Branson Travel Guide

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Branson Highlights

  • Pro
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     Excellent Musicianship 

  • Con
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     Most of the strip is tacky and crowded to no end 

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     Give Branson a try - we enjoyed it! 

Branson Things to Do

  • Country Tonight

    With the second best house band on the ridge, and young dancing and singing talent among the best, you won't want to miss this if you have the money to spend.

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  • Branson Zipline, Page 2. Zach's turn!

    More fun on the "Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours at Wolfe Creek Preserve." Zach was second up and game to go!

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  • Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours....

    Zipline through the treetops. Lots of fun and a bravery check at the end. Test your mettle. This was "Brenda's Big Day." We were so proud of her!

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Branson Restaurants

  • Fried Green Tomatoes

    We ate a very early dinner at McFarlains, which was supposed to be a family restaurant with local recipes. It was in the IMAX mall. I didn't think the food was very good. McFarlain's offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. In the mornings there is a large breakfast buffet. There is also a little store associated with it where you can purchase a...

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  • IMAX mall

    In addition to several theatres, a lot of stores, and a 'real' restaurant, there was a food court where you could get pizza, subs, ice cream and desserts. Although some of the places weren't even open in the winter when we were there. We didn't actually eat anything at the food court. We ate at McFarlain's, (see photos 4 for McFarlain's desserts)....

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  • Lobsters!!

    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 somewhat and at one point we had to wait about 5 min for next potfull to...

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Branson Nightlife

  • Nascar or the Ozarks

    I had decided that we ought to see at least one show while we were in Branson, and Bob doesn't care for country music, so I thought the IMAX theatre would be a good compromise. There were 6 choices, including a show on volcanoes, a show on NASCAR, and a show called "Ozarks-Legacy and Legend", which purported to be a history of the area which was...

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  • Country Tonite!

    This was the show portion of an optional excursion to Branson.The show is now in it's tenth season in Branson, Missouri, and has been, I understand, voted "International Country Music Show of the Year!".I'm not sure when that was but it probably wasn't this year. Don't misunderstand me, for the price (around $28), the show was more than acceptable...

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  • My mother likes to visit...

    My mother likes to visit Branson. She has seen some of the country music singers perform there that I haven't. She says they are all good.

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Branson Transportation

  • Branson Airport

    Local leaders have committed funds to expand the Branson Airport into a commerical operation that could serve as many as five low-cost carriers, according to local planners. They aren't wasting any time turning the present small, private aiport--located near the College of the Ozarks in Hollister--into a viable alternative for visitors who prefer...

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  • Getting Around Branson Without A Car

    Getting around Branson without your own transportation is unlike any other tourist destination in the US. There are very limited taxicabs. We found a wonderful little shuttle company to help us out. All Around Branson Shuttle & Tours is run by the cutest couple, Cindi & Dave. They picked us up at the Springfield/Branson Regional Airport and brought...

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  • This excursion train is in...

    This excursion train is in down town Branson. We did not ride it. The tickets for the train cost about $20. We rode a smaller train at Silver Dollar City for free instead.

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Branson Shopping

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    by grandmaR Updated Dec 3, 2009

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    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

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Branson Local Customs

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    by brdwtchr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Stone Hill winery has an interesting tour. We learned about how wine is made and got to sample various wines at end of the tour. For people who do not drink wine they had excellent fruit juices made from the vineyard grapes. The winery is in a white building on hwy 165 as you head south toward Table Rock Lake. This interesting tour is FREE.

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Branson Warnings and Dangers

  • Do you deserve something for nothing?

    Standard timeshare selling technics (also used by other ventures) involve the purchase of lists of prospects purchased from companies from whom you may have purchased a piece of equipment (toaster, TV, etc) and sent in a warranty card. On the card you may also have FILLED OUT a check list(about you!).Thus a seller can make you an offer of free...

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  • Not Planning Where to Eat

    Eating is a danger in the Branson area. Not what you eat (raw spinach or raw hamburger) but finding a place you can get into before you starve. It requires preplanning (or reservations if you can get one). One solution is to go to a show that incorporates a meal. A second is to line up and wait (most easily done in fast food joints if you can stand...

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  • Food poisoning.

    Half of our group got food poisoning at Mesquite Charlies. This was about the time that aforementioned revolt took place.

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Branson Tourist Traps

  • Fairfield - The Vacation Club Scam

    Fairfield is a scam. Don't buy into their vacation shares. You have to pay maintenance fees of $400 per month--even if you don't use the facilities! Big scam, so look out!Also, we had gone down there to check into our room around 3 PM and they said it wasn't ready. So we came back about two hours later, and it was ready, so we open the door, and...

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  • The Branson Strip - A Traffic Jam

    The main reason the 76 strip is always backed up is because of the shows getting out. Around 8 p.m. is when most of them are done, and once the people are out, you can't drive the strip. You must let people in the lane. (The strip is a three lane road: 2 driving lanes, and one turning.)What I suggest you do to avoid this traffic is take the colored...

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  • If you like traffic jams,...

    If you like traffic jams, crowds at every turn, cheesy souvenier shops, wall-to-wall fast food restaurants and watching over-the-hill performers, BRANSON IS JUST THE PLACE FOR YOU. If on the other hand, you would like to experience authentic Ozark culture in a relaxed setting, I recommend Mountain View, Arkansas, as a desirable alternative to...

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Branson What to Pack

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    by brdwtchr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As in many places comfortable walking shoes are a must. Most places in Branson are casual. Even at the big shows people wore short pants and t-shirts.

    Photo Equipment: Waterproof your camera for rides at SDC.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: For a trip to White Water you'll need a swimming suit.

    Miscellaneous: Leave room in your luggage for souvenirs. On hwy 76 there are souvenir shops in many places. There are also great crafts at Silver Dollar City to buy.

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Branson Off The Beaten Path

  • Blackberry cobbler and shiitake mushroom...

    Stayed at the Wilderness Club of Big Cedar Lodge for 4 nights. Absolutely perfect lodge and quality experience. Took a 20 minute drive to Dogwood Canyon, a nature facility owned by Big Cedar which is owned by Bass Pros Shops. Drive a little over a mile past Dogwood, and watch for the signs for Persimmon Hill. Take a right turn and follow the signs....

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  • Explore the area

    We only spent two nights in Branson so we really only had one complete day to explore.We used an entire afternoon to drive west of the area starting out on Shepherd of the Hills Parkway and then north where we found most of the shopping outlets. We then took Hwy 65 south to Table Rock where we stopped at the overview. Here we saw a lot of the...

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  • Visit Eureka Springs, Arkansas

    Aside from the Marvel Cave, which is part of Silver Dollar City and a ride on Table Rock Lake, there is no sightseeing in Branson. The nearest day for plain looking is Eureka Springs. The Crescent Hotel and Spa was built in 1886 (just after the railroad arrived). In summer there is also a "Passion Play". The sights there and lunch will use up a...

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Branson Sports & Outdoors

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    by grandmaR Updated Aug 31, 2009

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    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.

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Branson Favorites

  • THINGS TO SEE AND DO.

    SO MUCH VARIETY OF SHOWS AND SHOPS AND RESTURANTS.MANY PLACES TO STAY OVERNIGHT AS WELL.YOU CAN STAY AROUND THE AREA FOR DAYS, OR WEEKS AND NOT SEE IT ALL. SEEING THE PASSION PLAY AND HAVING THE ANIMALS WALK UP TH E AISLES RIGHT BESIDE YOU.

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  • Is Branson a Tourist Trap or a Vacation...

    If Branson is a trap then the bait originally was Table Rock Lake. It arose as a water impoundment in 1959 and has over 400 miles of winding shoreline south of and paralleling Branson. Originally there were only campgrounds and some homes around the lake, plus the small town. It always continues to grow rapidly: entertainment venues, condominiums,...

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  • Visit Silver Dollar city. It...

    Visit Silver Dollar city. It is a theme park set back in the 1890s with things to do for evey one in the family. Great food (a little expensive), but you usualy get pretty large portions. They have some awsome thrill rides, live music (very good entertainers), and tons of shops (a little bit of eveything. This is great fun for the family (I take my...

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