Learn to Make Pies at the Culinary & Craft School in Branson!

Whether you are a pie-making novice or are just looking for some new tricks to add to your repetoire, you can join the Introduction to Pie Making class held at Silver Dollar City’s Culinary & Craft School. On select dates during May and June, Master Craftsman of Culinary Arts Debbie Dance Uhrig will guide students through the process of making a wonderful chocolate cream pie. The 60-minute class will feature special instructions on how make a delicious crust and the perfect meringue. At the end of the class, you will get to enjoy a sample of the pie. A One-Day Admission Ticket or Season Pass is required for park entry and reservations for the class are required. The Culinary & Craft School is located just past the entrance to Echo Hollow Amphitheatre.

Feel free to check out the Introduction to Pie Making class schedule.

While you’re in Branson, make sure to catch a show or visit some of the popular attractions the city has to offer. To compare prices and make reservations for lodging and to purchase tickets for shows, visit BransonShows.com for a convenient way to plan you next Branson vacation!

Take the Kids on an Adventure with Big Cedar Lodge’s Kids Day Camp!

In preparation for the summer season, the Big Cedar Lodge in Branson is hosting a Kids’ Day Camp on March 15. The fun event takes place during the afternoon from 1-5, and it is a great educational tool to help your kids learn a little more about the outdoors and spend a some time exploring the basics of camping. Knowledgeable guides will equip your kids with fun tips and open their eyes to the extent of the nature and wildlife surrounding them in the Ozarks. Children will be taught how to build a fire and pitch a tent. They’ll even have the opportunity to play a few games with their peers. Most of the camp will take place at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a stunning paradise of budding plants and trees and a small waterfall. Parents can explore some of the park as well, and there are several trails for both walking and biking.

You’re welcome to reserve Branson lodging if you’re planning to make a whole vacation out of your experience here, and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the variety of Branson shows in the area. Choose the entertainment and shelter that suits you best, and make the excursion one that the entire family remembers!

Branson’s Slow Season is Perfect for Shoppers and Museum Visitors

When December ends, many of Branson’s hottest shows will be closed for the season until they re-open in March. This is the perfect time for visitors who are more interested in shopping and museum attractions than shows to come to Branson.

Outlet malls like Tanger and Factory Merchants will still be offering name brand buys at low outlet prices, so bargain hunters can come in and get some great deals. As an added plus, Branson isn’t as crowded during this time, so there won’t be as much traffic to deal with while shopping. Some of the brands offered at these outlet malls include Coach Factory, Liz Clairborne New York, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, and Bath & Body Works. There is something for everyone’s tastes, so a trip with the whole family for more clothing and accessories will be time well spent.

In addition, several of the area’s popular museum attractions like Titanic, Hollywood Wax Museum, and The World’s Largest Toy Museum will still be available. Guests who can spend hours exploring each museum will find that this is the perfect time to visit. Fewer people will be a the museum, so visitors can take their time looking at each exhibit in peace.

If you plan on visiting Branson during the slower season to do some shopping or check out the museum attractions, visit BransonShows.com to compare prices and book lodging or get your museum tickets in advance.

Branson Slows Way Down Come January

Lake QueenChristmas is sneaking up on us and most people are consumed by the spirit of the season. That is how it should be. However, you may want to start thinking ahead to the new year, which is quickly sneaking up on us! If January includes a visit to Branson, you may be surprised to know that most of the shows will be closed for the month of January to disassemble the fabulous Christmas sets and prepare for the 2010 season.

Just because the shows will be closed doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to do in Branson. There are still a multitude of things to do that will welcome January visitors. Everything from shopping to dining to an entertaining night out will be waiting for you.

Shopping

Shopping in the month preceding Christmas can be a nightmare. The stores are jam-packed from wall to wall and everyone is trying to get their hands on the same thing. In the weeks post holiday chaos, the stores are quieter and the shopping experience is often more enjoyable.

If that is your idea of a nice weekend, Branson is the place. There are many places to shop in the Branson area, including outlet malls and boutique shops. If you’re seeking a stress-free weekend after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the Branson Landing Weekend Escape vacation package places  you in the heart of one of the best shopping districts in Branson!

Dining

Spending a quiet afternoon at home once everyone leaves can be very relaxing. Why not include a nice dinner to top off your day? There are lots of wonderful dining options in Branson that are open year-round so you don’t have to worry about them being closed. For a list of dining options all over the Branson area and restaurant information, check out the Dining & Nightlife portion of our Points of Interest Page. While you’re there you can browse plenty of other activities in Branson.

Activities

While most of the shows in Branson will be closed, there are still many attractions that will happily welcome January visitors. The museums in Branson are some of those attractions. Museums like Titanic-The Legend Continues and World’s Largest Toy Museum will be business as usual. Also, many of the tours will also be available early in the new year. Browse the activities and see what all is available for your Branson trip!

The Track Family Fun Parks in Branson

Branson Tracks“Where kids feel like grown-ups…and grown-ups act like kids.” That’s one of the taglines for The Track Family Fun Parks in Branson, MO, a series of five tracks located along Highway 76. This July provides the perfect opportunity to travel to Branson and enjoy the fun and excitement of the parks, as each of the five locations will be open every day of the week for the entire month. So before the opportunity passes you by, round up the family, make the trip to Branson, and enjoy the outdoor thrills and adventures of The Track Family Fun Parks.

Take part in the go-karts the parks are known for. The parks provide options for guests anywhere from four years old and up, from the Kiddie Go-Carts all the way up to the Wild Woody and the LumberJack, the two most popular tracks around. The Skycoaster is a thrill rider’s dream, as the swinging ride is the closest to skydiving you will get without doing the actual act itself. The slow, steady 100-foot rise to the top is enough to make any ardent thrill-seeker tremble.

Additional fun at the sites includes bumper rides, where you can choose from the standard cars or the bumper boats; arcades, where a total of 200 games await you at three different locations; mini-golf, where guests of any age can enjoy a course at three different locations; and laser tag, where your family can enjoy the black-lit maze as you test your aim.

Purchase The Track Go Card for unlimited half prices for the entire family throughout the year at rides, mini-golf, laser tag, and games. During the entire month of July, however, you can enjoy the benefit of a full day with the card (9 a.m. to midnight), longer than you would any other month for the rest of the year.

For tickets and additional information for The Track Family Fun Parks, visit BransonTracks.com. If you’re looking for lodging and other information about shows and attractions to enjoy during your stay, visit BransonShows.com.

Unique Dining Options in Branson, MO

Following a long day of shopping, attractions, and shows, there’s only one thing on the minds of the average visitor to Branson, Missouri: food. Sure, you can swing by any old fast-food joint and satisfy your need for nourishment, but why not top off your memorable visit to Branson by stopping at a restaurant that boasts fine dining at affordable prices? Branson offers a wide variety of dining facilities serving everything from classic comfort foods such as meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy to gourmet delicacies such as trout amandine with a healthy helping of expertly sauteed vegetables. For a fantastic dinner (or lunch!) experience, try these restaurants the next time you’re in town.

Andy Williams Moon River Grill

Located near the famed Moon River Theatre, Andy Williams Moon River Grill is a favorite of the legendary performer himself. It is said that he dines here nightly! Even if you don’t get a chance to see the singer at his most casual, you can enjoy all of his favorite homemade- inspired dishes offered on the menu. Savor a meal that will fill you up and leave your wallet feeling the same!

Candlestick Inn Restaurant & Lounge

This lounge offers a classy though laid-back dining experience with live music and delicious entrées  that will keep you coming back for more. Enjoy the option of being able to dine on everything from classic club sandwiches to gourmet fillets of lobster and tilapia. A diverse selection of wines are also available for enjoyment with your meal.

Rocky’s Italian Restaurant

Delight in great food and great service at a great price when you dine here! The Italian dishes served here range from simple favorites such as spaghetti and meatballs to gourmet masterpieces such as veal scaloppini. A downtown favorite for more than 20 years, you’ll be glad you chose this restaurant as your last stop for the day as the food offered will tantalize your palette and satisfy even the most discriminatory of tastes.