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Branson's Changing All The Time

Everyone knows that in today’s world, things change fast. This is especially true in Branson, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest! Branson has rocketed to fame as one of the nation’s top vacation destination – and the tourist industry continues to grow leaps and bounds. Haven’t been on the Branson visitor’s circuit for the last five years or so? Get ready, because there are some major changes things around town! Read on to see what’s new in Branson.

outlaw-run-wooden-roller-coasterOutlaw Run:

Outlaw Run, the famous wooden roller coaster, has earned Silver Dollar City worldwide attention. This awesome new 2013 coaster will take your breath away with its barrel rolls and crazy steep drops! If you are an adrenaline junkie returning to Branson after some time away, this is one thrill ride you won’t want to miss.

KaPau Plummet:

This wet and wild plunge, opened in 2014, is another new thriller for Branson visitors! This dueling slide will send riders free falling from a drop floor down a forty foot tower, hurling you to the pool at the bottom at 26 feet per second!

The Adventures of Marco Polo:

There are lots of shows in Branson that have been around awhile. If you are planning on returning to Branson in search of a new show, The Adventures of Marco Polo is it! This amazing show made its historic debut at Branson’s very own White House Theatre. Following the travels of explorer Marco Polo on his epic journey to China (the show was written with the help of Marco Polo’s journals!), this production sweeps you up with its adventure, amazing discoveries, and its love story. The show features 66 actors and actresses, dancers, acrobats and illusionists with stunning costumes and LED screens to bring this new story to life for Branson visitors.

Future Road Improvements:

If you have visited Branson in the past, chances are that you remember how bad traffic can be on Highway 76. Well, you will be excited to know that in August of 2014, the Board of Alderman in Branson adopted an improvement plan for the highway! This plan will consider and improve existing conditions, walkability for Branson visitors, traffic flow, and aesthetic appeal. Visit to learn about the plan, view illustrations and maps, and to voice your opinion!

White River Valley Trail System:

If you are interested in checking out new opportunities for recreation in Branson, check out the new White River Valley Trail System! This ten mile trail is a popular and rugged choice for both hikers and mountain bikers wanting a challenge. You can experience a variety of terrain and scenery on four different color coded loops. It makes for a great way to see a different side of Branson and to get out of town for a while!

Branson Auto and Farm Museum:

This newest of the museums in Branson, opened in 2014, is an engine lover’s dream! You will get the chance to see classic cars, antique tractors, and farm implements of old. This museum is a must see for the guys!

Branson is always changing, adding and improving. You won’t regret returning for a look at what’s new!

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Tips For First Time Branson Visitors

You’ve been hearing about it for years, you’ve seen it on TV, you’ve read about it online, and you are finally ready – ready to visit Branson! Your hotel is booked, your bags are packed and you are ready to hit the road to one of America’s number one vacation destinations. But what should you expect once you get there? A first time visit to Branson can be a little overwhelming – there is so much to see and do, and so many twists and turns in the road, and so many hidden attractions. But fear not, first time Branson visitors – we’ve got you covered with the guide below!

Silver Dollar City Wildfire Roller CoasterThings to Do:

Obviously, the primary goal of any vacation is to do things that are fun and memorable. And with so many fun things to do available to Branson visitors, it is easy to get overwhelmed trying to fit everything in. Here is a Branson secret: you’ll have to make two trips! Unless you plan on moving to Branson full time, it is impossible to see and do everything in one trip. Plan on picking a few things that you know you will really enjoy – that will make your trip much more fun. Here are some of the best attractions in Branson that you will certainly want to see during your first trip! Silver Dollar City is one of America’s premier theme parks, and a first time vacation must. Rides, shows, shops, live demonstrations, food and more await you here! The Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead will give you the best view around of Branson. Branson Landing is also quite the experience – and you will also have the opportunity to view Lake Taneycomo. And don’t forget to stop for lunch at The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks – it’s an Ozarks tradition!

Things to Expect:

While Branson can be a ton of fun, it can also be exhausting trying to get around town and find everything, especially if you choose to vacation in the summer, when everyone else is in Branson too! You should expect plenty of heavy traffic, especially along Highway 76 – Branson’s ‘main drag.’ ALWAYS leave for your shows, rides or reservations early – nothing can ruin a first time Branson visitors’ trip like being late for an anticipated event. To help get yourself around town, stop by a visitor’s center and pick up a map – you will find several back roads that can help you avoid some of the worst traffic. You should also expect to find crowds in Branson, as the traffic indicates – always do a head count and keep ahold of little ones to avoid losing anyone in your group. Weather can be unpredictable in Branson – so expect the unexpected! Always bring raincoats, sweatshirts and sunscreen – the weather can change in a minute.

Things to Bring:

There are a few essentials to bring that first time Branson visitors are not aware of. First, bring all-weather gear – even if you are vacationing in the summer, bring long pants and a jacket. Raincoats, umbrellas, sunscreen and water bottles are also a must. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes will be essential – walking is nearly impossible to avoid in Branson! If you have a GPS or a GPS app on your smartphone, bring it along – it can be helpful when trying to find a hidden restaurant. Lastly, remember to bring a camera to capture all the great memories! Chances are, you’ll want to return to Branson again and again.

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Celebrate Your Anniversary in Branson

Anniversaries are, without a trace of doubt, one of the most special times of the year for you and your loved one. This is where you set aside special time to celebrate your love and friendship, and take a little time for rest and relaxation, or to do something out of the ordinary that you wouldn’t normally have a chance to do. And there is no better place to celebrate your special anniversary than in Branson – so don’t wait! Make your plans and book your stay for your anniversary in Branson.

There is no better place to have a romantic weekend or a relaxing getaway than Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort! Their luxurious lodging has the comfort of home, while still having that extra something that makes a getaway special! At Thousand Hills, they know how to make your anniversary in Branson special – upon request, they can turn your hotel room, cabin or condo into a romantic paradise! On top of great regular amenities like Jacuzzis or hot tubs and TVs, your anniversary in Branson stay can come with treats like…

Jacuzzi Suite CondosChocolate Truffles:

Upon request, a 12 count box of Harry and David’s Gourmet Chocolates can be added to your stay at Thousand Hills as a treat or a surprise for your loved one! These tasty chocolate morsels are delivered to your room prior to your arrival.

Fresh Flowers:

Flowers can be such a simple yet elegant touch to an anniversary – and Thousand Hills has you covered! A beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers in a glass vase can be delivered before you arrive for that special, colorful touch.

Keepsake Glasses:

For a fun take home touch, request two of Thousand Hills lovely take home glasses, etched with the Thousand Hills logo! A bottle of non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice to accompany the glasses can be included.

Red Rose Petals:

Feeling the romance? Let Thousand Hills help you spice things up a bit with some gorgeous red rose petals scattered around your room!

These are some fun ways for you to really make your anniversary in Branson memorable – but if you have a custom or special request other than the ones listed above, Thousand Hills will do their best to accommodate your special requests when you call for arrangements! Their staff wants you to have the best experience possible.

If you are having a large gathering for an anniversary celebration or party with lots of family and friends, Thousand Hills has you covered there too! The large and spacious meeting rooms are the perfect place to hold a large anniversary party – and if you and/or your guests are from out of town, there is plenty of lodging from cozy suites for two to cabins and condos that can sleep 12-16 people at a time! Plus there are plenty of fun activities for you to do during your anniversary in Branson as well – hiking, boating, Silver Dollar City, shows, fine dining and more all await!

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The Harlem Globetrotters in Branson

Let’s be honest – who hasn’t heard of the Harlem Globetrotters? Even if you are not a big sports fan, the Harlem Globetrotters are a nearly universal household name. This famous basketball franchise has been playing on the courts and entertaining fans for 85 years and over 20,000 games – and now, they’re coming to Branson!

In 1926, the Harlem Globetrotters started out as the ‘Savoy Big Five.’ They were organized and coached by 24 year old Abe Saperstein, and named after the famous Chicago Savoy Ballroom. Original players included Tommy Brookins, Inman Jackson, Lester Johnson, Joe Lillard, Randolph Ramsey, Walter “Toots” Wright, and Bill “Ham” Watson. Wright, Byron “Fat” Long, William “Kid” Oliver, Albert “Runt” Pullins and Andy Washington. In 1941, the team adopted the all-time great Reece "Goose" Tatum, who developed much of the team’s comedy routine. As the years went on, the team developed more trick routines, more comedy, and more talent. In 1982, the Harlem Globetrotters became the only sports team ever to be honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard. The team visited the Pope, the White House, the Middle East, and everywhere in between, and their popularity grew when in 2000, the Harlem Globetrotters donated $100,000 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Today, Herschend Family Entertainment is the proud new owner of the world famous Harlem Globetrotter Team.

Harlem Globetrotters in BransonNow is your chance to catch the Harlem Globetrotters live in action – they will be participating in Silver Dollar City’s Star Spangled Summer here in Branson, MO! From June 6 until July 19, they will be performing a brand spanking new show - The Globetrotter Experience - showcasing their trademark basketball wizardry in a unique and innovative exhibit of skill, athleticism and humor! You can see this awesome performance daily (except Wednesdays) at 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. This unique show can only be found at Silver Dollar City! And if it’s not enough just to see the Harlem Globetrotters, you can have the chance to MEET them too! Each awe inspiring and entertaining performance at Silver Dollar City is followed by a thirty minute meet and greet session where you can pose for photos and get autographs with the legendary team. Entry to the show is included with your Silver Dollar City admission ticket!

The Harlem Globetrotters are known around the world, and now they are known in Branson too – so don’t miss your chance to see them up close and personal this Star Spangled Summer!

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Wilderness Experience in Branson’s Promised Land Zoo



Lots of people would want to spend their summer vacation in the wilderness, exploring the unique flora and fauna that can be found there. However, it might be costly to travel far for just a day or two in the wilderness. This is why Branson Missouri gives you the chance to be as close to nature, even while you are in the midst of this city of entertainment. You can get any entertainment that you ask for, more than the live music shows and theater plays that Branson is famous for.

Who would think that you can see lion cubs, lemurs, and hyenas in Branson? At last, you don’t need to travel far to Africa and other places just to see exotic animals and have a safari adventure. Branson lets you in on one with the Promised Land Zoo. The Promised Land Zoo is located in Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. It first opened to the public in 2013, and it has quickly became a favorite tourist destination in Branson. The whole zoo is situated in five acres of land and is home to more than a hundred animals and forty-four different species. You can find animals such as caracals, alligators, prairie dogs, spider monkeys, and many more. You can also get to meet the playful lion cub named Delilah or the hyena named Bonzai. Other crowd favorites in Promised Land Zoo are Forrest Hump, who is a camel, the squirrel monkeys, and the baby zebras. Jungle Josh, the zoo’s director, is also proud to have raised himself the olive baboon named Calamity Jane. For those who dare come near, they can also get to see the world’s largest albino Burmese python named Banana.

The zoo is open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM. You can buy tickets up to 6:30 PM. Cameras are allowed inside the zoo. One section of the zoo called Parakeet Paradise, which is a screened house of exotic birds, is open from 10 AM to 6 PM daily. There are also live animal shows that you can catch everyday at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM, and 5 PM. You can try to pet the animals, too. There are daily bottle feedings from 10 AM, 2 PM, and 6 PM. Jungle Josh is always there to help you and to answer your questions about the animals in the zoo.


Go for something different and exotic during your Branson vacation. A visit to the Promised Land Zoo will definitely be an experience you won’t forget. For your Branson lodging needs, head on to Thousand Hills Golf Resort so you can stay near Branson’s entertainment district. The lodging places in Thousand Hills are situated far enough from the city noise and near the Ozark Mountains so you can have a peaceful stay. Reserve a unit in Thousand Hills now by dialing 1-877-262-0430. 

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A Different Kind Of Outdoor Fun In The Branson TriLakes Area


If you enjoy the outdoors, then Branson has something for you! Branson, Missouri introduces its Branson TriLakes Area, which is one of the most famous Branson Attraction in the city. Locals and tourists can come to the lakes to enjoy the view, spend time with their families, take a dip in the waters, engage in different lake activities, and so much more! The Branson Trilakes Area was the product of the creation of the Branson Table Rock Dam. The Dam was a beautiful project. No wonder the Branson TriLakes Area came to be like this now!

Take your family with you and take a trip to the Branson TriLakes Area where you can enjoy all of these and so much more:

Hop Aboard Showboat Branson Belle

The Showboat of Table Rock Lake is known as the Branson Belle. It is a 1890s paddle wheeler. Visitors may hop aboard it and take part in the cruise. The cruise is not only for quests to witness the beauty of Branson scenery, but also for them to try the elegant dining and live entertainment on board.

Fishing at Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake is a renowned bass fishing lake. The lake is definitely as great spot for largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. Visitors coming for some quality fishing should not forget to look below the dam too. Lake Taneycomo completed below changed from a warm to a cold water lake and became a perfect habitat for trout.

Stay at resorts in the Ozarks

There are over 100 resorts in the Ozarks to choose from for family vacation. With this Branson lake activity, visitors will see that Table Rock Lake has two sides – Kimberling city side and Branson side. Visitors will also see that majority of the vacationers choose to stay at the Branson side of Table Rock.


To complete your stay on the lake, you can do some boating in the Table Rock Lake. And for those visitors who do not want to operate a boat, they can make use of the 3 commercial boat cruises or rides that operate on Table Rock Lake. Visitors can count on full service marinas that operate on Table Rock Lake at various locations to provide service and convenience. The State Park Marina is the best choice for any type of water craft rentals; they have everything from wave runners to daily cruised on a 48 ft. sailing catamaran.

Scuba Diving

Have some fun not just above water but also below with Rock Table Lake’s Scuba Diving! There are experienced dive shops and countless great diving spots in the Branson Trilakes Area for the convenience of visitors. The Zebulon Pike, Oasis, Enchanted Forest, and Duck Island are just a few great diving spots in Rock Table Lake. Try your hand at scuba diving on Table Rock Lake to see for yourself why those diving spots are considered to be great. Witness a whole other world with fantastic treasures underwater as you dive into the inviting waters of Rock Table Lake!

After having so much fun at the TriLakes Area, have that much needed rest with us at The Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. It’s the most luxurious place where you can rest your mind and body. You can choose from a Branson Condo, Branson Log Cabin, or a Branson Lakefront Condo for you and your family. For more information or for reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Comfort and Luxury in a Two Bedroom Branson Cabin




In every vacation, your choice of lodging is a very important one. Branson Missouri offers the tourists not only the most exciting activities and attractions in the area; it also gives the guests a chance to have a comfortable stay. Having one of the best lodging places in the Midwest, there is no doubt that Branson has become a favorite vacation destination for most tourists.


Branson is known to be the Live Entertainment Capital of the world, mainly because of its live music shows. The main theaters and shows in Branson can be found in The Strip, along Highway 76. Aside from the music shows, you can also enjoy the many attractions brought to you by museums, amusement parks, nature parks, and a lot more. Shopping in Branson has also become quite famous. If you are around the area, watch out for some sidewalk sales and big discounts from Branson’s biggest outlet malls.


Your Branson vacation can be stress-free if you choose the perfect lodging. When in Branson, always choose to stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills has the perfect location, just minutes away from the best theaters in Branson. It is also very near Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most famous theme park. Thousand Hills offers you log cabins, golf front condos, and lakefront condos to be your home away from home. If you are going to Branson with the family, the best choice is the two bedroom Branson cabin. All the cabins are decorated uniquely so your every visit will give you a different experience.


The two bedroom Branson cabin in Thousand Hills is 1,250 square feet and will provide you with the needs and comforts that you look for in a home. The two bedrooms and bathrooms in the cabin are already equipped with luxury beds, pillows, linens, and a Jacuzzi tub. A sofa sleeper is also ready for you to use to have additional sleeping space. To keep you entertained throughout your stay in the log cabin, there is also a TV and DVD player, and free high-speed wireless internet. Now, you don’t have to miss out on your favorite TV show or a basketball game. You can be updated with your e-mails and social media circle even while on vacation. The cabin’s kitchen is also ready for you to use. All you need to bring is your food and your cooking skills. Thousand Hills takes care of the kitchen equipment so you can use it upon checking in your cabin.


Perfect for families who want a separate room for the kids, the two bedroom Branson cabin will let you have quality time with your family. As you plan your trip to Branson, don’t forget to include Thousand Hills as your primary lodging choice. For reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Celebrate Father’s Day in Branson Missouri




It’s not always every day that we get to honor the first man that we loved in our life, our hero, our anchor, our protector. That man may be anything and everything to us, but he will always have that one name – father. Father’s Day is meant to celebrate the noble role of fathers in our lives, and for us to be able to give them joy. This year, celebrate Father’s Day in the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest – Branson, Missouri. Your dads deserve nothing but the best vacation, and Branson will let you have one.


There are lots of activities to do and sights to see in Branson, which is why this is the perfect spot for your Father’s Day celebration. On June 21, 2015, treat your father to a trip to Branson. Spend a Sunday with the whole family in Branson. There are special events lined up for you in celebration of Father’s Day. The Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks will hold a Father’s Day Brunch & Car Show. There will also be Father’s Day Weekend Shopping Sales in Branson’s outlet malls. Go to malls such as Tanger Outlet Center, Downtown Branson, Branson Craft Mall, and a lot more. Branson Landing, a popular mall located off the coast of Lake Taneycomo, will be holding a Father’s Day Weekend starting June 20, Saturday. Shopping is not the only activity that you can enjoy here. You can also have some quality time with your dad with the water activities that you can do in Lake Taneycomo. Try boating, fishing, diving, swimming, and a lot more. Lake Taneycomo is known to be one of the lakes with record holder trout and bass. Who knows, you might just be the next one to capture a record breaking fish, too?


One of Branson’s unique museums, the Titanic Museum, is also holding a Father’s Day Boat Show for its guests. Aside from the experience of visiting the world’s biggest Titanic Museum, dads will also have a great time in the museum as they witness vintage and modern boats in the parking lot of the Titanic Museum. If you are looking for more fun and adventure in Branson, the only place to be in is Silver Dollar City. Silver Dollar City is the best theme park in Branson. With a rich history and an 1880’s themed amusement park, Silver Dollar City always makes sure that you get world-class entertainment. From its world-class rides and shows, it is sure to be a special Father’s Day celebration for your dad!


If you are looking for a place to stay in Branson for your Father’s Day trip, go to Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is located near Silver Dollar City and near Branson’s theaters, malls, and museums. Choose the more convenient and budget-friendly options for your vacation. Inquire now of the available lodging choices in Thousand Hills. Call 1-877-262-0430.

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The City of Branson At Your Door




A lot of people may have asked “Why get a home in Branson Missouri?” The real question is “Why not?” Branson is known to be the live entertainment capital of the world. This is because of the world-class entertainment that awaits you when you visit this place. Tourists have raved about the live music shows, theater plays, comedy shows. Even the theme parks, nature parks, museums, and malls in Branson have gained much popularity among the visitors. This place is also known to be the prime vacation destination in the Midwest, but why not make it your home?


Living in Branson is so much fun. Not only do you get to have an adventure whenever and wherever you want to, you also have a very relaxing home waiting for you after a long day. The Branson real estate market has lots of great offers for you. Whether you are looking for your first home, your second home, or a retirement home, Branson has the best deals. Trust only the leader in real estate sales and marketing – Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Up to now, Thousand Hills is still the premier golf front and lakefront specialists.


Thousand Hills Golf Resort is one hot property. Located at the heart of Branson’s commercial and entertainment district, Thousand Hills gives new meaning to premium city living. Now, you can live within the convenience of having the buzzing entertainment sector just mere minutes away. The homes in Thousand Hills are also situated far away from the city noise and close to the comforts and quiet of the Ozark woods and Branson’s Table Rock Lake. This is perfect for your rest and relaxation after a whole day of adventure in Branson. Discover the relaxing feeling of home in the middle of the city’s best restaurants, theme parks, museums, and outlet malls. Everything you want and need is within your reach when you live in Branson’s Thousand Hills.


The real estate listings available in Thousand Hills are the quality Branson condos and Branson cabins. You can choose to either have a golf front condo, perfect for golf enthusiasts and for those who want to live right next to the lush greens of Thousand Hills’ golf course; or a lakefront condo, which has a breathtaking view of Table Rock Lake. The Branson cabins are located in the Ozark woods for that rustic ambiance.


Experience the benefits of having the city right at your door. Inquire now on Branson real estate at Thousand Hills. For more information, call 1-800-495-4653 or you can also visit to know more about the real estate listings. Make your move now towards a better living in Branson Missouri.

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Bring Out the Daredevil in You with the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider



A vacation would not be as exciting if you don’t have that thirst for adventure. In Branson Missouri, there are a lot of opportunities to have an awesome and exciting adventure – one that you will remember for a long time. With all the nature parks and theme parks in Branson, you will surely find something enjoyable to do. Here’s an idea for a fun activity for people of all ages to try!

Would you get excited over a two hundred foot drop, and flying over the trees and waters of the Ozarks? If you are, then you should try the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider in Branson. The Vigilante Ride is located in Shepherd of the Hills, one of Branson’s most popular tourist attractions. It is more than just a zipline ride, because aside from the thrill of getting flown over the breathtaking sceneries in the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and in Branson, you also get to learn more about the historical significance of the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider.

The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead was a place where the vigilantes known as the Baldknobbers used to pass through back in the 1800s. The Baldknobbers were once known to be the protectors of lawlessness in the Ozarks, but these vigilantes eventually did more harm than good by doing bank robberies and killings. Nevertheless, the Baldknobbers played a significant role in the Shepherd of the Hills book by Harold Bell Wright. The Vigilante Extreme ZipRider was opened in the Homestead in 2010 to pay homage to that significant part of the history of Shepherd of the Hills.

This ZipRider is launched from the top of the Inspiration Tower, which is the second highest point in the Ozarks. This makes the Vigilante ZipRide the highest launch station of any zipline ride in the world. There are four ziplines launched in one station so you can go on groups. To ensure the safety of the riders, they will sit in a special harness that resembles that of a large carseat, and this seat is designed to adjust and fit people from 75 pounds to 275 pounds. The riders can also ride with speeds up to 50 miles per hour, but this is safe for the riders because the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider has a patented trolley which enters a terminal brake acceptor at the tail end of the ride. This brings the riders to a stop safely. There are also attendants to help you out of your harness.


Try the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider any time of the year. This is a ride to remember! And for your Branson vacation, choose to stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort where you can have a comfortable and convenient stay after a long, tiring day of adventure. Thousand Hills is located near Branson’s entertainment district and near the Ozark Mountains. Call 1-877-262-0430 now for inquiries and reservations.

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