7 Amazing Ways to Experience Branson This Summer For the Outdoor Enthusiast

Chopper Charters Branson Helicopter ToursWhile Branson is certainly chocked full with shows, attractions and ever-changing community events, it’s also an amazing place to experience the outdoors and natural beauty of the Ozarks.

Summer is an ideal time to partake in some of these thrilling activities, so make your plans now and head out for an adventure that only the good-ol’ outdoors can provide.

1. Tour the lake in a kayak or on a paddleboard

Rent a standard kayak, fishing kayak or tandem kayak with White River Kayaking and Outdoors. Conveniently located in Downtown Branson at 214 S. Commercial St., this company makes it easy and affordable to rent a kayak, paddleboard, canoe or bicycle for the day (or weekend!) to explore one of the many lakes or trails in the Branson Area. White River Kayaking also offers Frisbee golf rentals! Call 417-335-2210 for more information and pricing or visit https://www.whiteriverkayaking.com/Home.html. If you’re not sure where to set out on your kayak, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/articles/TheBransonLakesAreaOffersYearRoundOutdoorRecreation.htm for more information about the Branson Lakes Area.

2. Sightsee up above with a parasail ride or down below with a scuba dive adventure

The State Park Marina, located at 380 State Park Dr., Branson, offers visitors the chance to ride on the wind above Table Rock Lake with 8-10 minute parasail rides, made possible by the most up-to-date and safe technology. The park also invites visitors to plunge below the surface and encounter aquatic wildlife like catfish, bass, freshwater jellyfish and more with scuba instruction from experienced trainer, Dick Dalager. For more information and pricing, visit http://www.stateparkmarina.com/index.php.

3. Get a bird’s eye view with Branson Helicopter Tours

Snap some breathtaking photos of Branson from up high in a helicopter during your 7, 12, 17, 22 or 30 minute helicopter ride! This unique experience offers a clear view of the cityscape, beautiful Ozark hills and a ride you will never forget.  Visit Chopper Charters Branson Helicopter Tours at 2941 West HWY 76 Blvd Hollister, MO. For more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/ChopperChartersBransonHelicopterTours.cfm.

4. Spend an afternoon horseback riding

Visit Bear Creek Trail Rides just seven miles north of Branson off Highway 65 for a trail-riding adventure on horseback. Explore the Missouri hill sides and creeks while your trail guide narrates your trip through the wilderness. For more information and prices, call 417-337-7708 or visit the Bear Creek Trails Rides Facebook page:

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5. Try a new thrill with ziplining

Branson has several opportunities for you to zipline, one being Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours, located at 2339 US Highway 65 Walnut Shade, MO. Soar through the trees while strapped in tight as your tour guide zips you through the trees of the Ozarks. There are several different family packages for riders ages 18 and up. Just check them out here for more details: http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/BransonZiplineandCanopyTours.cfm.

6. Go spelunking in one of the Ozark’s many caves

Branson brags a variety of cave tours for you and the whole family including Crystal Cave, Fantastic Caverns, Marvel Cave and Talking Rocks Cavern. This area is also home to many unmapped caves full of wonder and just waiting to be explored! For more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/articles/CaveToursInandAroundBransonMO.htm.

7. Pitch a tent and get up close and personal with nature

The Branson area is ripe with RV parks and campgrounds to pitch a tent for the night or weekend but if you’re looking for a more remote area to explore, try Busiek State Forest off of  Highway 65. This park offers free camping, ample areas to hike, bike and explore and even a forgotten cemetery to find with headstones dating back to the Civil War! For more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/pointsOfInterest/BusiekStateForestnearBransonMo.htm.

 

Motorcycles and Lights Galore at the Branson Landing this Friday!

Motor Cycle RallyBeautiful motorcycles on display, a fantastic light show and quality time with family and friends. What could be better?

Join the Gold Wing Road Riders Association June 6 from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Branson Landing Town Square for an exciting parade and the opportunity to get up close and personal with some neat motorcycles.

Admission is free so if you’re in Branson this Friday, make sure to stop by for dinner at one of the Branson Landing’s great restaurants and follow it up with a parade and light display!

 

Give Your Nose a Vacation Too at the Branson Aromatique Outlet

Branson Aromatique OutletIf you’re looking for a sweet gift, a new scent for your home or just a new shop to explore, take a peek inside Branson’s Historic Downtown Aromatique outlet!

This company was started back in 1982 by two women from Herber Springs, Arkansas. Their secret to success? Quality oils that last.

This Aromatique location has dozens of new scents to try out and since it’s an outlet, everything is 50 percent off all the time! And some of the items are discounted even more. Yep. I know — what a steal!

Not only are the prices amazing here, but this is actually the only place I’ve ever found refresher oil for potpourri. If you’re not familiar with it, refresher oil is oil that comes packaged in a small bottle. When your potpourri’s scent starts to go flat, instead of buying new potpourri, you just drip a drop or two of the oil into it and the scent is instantly refreshed and new!

The Branson Aromatique outlet sells the refresher oil for only five dollars, which I think is a more than worthy investment.

The shop’s inventory also includes candles, decorative candle holders, incense, scented wax melts, potpourri balls, soap, premade gift baskets and more and the customer service is extremely friendly and laid back.

You are bound to find something unique for your friends, loved ones and home at Aromatique.

You can find this place nestled right next to The Flagstore at 112 S. Commercial St. in Branson. For a sneak peak at some of the great products, visit http://www.aromatique.com/.

 

Don’t Miss Out on The Price is Right Live! Hosted by Jerry Springer

Jerry SpringerWe’ve all seen the classic game show The Price is Right on television, but can you say that you’ve seen it LIVE in Branson with JERRY SPRINGER?

The Price Is Right has been ranked by TV Guide as #5 out of 60 of the greatest game shows ever, and let me just tell you – this show is just as fanstastic live as it has been since the ’70s with Bob Barker.

Pick up your tickets at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre and register at the box office to win some amazing prizes and cash! Registered audience members will be randomly selected to head down to the stage and compete in the one bid, just as is shown on TV. The winner will then play one of the classic games like ‘Cliffhanger,’ ‘The Big Wheel,’ ‘Plinko’ and more! You won’t believe the adrenaline rush you’ll get once the competition starts!

The Price is Right Live! is perfect entertainment for the whole family and Jerry Springer is well … Jerry Springer.

For more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/PriceIsRightLive.cfm and let us know what awesome prizes you score while you’re there!

Tips For an Adventurous Sunday in Branson!

Whether you’re vacationing in the area or live somewhere nearby, an adventurous Sunday in Branson is best when filled with carefree endeavors for you and the whole family. Here are a few ideas to get today’s fun started!Branson Zipline and Canopy Tour's

1. Try something new and stop in for an early breakfast or midday brunch at Clockers Café. Enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast in this charming, locally owned restaurant located in old downtown Branson at 103 S. Commercial St.

2. Grab your tennis shoes and bug spray and head to Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area for a leisurely afternoon hike. The park features two trails that wind through the beautiful Ozark terrain with a waterfall and cave, a set of stone steps that lead down to Lake Taneycomo., the 1911 Lyle Owen Homestead, picnic tables and public restrooms. it’s located right off of Fall Creek Rd., two blocks south of Highway 76.

3. After freshening up a bit, satisfy your sweet tooth at Marble Slab Creamery. With dozens of cool and creamy ice cream flavors, milkshakes, fruit smoothies, frozen yogurt, cupcakes and more you seriously can’t go wrong with any menu choice here. Visit one of the two Branson locations to get a taste of these treats: 2005 W. Highway 76 or 1107 Branson Landing.

4. Next, if you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at one of Branson Zipline and Canopy Tour’s adventures! A list of packages and prices is available here: http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/BransonZiplineandCanopyTours.cfm.

5. If you have little ones who might not appreciate zipling as much as you do, check out Ride the Ducks for a great way to spend an afternoon on the lake while learning about Ozark and Branson history. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/RidetheDucksBranson.cfm.

6.  Afterwards, head over to Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, located at 3326 W. Highway 76 near the Titanic Museum, and browse the jaw-dropping exhibits white you cool off. Check this out for tickets and more: http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/RipleysBelieveItOrNotMuseum.cfm.

7. For dinner, try Montana Mike’s Steakhouse for a delicious selection of steak, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, seafood and more. Not a far drive from Ripley’s, it’s located at 3225 W. Highway 76, next door to the Titanic Museum.

8. Close out your night with a beautiful display at the Branson Landing fountain incorporating fire, water, lights and music. The fountain is located at the foot of The Landing’s town square on the shore of Lake Taneycomo.

 

 

Summer Lineup of Legends in Concert at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater

Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater has some fresh yet familiar faces in this summer’s lineup of Legends in Concert including Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston and Kenny Chesney!

If you haven’t experienced these exact replicas of famous legends onstage yet, yoLegends in concertu are in for a treat! From vocal traits and mannerisms to makeup and hair, these stars are the real deal.I don’t know about you, but I’m not even going to try to refrain from singing along to my favorite Timberlake hits.

This summer’s legends are guaranteed to bring in a diverse group of audience members, so you can expect to have a great time!

For more information and ticket deals, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/LegendsinConcert.cfm.

And We’re Off to the Races at Rockaway Beach!

Hydroplane racesSummer is just around the corner and according to an article published by the Branson Tri-Lakes News, so are the Hydroplane Races at Rockaway Beach!

After a raceless 2013 due to lack of funding, they are back on this Saturday at Rockaway Beach beginning with time trials at 10 a.m. and five-lap races on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Just fifteen minutes northeast of Branson, the Hydroplane Races will feature boats racing up to 85-90 miles per hour, food for spectators to munch on and several other vendors onsite.

Take your family and hit the shores of Lake Taneycomo at Rockaway Beach to see this exciting event!

For more information, read the Branson Tri-Lakes News article here: http://bransontrilakesnews.com/news_free/article_90d9634c-e5ed-11e3-8037-0019bb2963f4.html