A lot of folks in the area are experiencing a bit of cabin fever even though winter has just begun. Lilley’s Landing has the cure for your winter blues with the Master Trout Championship on Saturday, January 12, and also the Vince Elfrink Memorial Tournament on Saturday, February 23. These catch-and-release fishing tournaments offer cash prizes and trophies for the top four teams, and also a Big Trout Cash Prize for the heaviest brown and rainbow trout.
Located just two miles from the 76 Strip, Lilley’s Landing Resort and Marina is the ideal destination for your Branson vacation. This friendly, family-run resort is located on beautiful Lake Taneycomo and offers amenities like an outdoor pool, playground, boat rentals, tackle shop, fully equipped kitchens in each unit, guided fishing trips, and much more to make your trip to Branson perfect. For more information about Lilley’s Landing and their winter fishing tournaments, follow this link.
The majority of shows in Branson take a break during the winter months, but some shows stick around all year long. One local favorite is Grand Country Theater’s signature show, Grand Jubilee, which features an amazing lineup of outstanding Branson performers. The quartet, New South, will amaze guests with their renditions of favorite country songs, gospel music, oldies, and more. Find out more about the Grand Jubilee by clicking this link.
Another activity lasting all year is Chopper Charters Branson Helicopter Tours which offers a unique perspective of Branson. A licensed pilot will pass over favorite Branson destinations such as the Branson Landing, Table Rock Dam, Shepherd of the Hills, Bull Shoals Dam, Silver Dollar City, Branson Strip, Big Cedar Resort, and many more locations while providing interesting information about the area. There are a handful of options to fit any budget or schedule, so make your trip to Branson unforgettable with Chopper Charters Branson. Learn more by following this link.
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Believe it or not, Christmas will be upon us soon, and Branson is already starting to celebrate the season! From twinkling lights and traditional stage plays to energetic variety shows and comedy, Branson has something for everyone at Christmastime.
Singers and dancers in dazzling holiday costumes pay tribute to the beloved holiday entertainment of Hollywood in this festive variety show. Scenes from The Nutcracker and Christmas in New York will be recreated live on stage, along with performances of favorite Christmas songs and appearances by Santa and his elves. This year’s show features a special tribute to the film White Christmas.
Enjoy the beauty of thousands of sparkling Christmas lights without leaving the warmth of your vehicle at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. This 2 mile trail features life-size 3D figures in animated scenes like the Nativity and Santa’s Workshop. A variety of scenes, from religious and patriotic to fantasy await visitors to the Trail of Lights. When the lights tour is over, ride to the top of Inspiration Tower for an amazing view of Branson from above.
For more holiday cheer at the scenic Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, take in the Christmas on the Trail show. You’ll enjoy an authentic cowboy-style dinner served from the chuckwagon and join the cowboys in singing carols around the campfire. Admission to the Trail of Lights and Inspiration Tower is included with the price of the show, so you’ll get the full Shepherd of the Hills experience.
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Balloons Over Branson Creek brings hot air balloonists from around the Midwest to the Branson area for a weekend of aerial sports and fun. There will be a balloon competition, poered parachutes, skydivers, and a balloon glow at dusk on Saturday. There are plenty of activities on the ground for spectators to enjoy too: hay rides, food and crafting booths, and a dog walk to benefit the Shepherd of the Hills Humane Society. Balloons Over Branson Creek will take place Oct 19-21 at The Communities, near Hollister.
National Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City
The National Harvest Festival is a perfect time to visit Silver Dollar City. There are over 125 visiting crafters, plus crafting demonstrations and a special culinary school. This year’s festival is more action-packed than ever with the Salute to the American Cowboy. There’s a wild west style Stunt Show, where daring cowboys show off trick horses, bull whip, quick rope, and gun spinning. See wild mustangs and listen to some cowboy poetry. If you’re looking for even more excitement, Silver Dollar City’s thrilling rides like Wildfire and Powderkeg.
Hollywood Wax Museum
Take a break from the autumn chill with a visit to the Hollywood Wax Museum. The museum contains wax figures in the likenesses of movie stars, singers, and other celebrities from all eras of history. Find your favorite stars and take home some unforgettable photos of you with your favorite celebs.
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Celebrate some sauced-up succulent food and toe-tappin’ tunes at the upcoming Rock N Ribs Fest of Springfield, near Branson, a festival that benefits the Ozark’s children’s charities. The Annual Rock nN Ribs Fest is arriving for its 13th year on April 20-21, bringing with it contests, shows, events, mouthwatering BBQ and rock and roll. Teams will compete in a series of events, with the winners receiving an award of up to $5,000. Contests include Best Sauce, Best Margarita, Anything But Meat, which is a dessert and side dish contest, and Best Bloody Mary as well as a few eating competitions, like the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Eating Contest and the Pie Eating Contest.
For those who aren’t involved in the competition, there are several other things going on around the festival grounds that you can really sink your teeth into. Sample all of the BBQ and vote for your favorite, play a charity game of Texas Hold ’Em, or watch the Motorcycle Show. There will also be 11 hours of live music performed by local bands so you can rock out while you eat.
The festival also provides tons of entertainment for your kids. Visit the YMCA Kids Zone, where there will be several games set up, including the ever-popular Bungee Run. Be sure to visit the balloon clowns for your own, personal inflatable animal, and shoot hoops with the Lady Bears Basketball Team.
The Annual Rock N Rib Fest’s proceeds go to children’s charities, like Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Mobile Dental Unit, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Harmony House and many others. Last year, the festival raised 140,000 for these charities and hopes to do even more for the children of the Ozarks this year.
Tickets are only $10 at the door, so trek on down to Rock N Rib Fest this weekend. The event often draws thousands of people, so book your nearby hotel in advance. Try the Sleep Inn Medical District, which is only 1 ½ miles away.
Travel the world, all without ever leaving Branson. The highly anticipated event World-Fest is back at Silver Dollar City this April through May. Visit your favorite theme park to experience the different cultures of the world., including Italy, Hawaii, Peru, Kenya, Russia, and more. Watch impressive dance numbers, listen to the melodic sounds of the musical performers, and give your taste buds a treat with the variety of different foods available.
World-Fest is always a popular event with Branson visitors and locals. It starts on April 12 and lasts until May 6. It is America’s Largest International Festival, incorporating unique and exciting cultures from all over the world in brilliant dance and musical displays and mouth-watering food. Traditional acts have included the Russian Academic Band, renowned harpist Dearbhail Finnegan from Ireland, the Slovenian Polka Party, and more. This year, new acts are joining these favorites. La Bella Musica, featuring Carnegie Hall veteran Aaron Caruso, soprano Melanie Goerlitz, and World Accordion Champion Cory Pesaturo, is a highly anticipated music event. At Viva Italia, the Red Gold Courtyard bursts into life as flag throwers, statues, and silt walkers fill the area in a costume parade. More new acts include The Mariachi Divas, the Traditional Hawaiian Country Music Show, the Peruvian Yawar Chicchi Scissor Dancers, and the Kenyan Sarakasi Acrobats. All of these acts and more are guaranteed to give you a unique insight into the different cultures of the world.
You can’t forget about the food, either. Tastes of the World features delicious, nachos from Naples, Dublin, and Juarez, all different in their own recipes. Italy brings traditional spaghetti with meatballs and stuffed calzones, while Old Mexico’s carnitas, chicken fajitas, and sonora dogs will make your taste buds leap for joy. Ireland, Greece, and China all feature their own delectable dishes as well. Try fries from across the world, including France, Vietnam, and Spain, and a variety of desserts will also be available to try. Tiramisu from Italy and German “apfel” dumplings always leave an impression on guests.
While visiting the theme park for the festival, be sure to check out some of Silver Dollar City‘s thrilling rides and attractions. Fast-paced roller coasters take you for the ride of your life, through the treetops on Thunderation and down fifteen stories on WildFire. Family rides include The GIANT Swing and Fire-In-The-Hole. Get a little wet on one of the water rides, American Plunge, Lost River of the Ozarks, and RiverBlast. A visit to Grandfather’s Mansion is guaranteed to mystify you, with its rooms full of slanting floors, mirrored walls, and dizzying effects. Get a little more culture when you visit one of the park’s shows. At Cajun Connection, join Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Cedric Benoit and the Cajun Connection band as they salute the music of Louisiana.
If you’re not from the Branson area, there are many hotels within close distance to the park and some of the city’s other great attractions. Still Waters Resort is just one of the lodging destinations within two miles of Silver Dollar City. At the resort, you can enjoy outdoor activities, including a swim in one of the three outdoor pools, water slides, a running path, and more. Many more hotels are located within a short five mile drive of the park, and are surrounded by several other top attractions, such as Acrobats of China, Branson Titanic, and the Hollywood Wax Museum. The Hampton Inn Branson on the Strip provides guests with comfortable lodging and convenient amenities, including an indoor pool. Or, the Quality Inn – Shepherd of the Hills Expressway provides exceptional services and easy access to Branson entertainment.
World-Fest is the perfect chance to experience the world. Without ever leaving the Silver Dollar City theme park, you can have the chance to learn more about all of the exciting cultures in a unique event, full of laughter and music.
Pack your bags and get ready for a spring vacation full of excitement and entertainment when you visit Branson, MO. Fly through the trees, climb to great heights, and dive into the lake for an adventurous weekend the whole family will love. Amusement parks, ziplines, and more fill Branson with family-friendly activities that will keep you moving and enjoying the warming weather.
As the days get longer and the temperature rises, it’s the perfect chance to shed some layers and spend more time in the outdoors. Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours have a selection of exciting adventures to choose from. Climb your post and soar above the treeline as you shoot from one platform to the next. Look around, above, and below at the scenic, vibrant nature. Take a canopy tour for the opportunity to search for different plant types and native wildlife. Trek through suspension bridges and learn about the nature you’ll be seeing when you strap in and zip across the path. Friendly, experienced guides lead each excursion and are always ready to calm your nerves and prepare you for your zipline adventure. The Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours are appropriate for both kids and adults and always provide a memorable time.
Then get an even more “inspiring” experience with nature when you ascend to the top of the Inspiration Tower. On a beautiful spring day, from atop the two hundred and thirty-foot tall tower, you can see across the landscapes ninety miles. The panoramic view is incomparable to anywhere else in the Ozarks. Scan the brilliant, green treetops for signs of life, three hundred and sixty degrees around. The tower stands tall, as a tribute to the natural beauty of the Ozarks. An audio tour is available to tell you what you’re looking at as you stare out the windows or venture out to the observation deck. Experience from the horizon the awe and magnificence of nature as it blossoms in the spring.
Kids and parents alike will love the Ride the Ducks adventure. Board one of the two cruises and travel through Branson in a unique way. Ride the Ducks gives you the opportunity to tour Branson’s land and water. Grab a duck-billed noisemaker and quack along with the captain and the music as your guide drives you through the streets, from the 76 Strip to the city’s landscape. Then, splash into either Table Rock Lake or Lake Taneycomo for the next portion of the tour. Float along the water for a relaxing and scenic cruise. Spring is the perfect time to hop on a duck and drive across Branson. The cool breeze and warmer weather combine together for the perfect temperature, and the plants are coming to life in vivid and bright colors for an incredible view. For a different kind of adventure, Ride the Ducks takes you through the beautiful scenery of Branson’s city-life and nature.
Of course, Silver Dollar City is a Branson adventure you cannot miss out on. Rushing roller coasters, treetop fun houses, and majestic caves make this amusement park the perfect spring destination. While it may not be quite warm enough yet for the park’s three exciting water rides, the whole family can join together for a thrilling journey through the Ozark’s past on Fire-In-The-Hole, or board a barn swing and soar pendulum-style on The GIANT Swing. While the younger kids will love playing in the Half Dollar Holler play area, Mom, Dad, and the older kids will find some more thrills on the coasters. Board Thunderation and cause a rumble in the treetops, or fly high, loop, and roll on WildFire. On the Frisco Steam Train, take a ride through the beautiful countryside surrounding the park. Even the occasional train robbers who interrupt your ride only add to the adventure. The park also consists of riveting shows that will bring amusement to the entire family. At McHaffie’s Homestead, take a step back into the late nineteenth century for a different kind of backwoods adventure. Silver Dollar City’s many rides, attractions, and shows always cater to your adventurous needs.
With park rides, unique land and water cruises, incredible sights, and ziplines, a visit to Branson this spring is guaranteed to be full of fun and excitement for the entire family. These activities are just a few of the thrilling choices Branson offers for family fun. Horseback riding, wine classes, showboat cruises, and more all add to your adventurous experience. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the spring season in Branson, MO this year.
Get ready for the 22nd Annual Old Time Fiddle Contest at the Branson Landing starting this Saturday, August 28th. The fiddling fun will go on both Saturday and Sunday, and there will also be a concert with Big Smith on Friday night at 8:00 pm. These festivities are all free, so you can enjoy the competitions, the Sunday Morning Gospel Service, and the finals taking place all weekend long. Make reservations for a place to stay in Branson, and then head on over for the Old Time Fiddle Contest. While you’re at it check out these other attractions that feature the fiddle.
Come see Branson’s first show, the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show, which has been a local mainstay since 1959. The show is a wonderful medley of country, gospel, and bluegrass music with hilarious comedy in-between. You’ll have plenty of smiles and laughs with the whole family. Even if you’ve experienced the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show before, the music, comedy, and entertainment changes from year to year, so you won’t see the same show twice!
If you have a hankering for enjoying a fabulous gospel show while you are visiting Branson, you will not want to miss out on your chance to see the Presleys’ Country Jubilee. This show is a true Branson tradition, and it features a talented cast of performers from the Presley family, who have been performing their gospel numbers for decades. But be ready for fun too as Herkimer and Cecil add their funny blend of comedy making this a show everyone is sure to love.
If you can’t decide on a certain style of music you’d like to hear while in Branson, then take in a combination of sounds with the Duttons Family Show. This impressive group of entertainers all have talent with many having began their musical careers at the tender age of three. The night will run through a variety of styles that include country, opera and even tap-dancing. Let these splended folks invigorate your time in Branson with the Duttons Family Show!
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Strap on your helmet, tighten your harness and you’ll be ready to zip at Branson’s exciting zip line activity. Choose from multiple tours, including the comprehensive Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour, providing a full-length narration from your knowledgeable guides about Isaac Wolfe and the area’s history. For a shorter, more thrilling experience, zip your way across our quarter mile zip line to the exit tower on the Blue Streak Fast Line and Free Fall Xpress.
A colorful, lighted production with amazing surround sound adds to the epic appeal of New South, a male quartet with amazing vocals and stunning performances. Listen to some of the most talented singers in show business taking on legendary country hits and interspersing their performance with funny comedy from Jamie Haage and Mike Patrick.
Coming up May 28 – September 5, Branson’s special attractions, Ride the Ducks, will get in gear for the summer season with their annual “Ducks Celebrate America” tour. Join other passengers on board these fascinating marine vehicles that were once used during WWII on both land and sea. Ride along Branson’s 76 strip as your tour guide points out famous American landmarks and special highlights that makes Branson one of the entertainment capitals of the Midwest. Just when you think the tour is over, you’ll make a splash in Branson’s Table Rock Lake, where you may even have a chance to drive the vehicle! If you’re interested in coming down to Branson to see the highlights, be sure you reserve your Branson lodging ahead of time.
Once you’ve seen Branson from both land and sea, you’ll want to explore it from above with the Chopper Charters Branson Helicopter Tours, providing a bird’s eye view of your choice of city landmarks. Get a taste of Branson with the quick five-minute helicopter tour, or see it all with a deluxe, 30 minute package of the whole city. Depending on which tour you book, you’ll be able to see everything from the famous Lambert’s Cafe, “Home of the Throwed Rolls,” to the amazing Silver Dollar City.
Sit back and relax with another fun tour, the Wine 101 Class at Mount Pleasant Winery, helping you understand the art of wine making and wine tasting through five “S” actions, See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip and Savor. The class lasts an hour and provides its students with wisdom ranging from how to properly prepare wine to what types of wine goes best with chocolates or cheeses. Because they are booked up so often, they highly encourage you to make your reservations before you get there.
You can buy those new shoes or find the perfect swimsuit during Branson’s Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale, featuring an array of merchandise by some of the city’s top stores through Factory Merchants Branson from May 28 – 31. Some of these stores include Red Wing Shoe Company, Jones New York, Tuesday Morning, Motherhood Maternity, and Tools & More. The sale is packed with great deals, and it will go from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day! Stay in some of Branson’s great lodging for the full extent of this shopping event.
While you’re experiencing the Branson atmosphere, you can become better acquainted with the Ozark scenery onboard the Showboat Branson Belle, taking you across the beautiful Table Rock Lake. Depending on when you go, you’ll be provided with one of two shows featuring lively music, incredible live performances and a full production. To add to your great experience, a delicious meal will be served that gives you a taste of all of your favorite entrees, sides and dessert. Once you’ve watched the show, you can sightsee from the deck!
The Branson Belle may have given you an urge to cool off in the water, and you can do just that at White Water, Branson’s most famous water park! Experience many of the water rides inside this 12 acre theme park, including the Surfquake Wave Pool, Bermuda Triangle and Paradise Plunge. Kids are sure to love the amazing Little Squirts WaterWorks, featuring rapid jet squirters and tiny waterfalls to go under. Bring the whole family along to swim and soak up some sun!