New Family Favorites in 2019

Families choose Branson for the variety of exciting, fun-filled, experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. Not only that, but they are always met with new favorites each year.

At ChooseBranson.com, there are several new attractions that we have been eagerly anticipating for 2019. So let our family share some new favorites with your family!

Skyscraper at The Track Family Fun Parks – The Track has been a Branson staple for many years. Whether you are looking for some of the most unique go-karting around, or a wide range of arcade options, The Track has you covered. Starting in 2019 The Track will feature what is being described as a “ferris wheel on steroids”. The vertically rotating, propeller-style blade, seats riders on opposite ends as it reaches heights of 150 feet and speeds up to 55 mph. Somewhere between ferris wheel and rollercoaster, the Skyscraper will take your breath away as it pauses shortly at the height of its pinnacle so you can take in the gorgeous Ozarks scenery. Visit Track #3 on the strip to take on the Skyscraper…if you dare.

WonderWorks – Coming this fall to the former Baldknobbers theater, is a science-focused indoor amusement park. Education and entertainment combine as over 100 hands-on exhibits will be available for kids of all ages to explore. From 71 mph hurricane winds, to life-sized bubbles, a bed of nails, and even zero-gravity astronaut training – it will all await your family at Branson’s WonderWorks. With locations throughout the country, Branson and its guests are sure to love this coming attraction.

National Enquirer Live Museum – The internationally known, National Enquirer, is coming to Branson and calling the former Starlight Theater home. It is something that the town cannot stop talking about. A reported $25 million is being invested between museums in Branson and Pigeon Forge, TN. While the National Enquirer is staying fairly tight-lipped about what the museum will feature to this point, Renee Johnson did have this to say about the attraction that is scheduled to open this summer, “We are really excited to add lots of really fun surprises to what is arguably one of the most vibrant family destinations, it’s absolutely perfect for families in a family market – they’re going to be surprised and thrilled to see when they walk through those doors.”

Cinderella On Ice – Andy William’s will host this world-class ice skating performance. As the theater is transformed into a magical wonderland, singers and skaters will take each audience on a fairytale adventure that your family will not soon forget. Both Charlie Green and Nadia Cole from Voices of Glory will be among the cast as Cinderella On Ice makes its Branson debut. Shows are scheduled for this summer, so get your tickets soon!

 


Speaking of tickets, we can help get you access to every family fun packed experience that you are looking to be a part of, right here on ChooseBranson.com!

Not only do we have tickets available to all of the most popular attractions, but our Deals page includes the best vacation packages available. We take the stress out of planning your Branson vacation, so you can focus on family and the memories you will make together. Head over to the Deals page now to book your next Branson getaway!

Kids Love Branson!

There is a good reason why Branson is considered one of the top family destinations in the country. Mainly because there are so many things to do that are focused on, and tailored to, even the youngest members of the family.

Don’t take my word for it. I asked my own children what some of their favorite things to do around town are, so you know your kids will look forward to them as well. As they say, “from the mouths of babes…”

Attractions

Fritz’s Adventure – 80,000 square feet of adventure! Open year-round and featuring a four-story ropes course, underground tunnels, laser room, climbing wall, rappelling, giant treehouses, multi-story slides, and an outdoor flying adventure.

Promised Land Zoo – Branson’s top-rated animal attraction is fun for the whole family! Get face to face and even hands-on with these furry friends, including many rare and unique animals.

Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure – Visit a unique tropical experience right in the heart of the Ozarks. It is an interactive, educational, and entertaining family experience that includes a butterfly aviary, rainforest discovery center, and a mirror maze.

Parakeet Pete’s Steampunk Balloon – Located at the Branson Landing, Parakeet Pete’s Steampunk Balloon offers one of the best views of Branson you will find anywhere in town. This thrilling balloon ride will delight your entire party with 360 degree views of Lake Taneycomo from 188 feet in the air!

Branson AquaPlex – Head over to the Branson RecPlex starting Memorial Day weekend with the entire family as the 12,250 square foot aquatic park opens for the summer. From a zero-depth leisure pool to dual slides, diving board, and lap swimming, the AquaPlex is perfect for all ages.

Shows

Acrobats of Shanghai – Some of the world’s most incredible performers are found at the Acrobats of Shanghai. Witness unbelievable feats strength, acrobatics, agility, and flexibility in a show that is unmatched anywhere in the world.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede – It is more than dinner and a show, it is an extravaganza! Horse stunts, musical productions, and special effects entertain while you enjoy a true home-cooked meal. Voted Best Dinner Show in Branson, Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a must visit for the entire family.

Imax Entertainment Complex – One of Branson’s premiere entertainment complexes, the Imax features Hollywood movies, live shows, restaurants, shopping, and of course the giant Imax screen! You can find everything that each person in the family is looking for all in one place.

Eateries

Pizza Ranch – Branson’s newest pizza buffet includes fried chicken too! Head over to the Pizza Ranch for and Old West themed dining experience you won’t forget. After filling up, head over to the state of the art arcade before hitting the trail.

CiCi’s Pizza – Not only do you get unlimited pizza, including pan pizza and hearty pasta, but CiCi’s on the Strip is home to one of Branson’s largest arcade rooms. The food is great, the family friendly environment is awesome, and the fun is hard to beat!

Papa Grands Pizza at Grand Country – While the food is great, the fun is what makes Papa Grands truly special. The whole family can enjoy arcade and carnival games, laser tag, go karts, putt-putt golf, and more! Just look for the giant banjo as you head down the heart of the strip.

Book your Branson vacation now with ChooseBranson.com and enjoy these and countless other, kid-friendly, options across our great town.



Don’t miss out on being one of the first to enjoy an amazing meal at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and Jimmy Buffet’s Landshark Bar and Grill. Plan your Branson getaway now and let Choose Branson help. Our Deals page has the best vacation package options you will find. Whether it is a weekend or a week-long stay, we have you covered when it comes to the details so that you can enjoy the fun!

New Restaurants at the Branson Landing

Paula Deen is bringing her famous recipes to Branson!

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen will open soon at the Branson Landing and the excitement for this new restaurant has been high since it was announced in 2018.

The nearly 16,000 sq ft restaurant will be a family dining experience where meal items are shared and passed around the table. There will also be a retail area that is sure to include Paula Deen’s world-renowned cookbooks.

Joining Branson’s favorite retail center is sure to add to the Paula Deen experience as shoppers refuel before visiting the Landings many great retail shops.

Paula Deen’s will be located across from Belk’s Department Store and will offer amazing lake views to go along with Southern charm.

The grand opening is expected in the Spring meaning that this fantastic addition to Branson will be here soon!

Paula Deen is not the only famous name you will see moving into the Branson Landing. Jimmy Buffett will be bringing his laid-back, fun in the sun style to Branson as well.

Jimmy Buffett’s Landshark Bar and Grill is scheduled to open next to the famous Branson Landing Fountains. A little taste of the beach will reside lakeside when the doors open in 2019. A 2,000 sq ft wrap-around patio will connect the outdoors with the dining experience.

The next great “beach joint” will be located in the Live Music Capital. Seems fitting for a singer of Buffett’s notoriety.

Don’t miss out on being one of the first to enjoy an amazing meal at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and Jimmy Buffet’s Landshark Bar and Grill. Plan your Branson getaway now and let Choose Branson help. Our Deals page has the best vacation package options you will find. Whether it is a weekend or a week-long stay, we have you covered when it comes to the details so that you can enjoy the fun!

The Up Close Concert Series

Several of America’s favorite acts will be making their way to Branson in 2019. Many of these performers will be here for one night only, so booking tickets early will be important. Lucky for you Choose Branson has great vacation packages that you can book now and enjoy these sure to be great performances!

April 7 at 7:00 p.m.:  FRIENDS! The Musical Parody at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater

April 11 & 14 at 8:00 p.m.:  Ronnie McDowell at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater

May 3 at 7:00 p.m.:  Howie Mandel at Welk Resort Theatre

May 12 at 3:00 p.m.:  “A Two Woman Show” – Vicki Lawrence & Mama at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater

May 18 at 8:00 p.m.:  Darryl Worley & Billy Dean at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater

May 25 at 7:00 p.m.:  Tommy James & The Shondells at Welk Resort Theatre

October 12 at 2:00 p.m.:  Gary Lewis & The Playboys and Dennis Tufano (lead singer of The Buckinghams) at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater

October 16 at 7:00 p.m.:  Moe Bandy at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater

October 18 at 7:00 p.m.:  Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone and Mitch Ryder at Welk Resort Theatre

November 10 at 3:00 p.m.:  Lee Greenwood at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater

November 13 at 7:00 p.m.:  T. G. Sheppard at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater

November 20 at 7:00 p.m.:  Crystal Gayle – Christmas Show at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater

December 4 at 7:00 p.m.:  Lee Greenwood – Christmas Show at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater


Head over to our Deals page now to book your Branson getaway for one, or several, of these dates!

Branson Summer

Top Branson Summer Activities

Branson and summer go hand in hand. There is no better place, and no better time, to get out and enjoy the unmatched attractions and entertainment in Ozark Mountain country. Looking for suggestions on some of the best things that Branson is offering this summer?

Try these out and make some great memories while you are at it!

Runaway Mountain Coaster 

Mountain coasters have been gaining more popularity in America, and one of the very best is found in the heart of Ozark Mountain country. The Runaway Mountain Coaster is located at the Branson Mountain Adventure Park and delivers two adventures in one for any who dare to experience it.

One or two riders (a driver and a passenger) are able to ride the coaster at the same time. The adventure begins with being pulled to the top of the 330-foot hill before gravity takes over and the real excitement begins. You choose how you will experience the 3000 feet of descending, spiraling, and curving track down the mountain. Slow down or speed up, it is completely up to you!

Summer Cruises on the Showboat Branson Belle Branson Summer

Is there a better place to be in the summer than on a boat? How about a large boat with entertainment and excitement guaranteed? Check out the special summer cruises on the Showboat Branson Belle throughout July.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings join a “crew of scallywags” for a Princess & Pirate Cruise. Take part in a dance party and pancake breakfast before witnessing a fairytale come to life in the Showboat’s newest show. On Sunday nights get a stunning fireworks display over Table Rock Lake, as well as the evening cruise on July 4. Dinner and the Showboat’s signature variety show is also part of Fireworks Finale Nights.

Area Lakes

If you prefer to be in the water instead of floating on top of it, then Branson is the ultimate choice in lake adventure. With three area lakes (Table Rock, Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals) there are plenty of aquatic activities for everyone.

Whether you are looking to swim, fish, kayak, paddleboard, or take it easy on your favorite inner tube – Branson has it all and more! Check out our friends at White River Kayak and they will hook you up with everything you need for a day at the lake. Click here for their page, right here on Choose Branson, and get set up now!

Still haven’t booked your Branson summer vacation yet? Well, what are you waiting for? Check out the Deals page at ChooseBranson.com and get the best value for Branson vacation packages around. Let us worry about the details and you worry about the FUN! 

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Andy B's

So Much More than Bowling – Andy B’s Coming to Branson

Andy B’s Entertainment & Bowling Centers offer more than just the opportunity to hit the lanes, they offer a true experience.

The corporation has three entertainment centers located throughout the Midwest. Locations include Springfield, MO – Barlett, TN – and Tulsa, OK. Two more locations are scheduled to open in 2018, one in Denton, TX and another right here in Branson, MO.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Branson location was recently held at the, in progress, facility that will reside at the famous Branson Landing. The Landing features a scenic boardwalk that stretches 1.5 miles along Lake Taneycomo, highlighted by the iconic Branson Landing Fountains and home to more than 100 shops and restaurants. Andy B’s and the Landing are a perfect match!

 “Andy B’s bring undeniable eats, friendly competition, and boutique bowling to the Branson Landing. The new entertainment destination will host a full-service restaurant and bar serving up modern-American eats, craft cocktails, and regional brews alongside a mix of social games and attractions ideal for any age.”

The entertainment complex is going all out with their Branson location. While dining and games are a staple for their locations, Branson will feature some unique extras.

“Among the mix are private karaoke rooms, virtual reality lounges, express escape rooms, classic table games, and much more. The Branson location will also feature an indoor/outdoor bar, sports viewing area, social patio, and stage for weekly live music or special events. The facility will introduce fun for all ages to enjoy, serving as the hot-spot for family dining and entertainment, group and corporate events, and nightlife. Special accommodations, packages and event menus will also be available for groups of ten or more.”

The Andy B’s Branson Entertainment Center is expected to open in the fall of 2018.

Stay tuned for more info right at ChooseBranson.com

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America's Fun Park

Have a Blast This Summer at America’s Fun Park

There is a new amusement attraction in Branson and it is located right on the Strip.

America’s Fun Park is now open in the former Branson Heights Shopping Center location on Highway 76. The shopping center was devastated by a tornado and was vacant for nearly six years. Now it is a nine-acre throwback to classic state fairs.America's Fun Park

The amusement park is filled with rides, games, food, and is an affordable family attraction.

We were able to meet with Park Manager Jason Reynolds on the morning of their grand opening.

“We believe that Branson is a value-driven market and that our price point, $20 for a half-day, fits that. Guests can also purchase an all-day band and come and go throughout the day as much as they want. What we really want to hang our hat on is the quality of our service.”

America's Fun ParkEach time you visit America’s Fun Park you are sure to have a different experience. That is due to the theme changing throughout the year. As the seasons change so will the park. In the fall there will be a haunted house theme and Christmas theme in the winter. One thing that will stay constant is the carnival atmosphere.

Getting into the park is FREE! You do need to purchase wristbands in order to enjoy the many rides available.

America’s Fun Park is planning on providing 120 seasonal jobs while keeping about 20 total full-time staff. “It really is about the people that work here. We can always upgrade the rides, so the rides are going to be fine. It is going to be the people that make guests want to come back and be a shining example in the community” said Reynolds.America's Fun Park

If you are looking for something new and exciting this year in Branson, look no further than America’s Fun Park on the Strip! As Reynolds stated, “We are Branson’s first and last stop for fun!”

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Travelers Choose Branson

TripAdvisor Travelers Choose Branson

Branson was named by travelers as a Top 25 Destination in the country!

Coming in at number 20 in Trip Advisor’s 2018 poll shows how the reputation of the Live Music Capital has spread from coast to coast.

Trip Advisor had this to say about Branson, Missouri:

“Branson has limitless possibilities for a memorable vacation. While visiting you can: attend star-studded performances at Branson’s many live shows; enjoy Silver Dollar City, one of the world’s top theme parks; take in the beauty and adventure of the Ozark Mountains and three pristine lakes; play some of the best golf in the Midwest; visit museums highlighting the area’s rich history and culture; relax at spas and resorts; and shop at Branson’s many boutiques, galleries and outlets.”

Branson is getting quite a bit of love lately from Trip Advisor and its audience. The travel site recently released its “Top Things to Do in Branson” list. If you missed it, make sure check out some of the many items featured here.

Still haven’t planned your trip to Branson? Don’t miss out on visiting one of the country’s best vacation destinations. Choose Branson has the best packages to help you relax and enjoy your Branson getaway.

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Things to do in Branson

Trip Advisor’s Top Things to do in Branson

Trip Advisor recently published a list of the top “Things to Do in Branson” on their popular travel site.

How many of these exciting Branson shows, attractions, and recreational venues have you visited? Are there some on the list that you have yet to experience? If so then Choose Branson has you covered!

                                                           

Titanic Museum Things to do in Branson

With artifacts that were pulled from the second expedition of the famous ship’s wreck site, the museum’s collection is valued at over $4 million. You can touch a growing iceberg, feel the chill of the 28-degree water, steer the ship, and honor the 2,208 people that were onboard. The museum has become a Branson icon that the entire family will enjoy!

Things to do in BransonRaiding the Country Vault 

This exciting show, featuring top talent within the country music industry, has quickly become a #1 choice by guests and critics alike. Be prepared to journey through the genre’s greatest hits as part of a stunning visual performance. The combination of lighting, energy, and musical ability is hard to beat. Country music fans have a must-see destination and it is right here in Branson!

Lilley’s Landing MarinaThings to do in Branson 

A peaceful, scenic resort and marina on Lake Taneycomo is a welcomed getaway in the heart of the Ozarks. Stop in and rent a jon, pontoon, or bass boat for a couple of hours or all day and hit the lake. Lake Taneycomo is home to some of the best trout fishing in the state, and you are welcome to cast right off of Lilley’s dock. Guided trips are also available!

Things to do in BransonSilver Dollar City 

Branson’s #1 attraction features world-class festivals, thrilling rides, live shows, unique shops, demonstrating craftsmen, and several restaurants all set against the backdrop of the 1800s. Come and brave the new $26 million ground-breaking coaster, Time Traveler. Enjoy the popular festivals such as the Bluegrass & BBQ festival. Everyone in the family will love this world-renowned theme park!

Branson Landing 

Enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment, and adventure all at Branson’s favorite location for gathering with friends and family. Stroll the boardwalk along Lake Taneycomo in beautiful downtown and find a whole world to explore. Top retailers such as Bass Pro Shop, Belk, and Kirkland’s call the Landing home. You can also stay right on property with the Hilton while you are in town. Making easy access to popular restaurants like Famous Dave’s and Joe’s Crab Shack just steps away!

 The Shepherd of the HillsThings to do in Branson

Branson’s famous outdoor theatre brings to life the pioneers of Southwest Missouri in the late 1800s. Harold Bell Wright’s classic novel is the inspiration for the live performance. Guests can also take in Ozark views from the top of Inspiration Tower during the day, or explore nature on an ATV excursion. Shepherd of the Hills has been a Branson staple for nearly 60 years and continues to evolve setting the bar for family fun!

Things to do in BransonStormy Point Village

Also included in Trip Advisor’s award winners, is Stormy Point Village. The Cape Cod themed resort is a Trip Advisor 2015 Hall of Fame winner as well as 2017 Certificate of Excellence winner.  Click here, to book a stay in one of the cottages at the exclusive resort now.

Enjoy on-site restaurants, pools, water park, gated entry, and convenient proximity to area attractions. Stormy Point Village truly is your home away from home in Branson, MO!

 

These may be some of Trip Advisor’s top things to do in Branson, but they are just a sampling of all that America’s favorite vacation destination has to offer. Choose Branson has many great packages that include many of the area attractions and hotel stays for the entire family.

There is no need to wait any longer to visit the places that Trip Advisor is raving about. Click on the Deals tab at the top of the page now and book your Branson getaway today!

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.

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