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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!

Best Free Branson Activities Vol. 2

By: Michael Ayo

It’s true what they say: the best things in life are free. However, rarely is anything free in this world anymore. That can be especially true when talking about a vacation destination such as Branson. While there are many great shows, attractions and activities in town that require a fee, there are some Branson activities that won’t cost you a dime. Last year we provided readers with five of the best free Branson activities; now we’re back to let everyone know about a new list of great things to do in town that will only cost you your time.

Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash

The Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash held its inaugural event last August, and was a massive success. Because of that, the event is back for a second time this summer. Taking place June 9 at 5 p.m. in front of the Branson Landing Fountain, Branson entertainers and representatives from businesses and attractions across town will clash in a lip syncing competition for the ages.

The Titanic Museum took home the trophy belt in 2016, and is back again this year to defend their title. Challenging them will be representatives from Branson Zipline and Stormy Point Village, along with entertainers Prince IvanBranson’s Famous Baldknobbers and George Dyer. Before they take the stage to perform their hilarious lip sync antics, however, there will be a pre-show performance by the Baldknobbers and an acoustic set by Prince Ivan titled “Prince Ivan: Unplugged.” Of course this event is absolutely free, and there may even be a few giveaways and free handouts throughout the event so if you’re in town, definitely stop by.

Concerts at the Branson Landing

The Branson Landing is known for hosting a large number of events throughout the year, such as the aforementioned Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash. In addition to that great event, there are several other incredible concerts being performed on stage in front of the fountain at various times during 2017. Their Summer Concert Series this year will feature entertainers such as Prince Ivan, the Dan Benton Band, the Mark Chapman Band and many others. Be sure to check out the Landing’s entertainment schedule for a full list of things happening.

Moonshine Tastings

“Free samples” is perhaps the most well-known term including the word “free,” and while wine tastings and samplings may be the most popular in Branson, there are some places that offer whiskey and moonshine samplings as well. Copper Run Distillery in Walnut Shade, MO offers free tours of their facilities throughout the day where you can sample some of the delicious moonshines and whiskeys made onsite. Smith Creek Moonshine at the Branson Landing is another place you can go for great tasting drinks made right here in the Ozarks. There is a restaurant inside and you can visit the bar area to sample the various flavors of moonshine such as salted caramel and strawberry shortcake.

Museums

Branson has several museums throughout town, headlined by ones such as the Titanic Museum and the Velvet Collection Celebrity Car Museum. However, unlike these, there are museums that charge no admission for you to enter and look around. Prehistoric Fossils in downtown Branson is fairly new to town, opening just this year. This attraction is free to visit but offers you the chance to purchase various prehistoric fossils, gems and educational items. Also downtown is the Branson Centennial Museum. The museum features intriguing artifacts related to Branson since the town’s incorporation in 1912. Displays rotate roughly every six to eight months, with exhibits often highlighting the roots of tourism and iconic Branson citizens such as the Herschends and Reishes.

Free Choose Branson Giveaways

One other way you can experience free activities in Branson is by entering the various contests put on by Choose Branson. Giveaways are always being promoted in the Choose Branson Monthly Newsletter and our social media pages. We currently have a White Water family four-pack giveaway happening on Facebook, and the Pack Your Bags to Branson Sweepstakes is on the website as well.

There is plenty to do in Branson, regardless of the price. If you want to pay the price of admission, the shows and attractions are well worth the fee. If you don’t, try any of the entertaining activities above and save some money in the process.

Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.

Most Instagramable Places in Branson

By: Michael Ayo and Kerry Pearson

Vacations are about creating memories, experiencing new things, and fun times with family and friends. One of the best ways to hold onto those beautiful moments is by snapping as many photos as you can along the way. Fortunately, when you vacation in Branson there are many great places for a photo op. We have compiled a list of the most Instagramable places for you to snap the perfect vacation photo next time you visit.

Branson Ferris Wheel

As one of the latest additions to the Branson skyline, the Branson Ferris Wheel and its night-time light show provide perfect chances for photo ops and a little romance.

Photo Credit: Beckie Fairchild and TGC Photography

Branson Landing

With several shopping and dining locations and a $7.5 million water, fire, light and music fountain show, there are more than enough opportunities to snap an Instagram-worthy photo at the Landing.

Photo Credit: Branson Landing

Branson’s Promised Land Zoo

As Branson’s only outdoor zoo, Promised Land Zoo gives guests the chance to mingle with animals and bottle feed some of the cutest babies you will ever see; something definitely worth bragging about on Instagram.

Photo Credit: Promised Land Zoo

Cakes-N-Creams 50’s Diner

One of the few places in town that will make you feel as if you’ve travelled back in time, Cakes-N-Creams offers great photo ops with even better desserts.

Dessert at Cakes-N-Creams 50’s Diner. #springbreak #choosebranson #funnelcake #jukebok

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Celebrity Car Museum

Whether you want to go inside the museum or just check out the amazing cars out front, the Celebrity Car Museum includes iconic cars to pose with and you’ll definitely want to share those photos on social media.

Mater made for a happy boy! #celebritycarmuseum #explorebranson

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Chopper Charter Branson

After seeing Branson from the ground level, take a ride on a Chopper Charter helicopter where you can see sight such as the Table Rock Dam and Silver Dollar City, and head bang with your pilot.

Photo Credit: Chopper Charter Branson

Dogwood Canyon

Not technically within the Branson city limits, Dogwood Canyon still entices many visitors to take a hike and check out the natural beauty onsite.

walked 7 miles & almost died of dehydration, but the view it was for made it worth it

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Dixie Stampede

Dolly Parton guarantees the “Dixie Stampede” show is the most fun place to eat, and the stables that line the building are great for visiting the horses and capturing some Instagramable memories.

#DixieStampede #ChooseBranson #Cousins

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Photo Credit: Kerry Pearson

Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area

Another wonderful spot to take a hike, Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area features many scenic views and a number of great spots to relax and take a photo.

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Parades in Branson

If there’s one thing Branson is known for besides its shows, it’s parades. One of the best and most popular parades to share with your Instagram following is the Veterans Day parade in November.

Parade ready. ❤️????#veteransday #parade #choosebranson

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Showboat Branson Belle

Table Rock Lake is Instagram-worthy alone. Add the Showboat Branson Belle to the picture and it’s an absolute must-post.

Photo Credit: Silver Dollar City Attractions

Sight and Sound Theatre

Performing shows such as “Moses” and “Miracle of Christmas,” the Sight and Sound Theatre is a beautiful location with incredibly detailed statues worth capturing in a photo.

Enjoying the show!

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Silver Dollar City

As one of Branson’s most popular attractions, Silver Dollar City is a must-visit while in town and there are several spots to stop at to snap a photo.

Don’t miss the opening ceremony during Spring Ride Days– you might get a special surprise, as well as a hug from Lucky!

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Titanic

Towering high above Highway 76, the Titanic Museum and its grand staircase are definitely worth posting to Instagram.

Photo Credit: Titanic Museum

Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.

Drive, Float and Fly in Branson

By: Kerry Pearson

When vacationing to Branson, chances are you haven’t fully seen the beautiful landscape of the Ozarks or some of the local’s favorite spots in the area. After you have seen the shows, take some time to go exploring around the area in a fun, new way.

If you enjoy beautiful scenery and unique experiences, then taking a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway is a perfect addition to your Branson vacation. While onboard one of the many passenger cars, you will travel through the Ozark Mountains and witness some of the most incredible views the area has to offer. The 45-minute trip carries passengers from Branson down into northern Arkansas, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

One of the newest, yet more luxurious ways to see Branson is with VIP Tours of Branson. If you are interested in seeing something specific then you will be pleased with one of the four tour options offered with VIP Tours of Branson. From the “Discover Branson Tour” to “Branson Christmas Lights Tour,” you are sure to have a great experience onboard the Mercedes Sprinter Coach with the knowledgeable tour guide showing you around town. When meeting with your guide, be sure to tell him Choose Branson sent you!

If you want to see Branson from the air, book a tour with Chopper Charter Branson. Seeing your favorite vacation spot from high above is definitely a once in a lifetime experience for anyone. At Chopper Charter Branson you can enjoy a comfortable ride in the luxury of the six-seat Bell 206L jet powered helicopter. Depending on what you want to see, you are able to customize a tour or choose from one of the five tour packages offered. As with VIP Tours, be sure to tell Chopper Charters that Choose Branson sent you over!

Get the best of both land and water with a Ride the Ducks tour. This attraction is a popular one among visitors in Branson. During the 70-minute ride you will see the Ozarks like never before. From driving up a mountain to cruising around Table Rock Lake, this tour covers it all. Something that makes this tour unique is the captain of each duck. Not only will you be entertained by all you see during the tour, but the stories and interaction from the captain is something that is guaranteed to never be forgotten.

Another fun way to see Branson from the water is with a cruise on Lake Taneycomo. Main Street Lake Cruises offers sightseeing tours of downtown Branson. Choose between cruises onboard the historic Lake Queen Paddleboat or the Landing Princess, a 100-foot luxury yacht. Both cruises feature an informative guide to point out Branson’s historical facts and sights along the way.

A fun way to see historic Branson is by taking a ride on Sparky the Branson Trolley. There are 13 stops around the downtown Branson area. The total time for the trolley to make stops at all 13 locations is about 45-minutes. This is a fun way to see the historic part of Branson. If you want to take the trolley to specific locations in the downtown area, you can do that as well.

Try something new next time you visit Branson. There is so much to see and discover even for those who have visited year after year. Whichever sightseeing tour you choose to go with is sure to create memories to last a lifetime.

Branson’s Christmas Openings

By: Michael Ayo

Christmas in Branson is one of the most anticipated times of the year. The world-renowned “An Old Time Christmas” festival is happening at Silver Dollar City, several theaters have their own holiday shows, and there is more than enough shopping to be had leading up to the holiday. If you find yourself on vacation in Branson this Christmas, it may be helpful to know what shows and attractions are open for the holiday.

Shows

The following is a list of shows performing their regular or holiday/Christmas shows on Dec. 25, 2016.

– Acrobats of China at Yakov Theatre
          ~ Show plays at 3 and 8 p.m.
 Amazing Pets at Grand Country Music Hall
Show plays at 3 and 7 p.m.
 Doo-Wop and the Drifters at the Branson Hot Hits Theatre
          ~ Show plays at 2 p.m.
 Motown Downtown at the Branson Hot Hits Theatre
          ~ Show plays at 7 p.m.

Attractions

The following is a list of attractions open on Dec. 25, 2016.

 Branson Zipline
          ~ Certain zip lines and tours available throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center
          ~ Opens at 10 a.m.
 Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights Drive-Thru will be open, but the Christmas Village will not.
~ Drive-Thru will open at 5:30 p.m.
 Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
          ~ Opens at dusk (5:03 p.m. according to weather.com)

No matter what you decide to do, Christmas is always a wonderful holiday. That statement is especially true if you celebrate it in Branson. After all the presents have been unwrapped and the wonderful holiday meals have been consumed, make sure to go check out some of these great shows and attractions open on Christmas Day.

Fall Scene

Branson Fall Activities

By: Michael Ayo

Summer in Branson has officially ended and the colors and flavors of fall are starting to take over. Pumpkin-spiced everything has hit store shelves and cold fronts are starting to appear on weather forecasts. It’s always exciting when seasons change, and the best way to celebrate is to try a few activities that are different than what you have normally been doing. Get in the seasonal spirit by trying out some of the following festivities during fall in the Ozarks.

Hiking

Some of the best fall activities are the ones you couldn’t do in summer because it was too hot. One in particular would be taking a stroll on your favorite Branson hiking trail. There are plenty of places to go hiking around town, from small waterfall trails to large state parks with miles and miles of scenery. Dogwood Canyon is always a favorite among visitors to the Branson area. With its six and a half mile trail, combined with the beautiful wildlife and entertaining amenities, hiking here should be at the top of anyone’s fall to-do list. If you want to hike inside the Branson city limits, check out trails at the Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area or the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area.

Sycamore Creek Family Ranch

If your fall vacation to Branson takes place during the month of October, be sure to take a trip out to the Sycamore Creek Family Ranch for their Fall Roundup at the Ranch. This festival takes place each Sunday during the month of October from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and there will be plenty to see and do such as family games, a gunny sack slide, farm animals and a hay bale fort. For purchase, you can pick your own pumpkin, take a ride in a tethered hot air balloon and go on a hay ride. There will also be bonfires, s’mores, concessions and fall décor to shop through.

McKenna Family Farm

You wouldn’t fully be engulfed in the fall spirit if you didn’t visit the McKenna Family Farm to see a fall harvest up close and personal. However, there is so much more than just pumpkins, tomatoes and cucumbers to sift through here. For a small admission fee you can visit the McKenna Family Farm that is basically a fall-themed amusement park. There are pumpkin patches, hay mazes, bounce houses, baby farm animals, a tricycle race track, hay rides and so much more. If you’re not interested in the attractions, there is also produce, pumpkins, baked goods and fall decorations available for purchase.

Halloween Festivities

There is much to celebrate during the fall season, and that is especially the case for Halloween. There are plenty of things going on during this spooky time of year and it’s highly recommended to experience as much of it as possible. If you’re vacationing to Branson at the end of October, but still want to take the kids trick-or-treating, try making your way to either the Branson Landing or Tanger Outlets. The Landing will be hosting their 10th annual Safe Street Trick or Treat where kids 12 and under can safely stroll down the waterfront boardwalk in costume while interacting with businesses giving out candy. There will also be a Monster Mash Street Dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. that day.

Similar to the Landing’s event, Tanger Outlets will be hosting their Trick-or-Treat TangerStyle. Select Tanger stores will be passing out candy to children 12 and under dressed in costumes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For adults, TangerStyle coupons will be given out so they can shop after the Halloween festivities have concluded.

Zombie Hunt

Keeping with the Halloween spirit, one fascinating activity to try out this fall is the Paintball Zombie Hunt. Located at the Branson Cedars Resort in Ridgedale, this interactive and slightly spooky attraction allows you to hunt the undead with a paintball gun mounted on a customized zombie assault vehicle. No protection or eyewear is necessary, and you won’t be getting shot back at. All you do is sit down in the vehicle and shoot some zombies with their “flesh eating” paintballs. Branson Cedars Resort hosts this event each weekend in October from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the cost is $22 for ages 13 and up and $18 for kids 12 and under.

Shows

One other fall activity you can’t try anywhere else but Branson is seeing all the fall-themed and customized shows. TheHughes Brothers Theatre and their “It Show” have shows that cater toward Halloween and Thanksgiving during the fall season. Taking place on Oct. 22 and 26 and Nov. 23 and 24, the Hughes brothers will give Branson visitors incredible shows customized to the holidays. Their “Howling Fun Show” will give attendees a $5 discount if they wear a costume to the show and prizes will be given out for the best costumes. Bags of treats will be given out as well. For the “We’re Thankful for You Show,” the cast will put on a special 10 a.m. show that combines a Thanksgiving theme with their popular Christmas show.

Veterans Day Festivities

Veterans Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in Branson. A great number of visitors come from all over the country to get together and honor those who have served in the armed forces. From Nov. 5 through 11, various events will be held to celebrate veterans and all their sacrifices made in the past. Those events include special shows from the “Baldknobbers Jamboree,” “Golden Sounds of the Platters” and so much more. The events will conclude at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 with the 83rd annual Veterans Day Parade through downtown Branson. If you are a military veteran or just someone wanting to show appreciation, the beginning of November is a great time to check out what’s happening around the Ozarks.

There is so much to do from September through November in Branson, and the beautiful fall foliage can be seen everywhere around the Ozarks. Those two reasons make fall the perfect time of year to take a Branson vacation. No matter what you decide to do, there is always plenty of fun to be had and memories to be made.

Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.

Hiking the Ozarks

By: Michael Ayo

Fall is fast approaching, and with it comes the changing of colors and temperatures. The heat of summer makes it hard to spend hours outdoors exploring the wilderness. However, the cooling temperatures of fall make it the perfect time to do just that. When the weather starts to cool off, know where in Branson you can find hiking trails to fully take advantage of the crisp temperatures.

There are several parks and areas located throughout the Ozarks that feature some of the best hiking trails in Southwest Missouri. With the large amount of parks, trails and nature areas around town, it’s almost impossible to name them all. There are some, however, that are more popular than the others.

Perhaps the most popular area to hike is also the one with the most activities to try out as well. Dogwood Canyon is located just southwest of Branson in Lampe, MO. This park covers 10,000 acres of Ozark landscape and features a six and a half mile trail that winds past waterfalls, limestone bluffs and spectacular wildlife. If you want to get the experience of hiking without walking all that distance, biking, horse rides, Segways, and tram and jeep tours are available at Dogwood Canyon as well. There are also a number of different spots to fish along with an education center and restaurant onsite.

Branson’s most rigorous hike resides inside the Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area. This area’s hiking trail is over four miles long, and features a set of 315 stonework steps constructed in the 1930’s. Aside from the steps, the Lakeside Forest has a number of different things to see along its hiking trail. Those who hike the entire trail will see an old homestead and barn, a grotto, waterfall, two caves, and immaculate views of Lake Taneycomo and the countryside.

Another popular area to go hiking is the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area. This four-mile area includes four different hiking trails, each with its own degree of difficulty. The Homesteader’s Trail is the most difficult, spanning almost three and a half miles long. The next longest is the Glade Exploration Trail, a moderate hike just over a mile long. Another difficult hike is Shane’s Shortcut. While labeled as “difficult,” Shane’s Shortcut is only .3 miles in length. The final trail is the Streamside Trail, a moderate hiking trail that is .4 miles long. These trails cut right through the heart of the Ozark Mountains, providing plenty of incredible views along the way.

Another scenic hiking trail is located along Roark Creek in Branson. This trail spans over three miles long and is mostly paved, except for the last half mile. While this trail isn’t as difficult or treacherous as others you may find in the Ozarks, it ends at a bluff overlooking the creek which provides a great view of the surrounding landscape.

Other hiking trails you may want to visit while vacationing to Branson in the fall are the ones inside the White River Valley Trail System. These trails are located within Table Rock State Park and feature various degrees of difficulty and terrain. The four different trails in the system can connect if you wish to hike the entire 10 miles, and there will be plenty of scenic views of Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake along the way.

While exploring the outdoors there aren’t many sights more beautiful than that of a waterfall. Branson’s newest hiking trail, conveniently named the Waterfall trail, features just that. This two-thirds of a mile long trail is unpaved and runs along an unnamed tributary of Roark Creek. Along with the waterfall, there are also two creek crossings, a dense tree canopy and magnificent rock formations to see while hiking this trail.

Part of what’s great about fall is the cooling temperatures. If you find yourself on vacation to Branson this September through November, make time between show schedules to do some hiking and explore the beauty of the Ozarks on one of these trails. From waterfalls and rock formations to roaming wildlife and old homesteads, there’s plenty to see.

Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.