Top Branson Winter Activities for Families

Top Branson Winter Activities for Families

By: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

 

The winter in Branson can no doubt be dreary at times. When the weather doesn’t always cooperate – there are still plenty of great indoor activities to enjoy.

Here some of our favorite activities around town. You will want to try these out this winter.

 
Grand Country Fun Spot

Grand Country features three indoor mini-golf courses. There is the black light course, the farm-themed course, and 36-hole course – named one of the Top Ten mini golf courses by USA Today. Need to move at a higher speed? Try Grand Country’s indoor go-karts. Race through a 525 foot, multi-level track. The Fun Spot is also home to a state of the art arcade which includes laser tag.

 
Escape Rooms Top Branson Winter Activities for Families

Use your wits to get you and your family out of a tight situation. Branson is home to multiple escape rooms – including Escape Code Branson and The Escape Branson. These fun-filled games have a wide range of stories and themes. They deliver a unique experience every time.

 
Butterfly Palace

Nestled on the west end of Highway 76, the Butterfly Palace is an interactive, educational attraction for all ages. Complete with a rain forest adventure home to several reptiles and amphibians. There is no other experience like it in the area. Walk among more than a thousand tropical butterflies from around the world in the butterfly aviary.

 
Ripley’s Believe It or NotTop Branson Winter Activities for Families

Shrunken heads. 22-foot tall Transformers. A shrine to the worst earthquake in the country’s history – you will find it all at Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The 12,000 square foot attraction is home to over 400 exhibits, artifacts, and oddities. You will not find a collection like this anywhere else.

 
Bigfoot on the Strip

This unique Branson attraction features indoor and outdoor activities. All themed around the legendary Sasquatch. Bigfoot Adventure Golf, Bigfoot Arcade, Yeti Fun Zone & Monkey Jump, and Bigfoot’s 8Di Action Ride are some of the great attractions you will find here. There are also indoor party spaces perfect to celebrate those winter birthdays!

 
Branson Scenic Railway

Take a ride on a vintage passenger train through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. This nearly two-hour excursion takes you throughout southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Features breathtaking wilderness views. You can also catch a glimpse of vacated communities that are now only named on railroad maps.

 
Arcade CityTop Branson Winter Activities for Families

The newest attraction at the Branson Landing is the ultimate arcade experience. Arcade City not only features many of the leading games available, but there are also great attractions. The 7D Dark Ride Adventure and Corn Mirror Maze. The arcade itself combines a mixture of modern and classic games sure to please gamers of all ages. The 7D Dark Ride Adventure combines the thrill of a roller coaster with the interaction of a first-person shooter. Make your way through the Corn Mirror Maze where nothing is quite as it seems.

There is so much to do in Branson year ’round. Bring the whole family and make some memories this winter. Choose Branson has several great vacation packages to help you plan the perfect wintertime getaway.

Check out our deals site to book your trip now!

 

I Am a Veteran

‘I Am a Veteran’: A Discussion with Author Andrea Brett

@EricBoston3

Choose Branson recently spoke with Andrea Brett, of the Brett’s Family Christmas Show. We discussed her new book ‘I Am A Veteran’.

The book began as a poem that Brett wrote around 2003. The intent was for it to be a part of their show to honor veterans. “I actually wrote it to be a part of the show. When we first came to Branson all the shows were doing patriotic tributes. There were only so many patriotic songs and we wanted our tribute to be unique to us. The poem became something, along with original song arrangements, we have used throughout the years.”

The 88-page publication brings Brett’s poem to life with 45 hand-drawn illustrations. Eight artists and two illustrators combined to create the stunning visuals. However, the book and poem may have never happened if Brett was not inspired by another poem she heard on the radio.

Brett recites ‘I Am a Veteran’ during the Brett’s Family Christmas Show

“When we moved to Branson from Dallas we began looking for material for our show that wasn’t used in other shows. I remembered hearing a poem on the radio back in Dallas that was moving to me. I thought it might be something we could use. I called the station to find out how I could get it, who wrote it, that kind of thing. They had no recollection of it at all. I tried tracking it down and could never find it and I got disappointed because I thought it was great. Then one-day inspiration came that said, you can write your own.”

“The thoughts started coming to me. Inspiration came from the veterans we were meeting each day at our show. At intermission and after the show they would tell us stories of their experiences. They were average looking people wearing jeans and t-shirts. Telling stories that were anything but average.”

“The poem is an amalgamation of those stories. Each line represents a story I heard.”

Writing a poem was the first step. Brett knew right away that she wanted it to become a book. Creating a book is a process. One that the Brett’s faced head-on.

“I realized I wanted to make it into a book. It was something that was nagging at me for years. When I would be on the stage reciting it I would think, ‘I’ve got to get this into a book.’ It was something I knew I needed to do.”

“With our schedule, this year, not doing shows in the Spring and Summer, I had a window of time to focus on it. I took that opportunity and knew that it was now or never.”

“The first plan was to get it done. I never looked beyond that to what I was going to do with it. I wanted to follow that inspiration to get it finished and let things happen from there.”

“During the process, we worked with artists who hand-drew in black & white, either with pencil or with charcoal, pictures that went along with the poem. The color in the book was applied digitally. There were two artists, one who also did some of the drawings, who took the black & white pictures and did the coloring. They turned out fantastic.”

An inside look at the book.

“We self-published the book, which was interesting. It is not a cheap endeavor, especially with a hard-cover. It was about the quality that we wanted to make it though. We worked with a printer in New Hampshire who was great – along with all the artists and designers who were fantastic. It turned out to be a beautiful project.”

“We received the finished book in October and began selling them at our show. Since then we have started a website, IAmaVeteran.net, where the book can be purchased as well.”

“The hope for the website is for it to become a forum. There is a part of the site called The Project. One thing I want it to do is to be able to collect military artwork. I learned there are a lot of military veterans who like to express themselves through their artwork. I want the website to be a place that can display their art. Another thing I want the site to do is to be able to collect the stories of veterans. Not only stories of their service, but also what they are doing now. As we speak to veterans that come to our show, many of them are engaged in forwarding the cause of veterans in their communities. They are doing awesome things, we want to showcase that.”

The next step is to find out what the next step is for the book. Once you have it published the life of a writing is not complete. Much like a person, a book continues to find new life and ways to impact people.

“I would love to see the book in as many homes and libraries as possible. It would be great to see it in schools as well as public libraries. We are in the initial stages of that. We are hoping that doors will open and that we will know when to walk through.”

“My biggest goal is to get veterans telling their stories. So many are leaving this world with their stories still in them. They need to be told so the rest of us have a greater appreciation for their sacrifices. They are real people – with real families – and real stories. They come home and they get real jobs and are expected to take those experiences and live life. Carrying those experiences around inside. It is helpful to have a safe place where they can talk about it.”

“They are normal people who do extraordinary things.”

 

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New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve Events in Branson – 2017

@EricBoston3 @ChooseBranson

Hughes Brothers “From Christmas to New Year’s Eve Show!”
What is better than one award winning show? Well two of course. The Hughes Brothers are celebrating the new year a day early with their amazing “Hughes Brothers Christmas Show” and “it” on Saturday, December 30, 2017. The fun starts at 8pm and includes dinner. When the balloon drops at midnight don’t head for the door, get on the dance floor instead!

Hamners’ New Year’s Eve Fiesta
Spend a relaxing evening at the Hamners Variety Theater on Sunday, December 31, 2017. The night begins with food service starting at 8pm, followed by Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show at 9pm. Contests, party favors and food from Mexican Villa will make this New Year’s celebration “magical”.

New Years Eve

The Showboat Branson Belle

Clay Cooper Theatre “Light Up the New Year!”
It’s a Clay-Goods Jambor-Eve which means Branson’s biggest family-friendly party of the year! Reserve your tickets now to guarantee your spot. Doors open at 7:30pm with The Haygoods taking the stage at 8:30pm. Intermission includes Hors d’oeuvres and a Cash Bar. At 10:50 Clay Cooper’s Country Express roars into the finale where Clay is joined by the Haygoods. At midnight the balloon drops as the new year is toasted (non-alcoholic of course).

Silver Dollar City’s “New Year’s Celebration”
“Celebrate the end of one amazing year and the beginning of a brand-new one.” Head out to Silver Dollar City on December 31, 2017 for an entertainment packed night. Christian rock band Disciple bring a celebration of faith and hope for 2018. Travel back in time to the “Golden Age of radio” at the ol’ Silver Dollar Saloon and be a part of a special New Year’s Eve broadcast of radio station KSDC. Juggler, comedian and variety artist Albert Lucas will bring his smile inducing performance to the Playhouse. Branson’s own award winning show “AYO” with the Voices of Glory will also be a part of the celebration. Finally dance in the New Year with Members Only at the Red Gold Heritage Hall Dance Party.

“New Year’s Eve Cruise” on the Landing Princess
Live DJ, dancing, games and prizes can all be found on this 21-and-up cruise brought to you by Main Street Lake Cruises. Your ticket gets you access to party favors, Hors d’oeuvres, dessert bar and a full-service cash bar. There will also be a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight.

New Years Eve

The Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks.

The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks
On Saturday, December 30, 2017 make reservations for a four-course meal featuring a specially prepared menu. Enjoy dancing, live music and a sparkling cider toast. Come back on Sunday for a New Year’s Eve Sunday Brunch.

Branson Belle “New Year’s Eve Cruise”
The Showboat Branson Belle will host a special New Year’s Eve Cruise on Sunday, December 31, 2017. The boat ships out at 8pm and features a musical variety show along with a 3-course meal.

Good Eats

Good Eats: Pizza World in Branson MO

By: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

When you spend time in a town other than your own what is one of the first things you do? You ask the locals where you need to eat. It doesn’t matter if you are on a family trip, or traveling solo on business, pizza is always a top option. If you want some of the best pizza in Branson, and to support a great local business, then Pizza World is the spot.

The first thing that you need to know is that, while the pizza is great, Pizza World offers much more than just tasty pies. From the moment you walk in the staff at Pizza World treats you like a friend that they have been looking forward to seeing. It is definitely a welcoming atmosphere.

Start your meal off with Garlic Bread, Bread Stix, or Toasted Ravioli from Pizza World’s Appetizers menu. In the mood for something a bit lighter? You may want to try one of their ten (10) different Salad options. From traditional Garden and Side Salads, Caesar, Greek and Spinach to specialty salads such as Southwest Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Chef and the Deluxe Antipasto they are a great way to begin your Pizza World experience.

Good Eats

The Big World gets created.

Getting ready for the big game? Pizza World has you covered there as well. Grab an order of their Crispy Wings, they come in 10 and 20 piece sizes. You will want to try all of the great flavors offered including Spicy Thai, Mango Habanero, BBQ, Garlic Parmesan, Buffalo and Spicy Garlic. Pair the wings with Pizza World’s Oven Baked Subs and you have the perfect party combination.

With nine (9) subs to choose from you will be able to please everyone. Might we suggest the Bacon Lovers BLT? After all, everything is better with Bacon. Speaking of bacon, you can add it to any of the subs you wish including the Hot Italian Sub, Spicy Thai Chicken, Chicken Caesar and Buffalo Chicken Subs. Feeling more traditional? The Meatball, Ham & Cheese, Turkey and Veggie are always on standby.

All of this and we haven’t even talked about pizza yet. Well get ready to wait just little longer, because there is more. Pizza World also offers great tasting Baked Pastas and Calzones. The Baked Ziti, Chicken Alfredo and Manicotti are perfect meals all on their own and make for a great workday lunch. Perhaps you are like me and want something to call yours while the kids are devouring a pizza own their own. The Chef’s Calzone is an amazing blend of Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheeses. You can even create your own Calzone with your choice of two toppings.

With so many excellent options you want to make sure you save room for the best thing on Pizza World’s menu…the pizza! It all starts with the dough, which is made fresh daily. A wide variety of Meats, Vegetables, Cheeses and Specialty Toppings allow you to create your own masterpiece that will have your taste buds singing!

If you have a hard time choosing that perfect combination, there is help. Pizza World has 17 Gourmet Pizza choices. You are going to want to try them all! Divided into three different categories (Chicken, Vegetarian and Ultimate Gourmet) these creations are what sets Pizza World apart.

Gourmet Chicken Pizzas

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The Big World

Alfredo, Texas Bar-B-Que, Buffalo, Spicy Thai, Caesar are flavors that can be found. We would like to highlight two additional options. The Taste of Chicago is “straight from the Windy City”. It is made with Ricotta, chicken, spinach, bacon & tomatoes. Then there is my personal favorite, the Chicken Bacon Ranch. It is chicken and bacon residing on top of creamy ranch dressing & mozzarella. It is pie that is hard to beat. That doesn’t mean that Pizza World doesn’t try!

Vegetarian

The Via Bianco is an olive oil glaze that is topped with provolone, mozzarella, Swiss, fresh basil and oregano. Ciao Bella features your choice of tomato sauce or the olive oil glaze with basil, tomatoes, garlic & mozzarella. For a taste of Greece try the Grecian Gourmet as it is layered with Feta, black olives, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes & mozzarella. If you are looking for the ultimate in veggie style pizza then the Le Gardeaux is for you. It is a deluxe mix of red onions, green peppers, black olives, mushrooms and tomatoes all piled on a bed of mozzarella.

Ultimate Gourmet

Choose Branson with the Pizza World crew

The six (6) specialties are perfect examples of why Pizza World stands out from the competition. For starters the Meat Grande Wow! is piled high with every kind of meat topping you can imagine. Ole Mexicana takes you south of the border with an unique combination of refried beans, salsa, black olives, tomatoes, beef, red onions, jalapenos, cheddar and cilantro. The Classic Supreme brings Pizza World’s flavor to an all-time favorite. Want a taste of the Old World? The Amore Roma delivers pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms and black olives. Then there is the Americana that is a bacon cheeseburger pizza made from a mustard glaze. Finally, don’t miss out on Pizza World’s signature dish – the Appondanza. Made with a whopping 12 toppings including: mozzarella, pepperoni, beef, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, bacon, pork sausage, salami, mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes, green peppers & red onions – this pizza is not for the faint of heart.

Speaking of which there is one item left that is for the bravest of the brave. The Pizza World “Big World” Challenge has defeated all, but one of its adversaries. The Big World is a 24”, seven (7) pound pizza. The challenge? Two people – One Big World – 30 minutes. Choose Branson sent its most daring duo into battle against this monster. We came out the other side defeated and cloaked in humility…but the pizza was amazing! “Are you up for the Big World?”

Assuming you have a little room for more, finish off with one of Pizza World’s Dessert menu items. Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Baked Cookie and Cinnamon Stix with Frosting hit the spot for any sweet-tooth enthusiast.

Stop by either Pizza World location – on Highway 76 or Cross Creek Blvd – in Branson. If you need it delivered that is no problem as they cover the whole of Branson, plus a little more.

If you mention Choose Branson when ordering at their Cross Creek location, or print out the coupon located below, and you will receive 10% of your purchase. Give them a call at 417.334.4445 or visit them at PizzaWorldOnline.com

Pizza World Interview from Choose Branson on Vimeo.

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Choose Branson 10% coupon

Christmas Shows

Enjoy These Fantastic Christmas Shows In Branson

Holidays in Branson are a very special time of the year. There are Christmas shows of a wide variety that everyone will enjoy.

Our live entertainment shows help to carry the season’s traditions to you and your family. Make sure to check out some of the great holiday performances happening around town!

Hughes Brothers Christmas Show

What’s better than a show featuring the world’s largest performing family? Celebrating Christmas with them as well! Filled with love, music, laughter and a surprise visit from Santa, there is a reason that this show has been awarded the “Best Christmas Show” seven times.

Miracle of Christmas

During November and December at the Sight & Sound Theatre you can witness the event that is at the heart of the Christmas season. Performed on a panoramic stage that includes live animals, amazing special effects, gifted songwriting and spectacular acting, the “Miracle of Christmas” comes alive. It is one Christmas performance you will not want to miss.

Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza

Christmas Shows

Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza

Do you want a show that will leave lasting memories? Look no further than the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center and celebrate Christmas with the stars! Join special guests The Osmonds, Lennons and 5th Dimension as they pay tribute to “Mr. Christmas” himself, Andy Williams.

Christmas on the Trail

Returning for its 13th season, Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show has become one of the most beloved holiday experiences in Branson. Cozy up with your family around the campfire and enjoy a hearty Christmas dinner at the Pavilion Theatre. No holiday complete without music, poems and stories and you will find plenty of them when you spend Christmas on the Trail.

Christmas Wonderland

The King’s Castle Theatre is host to one of the largest holiday productions in all of Branson. This show rings in the Christmas season with high-energy dancing, elaborate costumes, beautiful scenery and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. It is an unforgettable journey filled with all of your favorite holiday classics.

Sanders Family Christmas

The Little Opry Theater presents a nostalgic musical comedy filled with faith, family and old fashioned fun. It is a heart-wrenching story that will fill your soul with laughter as well. Join in the sentimental journey that is truly something you do not want to miss.

 

@EricBoston3  @ChooseBranson

Festival of Trees

The Inaugural Branson Festival of Trees at Branson Landing

By: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

Summer Winds Resorts and Chick-fil-A will be partnering up this holiday season to add the 1st Annual Branson Festival of Trees to the growing list of holiday festivities throughout the region. This new event, which will be taking place November 4 – December 10, will be hosted at the Branson Landing.

Branson Festival of Trees

Official logo of the Branson Festival of Trees

Not only will visitors be able to stroll the boardwalk of the Branson Landing and tour an impressive collection of elaborately decorated Christmas trees and wreaths, but those very items will be for sale! There is one very good reason to consider purchasing your tree from the Festival of Trees this year…proceeds from this sale of trees and wreaths will benefit Christian Action Ministries, a food pantry and mobile food outreach that helps those in need throughout Taney County.

Branson Festival of Trees

Christian Action Ministries Official Logo

Since 1984, CAM has been assisting the Branson area to face the issue of food insecurity. Just last year, more than 38,000 people received assistance from the Branson and Forsyth Pantries as well as the Mobile Distribution headquartered in eastern Taney County.

The Christmas spirit is about much more than presents and lights – it is also a time to care for those who may be going through a season of struggle, experiencing difficulties to make ends meet. Through the Festival of Trees, you can join Summer Winds Resorts and Chick-Fil-A in supporting Christian Action Ministries and the thousands of people who will be impacted this year.

The Festival of Trees will include other activities as well – enjoy milk & cookies with Santa, listen to and perhaps sing along with Christmas carolers, and even participate in special appearances by the Chick-fil-A cow!

The Branson Festival of Trees will begin on November 4 continuing through December 10.

Schedules and updates are available at the official Festival of Trees website here.

Admission to this inaugural event is completely free! So bring your friends and family along to get into the spirit of the holidays with Branson Landing, Chick-fil-A and Summer Winds Resorts.


If you, or your organization, would like to participate or become a sponsor of the Branson Festival of Trees, select from several different levels of sponsorship by following this link: Click for Sponsership

Veterans Events 2017

Branson Homecoming Week: Veterans Events 2017

Branson is home to America’s largest annual celebration honoring America’s veterans and active military servicemen and women of all service branches.

Every year, thousands of veterans and active military personnel unite in Branson where the entire community participates in giving back to those who serve. With the core value of patriotism supporting the foundation of the municipal Community Plan 2030, visitors find a variety of exhibits throughout the city demonstrating our commitment to honor those who serve and protect our homeland.

The annual Veterans Week celebration in Branson draws thousands of veterans where they participate in a multitude of events, reunions, parades and special recognition ceremonies across the Ozarks. From the Veteran’s Memorial Gardens where the City of Branson in partnership with Silver Dollar City and memorial founder Ben Kimmel placed a 12-man military statue to demonstrate our gratitude to those who fought for our freedom in Vietnam, to the newly completed ‘Liberty Plaza’ city park in Historic Downtown Branson that pays tribute to all military branches throughout its landscape; the Missouri Veterans Memorial located on the campus of College of the Ozarks to the Veterans Memorial Museum that proudly displays more than 2,000 artifacts dating back to WW1 along with its newest exhibit – the very Huey UH-1C Huey Gunship (endearingly named ‘The Bandit’ by its pilot) that was flown with the 118th Thunderbirds during Vietnam – and displays more than 2,000 artifacts and combat icons dating back to World War 1; or the demonstration of American pride wherein Veterans are openly recognized and saluted by entertainers and audiences throughout the entertainment district and at special flag-raising ceremonies at Silver Dollar City Attractions, to the gathering of thousands of spectators and participants during the Veterans Day Parade held every November 11 at 11:00AM.

According to Tom Newman, Chief Operating Officer of Summer Winds Resorts, LLC, “It is the mutual duty, honor and privilege of our city to maintain awareness of the courage and bravery of America’s defenders – our stewards of freedom. We are committed to continuing to recognize those who gave all, and those who place their lives on the line to protect the rights we enjoy as American citizens.” Beginning November 5 and running through November 11, our Veterans and active military personnel will once again have the opportunity to participate in a multitude of events designed especially to honor the work of these heroes. Ballparks of America is the new home of the annual Veterans Village where our military guests will enjoy the outpouring of Ozark Mountain hospitality including food, shopping, reunions and special ceremonies in their honor where Branson residents and businesses serve those who currently serve or have served our great country. Literally everywhere you go in Branson, you will find that citizens of Branson are dedicated to encourage and foster patriotism and provide recognition to all Veterans for their courage and willingness to serve.

We’ve compiled a schedule of events taking place across the community and invite all visitors to participate. Stormy Point Village and Choose Branson continue to also do their part to honor our Veterans with special discounts and events which can be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/StormyPointVillage and Facebook.com/Choose.Branson.  Check back often as new events and stories covering Veterans Week 2017 will be updated regularly!

 

VETERANS WEEK 2017 (see entire schedule of events here)

 

Fourth Annual Trout Tournament  (October 28)

Located at Scotty’s Trout Dock & Marina http://www.scottystroutdock.com/, grab a buddy and get your lines in the water. The tournament, which is sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America, will have cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

Vets for Vets Celebration (November 5)

This free event is at the Mansion Theatre located at 189 Expressway Lane. It is a special 2 pm show where no ticket it required. Donations are appreciated.

Opening Ceremony of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (November 6)

This ceremony, which begins at 10 am, will make a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial available to the public. The wall will be located at the Welk Resort during the Homecoming Celebration and will include more than 58,000 names.

Vietnam Era Reunion (November 6)

The Clay Cooper Theater will host this special reunion event. Tickets for the 10 am Hot Rods and High Heels Show will reserve a spot for lunch and an afternoon show as well.

Flag Raising and Wreath Laying Ceremony (November 10)

The College of the Ozarks will host a special Flag Raising and Wreath Laying Ceremony near the Williams Memorial Chapel at sunrise.

Veterans Day Parade (November 11)

The parade through the heart of downtown Branson will begin at 11 am. Make sure to show up early and find a good spot. Organizations are welcome to participate in the event, please contact the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 913 to get set up.

We hope to see you in Branson during Veterans Week. While you are here make sure to say thank you and shake the hand of those who served to protect this great country.

 

@ChooseBranson

Hitting for Heroes

Benefit the Badge Softball Tournament

By: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

This Sunday – October 15, 2017 – show your support for the Branson area law enforcement agencies.

Teams from Branson West, Branson, along with Taney and Stone County will meet at the Ballparks of America for the Benefit the Badge “Hitting for Heroes Fall Classic” softball tournament. The first game is at 1:00 PM on the Chicago field with Branson West facing Branson. At 2:30 PM the Taney and Stone County teams will square off, also on the Chicago field.

The series’ championship game will be at 4:00 PM on the St. Louis field. Have the entire family with you to help support this great event. There will be inflatables set up for kids (there is a small charge for inflatables), as well as food from Big BBQ Boyz.

Benefit the Badge’s goal is to “ensure local law enforcement agencies have the tools they need” and “serves as an example of how to honor law enforcement.” If you would like more information you can check out Benefit the Badge on their official website here  and on Facebook here.

Benefit the Badge

Official poster for the Hitting for Heroes Softball Tournament

Ballparks of America

Ballparks of America Voted One of America’s Must See Complexes

SportsEvents Magazine polled their readers and Facebook followers to vote for the top “American Ballparks Every Planner Must See”. A list of 28 baseball and softball fields and facilities was narrowed down to nine top complexes across the country.

Ballparks of America

Team prepares for play at Ballparks of America

“These nine ballparks are shining stars that make players and their families feel like they’ve been sent up to the big leagues.”

Branson’s “Ballparks of America” came in number four on SportsEvents Magazine’s list. The top three spots went to Elizabethtown Sports Park in Elizabethtown, KY (1), Choccolocca Park in Oxford, AL (2) and Youngsville Sports Complex in Youngsville, LA (3). At number four it shows you the impression the Ballparks of America has made in a short time.

The complex has been open for just over a year, hosting its inaugural game on July 7, 2016. It offers players and parents an experience unlike any other. With 2/3 scale replicas of iconic ballparks from Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York and St. Louis it definitely delivers the big league atmosphere. The complex is equipped with big league suites that house teams during their tournament weeks.

Since its opening Ballparks of America has received glowing reveiws, like this one on the official Facebook page:
“We brought our U12 FirstStrike Baseball team from Orlando, FL and they had a blast. We
were able to play eight games, hit up the water park, Silver Dollar City and some go-carts on the
strip. We had a couple of kids that have been to Cooperstown (home of the Major League
Baseball Hall of Fame) and they said they enjoyed this just as much if not more.”

With its growing reputation not only is Ballparks of America sure to climb to the top of lists such as the SportsEvents Magazine’s “American Ballparks Every Planner Must See”, but it is yet another reason why Branson continues to be one of America’s top family destinations.

Ballparks Interview Ext from Choose Branson on Vimeo.

Fall Scene

Fall Foliage: 2017 Fall Drive in Ozark Mountain Country

Do you ever feel the need to just get out and drive? I’m talking about rolling down the windows, putting on some good music, and taking off with no real place to go. Autumn in Branson is a great time to cruise.

Taking in the Ozarks scenery during the fall season is a great way to spend a part of any day. If you are considering taking a tour through Ozark Mountain country, then allow us to suggest a route that is sure to please.

Fall Drive

2017 Choose Branson Fall drive map route

·         Begin at Stormy Point Village

·         At the corner of Stormy Point Road and Hwy 265 take a right on Hwy 265

·         Just after Chateau on the Lake, take a right and stay on 265 until it connects with the 265/165 intersection. Take a right to stay on 265 until you reach Hwy 65

·         Turn right onto Hwy 65 South,  exit right to Hwy 86 near Top of the Rock

·         Follow 86 until it connects with Hwy 13 in Blue Eye, take a right onto 13

·         Continue on 13, you witll go over the Kimberling City bridge and finally into Branson West

·          Turn right at the Hwy 76 Junction. Stay on 76 until you reach Ozark Mountain Highroad/465 and take a left at the traffic light

·         Stay on 465 until you reach the Hwy 248 exit and take a right. Stay on 248 until you reach the junction for Shepherd of the Hills Expy and make a right

·         Stay on this road until you reach Hwy 265, take a right at the light and then an immediate left to return to Stormy Point Village.