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

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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.

Sweetheart Month at the Branson Titanic

February is sweetheart month at the Branson Titanic, the perfect opportunity for you and your sweetheart to seal the deal, renew your vows or spend an exciting date night exploring the interactive Titanic Museum.

Not only is Branson’s half scale model of the Titanic a romantic location to plan a special event with your loved one, but it’s incredibly memorable as well!

During the month of February, the Titanic will also host the Unsinkable “Molly” Brown’s great grandaughter, Helen Benziger and you’ll have the chance to meet and talk with her about her life and the life of her infamous great grandmother.

So whether you’re planning a special proposal or just want to step back in history with the one you love, stop by the Branson Titanic this February and enjoy sweetheart month with your special someone.

The Branson Titanic is at 3235 W. 76 Country Blvd., across the street from the Clay Cooper Theater.

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

 

See the Celebrity Cars of Hollywood in Branson

Stop by Branson’s Celebrity Car Museum anytime this winter and see some of the most well-known automobiles used in the production of dozens of popular Hollywood films.

Whether you’re a car fanatic or a movie lover, the Celebrity Car Museum is a fun way to spend a dreary, cold winter day.

Step through the doors and discover a large display of unique vehicles that have been featured on the big screen like Bumblebee and Barricade from the Transformers, K.I.T.T. the talking car from the Knight Rider TV series from the 80s and the 1988 Ford Taurus featured in “Robocop 3.”

Knowledgeable staff are available throughout the museum and they love to tell interesting stories about the vehicles and how the museum acquired them.

There’s always something new to see inside Branson’s Celebrity Car Museum so stop by and check it out!

The museum is located in the lower level of Dick Clark’s American  Bandstand Theater, across the road from Dixie Stampede.

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

Visit the Creatures of the Promised Land Zoo

Yes, it’s officially winter, but that doesn’t mean all of the animals have gone into hibernation. In fact, at Branson’s Promised Land Zoo, there are quite a few furry creatures still wanting to see you!

During the months of January and February, the Promised Land Zoo may have limited hours, leaving visitors with a choice of either Saturday or Sunday to come by and hang out with these fascinating creatures but it’s still just as much fun!

Pick a warmer winter day to head out to the zoo and experience some of the world’s most amazing creatures while teaching your kids all about the wildlife of the world.

Friendly, helpful staff will always be available to answer questions, guide you through a bottle feeding or just to make sure you don’t miss out on anything fun while you’re there.

A trip to the Promised Land Zoo is a great time for both the kids and adults in your group, so plan to stop by one of these upcoming weekends and let us know how your trip was.

The Promised Land Zoo is at 2751 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy., just down the street from the Pierce Arrow Theater.

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

 

 

9 of Branson’s Most Quirky Attractions

The definition of the word “quirky” is: “characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits” and it’s safe to say that the city of Branson has a handful of attractions that fit that description. So whether you’ve been to Branson a million times or you’re planning your first trip to the area, be on the lookout for these ten particularly interesting attractions around town.

1. The largest rooster in the world

The rooster in front of Branson’s Great American Steak and Chicken House snags the title of “largest rooster in the world.” Located on the north side of Highway 76, this big guy stands 43-feet tall and his closest competition is a 37-foot rooster in France.

 

2. Goliath’s rocking chair

rocking chairOk, this giant wooden rocking chair isn’t really Goliath’s, but it’s definitely huge. Located in the Grand Village Shops just off Highway 76, photos are always encouraged and there’s even a little stepping stool for kids or those of us adults who might need a little help getting up into the chair.

 

3. Mount Celebritymore and King Kong

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While driving along Highway 76, you may end up passing the rock-carved celebrity faces of John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Charlie Chaplan and Marilyn Monroe outside the Hollywood Wax Museum. The King Kong climbing the Empire State Building atop the museum is pretty awesome too. After all, it’s not everyday King Kong shows up in Branson. Oh, wait.

 

4. Mini Hollywood

Hollywood

Who needs the heavy traffic of Hollywood when you can make your way around the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown right here in Branson! Shoot for the Stars Mini Golf on Highway 76 features all the popular sights and locations like Rodeo Drive, the Capitol Records building, Beverly Hills Hotel, the white sands of Santa Monica Pier and of course, lots of paparazzi.

 

5. The Titanic

Titanic Edwardian Christmas Celebration

The great Unsinkable Ship is docked in the Ozarks right near the intersection of Gretna Road and Highway 76, iceberg in all. Anchored in water, the Branson Titanic Museum is a half scale model of the original and houses more than 400 artifacts, a real iceberg and a $1 million exact replica of the Grand Staircase.

 

6. A gigantic ball of twine

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Branson Odditorium

Amid a host of other really strange artifacts, one of the world’s largest balls of twine sits inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum on Highway 76. In fact, it’s so large that the building was actually built around it! I hope they don’t plan on moving that thing anytime soon because it’s a little too big to fit through the front door.

 

7. Missouri’s deepest cave

marvel cave

This photo was taken in Branson — I promise. It might look like it was taken on some strange extrasolar planet, but it’s actually a view from inside Marvel Cave. Not only is this cave at Silver Dollar City Missouri’s deepest cave at 505 feet, but it’s also home to the third largest entrance room in North America and brags the first and only cable train inside a cave.

 

8. The world’s largest bronze memorial

veterans sculpture

Weighing in at 15 tons and measuring 70-feet long, this Veterans Memorial Sculpture is truly a sight to see. Located inside the Veterans Memorial Museum on the Branson strip, the artistic depiction of 50 life-size soldiers storming a beach is valued at three million dollars and was created by museum owner and sculptor Fred Hoppe.

 

9. Larger-than-life musical instruments

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The entrance of Grand Country Music Hall on Highway 76 is adorned by one of the largest fiddles you’ve likely ever seen and right next door at Grand Country’s Fun Spot is a 47-foot-long Gibson banjo that will make anyone look tiny in comparison. Oddly enough, these huge instruments are easily missed from the road if you’re not looking for them so head inside Grand Country for the most impressive views.

Big Cedar Lodge Gets a Shout Out in Men’s Journal

While Men’s Journal isn’t the first place you’d expect to come across an article featuring Big Cedar Lodge, the luxury resort was indeed featured in the publication’s article “20 Old Hotels That Are Completely New Again.”

Oh, so you didn’t know that Big Cedar Lodge wasn’t always a lavish outdoor resort? Me neither! As you’ll read in the article from Men’s Journal, the beautiful Devil’s Pool Ranch Resort began as two separate homes that were built in the 1920s. The two homes were merged into one and a stable, swimming pool and hunting lodge were added. Johnny Morris picked up the property years later and as we all know, he excels at making things look absolutely gorgeous. So that’s just what he did.

Today, Big Cedar Lodge and the new Top of the Rock expansion provide visitors with endless amenities including a brand new spa, wedding chapel and honeymoon cabin, a history museum, nature trail and a state-of-the-art golf course.

Looking at the luxurious outdoor resort today, it’s hard to believe that Big Cedar Lodge began as just two homes and later, an old hotel from the 1940s.

Want to read more about 19 other beautifully restored hotels? Check out the article from Men’s Journal here.

For more about Big Cedar Lodge, visit www.bransonshows.com.