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Discover the TriLakes Area in Branson


The Branson Missouri TriLakes Area is one of the most famous attractions in Branson, Missouri. It is composed of three lakes – Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake – and is filled with different kinds of activities for you and your family. That’s being at the most pristine lakes in the world and have so much fun in it at the same time! There’s no doubt why locals and tourists from all over the world come to Branson to witness the beauty of the pristine lakes of Missouri.

Branson, Missouri is truly the home of all kinds of fun and entertainment. From live musical shows to delectable restaurants and dishes, you can have everything you imagine in the entertainment capital of the Midwest. And the TriLakes Area is one of many Branson Attractions that you should not miss while you are in the city. And if you want to make the most out of your visit, be sure to remember these events and festivities!

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 guests 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!

Have the best vacation ever in Branson, Missouri with all of the attractions the city can offer. And complete your stay by making Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort your home away from home. You can choose from the three most famous Branson Lodging: Branson Condo, Branson Cabin, or Branson Lakefront Lake. Have that much needed rest with us after engaging in fun and exciting activities at the TriLakes Area! For more information, or for reservations, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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A Fun-Filled Tour in the Branson Scenic Railway



It is always a fun idea to take a tour of Branson Missouri. The place itself is full of adventures waiting for you. There are theme parks, nature parks, outlet malls, museums, and a lot more attractions. Any time of the year is also a good idea to visit Branson because you get to join in the activities and events in Branson. If you are in for a city tour that is out of the ordinary, then the Branson Scenic Railway is the right adventure for you!

Known as the White River Railway back in 1902, the Branson Scenic Railway started with $12 million worth of a 239-mile railroad track that trudges through the rugged terrain of the Ozark Mountains. The arrival of the railroad started to bring gains to the city of Branson. It became more accessible to tourists, and Branson started to become the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest like it is today. The Scenic Railway began having excursions in 1993, with routes going either north or south. The routes of the trains themselves are a surprise treat because these are determined right after the train’s departure. If you take a northern route, you could go as far as Galena, Missouri in the James River Valley, and the southern route can take you as far as Arkansas. You will get to learn about the stories in every area. You will also spot extinct communities that existed when the railroad was built.

Now, you can enjoy a 40 mile roundtrip across the Ozark Mountains with the Branson Scenic Railway. There are 3 to 4 trips daily that will take you to places which cannot be accessed by other modes of transportation. Each trip in the train is more or less 1 hour and 45 minutes. Each passenger in the Scenic Railway is encouraged to tour each of the 3 dome cars so they can experience a panoramic view of the Ozark wonder. Branson Scenic Railway is open from March to December. If you go in a Saturday from April to October, you are lucky to be in a dinner train. Reservations are required for a dinner train. Excursions of the Branson Scenic Railway depart from the historic depot in downtown Branson, located at 206 East Main Street across Branson Landing. For tickets in Branson Scenic Railway, you can call 1-800-2-TRAIN-2 or you can visit


While in Branson, choose the best lodging place. Stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort for various lodging options to suit your needs. It is also located close to Branson’s entertainment district so you can catch any of the live music shows whenever you want to. For reservations and inquiries, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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The Haygoods and Their World-Class Entertainment



Branson is made popular by its live music shows. Being the Live Music Capital of the World indeed entails a lot of pressure to provide only the best entertainment to the audience, but it is also a great privilege for Branson to be a major contributor to the tourism industry. Tourists flock to the place, mostly because of the live music shows. If you still haven’t experienced the Branson kind of entertainment, then it’s time you have one!

There are a lot of good artists in Branson. One of them is The Haygoods. The Haygoods never fail to elicit a standing ovation from their crowd because they have this unique and incredible harmony and energy when performing. Their performances will leave you in awe with 20 different instruments. The Haygoods have been in the Branson entertainment scene for a long time so this group is not just about hype.

Who are The Haygoods? This group is made up of 5 brothers and 1 sister. This 6-man band brings something fresh to everyone each year. From the marvelous special effects to the world-class stage presentation to their various musical styles, you are bound to get an unforgettable musical experience in Branson. They will be performing today’s top charts, Country, Rock, and Pop artists, and also the music of the yesteryears. Their show appeals to people of all ages, and it is also a great avenue to introduce the young generation to the hot hits decades ago, and the earlier generations to today’s chart toppers. The Haygoods also have a meet and greet with the fans after their show. Get a chance to meet The Haygoods and hang out with them. This is truly a wonderful experience for everyone!

During the months of November and December, The Haygoods perform a Christmas Extravaganza to pump up everyone’s holiday spirits. This has also become one of Branson’s family traditions to listen and sing along to Christmas carols performed by The Haygoods. You can also choose to celebrate New Year with The Haygoods! You can add this to your Branson holiday plans, because a Haygoods show is just too good to miss out on.


You can catch shows by The Haygoods in the Clay Cooper Theater in Branson’s The Strip. This is where you can also find several other theaters. If you are staying in Branson for more than a day, choose to stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort because you get to stay real close to The Strip. Have the liberty of seeing any show that you want, anytime you want to. The lodging places in Thousand Hills are situated far enough from the city noise, and closer to the comforts of the Ozarks. Don’t forget Thousand Hills as you plan your trip to Branson. For inquiries and reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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More Hours, More Fun in Silver Dollar City’s Moonlight Madness



Branson attractions are truly world-class. It is these attractions that make people come back often to Branson. The Live Music Capital of the World is more than just about the music shows. Guests who have visited Branson are witnesses to the unique experience that Branson can offer. Aside from the live music shows, there are also outlet malls, restaurants, museums, nature parks, and theme parks. One of Branson’s most popular theme parks is Silver Dollar City. This 1880’s themed amusement park is all set to offer more entertainment to everyone.

Silver Dollar City is home to thrilling rides and attractions. It is in Silver Dollar City where you can find the most daring wood coaster in the world – the Outlaw Run. You can also enjoy the steam engine train rides, geysers, and other kid-friendly attractions in the park. More than 40 shows daily are also ready to give you a breather from all the excitement in the park. If you visit Silver Dollar City now, you may just be in time for the Moonlight Madness Festival. The Moonlight Madness Festival gives you extended park hours so you can have more fun in the park. From July 18 to August 2, 2015, the Moonlight Madness Festival will treat you to a long, fun night in Silver Dollar City.

The park opens at 9:30 AM. With Moonlight Madness, you have 12 hours to enjoy all the attractions in the park. There are also special shows and events to keep you coming back for more. The Great American Country Nights, an energetic country music show, will be taking over the spotlight all throughout the festival. You can also loosen up and party the night away with the street dances on the City’s Square every 9:30 PM. Everyone’s favorites will be played, such as The Chicken Dance, The Electric Slide, and The Cotton-Eyed Joe. Silver Dollar City is also known to have the best theme park food in America. Treat yourself to a delicious food trip as the eateries and shops are also open until 10 PM. Try out the food from Eva & Delilah’s, Fanny’s Funnel Cakes, Flossie’s Fried Fancies, Hannah’s Ice Cream Parlor, Wagon Works Grill, and a lot more. On July 25 and August 1, the park will be open from 9:30 AM to 12 MN.


Have a blast in your Moonlight Madness experience and have a comfortable stay in Branson’s Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is just a couple of minutes away from Silver Dollar City so you get to have that much needed rest after a whole day of adventure. Choose from log cabins, lakefront condos, and golf homes in Thousand Hills. For inquiries and reservations, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Witness A Branson Tradition in the Shoji Tabuchi Theater



When in Branson, one must experience the musical adventure that it brings to you. Being in the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, everyone will surely enjoy the live music shows in Branson. You can explore the theme parks, museums, outlet malls, and restaurants in Branson but seeing a live music show is a must to make your Branson experience truly complete. Branson live music shows are mostly found on The Strip, or Highway 76.

One of the most popular theaters in Branson’s The Strip is the Shoji Tabuchi Theater. This theater has become one of the strong pillars of Branson entertainment. It is a Branson tradition. The shows of Shoji Tabuchi are among the popular ones in the area. For more than 25 years, Shoji Tabuchi continues to improve its shows to offer a better musical experience each time.

Shoji Tabuchi is known to be a master violinist. He is performing with his wife Dorothy, his daughter Cristina, and a whole ensemble of talented musicians chosen especially by Shoji Tabuchi. He is also very close to his band members as he takes the time to introduce his set of skilled musicians in every show. But the Shoji Tabuchi Theater is more than just about music. There is also a dance company, which is a project of his wife. With much rehearsals and talent in the company’s routines and shows, this dance company is now known to be one of the best dance companies in the world.

The Shoji Tabuchi Theater also added a hint of Japanese culture in his shows through the taiko drumming. He hopes that this art form will be able to recreate the origin of the spirit of the Japanese people. In Japan, the taiko drums were used back then as a symbol of the community, and to scare off enemies in battle. Taiko drums were essential because these also dictated the limits of a community by how far the reach of the drum sounds were. In the Tabuchi Theater, you can see 25 taiko drums of different sizes. The largest is called odaiko, whcich was hand crafted by Asano Taiko. The smallest drum is called shime-daiko, having the highest pitch.

The shows of Shoji Tabuchi are considered a Branson tradition for many. Everytime a family gets to visit Branson and watch the Shoji Tabuchi show, they are sure to be back the next time. For tickets to the Shoji Tabuchi Theater in Branson, you can call the Thousand Hills Concierge at 1-877-262-0430. Plan your Branson trip now and catch a show in the Shoji Tabuchi Theater.


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Stay in a Condo with Your Family This Winter

Branson Winter CondosWinter can be a great time for families to visit Branson. As long as you pack and dress for warmth, you can enjoy some great activities and festivals in Branson that only come around during the colder months of the year! In planning a family winter trip to Branson, the question “where will we stay?” will probably come up at some point. You will certainly want to book somewhere with ample room for both adults and children, somewhere where you and your family can come in after a cold day and make cocoa or watch a movie; somewhere that you wouldn’t mind getting snowed in if the weather got bad, or if the road conditions were hazardous. Not to worry – Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort has your family covered with their outstanding condos!

One of the nicest things about the Branson condos at Thousand Hills is the option of space – if you are planning a large family gathering in the Midwest this winter, you have the option to book a townhouse that sleeps twelve people. If it will just be you and your spouse, you can book a condo that only sleeps two. And if the kids are coming, you can pick from condos that sleep up to four, six or eight people! With so many luxurious options, ranging from roomy to cozy, there will always be plenty of Branson condos to meet your family’s needs.

The Thousand Hills condos feature a lot of great, family friendly amenities for your stay; a fully equipped kitchen is available for making cookies with the kids, or a meal with mom and dad. So if you are tired of eating out during your trip, you can have a real family sit down dinner without leaving the comfort of your condo! Each condo also comes with TVs and a DVD player for those cozy family movie nights. A whirl pool tub or Jacuzzi in your condo can provide hours of relaxation for grownups, or hours of fun in the tub for little ones! Free Wi-Fi and cable television channels are also provided for those days when it might be too cold to head into town. And finally, washers, dryers and ironing boards are also included in your stay in case the kids (or you!) run out of laundry!

When your family is ready to venture out of your awesome condo, Thousand Hills offers indoor swimming pools and an exercise facility for your enjoyment. And of course, your condo is only minutes away from all of the great family fun that Branson has to offer! Silver Dollar City, Presley’s Country Jubilee, the Sight and Sound Theater, and the Butterfly Palace all make or some great winter family fun in Branson.

Branson condos from Thousand Hills are the perfect lodging choice for a winter family vacation. Once you stay in one, you’ll never ask “where will we stay?” again!

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Connect to Branson with Social Media

Social media is one of the most used forms of networking these days. People use it to connect with old school friends from years past, or to keep in touch with far away relatives. Social media is used to plan events, or to alert people of upcoming festivities. Contests and promotions are held through social media platforms, and of course, businesses use social media to better connect with their customers. These platforms are a great way to stay informed and in touch – and did you know that there are many different ways to stay connected to Branson with social media? Get ready to view the Branson social life the next time you scroll through your newsfeed!

Facebook: Facebook has quickly become one of the most famous social media pages in the world – and there are plenty of Branson centered Facebook pages for you to like and share! A great place to get introduced to Branson social media is through the Explore Branson Facebook page; here, you will be able to scroll through photos of Branson, find links to different attraction pages, and read informative articles about the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest. You will also want to click like on the Branson Chamber Facebook page! Here you can connect to the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and get up to date information about the latest happenings in Branson. And don’t forget about the Thousand Hills pages as well! You can connect with other people who have experienced the fantastic lodging that Thousand Hills has to offer, as well as keep up with different events around town.

Twitter: Twitter is a popular social media platform for posting ‘tweets’ – short blurbs of information that are usually accompanied by a few hashtags. And Branson has plenty to tweet about! Follow Explore Branson on Twitter for up to the minute tweets and photos about Branson social events like parades and festivals. Silver Dollar City has their own Twitter page – follow them for great park photos, and tag them in your own. Thousand Hills also sports their own Twitter page – check it often for new tweets about their cabins, condos and more!

Instagram: Instagram is all about pictures – and luckily for Branson social media, there are several Branson centered users for you to follow! Explore Branson has a vast array of pictures to scroll through, many of which have been submitted by area visitors, which gives you a great perspective of Branson. The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has an Instagram account too – be sure to follow them for an insider look around town!

These are just a handful of ways for you to get your Branson social media fix. Be sure to share photos, hashtag, like and tweet your own Branson adventures – then other folks can have an opportunity to connect with the great town of Branson through social media!

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Living Comfortably at the Cabins at Grand Mountain



Branson Missouri is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Midwest. Not only because of the live music shows, but it also has the best theme parks, outlet malls, restaurants, and many others. In Branson, you get to have an endless opportunity for fun and adventure with the activities and attractions that you can enjoy here. A lot of tourists who have visited Branson want to come back because there is just too much fun in this place!

Every memorable vacation in a place is coupled with a great lodging experience. You can’t enjoy much if you don’t enjoy your very own home away from home. When you plan a trip to Branson, always choose Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort your only lodging choice. Thousand Hills is in the perfect location. It is right in Highway 76, which is also known as the entertainment district of Branson. Although Thousand Hills is close to the theaters and concert scenes in Branson, there is still no need to worry since the lodging places are situated in a place far away from the noise. You still get to have the peace and relaxation that you deserve.

One of the most popular lodging choices in Branson is the Cabins at Grand Mountain. It is popular for families who want a quiet and tranquil atmosphere so they can have quality time together. It is perfect for couples who want peace and privacy on their romantic getaway. The Cabins at Grand Mountains in Thousand Hills are located in a rustic and wooded setting to make you feel that you are indeed on a vacation. These cabins at Thousand Hills are situated in the rolling foothills of the Ozark Mountain Country, hence its name “Grand Mountain.” The cabins are made from Colorado cut spruce logs, and the interiors are decorated so as to flow well with the natural landscape in the surroundings.

There are a lot of options in Thousand Hills when you rent a log cabin. You can choose among units that can sleep 2 people, to units that can sleep up to 16 people. Your log cabin rental already comes with jetted tubs, fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, a porch, cable TVs, DVD player, and free high-speed wireless internet.


Staying in the Cabins at Grand Mountain is already a great experience in itself. Your next vacation in Branson should be spent with a Thousand Hills’ cabin rental. For more inquiries and for reservations on the log cabins in Thousand Hills, contact 1-877-262-0430. 

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The A-List Life in Branson’s Hollywood Wax Museum



We often see wax used in candles, papers, and many other uses. But have you ever imagined using wax in making replica of famous men and women? Yes, and there is even a museum for life-sized wax figures here in Branson. Branson Missouri is known to be the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest simply because guests continually find something interesting to do. Never a dull moment. That is the Branson promise.

Come to the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson. It is located on Highway 76, and it is certainly a museum that you could not miss. The museum itself is beside an attraction like Mount Rushmore, but instead of the faces of presidents, you can see Hollywood stars. This version is called Mount Hollywood, and it is actually one of the most photographed places in Branson. You can also see the Great Ape of Branson on the top of a skyscraper replica above the museum. The Branson Hollywood Wax Museum is the only museum in Branson that is dedicated to the stars – people who made a mark in Hollywood. Without a doubt, this museum is a famous attraction for kids and adults alike.

As you go inside the Wax Museum, you will be amazed at how life-like are the figures created from plain old globs of wax and clay. You can even take your own photos with the celebrities. Have a selfie with Hollywood stars like Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson, and many more. You can also learn more about the stars by reading some unique facts and trivia about them.

While taking photos with the wax celebrities might take up much of your time, there is still more attractions in this museum. As you go next door, you will find the Castle of Chaos, which is a big hit with the teens. The Castle of Chaos is a haunted video game ride where you can scream your hearts out as you engage in a gun fight with the ghouls. Another attraction is Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors. This is one where you go in a maze to save Princess Hannah.


Branson’s Hollywood Wax Museum is open to the public all year round. Museum hours may vary depending on the season so visit their website at to check on the operating hours. Special group rates are also available, and Branson locals get free admission on their birthday! What a treat! For your Branson trip to the Hollywood Wax Museum, choose to stay in a place that is near the museum. Stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort, where you can have the perfect lodging choice whether you’re going as a group, couple, or even solo. To inquire and to reserve units in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Dinner and Entertainment in Branson’s Dixie Stampede




The place called Branson is almost synonymous to entertainment. When you visit Branson Missouri, your expectations of world-class fun and entertainment will never fall short. Aside from the entertainment in Branson, the dining experience in Branson is also a must-try. Now what do we have if we combine good food with great entertainment? You have a Branson Dixie Stampede experience!


For some Branson guests, Dixie Stampede has been a part of their family tradition. The Dixie Stampede dinner show showcases live animals, dramatic lights, sounds, and pyrotechnics. You can even see stuntmen and women do tricks on horseback. These tricks combined with special effects and musical productions guarantee you of a unique dining experience. It is only in Branson where you can find this kind of entertainment.


Your ticket to the Branson Dixie Stampede entitles you to a unique dining experience and sumptuous food, too. You get to have a four-course feast delivered to you as you enjoy watching the live entertainment before you. The feast will include a whole rotisserie chicken, barbecued pork loin, vegetable soup, corn on the cob, herb basted potato, homemade biscuit and a decadent dessert. If you are a vegetarian, you can also request for such meal to the servers. A vegetarian meal in Dixie Stampede includes a garden vegetable salad, vegetable soup, corn on the cob, herb basted potato, homemade biscuit and dessert. Aside from the meal, your ticket also grants you access to the Carriage Room pre-show. Here you can walk in the stables to see Quarter Horse, Palomino, Paint, and Appaloosa horse breeds. In the Carriage Room, you also get to have a comedy show from Mountain Rukus. During the pre-show, you can also order popcorn, peanuts, and sodas in the Carriage Room.


The Dixie Stampede season starts in February and ends in December. If you visit Dixie Stampede during the holidays, you also get to enjoy the Dixie Family Christmas, and the costumes and lights around the arena. For Dixie Stampede show details, visit You can also get tickets to the Dixie Stampede show through the Thousand Hills Concierge.


As you go on a vacation in Branson, make it even more perfect by choosing to stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is located in the heart of Branson’s entertainment district so there would be no problem if you want to see more shows in the area. There are also several lodging options in Branson to suit your needs. Whether you are vacationing with the family or with a friend, Thousand Hills has the perfect unit for you. For lodging inquiries and reservations in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430.

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