The Landing already has dozens of eateries to compliment the different retail locations and the new Buffalo Wild Wings, right next to Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline is just one more reason for people to head to the Landing.
Of course, the restaurant will continue serving up it’s popular wings, wraps, salads and drinks so if you’re at the Branson Landing anytime soon, stop by the new location and check it out!
Big Whiskey’s is an American bar and grille serving up delicious wings, soups, salads, wraps, seafood favorites, steaks and much more. Daily drink and appetizer specials are a popular favorite as well.
As always, here’s your monthly construction update. There are some very exciting new changes coming to the Branson area!
New Spa Open at Big Cedar Lodge
Big Cedar Lodge’s Cedar Creek Spa just opened this month, sporting a full-service salon, indoor hot tubs, fireplaces, an indoor grotto pool and many more lavish amenities for guests. A number of spa packages and treatments are available for guests. The new spa is 18,000 square feet of serene, rustic relaxation.
Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon Coming Soon
The completion date for Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon has been announced. The Branson Landing’s newest attraction is set to open on March 1, 2015. The waterfront balloon will take riders 180 feet up in the air and rotate 360 degrees for panoramic views of the downtown Branson area.
Roundabout Construction on Missouri 86
Bass Pro Shops is funding the roundabout construction at Missouri 86 and Ridgedale. The road work is expected to continue until April 2015. If you’re driving in that area, be aware and watch for reduced speed limit signs.
Branson Gets a New Nature Center
The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is set to get a major makeover with a brand new nature center in the works. The new nature center has an estimated completion date of summer 2017 and will be similar to the nature center in Springfield, Mo. The current visitor center is more than 30 years old and is 2,500 square feet, compared to Springfield’s nature center which measures more than 15,000 square feet.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Ballparks of America, coming to Branson soon? If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat, especially if you have kids involved in baseball.
Many families all over the country travel cart the kids around all summer to baseball tournaments and give up time spent the water parks, amusement parks and attractions that the whole family loves.
Well, an innovate group of men decided to give families another option. Ballparks of America is made up of baseball dads who have spent years going to baseball games and tournaments all around the country. They realized that many of the baseball fields they visited were not up to par and they decided to change that.
Ballparks of America decided to create a youth sports complex to replace the Factory Merchants Mall (or Red Roof Mall) that closed back in 2012. The sports complex will feature two-thirds scale replicas of famous stadiums like Wrigley Field, Busch Stadium and Fenway Park. Each field will feature state-of-the-art lighting and turf to improve the ground’s consistency. Lavish team lodging will also be available onsite, boasting major league-style locker rooms, private bathrooms, air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs.
But the complex isn’t just for the baseball players; it’s designed to accommodate everyone involved, including families and coaches. Developers have included more than 18,000 hotel rooms in the design to provide a variety of lodging options as well as Baseball Village, a shopping center filled with retail shops and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Branson’s decade-old Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery visitor center is on track for a major upgrade and will soon be replaced with a much larger nature center for tourists to enjoy.
I just visited the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery a few weeks ago and spent the afternoon exploring the visitor center and the trout hatchery. But according to reports from the Springfield News-Leader and several other news outlets in the area, the Missouri Conservation Commission has now approved a $1.16 million contract for a new nature center.
The current building is more than 30 years old and features 2,500 square feet of educational exhibits. Although it still serves a great purpose in the Branson area, the number of visitors that tour the place during the summer months is overwhelming for the amount of space. The new nature center will be much bigger and similar to the nature center in Springfield, Mo. which is more than 15,000 square feet and features a 150-seat auditorium, wildlife viewing decks and interactive exhibits.
When I stopped by the fish hatchery’s visitor center a couple weeks ago, I stopped to chat with an older gentleman sitting in the lobby making lures at a table. He told me that he is frequently spends his time at the visitor center mingling with guests and making his lures, but he can’t do that during the summertime because the center is just too busy and congested with visitors.
I can imagine the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery would be incredibly busy during the summer because it’s a free and fun activity that the entire family can enjoy. So I’m excited to see what will come of this new nature center! I think it will be a great addition for the Branson community and visitors to enjoy.
The new nature center is estimated to be finished by the summer of 2017 so we’ve got a few years to go but it will be worth the wait!