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.

Click over to our Deals page and book your package now!

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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.

Check out our deals site to book your trip now!

 

I Am a Veteran

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

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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

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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.