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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.
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.”
Each 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.
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!”
By: Michael Ayo
Every vacation destination in the country has attractions and restaurants that are by far the most popular in town. Likewise, each tourist spot has their hidden gems that only locals and a few visitors know about. When you begin planning your next vacation to Branson, be sure to keep in mind this list of little known treasures located in the “live music capital of the universe.”
Branson is filled with great places to eat. Whether you’re looking for fast food, barbecue, buffets, steakhouses or any other kind of restaurant you can imagine, Branson is sure to have it. There are several places around town to grab a bite to eat, but only a few you may not have heard about yet. Three in particular would be Yeti’s Shaved Ice and Ice Cream, Billy Bob’s Dairyland and Whisker’s Country Corner.
Located in the parking lot of Sunfest Market on Cross Creek Boulevard, Yeti’s puts a delicious spin on a classic summer treat. They serve up unique flavors of shaved ice such as pineapple upside-down cake, root beer float, and peaches and cream while having several flavors of their own concoction like the Iron Man and Sabertooth Tiger. Billy Bob’s, located on Highway 76 near the Grand Country Music Hall, serves up juicy hamburgers of different sizes along with other options such as hot dogs and salads. Locals tend to rave about the desserts here, especially the peanut butter milkshake.
The Ozarks are great for dining on some old-fashioned, down home country grub, and it’s hard to beat the deliciousness found at Whisker’s Country Corner. Located on Fall Creek Road, just off Highway 165, Whisker’s offers several fresh and homemade options to choose from. Shop through delicious treats such as cookies, cinnamon rolls and fudge or take home some tasty smoked sausage, pork rinds or wine jelly. One visit here and it’ll become a tradition to stop by each time you’re in Branson.
Most visit Branson for the live entertainment and attractions, but the outdoor beauty of the Ozarks shouldn’t be ignored. One place in particular that you need to know about is the Shepherd of the Hills boat ramp, located near the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. This area of Lake Taneycomo has a small, one lane boat ramp and parking for 20 rigs, but is a great place to fish for trout.
If you don’t own a boat or fishing doesn’t interest you much, Branson’s waterfall hiking trail is another great way to experience the town’s beautiful scenery. Waterfall Trail is one of the newest hiking trails in Branson and runs along an unnamed tributary of Roark Creek. The trail is roughly two-thirds of a mile long and features a dense tree canopy, rock formations and a waterfall. Located just north of the intersection of Roark Valley Road and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Waterfall Trail is a great option for a peaceful day of enjoying the outdoors.
There are several attractions throughout town that provide plenty of fun for your entire vacation. But did you know there are some attractions designed to challenge and make you think? The Escape Branson and Escape Code Branson are two options for fun and excitement you should try on your next vacation.
Located on Commercial Street in downtown Branson, the Escape Branson has two different rooms filled with clues and riddles they can lock you in. It’s up to you to figure out the clues inside their soviet bunker or alchemists study room in order to get the code to unlock the door and escape. Escape Code Branson is similar to the Escape Branson, but offers four different rooms to escape from. A military warehouse, mysterious cottage, a trap set by a revenge-seeking stranger and the laboratory of a mad scientist are filled with puzzles designed to make you think as you try to work your way out.
If scrambling to unravel clues inside a mysterious room doesn’t intrigue you, try taking a tour at Table Rock Dam. You’ll get to see the ins and outs of one of Missouri’s largest dams, including the generators that help the structure section off the lakes in Branson. You must be at least six years old and an American citizen to tour the dam, and cameras, cell phones, purses and backpacks are not allowed inside.
Shoji Tabuchi is one of Branson’s most popular entertainers, and his show definitely would not be classified as a little known treasure. However, the restrooms inside the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre may be one of the town’s best hidden gems. The men’s restroom features a marble fireplace, black lion head sinks imported from Italy, black leather chairs and billiard room with a mahogany pool table. For the ladies, their restroom contains granite and onyx pedestal sinks, chandeliers, stained glass and a ceiling reproduced from the 1890’s Empire Period. This level of dedication and design earned Shoji Tabuchi Theatre the title of “America’s Best Restroom” in 2009.
Another interesting sight you might not know about is located inside the Titanic Museum. Throughout the dozens of artifacts recovered from the ship’s wreckage sits the only life jacket that can be directly tied back to a passenger on the ship. The life jacket belonged to Madeleine Astor, the wife of the richest man aboard the Titanic, John Jacob Astor. This artifact is one of the most intriguing displays at the museum, and is valued at over $1 million.
Visiting all the popular Branson attractions are great during vacation, but every now and then you need to get off the beaten path. The next time you’re looking for something new and exciting to check out, try one of the little known treasures listed above.
Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.