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Time to Learn in Silver Dollar City’s Science and Math Day


Branson is the place to be when you are in need for a relaxing vacation. It has a lot of theme parks and nature parks where you can have fun all day! One of the most popular theme parks in Branson is Silver Dollar City. This is an 1880’s themed amusement park where you can have endless adventures and some legit adrenaline rush.

Silver Dollar City is famous for its rides, specially the Outlaw Run which is also the most daring wood coaster in the world. There are also other thrilling rides in Silver Dollar City like the Steam Engine Train, Giant Swing, Geyser Gulch, and many more. Aside from the rides, Silver Dollar City also offers attractions like several theater plays within the park. These musicals give the guests a breather from all the excitement in the park. Silver Dollar City is also known to have the best theme park food in America.

Silver Dollar City does not only promote fun and thrills all the time. It also has a Science and Math Day every March. Not only do you get to have fun; you also get to learn about something new! The Science and Math Day in Silver Dollar City is developed based on the classroom curriculum by secondary school teachers. The kids can apply the lessons they have learned from science and math. Some concepts that they can learn more and apply are measurements, estimation, gravity, motions, forces, and systems.

Marvel Cave Mystery Tours is one of the stops in Silver Dollar City where the kids can surely enjoy. With your fellow spelunkers, try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the Gray Bat population. Play detective in this activity as you gather evidences and solve equations to catch the culprit.

Aside from experiencing some adrenaline rush from the Outlaw Run, you can also apply some principles of physics and calculus to this amazing ride! There will be trained student volunteers to help the participating students with the formulas and equations that they can use. The volunteers will also stamp the workbook of the students as soon as they complete the station.

To help the students prepare for the event, you can also visit the website to find all the lessons, labs, worksheets, and pre and post-tests that are used in the Science and Math Day in Silver Dollar City. You can also check in the Guest Relations Horseshoe for some extra materials and also to answer questions about the event.

This is the perfect opportunity for the teachers to encourage a more fun learning environment for the students. Instill in them the gusto to learn more and the motivation to keep on learning beyond the four walls of the classroom! Visit Silver Dollar City this March 27 now!

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Thousand Hills History

Branson, Missouri, is an area steeped in rich history and heritage. Take the history of Shepherd of the Hills and the Baldknobbers, for example. Or perhaps the history that surrounds the Table Rock Dam. Silver Dollar City, one of the worlds’ leading theme parks, is a great showcase of the Missouri Ozarks heritage. There is a great deal of natural history here too – just look at all of the beautiful springs, forests and rock formations. If you are a Branson history buff, you just might be interested in the history of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, one of the leading resorts in Branson.

Thousand Hills in very well known in the Midwest for its award winning golf course, and for the venue’s willingness to cater to golfers of all levels, from professional all the way down to novice. The golf course is open to the public, and Thousand Hills often hosts golfing events. The resort side of the business is also extremely popular; Thousand Hills offers golf course and lakeside condos, as well as a hotel and rental cabins. All options come with a host of luxurious amenities to make a travelers stay comfortable and convenient. Thousand Hills also partners with several area businesses to offer guests the Platinum Experience during their stay. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Thousand Hills has become such a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike. So how and when did it all get started?

Thousand Hills Golf ResortIn 1990, partners of Silver Dollar City purchased a spread of 330 acres for a whopping $2.85 million dollars; this purchased property was dubbed ‘Thousand Hills.’ Over the next few years, some of the acreage was sold to other businesses. In 1992, the beginnings of what would later become an award winning golf course began to take shape. Condominiums were soon added to the lineup and in that same year, Thousand Hills sold eighty condos in eleven weeks – and that was just the beginning of condo success!

In October of 1993, construction on the golf course began. One hundred twenty thousand yards of rock were moved, and over seven hundred thousand dollars of topsoil was purchased and trucked in to aid in course construction. In 1994, the Clubhouse was built and in 1995, the golf course and clubhouse were completed with a total cost of $8 million. The legendary Andy Williams hit the venues’ first ever golf ball in April of 1995, and history went on from there. The condos, and later on, cabins, continued to be a huge hit and sold out repeatedly. Everyone wanted a piece of the Thousand Hills pie, and that still holds true today!

So come visit Thousand Hills Hotel and Gold Resort today – stay in a cabin or condo, play a round of golf, and simply enjoy this great place that history brought forth.

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Great Outdoor Activities awaits you this Spring Break in Branson

Spring break in Branson is a perfect vacation destination where fresh blooms of flowers and plants filled the surroundings of the wildlife around the Ozark Mountains. During this spring time, it is great to enjoy viewing the lush greenery, feeling the cool mornings, shopping in the outlet malls, cruising on the lake, and watching live entertainment shows. As Branson is beautifully connected with the three lakes namely, Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, and Lake Taneycomo, it makes the place the best tourist destination. With these lakes around the area, you can imagine the vast possibilities of enjoying exciting water sports and other outdoor activities.

When you spend a spring break in Branson, you will certainly enjoy every bit of your time with a variety of exciting activities and wonderful attractions. When rain showersSilver Dollar City's River Blast Logo pour in the Ozarks in spring time, lush greenery flourishes while redbuds, dogwoods, and wildflowers bloom. Spring break in Branson is really such a great time to enjoy as the season’s temperature averages from 50 to 80 degrees which means sunny and warm days while the evenings are refreshing.  Branson’s live entertainment shows and beautiful theme parks introduce new features of world-famous performers, exciting acts, and new exhibits.

In Branson, there are spring events offering the most exciting spring break activities and exciting attractions. Here you can experience in the theme park at the Silver Dollar City the most thrilling and the most exciting RiverBlast and multi-level go kart tracks that can be an unforgettable ride of your life. The park features 40 shows and 30 thrilling rides to entertain visitors of all ages. The park also features treetop fun houses, a play area with climbing nets, a carousel, and sand tables.

In the heart of Branson, you can enjoy movie shows in 50 theaters and many live entertainment performances. You can also visit some of the most interesting museums like the Hollywood Wax Museum or the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. Try to pose beside the beautiful wax figures of some of the Hollywood famous stars such as leather clad James Dean, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson.

If you want to attend a wonderful show with dinner, watch the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show. You will get your own roasted chicken with several side dishes while watching a very extraordinary show. Here in Dolly Parton’s Show, you will get the chance to watch costumed southern bells, Civil War soldiers, 32 trick horses, and a unique show giving tribute to America.

Your enjoyment with the exciting activities and live entertainment shows won’t be enough if you don’t go shopping. There are over 101 specialty shops and three outlet malls in the heart of Branson. With the abundance of outlet shops, you surely can find the thing you like to take home as souvenir.

If you have not decided yet where to go for your perfect spring break destination, considering going to Branson where rain showers this season bring fresh blooms of flowers and plants.

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Make the Most out of your Spring Break in Branson

If you are searching for a perfect spring break destination where you will see fresh blooms of flowers and plants, come and explore Branson this spring time. Spring break in Branson is a great time to enjoy around the Ozark Mountain with its lush greenery, the cool mornings, cruises on the lake, outlet mall shopping, and entertainment shows. With lots of exciting attractions in Branson, you will certainly enjoy every bit of your time this spring season.

Spring break in Branson, is a great time to enjoy as the climate temperature averages between 50 and 80 degrees which means the evenings are refreshing while it is sunny and warm during the day. In spring time, there is occasional rain shower in Branson which brings forth blossoms of plants and flowers around the natural scenery and wildlife of the Ozark Mountain.

A wholesome fun is waiting for you in Branson, as there are over 80 live entertainment performances and movie shows in 50 theaters.  If you have a passive approach to your spring break vacation, you may prefer to spend your evening with fine dining and shopping to satisfy your cravings for delicious foods and shopping pleasures. If you are a sports enthusiast with full energy, there are areas around the lakes that offer a wide variety of outdoor activities that include biking, hiking, boating, and fishing.

Fire in the Hole! LogoIf you want to know more about fresh water fish, the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson is a great educational destination for you and your family. You will learn here what fish and how much fish the hatchery can produce annually. If you want to add more knowledge about the wine making industry, the Stone Hill Winery is also an interesting place to visit.

If you play golf or just appreciate it, Branson has seven golf courses, one of which is the famous Thousand Hills Golf Course and Resort. However, if you like to try a more thrilling and exciting experience, there are plenty of attractions to enjoy in Branson during spring season than simply playing golf. You can visit the Silver Dollar City theme park that offers entertaining fun rides such as Rollercoaster Fire-in-the-Hole, Power Keg, and Frisco Silver Dollar Line Steam Train.

There are also many world’s famous live entertainment shows to enjoy during spring season in Branson. These world’s famous shows are: Dublin’s Irish Tenors and the Celtic Ladies which is performed in King’s Castle Theater; the “Dancing Queen: Abba’s Greatest Hits” which is also performed in King’s Castle Theater; Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus which is performed in the New Shanghai Theater, and many other exciting live entertainment shows.

However, your enjoyment with the live entertainment shows will not be enough if you don’t include shopping in your itineraries. Branson has over 101 specialty shops and three outlet malls in the downtown area. With the abundance of specialty shops in Branson, you can surely find the items you want to take home with you.

If you are searching for a perfect spring break destination where rain shower gives off fresh blooms of flowers and plants, then visit Branson and stay at Thousand Hills Hotel & Resort.

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Grab Lunch Near Your Branson Condo

Everybody likes to have a noon meal. It used to be called luncheon. Some cultures still call it dinner. For some people, it’s the biggest meal of the day. Whatever you associate with lunch, your stomach certainly knows when it’s time for it! If you happen to be staying at one of Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort’s many condos here in Branson, you’re in luck! There are some great Branson lunch spots just a hop, skip and jump away from your luxurious condo! Read on for some of the best luncheon hotspots in Branson.

Great Gourmet: If you are after a fancy formal lunch in a classy restaurant with elegant place settings, grab a reservation at the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, just a mile or two down the road from Branson. Here you’ll find a student run restaurant set in a lodge style building with vaulted ceilings, a gift shop, and great service. The Keeter Center makes it a point to serve as much local food as possible – and they make it delicious! Another high class restaurant for your lunchtime pleasure is Cantina Laredo on the Branson Landing. This is not your typical Mexican restaurant – it’s a five star establishment with some spice! Enjoy made fresh guacamole on the patio while you wait for your meal.

vaskens-deliCultured Cuisine: Ready to try something a little different for your noon meal? Check out Vaskens International Deli on Gretna Road! It’s a Branson lunch spot that is sure to satisfy your hunger. Serving Greek foods like gyros and hummus, Vaskens takes pride in their freshly served heritage. Try a Firehouse Gyro and a pastry for dessert today! Are you up for some sushi? Head on over to Mitsu Neko on Highway 76 – you won’t find better or fresher sushi anywhere in Branson! Try a Strawberry Delight Roll with salmon and a bright strawberry sauce. Or order some of their other dishes like steak, duck or chicken! Round it off with a little Crème Brulee and you’re good to go.

Savory Sandwiches: If you’re up for a classic sandwich and soup kind of lunch, run over to Panera Bread, located on Green Mountain Drive. There is no shortage of sandwich options here! Enjoy a Classic Turkey sandwich on Country White Bread with a bowl of Broccoli Cheddar soup, or branch out a little with a Panini and some White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese. For something a little faster, head down to Charlie’s Sub Shop on the Branson Landing. There’s a great variety of tasty sandwiches at a low price – perfect after a morning of shopping and exploring the Landing!

These are just a few of the numerous Branson lunch spots that you can find near your Thousand Hills condo – the possibilities are endless. Head out, follow your nose and find your favorites! Be sure to review your restaurant experiences on so that other lunchers can give them a try too!

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See Branson in the Month of March


During the month, we see the season of spring blossom. And there is no better place to be during spring but in Branson Missouri. Branson boasts of breathtaking sceneries, and endless activities and attractions, too. Imagine the weather just right, the greens in full bloom, and you have all of Branson to enjoy.

For your visit to Branson in March, there are a number of things happening that you should not miss. After all, Branson is a very fun place and you will never run out of things to do. Make your vacation an adventurous one by spending it in Branson’s old-fashioned theme park. Silver Dollar City is an 1880’s themed amusement park right in the heart of Branson. It features thrilling rides such as the Outlaw Run, which is the world’s most daring wood coaster, Giant Swing, Geyser Gulch, and many others. Silver Dollar City also has more than 40 live music shows that can be your breather from all the excitement brought to you by the park. Silver Dollar City is also known to have the best theme park food all over America. This theme park for the whole family opens mid-March. For other activities, you can also try to catch the park’s several festivals like the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, and the National Kidsfest. The lanes in Silver Dollar City are also overflowing with craftsmen and women. It also has a Culinary and Craft School for the visitors who love to cook, or would want to learn how to cook.

You can also be one with nature in your Branson vacation this March. There are a lot of outdoor adventures in Branson waiting to be experienced by you. The daytime temperatures run from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but the weather may vary. It would be wise to check on the weather forecasts before planning any outdoor activities. The Branson outdoors guarantees you of fresh air and blooms. Tour the Ozarks to have the total sight-seeing experience. You can make your Branson tour very unique too. Try touring Branson on horseback, biking, or the adrenaline-filled zip line tour. Another extreme adventure that you may try is exploring the Talking Rocks Cavern via a cave tour.

To cap off your Branson vacation in March, why not catch one or two of Branson’s live music shows? The first Branson shows of the year are mostly happening during March, so you will be lucky enough to catch the fresh versions of standard local shows. Some of the famous Branson artists whose shows you might want to catch are Hamner Barber Variety Show, Baldknobbers Jamboree, The Cat’s Pajamas, The Presleys, and many more.

Though March may be a good time to visit Branson, anyone would still enjoy their visit to Branson any time of the year. For the month of March, get to experience the beauty that spring brings to make your first vacation of the year truly memorable. 

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Rock Your Body with Songs of Praises at the Branson's Christian Weekend

If you want to witness a great live entertainment from different popular Christian Artists, visit the Branson Christian Weekend in the Silver Dollar City and stay at Thousand Hills Resort Hotel. Silver Dollar City features great festivals and events all year long. With this year’s weekend extravaganza for young Christians, many people from around the nation will come together to rejoice and worship the Christian Weekend celebration. Silver Dollar City also features Worlds Fest which is billed as America’s largest international festival that will amaze everyone its authentic food and live performances brought to you from around the world.

Bransons Christian Weekend LogoThis March 28 to 30, 2014, Silver Dollar City is celebrating Young Christians’ Weekend. In this celebration, young Christians standing up together, rejoicing the freedom that they have and profess our faith to the Lord. This three day celebration features the biggest lineup of Audio Adrenaline, Big Daddy Weave, Kutless, Finding Favour, Tim Timmons, Group 1 Crew, and Shine Bright Baby. The following are the schedules of the Branson’s Christian Weekend in Silver Dollar City.

March 28, Friday

The weekend celebration’s kick-off with a concert Friday night by Big Daddy Weave, Group 1 Crew and Tim Timmons at the Echo Hollow Amphitheatre starts at 8:30 PM.

March 29, Saturday

Noon time, 3pm or 6 pm – The rallies feature Christian music’s hottest performers – Kutless, Audio Adrenaline, Shine Bright Baby, and Finding Favour. These four bands also perform in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. When you reserve your tickets, be sure to choose a rally time you prefer.

9am – 6 pm – You can enjoy America’s Best Theme Park that feature thrill rides and roller coasters at the Silver Dollar City.

March 30, Sunday

8:30 am or 11 am – Experience and rejoice a second day of Christian Weekend celebration and fellowship featuring praising songs by Finding Favour and Kutless at Sunday Worship in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. Plus a life-altering message from Joe White, a nationally-acclaimed youth speaker. To join the rally, choose a worship time you prefer when you reserve your tickets.

9am – 6 pm – Spend a second day enjoying exciting activities at Silver Dollar City.

If you want to experience a great live entertainment performed by different popular Christian Artists around the nation, visit Branson Christian Weekend in Silver Dollar City. Come celebrate the Branson Christian Weekend and rejoice to the Lord with songs of praises.

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Earth Day 2014 – Get Back to Nature in Branson

Branson, Missouri, is a great place to spend Earth Day of 2014. Why? Because Branson offers some of the best nature experiences in the Ozarks! Branson has it all – lakes, forests, streams, nature preserves, zoos, and nature museums. There is so much here to appreciate on Earth Day – and every other day too! So get ready to experience some Branson nature – it will be an Earth Day to remember in 2014.

Henning Hawk Watch Tower: For a bird’s eye view of nature – and Branson – that will take your breath away, climb to the tip top of the Henning Hawk Watch Tower! This nature tower is located within the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, just off of West Highway 76, neighboring Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead. The paved trail that leads to the tower winds gently uphill through a beautiful oak forest, and is dotted with park benches where hikers can sit, rest and observe the wildlife. Once you reach the tower and (carefully!) climb to the top, you will be able to see for miles – and you may even spot some high flying hawks while you are up there!

Promised Land Zoo: For some of the cutest – and craziest – animals in the Branson/Tri-Lakes area, come to the Promised Land Zoo, located on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Get ready for lions and prairie dogs and tortoises – oh my! Here at the Promised Land Zoo, you will not only be able to take a self-guided tour along the mulched paths of this five acre zoo, you will also be able to get up close and personal with some of the animals here, through daily bottle feedings for the baby animals and daily live animal shows with Jungle Josh! Here you will get to see pythons, lemurs, armadillos and more. The zoo recently welcomed a baby sloth to their menagerie – a real rarity in captivity! Promised Land Zoo also features a Parakeet House and a gift shop to purchase zoo souvenirs.

The Butterfly Palace: For some of the smallest Branson nature the area has to offer, take a trip to the Butterfly Palace on West Highway 76! Here you will find brightly colored winged jewels that will make you appreciate Mother Nature a whole lot more. Play in the Banyan Tree Bungee Maze, or twist and turn your senses in the Emerald Mirror Maze, or visit the Science Room before you head into the Butterfly Aviary. In the Butterfly Aviary, you will be dazzled by the sheer amount of butterflies fluttering above your head in this tropical rainforest room. If you are lucky, they might even decide to use you as a perch! Be sure to bring a camera – the tropical butterflies and birds in this room will make for some great photo opportunities.

There are great places to spend your Earth Day in Branson – all you have to do is look! So get ready to fall in love with Mother Nature here in the Ozarks – it will give you a deeper appreciation for the Earth.

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2014 Festivals at Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City brings back the same festivals year after year because they’re favorites with visitors, but they change things up each year by offering something new or different. From different bands playing live music to new cooking classes, Silver Dollar City’s festivals offer plenty of fun and entertainment for all.

The first festival for 2014 will take you around the world with music, dance, and ethnic cuisine. WorldFest brings the best of the world’s performers to one park from Apr. 5 – May 4 for amazing varied entertainment. Silver Dollar City will host Benise – The Spanish Guitar as he pushes the limits of Flamenco music, along with the Ukrainian Via Romen and Irish harpist Dearbhail Finnigan. Drum and aerial dance troupe Amamos Argentina returns, along with knife dancers from Island Fire.

Spring brings warm weather and the opportunity to spend time at the backyard grill, and Silver Dollar City combines great BBQ with amazing bluegrass entertainers. From May 8 – June 1, the Red Gold Heritage Hall will be serving up hot BBQ favorites in the House of BBQ, and don’t forget to stop by Bottle Neck Bros. Sauce Shack to sample over 200 savory sauces. Plus, you’ll get to hear from the Queen of Bluegrass and her band – Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. The Boxcars, Special Consensus, and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will also be making appearances during the festival. On May 24, Silver Dollar City will open the stage to the up-and-coming in bluegrass during the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest.

The bluegrass festival’s cousin, the Southern Gospel Picnic, is also returning to Silver Dollar City in 2014 from Aug. 22 – Sep. 1. Remember the days of country churches with the Bowling Family, Triumphant Quartet, and more. While you’re enjoying the music, treat yourself to some good southern cooking at the House of Chicken and Fixin’s with options like apple-glazed chicken, hickory smoked chicken, or southern fried chicken with all the trimmings.

Possibly one of Silver Dollar City’s largest and best festival, National Harvest and Cowboy Festival brings over 125 craftsmen to the park for a visit from Sep. 12 – Oct. 25. In addition to old-time crafts, the Pinkerton Man Western Stunt Show returns for its third year. The Wild West Show returns with trick riders and ropers, Native American dancers, and more. Plus, an old favorite returns due to popular demand – the Western Barn Dance!

Last but certainly not least is An Old Time Christmas, which runs from Nov. 1 – Dec. 30, 2014. This holiday favorite is home to over 5 million sparkling lights, 1,000 lighted Christmas trees, Broadway-style productions, and an all-new Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade. You can enjoy the rides, weather permitting, as well as seasonal treats like wassail, hot apple dumplings, and cinnamon ice cream.

So if you’re going to be in Branson this year, Silver Dollar City’s festivals are a great way to spend a day (or even two)! For more information about the park, festival dates, hours, and more, visit

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Go to Branson’s Praise Fest this March


There are a lot of reasons to visit Branson. Aside from the live music shows and the attractions in Branson, your Branson vacation will also be made even more special with the special events happening in Branson. For this month of March, come and visit Branson for the Praise Fest!

The Praise Fest in Branson is a 3 day, 4 session event. There are evening sessions that begin at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday evenings. The morning sessions begin at 10 AM on Fridays and Saturdays and end at 1 PM. The Thursday sessions in the evening starts at 7 PM until 10 PM. This event will be held in Oak Ridge Boys Theater in 464 State Hwy 248, Branson, Missouri.

Get ready for hours of singing and good music. Make sure you got your jam when you go to this event so you can enjoy and participate in the activities. The Praise Fest in Branson this year has many great artists for you! The organizers of Praise Fest 2014 has already released an artist lineup schedule for the event.

For Thursday evening, at 7 PM to 10 PM, enjoy the music from the Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Hoppers, Tim Lovelace, Freedom Singers, and the Penny Loafers. You will surely want more after a night of good music. For Friday morning, at 10 AM to 1 PM, continue singing the songs of praise together with the Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, Tim Lovelace, Freedom Singers, and the Penny Loafers. Since you have started your day with praise songs, why not end it with praise songs also. Friday evening, from 7 PM to 10 PM, you can experience really good praise songs from the Collingsworth Family, Gordon Mote, Legacy Five, TaRanda Greene, Tim Lovelace, and The Penny Loafers. The last session of the Praise Fest is on Saturday morning, at 10 AM to 1 PM. The artists for that day will be Dr. Charles Stanely, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, TaRanda Greene, The Penny Loafers, and 11th Hour.

Enjoy the music in Branson’s Praise Fest this March. And while you are in Branson, make the most out of your vacation time, too. Catch the famous live music shows in Branson featuring the homegrown talents. You can also try to go to the theme parks and nature parks in Branson like Silver Dollar City, Tracks Family Fun Parks, Table Rock State Park Marina, and many others. For your lodging needs for your Branson vacation, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort. In Thousand Hills, you get to be close to the entertainment district in Branson and at the same time, you get to live in the caress of the Ozark Mountains. For more inquiries and for reservations in Thousand Hills, just call 1-877-262-0430.

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