This attraction was being built when we were in Branson in the winter of 2006. It was not open and I doubt that I would have gone, even had it been open at the time. Not only am I not in the least interested in the Titanic (have not seen any of the movies), but the building itself is historically inaccurate--the Titanic did not "ram" the iceberg. Rather, she scraped by, causing hull plates to buckle and rivets to pop, which allowed the water to get in. Also I think having such at attraction far away from any ocean coastline makes it clear that it would be pandering to the lowest common denominator.
But I'm saying that without having actually been to it. YMMV
I have been completely unable to figure out (on line) what the price is for this attraction, but you can buy tickets and also memoribillia on line.
We took the Duck ride, and it was very interesting and a lot of fun. The ride included
# Baird Mountain
# Table Rock Lake Dam
# Table Rock Lake
# Lake Taneycomo
The tour lasts about 70 minutes with about 20 minutes of that time on the water.
The narrator was quite funny and the kids enjoyed it. They let them both sit in the driver's seat.
Adults (ages 12+) $17.95
Children (ages 4-11) $9.95
Seniors (62+) $16.95
Infants (0-3) Free
No restrooms and no alcoholic beverages allowed, although you can bring food and drink.
Missouri wines are not well known outside of Missouri, but are excellent. The vintage outlet in Branson is worth visiting, not just for the free tour and samples, but as a place to purchase your table and aperitif preferences.
Tours are free at the Branson location and run every 15 minutes. Note: Wine sales do not begin until 11 a.m. on Sundays.
SDC is a place that shouldn't be missed when visiting Branson. It has something for everyone! There are great thrill rides, fun family rides, and even an area for the tiniest members of the family. There are shows that everyone can enjoy together. My brother and I saw a BMX stunt show during Kidfest a few years back and we're going again this year!! The food is great, try the bbq chicken plate! If you get there early you can see the opening show of the day. Members of the SDC cast sing some patriotic songs and raise the flag before everything opens. It's a fun way to start the day at the park
The first thing anyone should know about getting around Branson is the following
1. First thing one should do when arriving in Branson is pick up a free tourist map at any quick stop or gas station.
2. Unless your willing to spend about an hour traveling down route 76 at 5 to 10 miles an hour to see all the sights, use the alternate routes, ie... the red, blue, green or yellow route to get to your destination.
There seemed to be two areas for shopping in Branson. Branson Landing, located on Lake Taneycomo, is the downtown restored area and offers trendy shops and restaurants. The anchor stores are Belk and Bass Pro Shops. The Shoppes at Branson Meadows has outlet stores and some restaurants.
As the Blue Velvet theater owned by Bobby Vinton this theater has decor that is furnished and decorated in velvet telegance. More commonly or popularly known known now as Branson Variety Theater, this is a performing arts center for dance & song reviews and themes.
Opened in 1993, the Blue Velvet Theater evokes the elegance and grandeur of a bygone era. Borrowing from the extravagant era of plush movie palaces, the theater aesthetic features hand-painted ceiling murals, blue-dyed floor tiles and blue carpeting with a gold record motif, and hand-wrought iron railings imported from Spain. For more on Vinton and his theater, please see www.bobbyvinton.com.
This is not a country-western music theater, but instead offers the most variety of performances and performers.
Honky tonk recording artist Mickey Gilley owns and operates the steak house and the theatre. HIs house bend is the best on the ridge, featuring a great solo guitarist, several female vocalists, and a comedic slide guitar player.
Inside you will see the mechanical bull ridden by John Travolta and Debra Winger in the Hollywood movie 'Urban Cowboy' in which Mickey Gilley was a featured performer.
Next door is the smokehouse restaurant with mesquite grill aroma that fills the air, beckoning your hunger to be satisfied.
Dixie Stampede is a show owned by Dolly Parton. The show consists of silly races involving pigs and chickens, tells the story of the North and the South in the civil war, and displays many beautiful, intricate costumes with exciting actors. The show was great, but the food was even better. During the show you are served your meal-minus silverware!! The food was delicious and the show was fun. This is a must see for any family.
Head out on a trail ride, meet for that family reunion or birthday party, fill up with a chuckwagon breakfast or dinner cooked over an open fire like real cowboys used to do, spend some time fishing, hike through the mountains, you can even bring your own horse and enter one of the scheduled competition trail rides. There are horse-boarding and primitive camping facilities here on this 150 acre ranch.
If you're visiting in July, check out the annual Chuckwagon Olympics. It's a cowboy party you won't want to miss!
These are brand name people and performers. Even Dolly Parton comes into town now and then to promote here show display. The Titanic is a show to take in for the adventure of like being there. A ship of 1/2 original size was constructed and housed in a building. They have some actual artifacts from the sunken ship and also display events and stories of the passengers like they may have felt going down.
This entertainment park is pretty large, and has a lot of variety things to see and do. Besides rides and roller coasters, there are places to stop and see how the old time culture in 1800's lived with people demonstrating the every day life and jobs to eke out a living. They also feature a lot of shows and entertainments to keep your interest. The entry price can be steep at about $20+ depending on the type and length you want.
This was the first time we had been in a Bass Pro Shop. We took our time browsing and were impressed by all the help working in the store. The aquarium was quite impressive. It displayed several varieties of fish - most of which could be identified. We enjoyed it.
1) Leave: drive to Eureka Springs, Akransas, which is just an hour away and much more tasteful and way more fun. :)
If you stay there, then you can
2) Visit the outlet shops: Gap, Bali, Eddie Bauer. (But avoid the Red Roof outlets, which suck.)
3) Go hiking outside of Branson at Table Rock State Park, which is actually quite picturesque.
4) Play mini-golf.
5) Eat bland, mostly fried food.
6) See as many tacky shows as you can afford. (Expect to pay near Vegas prices for show tickets...)
I had seen Yakov Smirnoff a few times doing short comedy bits on television, and he was funny. Nothing prepared me for the Yakov Smirnoff Show. He had me laughing so hard I was crying! Then, at one point when he talked about what America meant to him, he had me crying, without the laughter. He makes himself available to his audiences, staying around afterwards for photos, autographs, and questions as long as any one in the audience stays. It was by far one of the most enjoyable couple of hours I have ever spent. I would recommend that anyone visiting the area take the time to see this show.