Experience the Magic of the Showboat Branson Belle

Showboat Branson BelleEscape the monotony of everyday life with a relaxing and entertaining cruise aboard the beautiful Showboat Branson Belle.

Your hilariously witty host, magician and comedian Christopher James, will have you keeled over in laughter as he introduces the talented cast members (and himself) in preparation for an afternoon or night of first class entertainment.

While you sit back and dine on a sumptuous meal, you’ll be swooned by the enormously talented quintet, The ShowMen, who sing just about anything and everything including classics, Broadway favorites and hits from the 70’s, 80’s and today.

The perfect compliment to the suave gentlemen, Cassandré Faimon-Haygood will awe you with her angelic voice and spot on performance. Younger kids (and even adults) will love the Cassandré’s set of Disney covers originally sung by some of the most popular Disney princesses, including Elsa’s “Let It Go.”

But we certainly can’t go without mentioning Rhythm – The Fastest Feet West of the Mississippi. The four-man dance troupe’s speed and rhythm is so astonishing and you won’t believe this group’s set of skills as they clog along to some of your favorite hits.They’ll even take a moment for a little friendly competition onstage as you cheer and holler for your favorite.

During the show, you’ll have the chance to exit the dining room and step outside on the deck of the showboat to soak up the beautiful scenery out over Table Rock Lake. The views are fantastic from any deck, but for a close-up look at the paddle wheels churning the water, head to the very top deck. You won’t be disappointed.

The Showboat Branson Belle truly is a magical experience that is enjoyable for guests of all ages. And springtime is the perfect time to get out on the lake and enjoy beautiful Table Rock Lake while sampling some of Branson’s premiere entertainment.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!

Meet Gakita the Gorilla at Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show

Branson Wildest ShowWorld renowned performers and illusionists, Dave and Denise Hamner, have some exciting surprises in store for Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show this year, including Gakita the gorilla.

Yep, you heard right: a gorilla. Bet you’re never seen that on a Branson stage before!

As always, the Hamners can be expected to treat their guests with a delightfully fun and incredible experience where birds appear, people fly, voices soar — and humans turn into gorillas.

A welcome new addition to the show, Gakita the gorilla showcases the wilder side of Hamners’ Variety Show and is sure to keep your child’s eyes glued to the stage. Pair that with first rate choreography, side-splitting comedy and mind-boggling magic, and you have one experience in Branson that you don’t want to miss.

HamnerThis season’s show features an exciting mix of old and new, including some of those returning favorites like Dave’s close-up baseball magic tricks, Russian acrobatic pair Vadim and Mariya Serykh, ventriloquist Brenda Hahne and the stunningly accurate vocal impersonations of Jeff Brandt.

The Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show of 2015 is packed full of fun and entertainment, suitable for the entire family and is sure to make for and adventurous night out in Branson.

Get your tickets now and head to Hamners’ Variety Theater to see this one-of-a-kind show featuring Branson’s sole performing gorilla and an entire cast of talented individuals.

See the Pierce Arrow Show in 2015

If you didn’t get to see the Pierce Arrow crew in 2014, don’t worry because they’re back and better than ever in 2015.

The Pierce Arrow quartet is always up and at ’em with tight harmonies, soaring melodies and a great blend of hits from yesterday and today. You’ll enjoy favorites from every genre and even some original renditions of old hymns that may bring back childhood memories of childhood Sunday mornings for some.

Of course, Shonna and Kenya heat up the stage with incredible vocals, charismatic choreography and an inviting stage presence that meshes well with the men of the quartet.

This family-friendly show is filled with top notch entertainment, hilarious comedy and some of the most talented vocalists in Branson. Stop by the Pierce Arrow Theater and see what you’ve been missing! Shows start up for the season again on February 13.

For tickets or more information, please visit www.bransonshows.com.

These Amazing Pets are Unbelievable!

Amazing Pets of Grand Country Music HallThis show was created with animal lovers and kids in mind and Amazing Pets at Grand Country Music Hall just can’t get any more amazing!

A talented troupe of cats, dogs, birds and humans all share the stage for one very exciting show featuring some of the most unbelievable stunts you’ve ever seen.

These lovable furry creatures will steal your heart with each and every leap, twirl, spin and jump as they demonstrate the impressive agility and intelligence of their species.

This fun-filled, action-packed show is perfect for the whole family and a great way to start off an exciting day in Branson. So stop by Grand Country and meet some of the most incredible animals in Branson!

For tickets or more information, please visit www.bransonshows.com.

Get Ready for the 2015 Branson Bridal Show

The Branson Bridal Show is scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Chateau on the Lake and will feature the area’s most in-demand wedding professionals.

These local vendors will be on-hand with detailed information about their services and to answer any questions you might have. Some of the vendors you will see at the Bridal Show are:

Admission to the show is free and samples of wedding cakes, decor, DJs, photographers and more will be available.

Brides, mark your calendars now, because the Branson Bridal Show is one event you won’t want to miss.

For more information or a complete list of vendors, please visit www.bransonbridalshow.com.

5 Amazing Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Branson

1. See a show

Dublin's Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies

Obviously, if you’re in Branson, seeing a show is probably one of the top things on your to-do list. During the slower months of January and February, you may be hard pressed to find a show but there are still several great ones showing. Check out The Revollusionists for some mind-boggling magic and illusions or see the Dublin’s Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies for a night of incredible musical variety featuring Irish classics, opera, swing and pop. The Pierce Arrow Show, The Haygoods or Absolutely Patsy are great options as well!

 

2. Sit down to a romantic dinner

Chateau on the Lake

Enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Branson’s fine dining options. Choose from the Chateau Grille at the Chateau on the Lake, where you can enjoy exceptional cuisine, an extensive wine list and the beautiful view overlooking Table Rock Lake. Or head to the Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock, where inspired American cuisine is served in a beautifully rustic dining room filled with Native American art and surrounded by the gorgeous Ozark mountains. Level 2 Steakhouse at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel also makes for a romantic dinner venue, with mouthwatering entree items, a high class atmosphere and complimentary valet parking.

 

3. Head out to the dueling piano bar

ernie biggs
Photo from http://www.erniebiggs.com

If you’d rather celebrate Singles Awareness Day than Valentine’s Day, grab some friends and head to Ernie Bigg’s Dueling Piano Bar at the Branson Landing. A menu filled with delicious pub-style food like wraps, burgers, pizzas and more is available and reservations for larger groups can be made online. With great weekly drink specials and exciting Chicago-style piano dueling, your night is sure to be filled with non-stop high energy entertainment.

 

4. Board the Branson Titanic

Sweetheart Month at the Branson Titanic

If you’re planning a special vow renewal or engagement this Valentine’s Day, consider using the Branson Titanic’s $1 million replica staircase as your beautiful backdrop. Even if you’re just planning a night out, the Titanic’s Sweetheart Month events make the attraction even more fun. Enjoy an interactive tour, a meet and greet with the Unsinkable “Molly” Brown’s great granddaughter and have an exciting adventure with your sweetie at the amazing Branson Titanic Museum.

 

5. Enjoy a rustic getaway

Westgate Branson Woods

Rustic, relaxing and inviting, the Westgate Branson Woods is ideal for a short weekend getaway with your love. Surrounded by 145-acres of beautiful Ozark woods yet still just a half mile from the Branson strip, you can enjoy the serene quiet of the natural Ozark terrain while still being just minutes from fantastic entertainment, shopping and dining. Take a walk on the hiking trails, enjoy a dip in the heated indoor pool or just enjoy each other’s company in your cozy room and plan the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway to Westgate Branson Woods.

Meet the Cats at Branson’s National Tiger Sanctuary

A tiger’s body temperature is 102 degrees so it’s safe to say that a tiger stays a lot warmer in the winter than we do! And with lots of shelter and comfortable habitats, the large cats that call the National Tiger Sanctuary home are up and at ’em and waiting to interact with the groups of visitors that stop by.

Most people spend an hour to two hours at the sanctuary so on a warmer winter day, it’s the perfect way to spend some family time. The sanctuary offers several different guided tours that allow visitors the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet more than a dozen large, wild cats, learn about their habitats, eating habits, personalities and even watch them crunch through bones while they enjoy lunch!

Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the sanctuary after you watch a brief, informative video at the visitor center near the front entrance. As you travel from habitat to habitat, you’ll be amazed at how intricate this animal species is and how important it is for us to take care of them.

A trip to the National Tiger Sanctuary is truly an eye-opening experience that you and the whole family will talk about for years to come.

The sanctuary is open Wednesday-Sunday with tours at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and is located just 10 minutes north of Branson and 20 minutes south of Springfield.

For tickets or more information, please visit www.bransonshows.com.