5 Ways to Stay Warm and Still Have Fun in Branson This Winter

It’s true that Branson is somewhat quieter during the winter months, but there are still a host of ways for you and your family to have fun while avoiding the winter cold and staying warm. Try one of these five fun and family oriented activities out for size.

1. Go to a museum

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Branson Odditorium

Branson is full of interesting museums that appeal to visitors of all ages. Take your pick from the Hollywood Wax Museum, The World’s Largest Toy Museum, the Veterans Memorial Museum, Celebrity Car Museum or check out the Dinosaur Museum or Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum if you have younger kids.


2. Explore the skies over Branson

Chopper Charters Helicopter Tour

Head for the skies with Chopper Charters and take in the bird’s eye view of the city. Instead of being cooped up all winter, enjoy an exciting outdoor adventure while still keeping warm in the cockpit of the helicopter.

3. Go caving

Talking Rocks Cavern


Located in nearby Branson West, Talking Rocks Cavern is the perfect underground family adventure for a warm winter day. Learn all about the rock formations, minerals and wildlife that populate this deep cavern beneath the earth and explore the rest of the 400-acre nature preserve.


4. Shop till you drop

Branson Landing

The Branson Landing is the perfect place to get your shop on. With more than 100 retail shops and restaurants, you could easily spend an entire day browsing, dining and picking up new apparel, home decor, gifts and more.


5. Head to the IMAX

Branson IMAX

Many of the shows in Branson are closed during the months of January and February but you can still catch some great entertainment at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex. With more than 15 different indoor shops, a restaurant and snack area and both independent and main stream movies, you’re bound to find something fun to do here!

Branson Musician Takes the Stage for ‘American Idol’

If you remember, this past July ‘American Idol‘ packed the Branson Landing with hopeful area musicians, waiting for their chance to impress the popular television show’s judges.

Well according to the Branson Tri-Lakes News, 22-year-old Ellen Petersen of the Petersen Family Bluegrass Band will be featured on the season premiere alongside dozens of other musicians and given the chance to travel to Hollywood to pursue the title of the next American Idol.

The Petersen Family moved to Branson in 2007 and now performs the Peterson Family Bluegrass Show onstage at the Little Opry Theatre inside the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex. Ellen sings and plays a unique hot pink Hopkins banjo.

Check out the season debut on Fox, January 7 and 8 to see if Ellen can make it past the next level of judging.

For more on the upcoming season of ‘American Idol’, please visit www.americanidol.com.

Don’t Miss A Tribute to Marty Robbins ft. Leroy New

Marty Robbins at Branson's IMAXMarty Robbins is one of the biggest names in country music history. With 17 No. 1 Singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 82 Top 40 Singles, several Grammy Awards and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982, his name is honored by many.

Branson performer Leroy New and his incredible band honor Robbins life and music almost every afternoon with their show A Tribute to Marty Robbins at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex’s Little Opry Theatre.

This tribute show is just a three man show, but it features three of the most talented musicians I’ve experienced in Branson. Leroy’s fingers are still nimble as ever, even at his seventy-something years, and he can pick a guitar like none other. His band mates are just as incredible and back him up with top quality vocals, bass and piano.

Don’t go into this show expecting a lot of fancy lights and staging because Leroy will tell you himself — you won’t see that here. This show’s main attraction is the music and that’s more than enough to make for a fantastically entertaining show.

Marty Robbins at Branson's IMAXYou’ll hear many of Marty Robbins biggest hits including, “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife,” “El Paso,” “El Paso City” and “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation” as well as hits from several other classic country artists like Merle Travis and Bob Wills.

A Tribute to Marty Robbins is truly an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in Branson, especially for all you classic country fans.

So stop by the Branson IMAX, enjoy the show and visit with Leroy New and the band. You won’t regret it.

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

Celebrate the Life and Music of Marty Robbins at Branson’s IMAX

Marty Robbins at Branson's IMAXMarty Robbins is one of the legendary names in country music and his music continues to live on today.

Robbins gained fame with his many performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and sold more than one million copies of his recording “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation” in 1957.

He also had a number of top ranking hits and awards including a Grammy Award for “El Paso” in 1959 and the Grammy Award for the Best Country & Western Recording in 1961 for his album More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. Robbins was awarded many other honors over the course of his life and career as well.

The Little Opry Theatre inside Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex presents an amazing show, A Tribute to Marty Robbins and Classic Country Stars, honoring Robbins and others who left their mark on the country music industry like Johnny Cash, Merle Travis, Bob Wills and more.

You’ll enjoy popular hits like “El Paso,” “Don’t Worry,” “My Woman, My Woman, My Life” and many others, so don’t miss out on this fantastic show.

The Branson IMAX is at 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy., just down the road from the RFD-TV Theatre.

For tickets or more information, click here.

Head to the Branson IMAX for Great Shopping, Live Shows and Delicious Eats

When I showed up at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex to see Rocky Mountain High! A Tribute to John Denver I realized how much fun stuff was going on inside the complex and decided to stick around after the show to enjoy it all.

If you haven’t been there yet, the Branson IMAX is an incredible array of restaurants, specialty shops, live shows inside the Little Opry Theatre and great movies on the big screen.

This past week, the IMAX even had a special Military Film Festival to celebrate Branson’s Veterans Homecoming Week and Veterans Day so of course I had to stop by the huge inflatable tank display that accompanied the Ghost Army documentary showing. It really was life-sized! If you missed the Branson Veterans Homecoming Week festivities this year, don’t worry. Next year’s special events and displays are sure to be just as exciting!

In addition to all the special events and displays at the IMAX this past week, the complex’s many shops provide guests with shopping entertainment year round! I stopped in several different specialty shops, my favorite of which was Ozark Mountain Time Clock Shop. It was unbelievable how many different varieties of clocks they sell and any of them would make a fantastic Christmas gift.

D&D Leather shop was also really neat and featured all kinds of leather products from purses and wallets to cell phone covers, luggage, vests and jackets. There were plenty of great Christmas gifts in there too!

You could probably spend an entire day at the Branson IMAX shopping, enjoying a live show and sitting in on a movie on the big screen. If you get hungry sometime in between all that, make sure to stop by McFarlain’s Family Restaurant for mouthwatering homestyle cooking. After your meal, sink your teeth into a creamy, smooth hunk of fudge, also sold right inside the IMAX Entertainment Complex.

Whatever way you choose to spend your time at Branson’s IMAX, you’re sure to have a great time!

The IMAX is at 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy. just down the road from the RFD-TV Theatre.

Delve into the Life and Music of John Denver

This week in Branson I went to see Rocky Mountain High! A Tribute to John Denver at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex and truly had no idea what I was in for.

The tribute show starring talented musician James Garrett features many of John Denver’s biggest hits including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song,” “Back Home Again,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and many many more.

I must admit, John Denver was a bit before my time but I still recognized several of the songs and as I looked around the theater, everyone seemed to be having a great time singing and clapping along to every single song.

One of the neatest aspects of the show is that James Garrett was actually close friends with Denver so he shares a lot of personal stories about his life experiences and motivations behind many of his biggest hits. It was interesting to hear those stories and get a glimpse into the personal life of John Denver while enjoying his beautiful folk music.

The cast of five were all incredibly talented musicians and it was obvious they really enjoy performing. One gentleman was an incredible fiddler and could play everything from Beethoven to Ozarks folk music. He even pulled out an authentic Ozarks dulcimer and went to town! It was a great display of fantastic musicianship that can only come with years of dedication and practice.

The Rocky Mountain High tribute show to John Denver is great for those who love the music of John Denver or those who want to learn a little bit more about his personal life. James Garrett is one of the most personable entertainers I’ve encountered in Branson and he would love to talk with you and get to know you after the show.

I highly recommend this show for John Denver fans so check it out if you get the chance!

Rocky Mountain High! A Tribute to John Denver plays at The Little Opry Theatre at the Branson IMAX. The IMAX is at 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy., just a quarter of a mile from the RFD-TV Theatre.

Click here to get your tickets or for more information.

Food Friday: McFarlain’s Family Restaurant

The colder weather of winter has been slowly creeping back for the last two months of the year, making it the perfect time for warm, home cooked comfort food.

I was really feeling some home cooking this past week while I was in Branson, so I stopped by McFarlain’s Family Restaurant, which has a reputation for delicious and hearty home cooked meals.

The staff was very welcoming as I stepped inside and the atmosphere was warm, cheery and old-timey. The walls were full of antiques, original artworks and other decor that looked like it came straight out of the early 1900s.

The menu had a great selection of a number of tasty looking options including an especially inviting breakfast menu. Unfortunately, breakfast at McFarlain’s is only served until 11 a.m. so I was a little late to that party.

I moved on to the dinner menu, eyeing the Chicken Alfredo Pasta and the Chicken N’ Dumplings. Both sounded delicious, especially on a cold November evening but I decided on the Alfredo Pasta.

My waitress quickly returned after taking my order with a plate of warm corn bread in hand. It came served with two large dollups of creamy butter which was absolute perfection when scraped over the sweet bread.

She returned only minutes later with my entree, which was a heap of piping hot broiled chicken, penne pasta, red and green peppers, spinach and broccoli all smothered in a creamy Alfredo sauce and dusted with Parmesan cheese.

Everything was absolutely delicious and really hit the spot. For only spending $10 I can honestly say my meal at McFarlain’s Family Restaurant was one of the best I’ve had in Branson!

I definitely didn’t have room for desert but next time I go back I’ll have to make sure to save some space because the desert menu had a number of delicious looking pies, cakes and other goodies.

If you haven’t stopped by McFarlain’s Family Restaurant inside the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex yet, make sure to try it out, especially if you’re in the mood for some hearty comfort food.

The Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex is at 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy., less than a quarter mile from the intersection of Highway 76 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway near RFD-TV Theatre.