Category Archives: Branson Attractions

Branson’s most special week starts Branson’s Veterans Week and Ozark Mountain Christmas

Silver Dollar City aglow in Christmas spender. Veterans paying respects at the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall at the Welk Resort, and the Hughes Brothers Christmas show.

If one was asked to pick the busiest week of the year in Branson, it would most likely be the first week of November. It hosts the start of two of Branson’s most popular annual events, Branson’s Veterans Week, running from November 5 through November 11, and Ozark Mountain Christmas, running from November 1st through December 31.

Branson’s Veterans Week is the Nation’s biggest “Veterans Day” celebration. From its Opening Ceremony to the 86th Annual Branson Veterans Day Parade through historic down town Branson and Branson Landing, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month, it’s a week filled with special events and activities to honor and entertain America’s veterans, active duty Armed Forces personnel, and their families. These include, but are not limited to:

Nov 5: Opening Ceremony-Vets for Vets Celebration Show – 2:00 PM
Nov 5 – 10: Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall at Welk Resorts
Nov 5: WWII Mini Reunion 1 – 2:30 PM
Nov 5: Shindigs Welcome Home 3 – 5:00 PM
Nov8: Navy Memorial Service
Nov8: Medics, Nurses, & Combat Vets Mini Reunion
Nov 8: Afternoon Dessert for Gold, Silver and Blue Star Mothers
Nov 8: Fourth Annual Spirit of Branson Tree Lighting
Nov 9: Time for Prayer
Nov 9: Rose Petal Ceremony – 2:00 PM
Nov 10: P.O.W. Network 22nd Annual Military Gala & Banquet
Nov 10: Walmart Tribute to the Veterans – Starts 9:00 AM
Nov 11: Annual Branson Veterans Day Parade – 11:00 AM
Nov 11: Veterans Day Observation

Ozark Mountain Christmas starts November 1 and runs through December 31. Christmas permeates the air with millions of Christmas lights, Christmas shows. special events and, of course, its famous shopping. From Silver Dollar City’s award winning “Old Time Christmas’, with over 5 million Christmas lights, to the west to Branson Landing ‘s Winter Wonderlanding” to the east, Branson is alive with the excitement and wonder of Christmas. Here’s a list of some of the major events and links to further infomation:

Nov 3: ‘Most Wonderful Time of Year’ Parade’ 10AM – Noon
Nov 4 – Dec 30: An Old Time Christmas – Silver Dollar City
Nov 1 – Dec 31: Christmas Drive Thru Display Branson’s Promised Land Zoo
Nov 1 – Dec 31: Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
Nov. 23: Branson Tourism Center Gets a Special Visit from Santa!!
Dec: 2: Annual Adoration Parade and Lghting Ceremony
Dec 24 – 30: Christmas Week Shows & Attractions
Dec. 25: Chateau on the Lake Christmas Day Brunch
Dec 25: Christmas Evening Dinner at Château on the Lake
Dec 25: Christmas Day Shows & Attractions

Most of Branson’s shows start their Christmas Shows with their first show in November. Basically there are two Christmas formats used. The first contains about one half of the show that is the best of their 2018 show and the other half is Christmas. Examples of this format are Presleys’ Country Jubilee, Grand Jubilee, and the Haygoods. The second is where the show is all, or primarily, Christmas. Examples of this format are the Hughes Brothers Christmas Show, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, and the Andy Williams Ozark Mountain Christmas Show.

For more information on Branson shows, or lodging reservations for Branson Veterans Week or Ozark Mountain Christmas please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of Branson show and attraction tickets and lodging. They can be reached by calling 800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

BTC’s Best Branson Insider Highlights for October 2018

The Texas Tenors, Kent Rollins Chuck Wagon Cooking, and the Ozarks’ Fall Foliage are just some of the Branson Highlights for October..

One of the most spectacular Branson highlights during the month of October is the beauty of the Fall Foliage which usually peaks during the last two weeks of the month. When combined with Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival, typically smaller crowds, cooler temperatures, and all the exciting live entertainment, attractions, shopping, and other exciting things to do, October is an ideal time to visit Branson

BTC’s Best Branson Insider Highlights, for October 2018, highlights limited engagement performances and major events taking place during the month that are in addition to all the other live shows, attractions, and everything else Branson offers on a daily basis. They are listed by category, sorted in order of starting date, and are preceded by our Feature Show, Limited Engagement, and Event of the month.

Featured Show of the Month: Dolly Parton’s Stampede is the ideal family place for the whole family to have fun while enjoying a tasty four-course feast! Enjoy stampeding Buffalo, hilarious racing pigs, competitions, as well as its Grand Patriotic Finale of red, white and blue set to Dolly’s own, Color Me America. See their 32 magnificent horses as their incredible riders perform amazing feats and stunts at amazing speeds. Experience first hand what Dolly means when she says, “It’s the most fun place to eat in Branson.”

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Since their national debut on NBC’s hit prime time show America’s Got Talent in 2009, The Texas Tenors have become one of the most popular singing groups in America. In addition, to a full concert schedule and many hit recordings, they have filmed two PBS Specials, “You Should Dream” and, just recently their newest, “Rise.” The show is in concert format containing many covers and original music including country, classical, gospel, Broadway, and more. From their first number to the last, the power, beauty, and intensity of each totals up to an unforgettable entertainment experience that should not be missed!

Featured Event of the Month: Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival showcases the largest gathering of demonstrating craftsmen in the country as more than 125 visiting craftsmen and over 100 of Silver Dollar City’s resident craftsmen showcase their diverse array of talents and skills. The festival also features a “Salute to the Great American Cowboy” including Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium; an old-fashioned barn dance; Kent Rollins chuck wagon cooking; the final year for the Buffalo Bill inspired Wild West Show; and much more. It was named “One Of The Nation’s Top 8 Fall Harvest Festivals” by U.S. News & World Report Travel, as well as “The Best Fall Festival in Missouri” by Travel & Leisure! And it’s all in addition to everything else this world class theme park offers on a daily basis.

 Limited Engagements (By Starting Date)

Oct 1-28: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee – The Urban Cowboy Reunion*
Oct 3: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
Oct 3-31: Dailey and Vincent *
Oct 3-31: Oak Ridge Boys*
Oct 4-5: Boot Daddy Presents Gene Watson
Oct 5: Charley Pride
Oct 6: Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
Oct 10: Marty Haggard and Georgette Jones
Oct 12: Joseph Hall
Oct 12-18: Neal McCoy*
Oct 12-31: Yakov, Famous Russian Comedian
Oct 17: Janie Fricke, Jeannie Seely, and Moore & Moore
Oct 18: Boot Daddy Presents Jimmy Fortune
Oct 24: Moe Bandy
Oct 26: Charley Pride with Special Guest Billy Dean
Oct 27: Jeanne Robertson
Oct 27: Jeff Tracta – The Singing Trump
Oct 20: Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan: Grits & Glamour Tour
Oct 18: Paul Harris
Oct 24: Ronnie McDowell
Oct 19: The Bellamy Brothers
Oct 16-25: The Texas Tenors
Oct 19: Trace Adkins
Oct 12-31: Yakov, Famous Russian Comedian

* On select dates during period. Please check schedules for exact dates.

Major Special Events (By Starting Date)

Sep 12 – Oct 27: National Crafts & Cowboy Festival-Silver Dollar City
Sep 13 – Oct 31: First Annual Fall Extravaganza – Harvest Festival
Oct 13: Color Me Grape 5k 2018
Oct 13: Hollister Grape Fall Festival
Oct 24 – Oct 28: Balloons Over Branson
Oct 27: Halloween Boonanza at the Branson Recplex
Oct 31: Tanger Style Safe Trick or Treat
Oct 31: Branson Landing’s Annual Safe Trick or Treat

For more information, tickets or reservations on these or other Branson shows, attractions, events, or lodging, please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of over 5 million Branson show and attraction tickets by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Titanic Museum Attraction honors Women of the RMS Titanic Who Made a Difference

Three of the 19 women featured in “The Amazing Women” on Titanic,” Irene (Renee) Harris, Eva Hart, Violet Jessop.

Jamie Terrell, the First Class Maid on Titanic Museum Attraction Attraction in Branson said that this is the attraction’s 12th year in Branson and that every year they feature a different theme. “This year it’s ‘The Amazing Women on the Titanic’ featuring 19 women who did things that women weren’t supposed to be doing, but they did it anyway. Some did it before sailing on the Titanic and some afterwards, but they were all among the first to break what is today called the “glass-ceiling,” and made a huge difference in the early struggle for the rights women enjoy today.

“These women were visionaries, spearheading cultural revolution,” said Mary Kellogg, the Titanic Museum Attractions’ President/COO and co-owner. “In 1912, if a woman spoke her mind in public, she was considered rebellious, but speak up they did, and the world heard them roar. These amazing women’s personal and professional stories are riveting and intimately revealing,” she continued.

Today, the world is full of successful women in just about any endeavor imaginable. Their ability to succeed is limited only by their talent, effort, and persistence. It’s hard to imagine a time when that was not the case but, during the early 20th century, before women even had the right to vote the prevailing philosophy was that “a woman’s place was in the home” and there were not a lot of women in the work place, let alone in leadership or ownership positions.

Yet, even then, before the term “glass curtain” had been invented, there were early pioneers. Their actions made such a difference that the flaws in that philosophy gradually became evident, opening forever changing the opportunities for women, not only in the work place, but in virtually every area of life.

Titanic First Class Maid Terrell said that the exhibit features the exciting and revealing personal and professional stories of these amazing women and their accomplishments. She goes on to point out that among the highlights is the “Lucile Collection,” featuring fashions designed by Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon who, ahead of her time, was one of the world’s leading fashion designers, the “Armani” or “Versace,” of her day. Not only was she the first woman to have a successful fashion line, she was the first to use the runway and models to preview her fashions.

She designed everything from gowns and dresses to negligees, setting the fashion world aghast at some of her “daring” and “revealing” fashions. So much so that it was included in the movie “Titanic.” While at the ball, Rose points out Lady Duff Gordon and her husband to Jack saying, “And over here, we have Sir Cosmo and Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon. She designs naughty lingerie, among her many talents. Very popular with the royals.” The story of how Lady Duff Gordon and Cosmo go off the Titanic together adds additional excitement and mystery to this amazing lady’s story.

Terrell says that another of her favorites, from among these amazing women, is Margaret Brown, who most know as the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” because she was born in Hannibal, Missouri, had a “feisty” attitude, and for all she did to make a difference. Her exploits during the Titanic disaster have been widely chronicled on stage, in literature, and movies, but most do not know that among many other things, she ran for the Senate in the State of Colorado and the U.S. Senate, years before women had the right to vote; “helped establish the first Juvenile Court in Denver,” and co-organized an international women’s rights conference, the “1914 Conference of Great Women,” attended by human rights activists from around the world, where she spoke “about workers’ rights.”

“The Amazing Women on the Titanic” runs through November and is just one of the exciting, educational, and fun activities that passengers enjoy on a Titanic Museum Attraction “cruise.” For more information on the Titanic Museum Attraction, or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions, or lodging,  please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services. BTC has sold over 5 million Branson show and attraction tickets; is proudly located in Branson, and is a BBB A+ accredited business and may be contacted by calling 1-800-785-1550 or visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com

BTC’s Best Branson Insider Highlights for September 2018

Weaving is just one of the many crafts displayed and demonstrated at Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival  (Courtesy of Silver Dollar City).

September brings the start of fall activities and festivals, and, although weather dependent, the start of the Ozark’s Foliage Season. Every day, Branson offers a choice of exciting live entertainment, attractions, natural beauty, shopping, and exciting things to do that few, if any, other travel destinations can equal.

BTC’s Best Branson Insider Highlights, for September 2018, highlights limited engagement performances and major events taking place during the month that are in addition to all the other live shows, attractions, and everything else Branson offers on a daily basis. They are listed by category, sorted in order of starting date, and are preceded by our “Feature” show, Limited Engagement, and Event of the month.

 

The amazing Clay Cooper.

Featured Show of the Month: Clay Cooper’s Country Express combines the vocal talent and down-home crowd pleasing personality of one of Branson’s favorite entertainers, Clay Cooper, with the talents of over 20 other entertainers to take the audience on an entertainment “express ride” like no other. These include Clay’s multi-talented wife, Tina, who does the shows choreography and leads the show’s ten phenomenal dancers; the multi-talented Matt Gumm providing comedy and so much more; outstanding youth entertainers, Colt & Caden Cooper; the best six-piece band in Branson; and the trio, “Third Power,” with harmonies that are second to none! “It’s two hours of great music, dancing, fun, laughter, and variety that whisks adults and children alike, “down the tracks” on a delightful entertainment journey.”

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee – The Urban Cowboy Reunion is an incredible show featuring “Mickey Gilley” and “Johnny Lee,” two country music legends, in one show! Enjoy this wonderful entertainment experience as they share some of their chart topping songs complete with memories of the 1980 hit movie, “Urban Cowboy.” Gilley and Lee have earned an outstanding 38 Chart singles with 20 #1 hits including Gilley’s Room Full of Roses, Don’t the Girls all Get Prettier at Closing Time, and Lee’s Cherokee Fiddle and Lookin’ for Love.

 Featured Event of the Month: Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival showcases the largest gathering of demonstrating craftsmen in the country as more than 125 visiting craftsmen, join over 100 of Silver Dollar City’s resident craftsmen, in showcasing their diverse array of talents along. The festival also features a “Salute to the Great American Cowboy” including Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium; an old-fashioned barn dance; Kent Rollins chuck wagon cooking; the final year for the Buffalo Bill inspired Wild West Show; and much more. It was named “One Of The Nation’s Top 8 Fall Harvest Festivals” by U.S. News & World Report Travel, as well as “The Best Fall Festival in Missouri “by Travel & Leisure! And it’s all in addition to everything else this world class theme park offers on a daily basis.

 Limited Engagements (By Starting Date)

Sep 8: Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees
Sep 14: Tommy James & The Shondells
Sep 15: Ronnie Milsap
Sep 16-30: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee – The Urban Cowboy Reunion*
Sep 17: Larry’s Country Diner-Rhonda Vincent
Sep 18: Larry’s Country Diner-Jimmy Fortune
Sep 19-27: Oak Ridge Boys*
Sep 19: Larry’s Country Diner-The Malpass Brothers
Sep 20: Larry’s Country Diner-Gene Watson
Sep 21: David Spade
Sep 21: Larry’s Country Diner-T. Graham Brown
Sep 22: Jeff Foxworthy
Sep 22: Tanya Tucker
Sep 23: Michael Bolton
Sep 26-27: Dailey and Vincent

* On select dates during period. Please check schedules for exact dates.

Major Special Events (By Starting Date)

Sep 7-Sep 9: Country Music Weekend, Silver Dollar City
Sep 8: Fourth Annual Landing to Landing Canoe and Kayak Race
Sep 8-Sep 9: Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor Days, Table Rock State Park
Sep 11: 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Branson Landing
Sep 11: The Amazing Women on Titanic
Sep 12-Oct 27: National Crafts & Cowboy Festival, Silver Dollar City
Sep 13-Sep 15: 45th Autumn Daze in aHistoric Downtown Branson
Sep 14-Sep 15: Shepherd of the Hills Car Show
Sep 15: State of the Ozarks Festival
Sep 29: Tanger Fit for a Cure 5k Run/Walk

For more information, tickets or reservations on these or other Branson shows, attractions, events, or lodging please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of almost 5 million Branson show and attraction tickets by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Branson Tourism Center’s Best Branson Insider Highlights for July 2018

Just one of the many “cool” things to do at Silver Dollar City during its Star-Spangled Summer Festival.

On a daily basis, Branson offers a variety of live entertainment, attractions, shopping, and exciting fun things to do that few, if any other, travel destinations can equal. They are further enhanced with the addition of Limited Engagement performances by national touring stars and special events.

The primary purpose of the Branson Tourism Center’s Best Branson Insider Highlights is to highlight those performances and major events taking place during the month that are in addition to the live shows and attractions that Branson offers on a daily basis. It will also highlight a Featured Show, Limited Engagement, and Event for the month. All Limited Engagements and events are listed in order of starting date.

Featured Show of the Month: Branson’s Comedy Jamboree is an exciting mix of music, comedy, and fun. This clean-humored high-spirited afternoon show, has everything; a cast of lovable and eclectic comedic characters, talented vocalists, and a live band that just loves to make people laugh and have a great time. It’s one of those shows that truly does have something for everyone and, whether it’s the great music, the comedy, or a mixture of both, will entertain young and old simultaneously. If you’re hungry after the show, its just a few steps to one of Branson’s best buffets, “The Grand Country Buffet.”

Dennis Quaid.

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: “Dennis Quaid,” most recognized for his roles on television and in movies, will be appearing in Branson for the only time this year on July 28. Dennis Quaid & The Sharks enjoy great popularity for their rock ‘n’ roll / country-soul sound and perform many original songs as well as covers like Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” that Quaid performed in the 1989 movie of the same name.

Featured Event of the Month: Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer Festival running through July 22, offers family fun and entertainment you won’t find anywhere else. See your favorite cartoon characters, Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience, Rockapella, Championship Cloggers, and much more! And that’s beside everything else Silver Dollar City offers. The 1880s styled theme park has over 40 thrilling rides and attractions. New this year is the $26 million “Time Traveler,” the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest Spinning Coaster. It’s a world-record-breaking Spinning Coaster from many different aspects including a top speed of 50.3 miles per hour, making it the fastest with its immediate out-of-the-station 10 story, 90 degree vertical drop”… straight down the Ozark mountain side!

Limited Engagements (By Starting Date)

6-7 July: Yakov, Famous Russian Comedian
15 July: Bruce in the USA: World’s #1 Tribute to The Boss & the E Street Band
22 July: Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show
28 July: Dennis Quaid & The Sharks
28-29 July: Kidz Roc – Talent on Parade

Major Special Events (By Starting Date)

1-22 July: Silver Dollar City Star-Spangled Summer Festival
1-2 July: Hometown Heroes Salute – Ballparks of America
1-4 July: 4th of July Weekend Sale at Tanger Outlet Mall
3 July: Branson Landing’s 11 Annual Liberty Light up Concert & Fireworks!
4 July: Château on the Lake 4th of July Celebration
4 July: Independence Day Celebration at Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock
4-6 July: Stars & Stripes Showdown – Ballparks of America
7-13 July: Ballparks of America – Mid-Summer Classic (11U-12U)
14-20 July: Ballparks of America – Show Me Shootout (12U)
21-27 July: Ballparks of America – Missouri Heat Classic (12U-13U)
22 July-Aug 5: Moonlight Madness at Silver Dollar City
23-25 July: B2 Cheer and Dance
28 July-3 Aug: Ballparks of America – Boys of Summer Classic (12U)

For more information, tickets or reservations on these or other Branson shows, attractions or lodging please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of almost 5 million Branson show and attraction tickets by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Branson Tourism Center’s Best Branson Insider Highlights for June 2018

Some of the cuddly stars of “Amazing Pets.”

From great live shows to exciting attractions and its beautiful Ozarks hills and lakes, Branson offers a variety of entertainment and fun things to do on a daily basis that few, if any, travel destinations can equal. Those daily activities are further enhanced with the addition of Limited Engagement performances by national touring stars and special events. The primary purpose of the Best Branson Insider Highlights is to highlight those performances and major events taking place during the month.

We will also highlight a Featured Show, Limited Engagement, and Event for the month. All Limited Engagements and events are listed in order of starting date.

Featured Show of the Month: Amazing Pets features delightful circus-like acts performed by a most unusual cast! Cats galore, cuddly canines, and even brilliantly colored exotic birds put on a show sure to delight “kids” of all ages! It’s a magical touch of mayhem and furry frivolity and fun for the whole family to enjoy!

The Texas Tenors.

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Since their national debut on NBC’s hit prime time show America’s Got Talent in 2009, The Texas Tenors have become one of the most popular singing groups in America. In addition, to a full concert schedule and many hit recordings, they have filmed two PBS Specials, “You Should Dream” and, just recently their newest, “Rise.” The show is in concert format containing many covers and original music including country, classical, gospel, Broadway, and more. From their first number to the last, the power, beauty, and intensity of each totals up to an unforgettable entertainment experience that should not be missed!

Just one of the many fun things families can do together at Silver Dollar City during its “Star-Spangled Summer Festival.”

Featured Event of the Month: Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer Festival offers family fun and entertainment you won’t find anywhere else. See your favorite cartoon characters, Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience, Rockapella, Championship Cloggers, and much more!  And that’s beside everything else Silver Dollar City offers. The 1880s styled them park has over 40 thrilling rides and attractions. New this year is the $26 million “Time Traveler,” the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest Spinning Coaster. It’s a world-record-breaking Spinning Coaster from many different aspects including a top speed of 50.3 miles per hour, making it the fastest with its immediate out-of-the-station 10 story, 90 degree vertical drop”… straight down the Ozark mountain side!

Limited Engagements (By Starting Date)

8 June: Marshall Tucker Band
15 June: Home Free
17 June: Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show
28-30 June: The Texas Tenors

Major Special Events (By Starting Date)

5-8 June: Ballparks of America – Sum. Kickoff Tournament 12U-13U
7-10 June: 2018 Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake
9 June: Run for a Vet; 5K & Half Marathon
9-15 June: Ballparks of America – Branson City Lights Classic (12U)
9-16 June: Law Enforcement Week
9 June-22 July: Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer
11 June: Branson Skaggs Classic Golf Tournament
14-16 June: Ozark Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Rally
16-22 June: Ballparks of America – Father’s Day Classic (12U-13U)
18-23 June: StageOne National Dance Competitions
21-24 June: USSSA Ozark Classic NIT
23-29 June: Ballparks of America – Bring the Lumber (11U-13U)
24 June: College of the Ozarks Honor America Celebration
29 June: Summer Bopomapalooza (Branson Ferris Wheel)
30 June: Fireburst (Fireworks Display Kimberling City)
30 June-2 July: Hometown Heroes Salute – Ballparks of America

For additional information on these events, or any of Branson’s shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com, or calling 1-800-785-1550.

A “Bakers Dozen” of things in Branson your kids would absolutely love doing!

Silver Dollar City’s record setting spinning coaster, “Time Traveler,” Sight and Sound’s spectacular “Samson,” “Reza Edge of Illusion, and “Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen” are just a few of the exciting things kids, will enjoy in Branson.

There’s so much to see and do in Branson that it’s sometimes hard to focus in on the particular things that you might want to see and do. That’s true whether you’re an adult or child. From among many, here’s a “Baker’s Dozen” of items that we believe most kids will enjoy doing.

It is in a “check list” form so that items of interest can be checked off for further consideration. The links will take you to additional information on the item such as scheduling, pricing and, in many cases, pictures and videos. The information is provided by the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services:

1.  Experience the “walls coming down at Sight and Sound’s amazing biblical production of Samson. This spectacular production is  presented on a 300 foot surround stage and features live animals on stage and coming down the aisles. You can enhance the fun and excitement of seeing Samson by taking a Samson Behind the Scenes Tour to see the animals, and what goes on behind the scenes, up close and personal.

2.  Ride one of Silver Dollar City’s over 40 rides. From the new world record setting spinning coaster “Time Traveler” to rides for the smallest member of the family there’s fun and excitement around every turn.

3.  Watch a dog peddle a bicycle, cats jump through hoops, and see pets, many rescued from animal shelters,Watch a dog peddle a perform amazing feats at the Amazing Pets show.

4.  From big dazzling illusions to charming sleight-of-hand trickery, thrill to the magic of one of the hottest artists in the world of magic today, Reza, in the Reza Edge of Illusion show.

5.   Take a train ride on Branson Scenic Railway‘s historic vintage railroad cars through the beautiful Ozark Mountains.

6.  See the horses in their stalls at Dolly Parton’s Stampede then experience the fun and excitement of the “funnest place in Branson to eat.”

7.   Walk amid 1000s of live butterflies and through mirror mazes in the Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure.

8.  Play mini golf on one of Branson’s many themed mini golf courses such as Fun Spot Farms Mini Golf.

9.  Sit in a lifeboat, touch an iceberg, or enjoy one of the other exciting interactive activities as part of your “voyage” at the Titanic Museum Attraction.

10. Splash, play, slide and “plummet” in 2 million gallons of watery fun at southwest Missouri’s largest outdoor water park, White Water.

11. Experience the “big splashdown” while riding “Ride The Ducks.”

12. Be amazed by the Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai where you’ll see acrobatic feats so phenomenal you won’t believe your eyes!

13. Experience the unique thrill, relaxation, and family togetherness of a cruise on Lake Taneycomo aboard Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen. Narrated by your U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain, you’ll experience scenic vistas and see things that most of the millions of Branson visitors never get to see including the largest Great Blue Heron rookeries in Missouri and areas inhabited by Bald Eagles where you’ll frequently get to see these incredible creatures perched in the trees or soaring above the water.

In terms of all exciting and fun things for kids to see and do in Branson, this list is just the “tip of an iceberg.” For additional information on anything in this article or for information on “anything Branson,” please feel free to call 1-800-785-1550 and talk with one of Branson Tourism Center’s Branson based Travel Planners who will be delighted assist you in any way they can.

Best Branson Insider Highlights for April 2018

Most recently seen on the hit NBC show, “The Voice,” country music super star Trace Adkins .

In April, the Ozark Hills surrounding Branson blossom into the full freshness and wonder of spring, but that’s not all that happens! It’s also when Branson’s shows, attractions, outdoor and other activities blossom into the full freshness and wonder of their 2018 seasons.

Here’s our Featured Show, Limited Engagement, and Event of the Month, along with a list highlighting many other Limited Engagement appearances, and Special Events you can enjoy in Branson during April:

Featured Show of the Month: Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony Award-winning musical, is again captivating Branson audiences with this brilliant musical adaptation depicting a phenomenal moment in the history of rock and roll; the impromptu jam session that brought together music budding icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time they would ever perform together! In 1956, rocker Carl Perkins scheduled a recording session at Sun Studios in Memphis, with his band and another rock ‘n roller, Jerry Lee Lewis. Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash happened by separately and they all just started jamming together.

The Million Dollar Quartet is filled with songs that most know and love such as “Matchbox,” “That’s All right,” “I Walk the Line”, “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” “Hound Dog,” “Peace in the Valley,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Blue Suede Shoes, and and more, but it’s much more than just great music. It’s the story of a special moment, relationships, and a hint of romance, all in a production that is one of the most entertaining in Branson.

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Trace Adkins with special guest Billy Dean. Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered numerous hits to the top on the charts. Among other things, the three-time Grammy nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is also a TV personality, most recently appearing in the NBC hit prime time show, “The  Voice,” an actor, author, and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project. Adkin’s numerous hits include “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing,” “I Left Something Turned On At Home,” “Hot Mama,” “Songs About Me,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Arlington,” “I’m Tryin’,” “Chrome,” and “This Ain’t No Love Song.” Appearing along with Adkins, as a special guest will be Billy Dean who has a string of hits including “Only Here For A Little While,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” “You Don’t Count The Cost,” “Only The Wind,” “Billy The Kid,” “If There Hadn’t Been You,” “We Just Disagree,” “That Girl’s Been Spyin’ On Me,” and “Let Them Be Little.

Featured Event of the Month: Branson.com Honors Purple Heart Recipients, is a unique event remembering, honoring, serving, and entertaining those getting the ‘Purple Heart’ as the result of combat wounds suffered serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is arranged to permit time for those attending to share time with one another, experience Branson, and take part in activities that honor, entertain and support them. All of the activities are no cost to Purple Heart Recipients. For more information or to Register, please call 1-800-268-4014 or go to the Branson.Com Honors Purple Heart Recipients web page.

Limited Engagements (Sorted by starting date.)

Apr 13: The Dean Z Show
Apr 14: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest
Apr 17-17: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee – The Urban Cowboy Reunion
Apr 20-21: Oak Ridge Boys
Apr 20-21: Branson Music Fest
Apr 22-24: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee – The Urban Cowboy Reunion
Apr 27: Trace Adkins with special guest Billy Dean

Special Event Highlights (Sorted by starting date.)

Apr 1-8: Spring Ride Days at Silver Dollar City
Apr 1-30: Ozark Mountain Shindig Festival
Apr 6-8: Silver Dollar City Young Christian’s Weekend
Apr 7: Party with the Stars
Apr 11-29: Festival of Wonder at Silver Dollar City
Apr 12-14: 10th Annual Branson.Com Honors Purple Heart Recipients 
Apr 13-15: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest & Festival
Apr 14: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest – American Bandstand Theatre
Apr 16-22: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf – Big Cedar
Apr 18-22: Legends of Golf Presented by Bass Pro Shops
Apr 20-21: Branson Car Auction – Branson Convention Center
Apr 20-21: Branson Music Fest – Welk Resort Branson
Apr 20-21: Branson Auto Auction
Apr 28: Kayak Branson’s Biggest Flotilla Adventure on Lake Taneycomo

For additional information on these events, or any of Branson’s shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com, or calling 1-800-785-1550 and talking with one of their  Branson-based vacation planning specialists. They will be delighted to answer any questions, and assist you with show or lodging reservations and there’s absolutely no charge for this service.

“Samson” and Silver Dollar City’s “Time Traveler ” are finally here!

“There’s always something new and exciting in Branson; 2018, is no exception,” said Preston Garrison, Business Unit Manager for the Branson Tourism Center. “Two of the most anticipated events of 2018 are the Branson premier of Sight and Sound’s spectacular stage production of Samson on March 3 and the opening of Silver Dollar City’s world record setting ‘Time Traveler’ spinning coaster, scheduled for March 14,” he added.

Sight and Sound Theatres, noted for its spectacular productions, will be premiering Samson in Branson on March 3. It presents the story on a  “jaw-dropping scale as it’s brought to life by a world-class cast, spectacular special effects, and live animals – on stage and in the aisles. It’s an unforgettable, uplifting thrill ride that literally brings the house down!…As Samson battles the Philistines – and his own personal calling – he soon falls prey to temptation, losing his strength and sight. But he never stops hoping. He’s a frequent failure and an underachiever yet, in the New Testament book of Hebrews, ‘Samson’ is included on the all-star list of faith. Discover how God transforms this unwilling hero to accomplish His work.”

Those planning to see Samson might also want to take the special Behind the Scenes Tour of the production. “A million watts of lights, sixty-thousand watts of sound, a massive stage over twenty-thousand square feet in size that wraps around the audience on three sides and four-story tall set pieces towering right in front of you.” It has exclusive backstage access to everything that happens behind the scenes.

The Behind the Scenes Tour is available with the purchase of regular season ticket. Arrival time is at 12:30 pm, the tour begins at 1:00 pm, and lasts 1 hour.

Silver Dollar City’s new $26 million Time Traveler coaster is the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest spinning coaster. “It’s a revolutionary coaster ahead of our time, and there’s only one place on the planet to experience it; that’s here in Silver Dollar City!” said Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions.

The Time Traveler, is a world-record-breaking spinning coaster from many different aspects. With a top speed of 50.3 miles per hour, it will be the fastest and its “”immediate out-of-the-station 10 story, 90 degree vertical drop”… straight down the Ozark mountainside, is the steepest drop. Other “first and only” features include three inversions, a Dive Loop, Vertical Loop, and a Zero-G Roll; a 95-foot tall Vertical Loop; and a double launch. It’s first day of operation is scheduled to be in conjunction with the opening of Silver Dollar City’s 2018 season on March 14.

For additional information on Samson, Silver Dollar City or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com, or calling 1-800-785-1550 and talk with a Branson-based vacation planning specialist. They will be delighted to answer any questions, and assist you with show or lodging reservations. There’s absolutely no charge for this service.

 

Best Branson Insider Highlights for March 2018

Sight and Sounds’ biblical spectacular “Samson” premiers March 3.

“With the winter we’ve had everyone is looking forward to spring and, there’s just something special about spring in Branson,” said, Preston Garrison, Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “The beauty of our Ozarks as they begin to blossom out with spring foliage and colors, the opening of Silver Dollar City, and the start of the season for Presleys’ Country Jubilee has for decades been signs that it’s spring in Branson,” he added.

Here’s our Featured Show and Event of the Month, with a list of the highlights of special events you can enjoy in Branson during the month of March:

Featured Show(s) of the Month: The Branson Premier of Samson, Sight and Sound Theatres’ newest biblical spectacular. Experience this epic story as Samson battles the Philistines and himself and discover how God transforms this unwilling hero to accomplish His work. It’s all brought to life on a 300 foot surround sound stage, with animals, awesome special effects, colorful costumes, spectacular sets, and an amazing cast in a production that will entertain and inspire the whole family.

Presleys’ Country Jubilee, Branson’s first show on the “Branson Strip” starts its 51st consecutive Branson season on March 9. Its mix of that special Presley comedy strategically interwoven into the shows great music provides a one of a kind entertainment experience that keeps the audience, kids and adults alike, completely entertained, laughing, and wondering what to expect next! Once you’ve experienced you will understand why it has been one of Branson’s most popular show for over 50 years.

Featured Event of the Month: The scheduled opening of Silver Dollar City’s new $26 million “Time Traveler,” the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest Spinning Coaster on March 14 in conjunction with the 2018 opening of Silver Dollar City. It’s a world-record-breaking Spinning Coaster from many different aspects including a top speed of 50.3 miles per hour, making it the fastest with its immediate out-of-the-station 10 story, 90 degree vertical drop”… straight down the Ozark mountainside, making it the steepest.

Special Event Highlights (Sorted by starting date.)

Mar 2 – Mar 4: Branson Classic Gymnastics, Branson Convention Center
Mar 2: First Friday, Branson Landing
Mar 8 – Mar 10: National IH Collectors Club Winter Convention
Mar 9: 5 K The Kenyan Way
March 14: Silver Dollar City opens 2018 Season
Mar 14 – Apr 08: Spring Ride Days, Silver Dollar City
Mar 16 – 17: American Cheer Power Cheerleading Competition
Mar 17: Hughes Music Show Presents St. Patrick’s Luck of the Irish Show
Mar 22 – 25: MoNASP State Tournament, (Archery) Branson, Convention Center
Mar 24 – Mar 25: KVD Big Bass Classic
Mar 31: Hollister Easter Egg Hunt Hollister High School Football Field
Mar 31 – Apr 2: Silver Dollar City Young Christians Weekend

For additional information on these events, or any of Branson’s shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com, or calling 1-800-785-1550 and talking with a Branson-based vacation planning specialist. They will be delighted to answer any questions, and assist you with show or lodging reservations and there’s absolutely no charge for this service.