of other sandwiches are on the menu for lunch and dinner, and visitors have raved about the Shack’s delicious meals.
The final location for great breakfast is a chain restaurant, but still a delicious one. In the Branson area, Denny’s is a great place to grab breakfast. With a variety of options that go outside the norm, you can get breakfast any time of day. A favorite breakfast entrée is Moons over My Hammy, a delicious sandwich with ham, eggs, American and Swiss cheeses. They have options for the health conscious with their “Fit Fare” menu. In addition to breakfast, Denny’s has lunch and dinner options as well, including burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups, and even steaks and fish and chips. If you’re looking for something fast and easy, visit Denny’s for a fabulous breakfast, any time of day, 24 hours a day.
Whether you enjoy breakfast in the middle of the day or you’re just following Mom’s age old advice, check out any of these great Branson locations for scrumptious breakfasts that will get your morning started on the right foot.Read More ...
- Published on Monday, October 14 2013 4:27 PM
Written by Klaire Howerton
Posted by Mark Ruda
Exploring the Ozarks
Most people will admit to wanting to be an ‘explorer’ at one point in their life. Being an explorer could mean anything from looking around the basement with a flashlight to adventuring in far off places around the world. If you still find yourself with the age old explorer bug, the Ozarks are a great place to start. Most exploring tends to bring you into contact with at least a little bit of nature – and the unique Ozarks nature (everything from tigers – in enclosures, of course! - to butterflies to fish and everything in between) is sure to keep your exploration hands-on, interesting and fun. So come explore some of these great nature venues!
The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure
The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure, located on West 76 just past the 76 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway intersection, is your one stop location for all things butterflies – and a few other critters as well! The Butterfly Palace is some unique Ozarks nature at its finest, with a little tropical flair. The butterfly room, the main attraction at the Butterfly Palace, is an 80 degree, lush, green tropical oasis filled with hundreds upon hundreds of beautiful butterflies. As you explore the butterfly room and its fluttering occupants, you’ll see butterfly varieties such as the black and white Paper Kite, the stunning Emperor Swallowtail and the shimmering Blue Morpho. Some of the butterflies with hover near your face as you explore – and they may even land on your clothing! You’ll also see some tiny tropical birds – like the Honeycreeper – flying about and sipping nectar from the orchids and other tropical flowers. If you are a photography buff, there are great photo opportunities to be had in the butterfly room. And for little explorers, binoculars, magnifying glasses and pith helmets are provided! The Butterfly Palace also features a science room full of frogs, lizards, giant cockroaches and piranhas, an informational movie viewing theater, the Emerald Mirror Maze, the Banyan Tree Bungee Adventure, and a gift shop. So get ready for an all-day winged adventure at the Branson Butterfly Palace!
National Tiger Sanctuary
If you like cats – big cats, small cats, striped cats, black cats – then the National Tiger Sanctuary is the place for you. Ten minutes north of Branson, in the Chestnut Ridge/Saddlebrooke area, the National Tiger Sanctuary is your chance to see some truly exotic Ozarks nature. NTS is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate about the environmental conditions that affect the Earth’s ecosystems, and to provide forever homes for their big cats in a setting that mimics the animal’s natural environment as much as possible. Here you’ll meet felines such as Madison, a beautiful white tigress, Banshee, a playful Mountain Lion, and Merlin, an African Lion who enjoys warm summer rain showers. Want to explore this big cat sanctuary? Come take a guided tour! Tours are offered at 10am, 1pm and 3pm Wednesday through Sunday. There are four different tour options – the Awareness Tour, the Feeding Tour, the You Feed Tour (where visitors can actually feed the cats themselves!) and the Behind the Scenes Tour. Visit www.NationalTigerSanctuary.org for pricing and reservation information. Birthday parties, weddings and field trips are also offered here.
Mountain Springs Trout Park
If you’d like to explore some Ozarks nature with a fishing pole, come visit Mountain Springs Trout Park. Located in Highlandville off of Highway O, thirty minutes south of Branson, Mountain Springs Trout Park is a beautiful place to explore. Tucked back against the side of a ridge in a small cove next to a white country church, the trout park is as peaceful as it is enjoyable. Visitors can fish without a license and without a limit! You pay for what you catch. Poles, bait and tackle are provided, or folks can supply their own. Staff will clean and pack your catch for you, so your trout will be ready to cook or freeze upon your return home. Mountain Springs encourages you to bring a picnic lunch and stay and fish as long as you’d like! The trout park also offers a pavilion rental for birthdays, weddings and special events.
This area is full of fun Ozarks nature venues to explore. These are just a few places to check out – so be adventurous and find some more!Read More ...
- Published on Sunday, October 13 2013 1:08 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Adventure Ziplines of Branson
A number of attractions for thrill seekers are cropping up around Branson and some people are no stranger to ziplining. For others, ziplining is still just as thrilling each time. Adventure Ziplines of Branson is no stranger to helping the faint of heart and the experienced zipline their way to some of the most fun to be found in the Branson area.
Located at 501 North Wildwood Drive, Adventure Ziplines of Branson is just minutes from the famous 76 Country Boulevard. Adventure Ziplines features seven ziplines that total over 2,000 feet in length. You can reach top speeds of up to 50 mph as you’re traveling down the long stretches of line. The lines are of dual cable construction to make them some of the safest in the area. The most unique part about Adventure Ziplines is that it is the only zipline tour that is located inside Branson city limits. You get views of the natural beauty and the city scape surrounding Branson. In addition to the usual daytime tours, Adventure Ziplines also gives you the option to zipline at night and experience the fresh mountain air in a totally new way.
Safety when ziplining is often a concern for those interested in taking a zipline tour. Each zipline tour is guided by two experienced and trained guides. They can help you feel totally at your ease while you’re whizzing through the air. The ziplines themselves were also constructed using materials from a firm that has been providing quality construction to challenge courses since the 1970s. Adventure Ziplines of Branson provides you with the equipment you need to enjoy your zipline tour and do it safely.
In order to guarantee yourself a place on a zipline tour, make sure to call Adventure Ziplines of Branson at 417-239-3030 to get reservations.
In addition to Adventure Ziplines of Branson, Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours provides guests with a zipline experience that immerses you in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains. Located seven miles north of Branson on Highway 65, Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours is located in the Wolfe Creek Preserve. Wolfe Creek is part of an effort to preserve the natural beauty of the Ozarks. Branson Ziplines features eight ziplines and ten suspension “skybridges”, and each of the available tours includes a different number of ziplines and skybridges. For those who aren’t up to ziplining, don’t worry! Branson Ziplines also offers a photo safari that takes its guests under and around the ziplines themselves, so nobody has to miss out on the ziplining fun. On the photo safari you can get some wonderful photos of your family from the ground as they zipline above you.
Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours makes ziplining easy for you because their ziplines feature a block braking system, which makes your tour completely hands-free. The block braking stops you before arriving at the platform, so your guides can slowly pull you onto the platform. The average age for a zipliner at Branson Zipline is 57, and the oldest guest was 93! No matter what your age, Branson Zipline has something to offer you.
When you’re in Branson, make sure to check out one of the many thrilling options for your vacation. Adventure Ziplines of Branson and Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours are just two options for the thrill seekers in your family, and everyone can join in on the fun!Read More ...