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Most of the strip is tacky and crowded to no end
In a nutshell
Give Branson a try - we enjoyed it!
Jolietvilletraveler Says: This restaurant is downstairs from Peppercorns. They have a buffet which includes lobster & crab legs. The lobsters are small, but it is all you can eat. Salad portion of buffet was o.k., but who wants to take up room with salad when lobster awaits?? They were overcooked...
Jolietvilletraveler Says: Grand Country is one of the only "organizations" that are open all year. We spent quite a bit of time in their complex as so many of the shows close Dec. 11/12 & we weren't aware of that ahead of time!! This buffet is o.k., with the highlight being the desserts!! Soups &...
Jolietvilletraveler Says: Located in the IMAX entertainment complex...clean, western motif. Local flyers have 10% off meal, so that's a good deal!! Fried green tomatoes appetizer were fantastic!! Have had them at lots of restaurants & fix them at home & these were top of the heap! Sandwiches were...
Inside the mall were all kinds of stores to take the tourist dollar. Souveniers, blown glass, jewelry, rugs, clothing. Some of the stores are:
Shadow Box Gifts - Collectables including Enesco, Demdaco, Westland, Vanmark, and Charming Tails. As well as Camille Beckman body lotions, Beanie Babies, numerous collectible miniatures, specialty light switch plates, wind chimes, and a huge selection of Red Hat merchandise 800-419-4832 ext. 164 (photos 1 and 2)
Fabulous Finds Jewelry - Fashion watches & rings...plus copper bracelets, sterling silver rings & earrings, gold-plated necklaces. 800-419-4832 ext. 159 (photo 3)
Ozarks Mountain Quilt Company - beautiful quilts, shams, quilted vests and jackets. 417-336-6294 (photo 4)
Fashion Liquidators - Pant sets, broomstick skirts, dresses, jackets, accessories, sequined vests, collars and caps 417-335-3551 (photo 5)
Kelly's All Natural Pain Relief - Oil of Eucalyptus. aroma therapy & essential massage and body oils. 417-336-2127
Legacy & Legend Gifts - IMAX® posters, limited edition prints, souvenirs, soundtrack CDs and films on VHS & DVD, including the Branson exclusive" IMAX® film "Ozarks Legacy & Legend." New toys from Webkinz and IntelliQuest as well as old fashioned mind bender toys. There is a plentiful supply of cuddliest plush animals also. Plan to pick up your name candles and soy candles along with your thirsty stone coasters too! You won't be disappointed with our unique Ozark products. 800-419-4832 ext. 127
What to buy: I didn't buy anything there, but some other shops are:
Animal Land - Build your own stuffed animal! Choose from many different creatures from bears to penguins to even monkeys
Bell's Collectibles - Vintage lace and doilies, collectible dolls, Route 66 collectibles, greeting cards and an ever-changing selection of adorable puppets, stuffed animals and toy items 417-334-5259
Dazzle Magic Shop - Phone: 417-337-8778
D & D Leather Company - Belts, purses, wallets, hats, backpacks, fanny packs, portfolios, bolos and even gun belts ordered to size and caliber. You'll also find an assortment of belt buckles and hats: leather, cowboy, hillbilly, ladies fashion hats and even a sombrero or two. 417-334-7257
Father Time Clocks & Collectibles - Clocks such as, beautiful grandfather clocks, rhythm clocks, swing clocks, unique alarm clocks and even melody-in-motion clocks. This delightful shop also carries stems, nutcrackers, lighthouses and an assortment of collectibles. 417-336-8777
Parkers Perfect - Get your eyeglasses cleaned for free demonstration of Parkers Perfect; anti-fog glass & plastic cleaner. Great for eyeglasses, mirrors, windshield, gun scopes and scuba gear.
T-Shirts & Souvenirs - Lots of t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women and children. You can also pick up film, batteries, sunglasses, key rings, tapes, CDs 417-335-8945
Updated Dec 3, 2009
I'm not a fisherman, but neither am I really one for going to country music shows. So I found this place one of the most interesting places in Branson. We visited the Conservation Center which had several informative exhibits on fishing (photos 2, 3, and 4), and also saw the incubation tanks (photo 5).
Guided hatchery tours are provided at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. weekdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. But we were there in the winter, so we did the self-guided tours.
The facility website says
The hatchery typically produces 1,125,000 catchable trout annually, weighing 301,000 pounds. Lake Taneycomo receives 700,000 catchable trout per year...
This facility completes all trout production phases. Egg incubation and early rearing is completed in the hatchery building in jar type incubation units, and aluminum/fiberglass tanks. Twelve, outdoor concrete raceways are used for intermediate rearing, and final rearing is completed in twenty outdoor concrete raceways. Three earthen ponds are also used for fish production. Spawning and broodstock holding operations are accomplished in four separate raceways.
Equipment: The area has a boat ramp and several fishing access points along Lake Taneycomo, where trout fishing is allowed year-round. You need to bring your own equipment.
All trout fishing areas require a Missouri fishing permit or exemption.
Permit prices as of July 1, 2009 are:
* Resident (ages 16-64) $12
(residents 65 and older and younger than 16 are exempt)
* Nonresident (age 16 and up) $42
* Daily Fishing Permit $7
* Trout Permit $7
* Daily Trout Tag (trout parks only) $3
* Daily Trout Tag (age 15 years or younger) $3.50
A trout permit is required to possess trout, except in areas where a daily trout fishing tag is required. Must also have a fishing permit or qualify for an exemption.
A trout permit is required for all fishing in winter catch-and-release fishing in trout parks; and for all fishing year-round in Lake Taneycomo upstream from U.S. Highway 65 bridge.
Updated Aug 31, 2009
Address: 633 Hatchery Rd, Branson, MO 65616-8938
Phone: (417) 334-4865