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A Whole New Experience in Dewey Short Visitors Center


Branson Missouri, aside from being well-known for its live music shows and theaters, has also gained lots of loyal tourists because of its magnificent outdoors. One thing in particular is the TriLakes Area in Branson. The TriLakes Area is a collection of three beautiful lakes, one of which is the man-made lake Table Rock Lake. Made for flood control purposes, Table Rock Lake has become more than just that. It also offers water activities for the tourists, and it also became the site where one of Branson’s biggest shopping centers rose – the Dewey Short Visitors Center.

Dewey Short Visitors Center is located directly off of Highway 156. This place is named after Congressman Dewey Jackson Short who was the biggest supporter of the Table Rock Dam. When you visit Dewey Short Visitors Center, you can still learn more about the Congressman and his vision. You can find the building perched on the shores of the lake. Since its opening in April 2012, the Dewey Short Visitors center has been known as the “crown jewel” of Table Rock Lake. There is an outdoor viewing deck, walking path, and a small rock garden with a wooden bridge. Inside the Visitors center, you can find a theater and The Discovery Shop, which is also one of the unique gift shops in Ozarks. Here you can find jewelries, wood carvings, hats, shirts, Table Rock themed items, puzzles, books, postcards, and a lot more. This is the best place to shop for souvenir items for yourself and for your loved ones back home.

On the first floor of the Dewey Short Visitors Center, you can find a history of the dam in the wall murals and displays. You can also learn more about the Indians who once lived in the area through the Native American artifact exhibit. A quick lesson about how the dam works can also be found here. Not only that, the displays are also a delight to those who love the aquatic life. You can see fishes, birds and others that you can possibly spot in Table Rock Lake. After all these, try being in the viewing deck to take great photos of the Table Rock Dam.

Dewey Short Visitors Center is certainly a must-visit place. For your Branson visit, make sure you stay in a convenient and comfortable place. Stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort where you get to choose from log cabins, golf homes, and lake condos. Thousand Hills will complete your Branson experience. It doesn’t hurt, too, that it is located close to Branson’s entertainment District and Dewey Visitors Center. Reserve a unit now by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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A Luxury Getaway in a two bedroom Branson Lake Condo


When in Branson, you need not worry about the fun and excitement that you can have. The place itself will give you that. A day is not enough to experience all that Branson has to offer you. A simple Branson vacation can be made into a grand one, thanks to the industry leader in bringing tourists the best accommodations in Branson – Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort.

Thousand Hills is here to make your stay in Branson more convenient and comfortable. No more renting multiple hotel rooms since Thousand Hills already has lodging options that are big enough for the whole family and for a large group of friends. One such option that you can have is the two bedroom Branson lake condos. The Branson lake condos in Thousand Hills are called The Majestic because of the breathtaking view and the relaxing experience that you can have here. It is situated near Table Rock Lake, one of Branson’s most beautiful lakes, and Moonshine Beach so you are guaranteed to have a magical view of the lake and you can also enjoy the breeze from the lake. The two bedroom lake condo is majestic not only in size, but also in its amenities and interior decorations.

A two bedroom lake condo in Branson’s Thousand Hills Golf Resort has fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms. Each bedroom has pillow top beds with upscale beddings, cable television equipped with premium cable channels such as ESPN and HBO, free wireless internet and a DVD player, too. The bedrooms also have a provision of an extra person with the queen size sofa sleeper in the living area of the lakefront condo. There is also a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. The kitchen already has full size appliances like washers, dishes, flatware, pots and pans. Cleaning supplies are also available in the lakefront condo unit.

The lakefront condo also has something that you might consider your happy place. Open decks are available in the condo to give you that breathtaking scenery of the Ozarks. Your lakefront condo rental also comes with a privilege to swim in Table Rock Lake, and have a private boat dock or lounge in the lake. There are also charcoal grills available for cooking hot dogs, s’mores, and ribeye steaks – perfect for an outdoor afternoon this spring season.


Staying in Thousand Hills has a lot of perks. Not only do you get to stay close to nature, you also get to be minutes away from the entertainment district of Branson. There’s no way you would miss out on any fun happening in Branson. Hurry up and reserve your very own two bedroom Branson lake condo. Call 1-877-262-0430 now!

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Drop by Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum in Branson


The most unique vacation experience you can ever have is in Branson Missouri. Branson is so full of attractions and activities that one day is not enough to experience all of it. So for your vacation in Branson, make sure that you do not miss out on the attractions that you want to visit and the activities that you want to do.

Branson is a whole new adventure in itself. It is a home to all the theme parks and nature parks that can give you the thrills you are looking for. If you are looking for something bizarre and unusual in your vacation in Branson, there is only one place you are certain to find that. Visit Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in Branson for some mind-boggling odd facts and strange things. Branson’s Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum is one attraction that has been very famous in Branson.

Why exactly is the Ripley’s Museum tagged with the phrase “Believe It Or Not”? What’s there to doubt in the museum? You can find the answers to these questions when you visit the Ripley’s Museum in Branson. The museum is filled with stuff that will surely make you wonder if they are true or not. Some you may believe, some you might not believe, but that doubt is part of the adventure that you can have in this unique museum. The phrase “Believe It Or Not” was coined by the very adventurous man, Robert Ripley. Ripley was known as an artist and as a cartoonist in the early 20th century. That phrase was the name of a sports cartoon that gained popularity and made Robert Ripley travel the world. In his travels all around the world, Ripley had encountered a lot of oddities that may seem unbelievable to some. These odd things became his collection until a museum was able to hold some of the items in his collection for public viewing.

If you are in Branson and you are looking for the Ripley’s Museum, you will never have any difficulty finding it since its building is very unique. Just look for the most unusual building and that is the Ripley’s Museum. In case you ask why this is the design of Ripley’s Museum’s façade, it is just to remember the earthquake that hit Missouri in 1812. The earthquake was so massive that it caused the Mississippi River to run backwards for at least three days, and also made the church bells in Philadelphia ring. This little tidbit of history in this eye catching building makes it even more interesting.

For your Branson vacation, why not reward yourself with a lodging in Thousand Hills Golf Resort? Thousand Hills offers you convenience as it is located near the entertainment district of Branson. At the same time, you are also assured of peace, quiet, and comfort as it is nestled near the Ozark Mountains. Book your own nightly rentals of Branson condos and cabins now in Thousand Hills to make your vacation in Branson even more memorable! Call 1-877-262-0430!

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Spring Shopping in Branson Landing


Branson is not much known to some people for the shopping adventure that they can experience here. For others, Branson is all about the live music shows and theater plays, which have made it the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. Pay a visit to Branson and see for yourself why it is more than just music.

This spring season in Branson, get the best discounts and the latest fashion finds by shopping in Branson. Shoppers in Branson can’t help but love the chill setting of the outlet malls since these are located outside of the major metropolitan area. You can also find various stuff here from handcrafted goodies to antique collections to jewelries to musical instruments, and a whole lot more. One of Branson’s most famous outlet malls is the Branson Landing. The Branson Landing is famous for giving the shoppers a unique shopping experience. Aside from shops like the Bass Pro Shops, Belk Department Store, White House/Black Market, Chico’s, Ann Taylor Loft, and others, Branson Landing can also treat you to a grand water and fire show as you hop from one shop to another. It is also a calming sopping experience for you since Branson Landing is located directly along the shores of Lake Taneycomo.

Branson Landing is not only a great shopping place. It also gives you the classic Branson entertainment that you love. The Landing features live, local entertainer, bands, singers and songwriters for your entertainment. Kids will also enjoy going to Branson landing because of Adventure Cove, a pirate themed playground. The restaurants in Branson Landing can also recharge you after a long day of shopping. Try the Mexican food at Cantina Laredo or the Irish dishes at Waxy O’Shea’s. if you are looking for the perfect lunch meal or a light dinner meal, head on to Charley’s Grilled Subs. For big appetites and big servings, no other place to go but in Old Chicago or in Famous Dave’s BBQ. To complete your gastronomic treat, grab a delightful dessert, too. You can try Orange Leaf if you want frozen yogurt or Dino’s 24 Karrot Cake for some baked goodies.

Branson Landing is a mall for people of all ages. As you plan your trip to Branson, make sure to include a visit to Branson Landing so you can score the best deals, delicious food, and anything you might want to take back home as a souvenir. For your Branson trip, stay in a place close to all the Branson fun. Stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort where you can also have options for your vacation home. Choose from a Branson log cabin or golf front condo or a lakefront condo. For reservations and inquiries in Thousand Hills, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Branson


If you think that Branson is all about music and nature, think again. The best way to experience Branson is to immerse yourself in the place. You will find out that there are a lot of activities and attractions that are waiting to be discovered by you. Come to Branson this month of May to discover more about Branson. More than the live music shows, you should also visit to take part in the exciting festivals happening in Branson.

This May, Branson will be hosting a festivity in its restaurants. The Cinco de Mayo Mexican festivities is happening on the 5th of May 2015. There will be a series of mini festivities in several Branson restaurants and pubs. The main and the largest celebration of Cinco de Mayo in Branson will be held at the Outback Pub, which is located on Highway 76.

The Outback Pub in Branson is a chill place to be in. The place itself offers live entertainment, billiards, and good food. You can have a taste of their unique appetizers and sandwiches. You can also enjoy more than a hundred beers and beverages. A Mariachi Band and Donkey Rides are available all night for the guests. The Outback Pub is open from Monday to Saturday from 11 AM to 1 AM, and on Sundays from 11 AM to midnight.

Cinco de Mayo in Branson is a haven for party goers. Restaurants like the Rowdy Beaver will have a Nacho and Taco Bar with lots of drinks. Performances from Dysfunction 4 and Earl Cate’s band are also something to watch out for. You can also try participating in the Colossal Beaver Burger Challenge. Time Out Sports Bar will also be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Beer Bar on the deck. Watch out for when they serve the shot specials in this place, and Dad’s famous soft tacos! Casa Fuentes joins in the party as they have Nick Vencil and Reagan K to perform for their audience. The performance will be from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Aside from this, don’t forget to try their great food and their margarita specials.

Lots of local bands are also participating in celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Appreciate the raw talents of these Branson locals because you might be the first ones to see them before they make it big. Party your heart away in the Cinco de Mayo celebration.


For your Mexican party, book your stay in Branson so you can enjoy the night away without worries. Stay in a place that is close to all the festivities. Stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort since it is minutes away from the entertainment district of Branson and it is also situated in the warmth of nature’s arms to give you a very relaxing and tranquil stay. Reserve now by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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World-Class World Fest at Silver Dollar City


The fun and festivities in Branson never end! The Live Entertainment Capital of the World is now a place where you can have a world-class experience through its festivals. No matter what season or month you choose to visit Branson, you are sure to be in time for a major festival in the area. This April to May, come and visit Branson to be part of one of the biggest international festivals in America.

The World-Fest in Branson Missouri is one of the most anticipated and most attended festivals in Branson Missouri. This festival is hosted by Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most famous adventure theme park. World Fest has a simple objective in mind – to unite the seven continents into one festival. For years, World Fest has been able to do just that, and that is one reason why people have been coming back to this festival, and new tourists are also attracted to it.

Every year, Silver Dollar City’s World Fest promises to bring something new and fresh, through the talents and cuisines from different countries. From April 9 to May 3, 2015, prepare to travel around the world even if you just stay in one place. Performers from different countries and cultures will share with you their own art forms through music and movements. This year, don’t miss out on performances by Ireland The Show, Cirque Zuma Zuma, Ansambel Navihanke, Stix of Steel, Island Fire, Ecuador Manta, and a lot more! Aside from the amazing performances, you can also keep your tummy happy by having a food trip around the world, too. The Tastes of the World features international dishes. Some of the foods that you can have are chicken fajitas, Italian calzone, moussaka, tiramisu torte, baklava, and apfel dumplings with cinnamon ice cream. These tempting delicacies from different parts of the world will make you satisfied and will also recharge you with energy for more festivities ahead in the World Fest.

Another bonus is that the Silver Dollar City’s Culinary and Craft School will be offering classes to teach the participants about the culinary secrets of legendary home-style cooking. Classes are held in the state-of-the-art kitchen showroom and Craftsmen Showcase room. Even as the World Fest goes one, you can still enjoy Silver Dollar City’s rides and attractions. Have fun riding the thrilling roller coasters, stem engine train rides, and a lot more.


Silver Dollar City’s World Fest is certainly one festival that you should not miss. Plan your trip to Branson now. Joining in the World Fest is not yet too late. Book your stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort now for comfortable and convenient accommodation choices. Plus, you also get to stay very ear Silver Dollar City! Book now by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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Why Should I Live in Branson?

Branson, Missouri, is a town with an awful lot to offer. It’s not only the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, and it’s not just a vacation hotspot, or the home of bluegrass and world famous theme parks. Branson is also an outstanding place to live – whether you are an individual, a family, or a retiree, Branson has something to appeal to you and yours. So why not make your home here in the Branson/Tri-Lakes area? Living in Branson could be the best thing that could ever happen to you!

So what exactly is so great about living in Branson? Branson is a safe, friendly, growing community located in a beautiful setting – the Ozark Mountains. Rich in history, it’s easy to see that the citizens of Branson take pride in their hometown heritage. Branson is very patriotic, and celebrates both their local and visiting veterans and active military. And if you are someone who pursues the Christian lifestyle, Branson has dozens of churches and missions programs for you to participate in. Branson also has a great school district, if you will be living in Branson with a family. All grades are taught in Branson by professional, knowledgeable teachers who want to see their students succeed. Your child will be proud to be a Branson Pirate! And if you have older teens that will be off to college soon, there any multiple prestigious universities in the area – College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, and Missouri State, Evangel, and Drury University in Springfield.

A LakeView Condo Home near BransonBranson is big into local commerce – this, in turn, creates many jobs for Branson citizens. Since the town offers so much to tourists, there are many seasonal jobs available here (especially in the summer) – great for the teenager who needs a summer job, or the adult who is looking for a part time job to supplement household income. And of course, there are great year round jobs available here too – everything from crafting to bank tellers to restaurant management to teaching, and more can all be found in Branson. Branson also has a plethora of opportunities for volunteer work too, if you are a retiree or an individual needing some community service hours.

Another plus to living in Branson is the multitude of real estate options available to you. Branson offers everything from condos and apartments, to subdivisions and mansions, to country estates and homesteads in the woods. Any local real estate agent would be happy to help you find your dream home, or the land to build one.

Yet another all-around great thing about living in Branson is the variety – in case you can’t tell, there are no shortage of things to do! Outdoorsmen and women can fish, hike and hunt, while city dwellers can shop, catch a movie, and walk along the landing. Fitness gurus can take advantage of many walking paths in the city, and even bike to work – nothing is far away when you live in Branson!

All said and done, Branson is a wonderful place to live. So what are you waiting for? Start living in Branson – it will be a decision you won’t regret!

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Gone Fishing in Branson

Branson, Missouri, is known for a lot of things. The town is known for being called the ‘Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest,’ for example. Most folks are aware that Branson got its start as a tourism town from the book, ‘The Shepherd of the Hills’ by Harold Bell Wright. Lots of people also know that there is a world famous theme park (Silver Dollar City) with world famous thrill rides (think Outlaw Run!) in Branson. And Branson is also known for bluegrass, great shopping, and super fun attractions like The Promised Land Zoo and Ride the Ducks. But one thing that makes Branson really stand out is the fishing – and with three area lakes, the fish are always biting somewhere! Read on for some information you’ll want to remember when you’re fishing in Branson.

Fishermen Below Table Rock DamLocation: Branson is part of what’s known as the ‘Tri-Lakes’ area. That is because there are three great fishing lakes around town, all with different fish and scenery awaiting your inner outdoorsman (or woman!). The most well-known lake for going fishing in Branson is Table Rock Lake, named for a large rock formation that resembles – can you guess? – a table about a mile or so from the famous Table Rock Dam. The dam was constructed in the 1950s as a mean of flood control along the White River. Over the years, Table Rock has become a popular lake for bass fishing tournaments. The next lake in the Branson area is Lake Taneycomo (short for Taney County Missouri). This much colder neighbor of Table Rock has some beautiful scenery and hiking trails bordering its shores; Taneycomo is a real hotspot for trout fishing. And last but not least is Bull Shoals Lake. Bull Shoals is dotted with coves that make for great places to reel in bass, catfish, crappie, and bream.

Equipment: Every fisherman has his preferred style, size, and brand of fishing equipment – but just about everybody who casts a hook into the water can agree on the basic necessities of fishing. Like a fishing pole, of course! Your pole will need to be equipped with a reel and fishing line. It’s always a good practice to bring a fishing net too. Then you will require some smaller items like hooks, sinkers and bobbers. It is helpful to have a tackle box to store these items in, so that loose tools don’t fall into the water. Pliers and scissors are good additions to your tackle box, as is some sunscreen and water bottles! Of course, you can’t catch fish without bait. This can be as simple as digging for some worms, or as complex as fishing with a bass rig or a rooster tail lure. The possibilities are endless!

Safety: Fishing in Branson is a lot of fun and a great way to make memories – but you need to remember some basic safety rules too. It is a good practice (especially when fishing with kids) to wear a life jacket around the water – and if you are fishing off of a boat, you MUST wear a life jacket; it is required by Missouri law. Always be mindful of where you cast – check behind you before bringing back your pole to throw your hook in. Many fishing trips have been ruined by lack of observation and people getting stabbed with sharp hooks. Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen while fishing – and of course, have fun! Because that’s what fishing in Branson is all about.

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Copper Run Distillery

Server at Copper Run DistilleryThere are a lot of tastes that are unique to the Ozarks – like fried fish, for example, or funnel cakes from Silver Dollar City. But how about the taste of real moonshine? There are many stories of moonshine stills being hidden in the hills and hollers of the Ozarks in days of old, when law enforcement would try and outsmart the native people who were making and running shine. These days, though, making and being in possession of moonshine isn’t a crime as long as it’s from a legal still – and Copper Run Distillery is known to have the best tasting shine around!

Copper Run Distillery, located in Walnut Shade, Missouri (just a few minutes off of Highway 65 and about 15 minutes from Branson), is an artisan distillery that brews small, handcrafted batches of Ozark Mountain Moonshine, whiskey, and rum. Copper Run is owned by Jim Blansit and Aris Aristidou. Jim is also the Master Distiller at Copper Run. The distillery is open daily from 11am to 7pm, and tours are offered at 12, 2, 4 and 6pm. The tours give visitors a chance to admire the beautiful rustic facility, with a bar, lounge and open air patio upstairs, and the actual distillery downstairs. Tours include sampling of the unforgettable Copper Run spirits! The lounge at Copper Run often features live music, and can also be booked for any special occasion.

The spirits at Copper Run Distillery include: Overproof Ozark Mountain Moonshine (distilled from separate batches of corn, wheat and barley, this 120 proof crystal clear white whiskey is truly an Ozarks experience!), Ozark Mountain Moonshine (this spirit is un-aged and comes straight from the still, just like the moonshiners of old would have made it), Hopped Wheat Whiskey (this is a limited edition spirit, aged for two years in Missouri Oak barrels), Small Batch Spirit Whiskey (with hints of vanilla and caramel flavors), White Rum (made from brown sugar and blackstrap molasses and great in cocktails!) and Island Gold Rum (a robust rum with hints of raisin flavor).

Copper Run Distillery crafts their spirits using techniques that are literally thousands of years old – a 140 gallon direct fire copper pot is what they refer to as the ‘centerpiece’ of their operation. Copper Run also likes to keep their equipment local - the barrels that age the spirits are handcrafted from young Missouri oak trees, and the water comes from the property’s well. Using hard work and time honored tradition, Copper Run Distillery continues to handcraft one of a kind spirits that are truly an experience!

The moonshine, whiskey and rum made by this local artisan distillery can be purchased from Copper Run itself, or can be ordered online at Copper Run Distillery also has a booth at the Saturday Farmers Market of the Ozarks, located in Springfield, Missouri on Republic Road, where they offer tasting samples and Moonshine Bloody Marys!

For a taste that is truly unique to the Ozarks, check out Copper Run Distillery during your next Branson visit – it will be an experience to remember!

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The National Tiger Sanctuary

The Ozarks are home to a lot of really neat animals – like whitetail deer, or black bears, for example. These rugged hills are full of things like turkeys, eagles, foxes, squirrels, songbirds, minks, turtles, rabbits and…tigers? That’s right; there are real live tigers here in the Ozarks! And the best part is that you and your family can visit them at The National Tiger Sanctuary near Branson, Missouri. Get ready to meet some of the coolest critters in the Ozarks – this is one attraction you really won’t want to miss.

White Tiger at the National Tiger SanctuaryThe National Tiger Sanctuary is located about twenty minutes from Branson in Chestnutridge, Missouri, just a short drive off of Highway 65. Here you will find some of the world’s most beautiful big cats, living in a natural, outdoor environment. The National Tiger Sanctuary is a non-profit organization operating under the Global Resources for Environmental Education and Nature. The sanctuary was established in 2000 with the goal of creating a safe and protected environment to connect with the diversity of creation. This impressive facility, inspected annually by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and the Missouri Department of Conservation to ensure the well-being of both the animals and the visitors, was built entirely with private funding from individuals and membership support. The National Tiger Sanctuary hosts interns from all across the globe through their internship program, creating a place of learning and experience through their big cats.

The National Tiger Sanctuary is currently home to more than twenty exotic cats, as well as several domestic felines (and dogs!). One of these exotic beauties is Jaycee, a white tiger who was rescued from smugglers in Texas, and then obtained by NTS from the Gladys Porter Zoo, along with another white tiger named Tigger. Another NTS resident is a big Bengal tiger named Max – he is a classic orange and black striped tiger that most people picture when they think of these big cats! Niara is one of several African Lionesses that calls NTS home, along with Leo, a thick maned African Lion. NTS is also proud to be the caretakers of a cougar, panthers, and numerous other cats!

NTS is open Wednesday through Sunday, and guided tours are offered at 10am, 1pm and 3pm. They also offer multiple tour options: The Awareness Tour (where visitors can meet the cats and learn about their personalities), The Feeding Tour (where visitors can not only meet the cats but watch them being fed), The You Feed Tour (where you can feed the big cats yourself!) and The Behind The Scenes Tour (where visitors can get a behind the scenes look at animal care and food preparation, including feeding the big cats.) The only tour requiring reservations is the Behind The Scenes Tour. NTS also has options for birthday parties, weddings, field trips and group discount rates!

The National Tiger Sanctuary is a great place for learning about not only big cats, but also about conservation and caring for one’s environment. Don’t miss visiting NTS during your time in Branson!

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