BRANSON, Mo. “It seems as if everyone, no matter what state they are from, with the possible exception of Hawaii, has a weather related saying that says something like, ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes it will change,'” said Stephanie Milton, Director of Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “However, the weather in Branson over the last few days could be the near perfect illustration of what the saying means, ” she added.
Milton was referring to the fact that the weather has varied from the balmy 50s and 60s of last week to the coldest day of the winter, in the teens, last Saturday; the first measureable snow along with a dash of sleet and ice on Monday; temperatures that quickly rose into the 50’s to erase just about every vestige of the snow and are forecast to average in the high 50s for the next several days. “A neat thing about Branson however,” Milton continues, “is that no matter what the weather or how it changes, in the vast majority of weather related situations, there is always something that is fun and exciting for Branson visitors to do and share with each other.”
On Monday, this writer was out and about, taking pictures of the Branson’s first “major “snow fall of the season,” and, as usual, the roads, thanks to the efforts of the road crews of the City of Branson, Taney County and the Missouri Department of Transportation, permitted him and his little Chevy HHR, to safely access Branson shows, attractions, restaurants, shopping, and other activities. Except in the middle of a storm, when prudence and common sense would dictate staying “home” that has been the case throughout his 26 years of living in Branson.
Although the activities of some Branson attractions such as golfing, Silver Dollar City, ziplines etc. are weather dependent, the vast majority of Branson’s attractions, shows and shopping are not. As an example, the frigid temperatures of last weekend had no impact on Branson’s famed live shows with shows such as the Hamner Barber Variety Show; Grand Country’s Grand Jubilee, Comedy Jamboree, and Amazing Pets; the Hughes Brother’s presents “It;” The Haygoods and Pierce Arrow all performing. This weekend even more shows will be performing including the premier of Branson’s newest show, Tribute to the Four Seasons and The Beach Boys.
The vast majority of Branson attractions are not are not weather dependent. Attractions such as Branson’s Titanic Museum Attraction, the Hollywood Wax Museum, Castle of Chaos, Grand Country’s Fun Spot, Grand Country’s 36 hole indoor golf course, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, the indoor activities of The Track Family Fun Parks and many other attractions are open year round. 2012 is the anniversary of the 100th year of the sinking of the Titanic and the Titanic Museum Attraction is hosting special exhibits and activities in remembrance of the disaster and those who perished.
One of the most popular activities in Branson is shopping and weather has only minimal, if any, effect on its availability. From the quaint shops of historic downtown Branson, including its major attraction “Dick’s Old Time 5 & 10,” to Branson Landing with its 100 shops, restaurants and entertainment opportunities, factory outlet discount malls such as Tanger Mall and 100s of specialty shops throughout Branson, Branson provides a unique unparalleled shopping experience regardless of the weather.
For current information on Branson shopping, attractions, shows, and lodging Milton offers the assistance of the staff of the Branson Tourism Center, in answering any questions; assistance in getting tickets for Branson shows and attractions or in making lodging arrangements. The Branson Tourism Center may be contacted, toll free, at 1-800-785-1550, every day of the year except Christmas Day, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.