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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

5 Ways to Avoid the Heat this Week in Branson

White WaterAugust isn’t leaving without a toasty 100-degree goodbye and that makes for an uncomfortable outdoor experience. Luckily, Branson offers a variety of options for those seeking to escape the scorching sun while on vacation. Try out some of these attractions and shows for an enjoyable (and cool!) Branson experience.

White Water

Branson’s White Water will be closing for the season after September 7 so take advantage of it while it’s still open! The family friendly water park is a perfect way to cool off on a hot August day and the 13 acres filled with more than 2 million gallons of exciting water rides won’t disappoint. Twist and twirl in the Aloha River, race the fast-moving waters of the Raging River Rapids or dare to try what’s been dubbed the biggest thrill in White Water history, the new KaPau Plummet. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyWhiteWaterTickets.cfm.

Jonah

Besides the fact that the storyline revolves around a huge fish that lives in the cool waters of the sea, Jonah is a great way to keep your mind off the heat. One of Branson’s most popular family shows, Jonah boasts state of the art sets, performers, musical arrangements and special effects, making for an all around exciting family experience. Experience the well-known biblical story retold onstage in a way that you’ve never experienced before. For tickets, visit Jonahhttp://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyJonahatSightandSoundTheatreBransonTickets.cfm.

Shopping at the Landing

Hit all the hot end-of-summer sales while browsing your favorite styles in the nice air conditioned shops of the Branson Landing. With more than 100 shopping choices and 16 different dining options, you could easily spend a day cooling off at this beautiful, lakeside retail center. Plus, beating the heat may be the only instance in which your young kids and/or husband will gladly follow you into your favorite retail shop, so soak it up!

Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline

While you’re at The Landing, stop by Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline for a refreshing zip across Lake Taneycomo. The exhilarating ride will not only provide you with a fantastic birds-eye view of the entire Historic Downtown area but a nice breeze to cool you down. Additionally, this zipline is a seated ride so it’s great for all ages and comfortable for the whole family. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyParakeetPetesWaterfrontZiplineatBransonLandingTickets.cfm.

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What better way to cool down than by touring the Branson Titanic. Learn all about the historical story of the Titanic from the unique perspective of one of it’s passengers. Browse the interactive exhibits that fill the half-scale Titanic model and learn how much it would cost you for a third class ticket in today’s times or see how long you can keep your hands in the frigid water that matches the temperature of the ocean the night the legendary Titanic sank. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyTitanicTickets.cfm.

Hopefully just thinking about these Branson activities, shows and attractions has you cooled down already! There’s no reason the late-August heat should keep you from enjoying your trip to Branson. Enjoy each and every minute spent in the live entertainment capital of the world.

 

New Exhibit and Events at Titanic Musuem

TitanicWhen visiting Branson this holiday season, be sure to make a trip to the world famous Titanic Museum—the world’s largest museum attraction! Guests visiting the interactive museum will have an opportunity to walk the grand staircase, steer the ship, learn to send an SOS signal, and even touch an iceberg during this two-hour walk through experience!

As the winner of the 2012 and 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the Titanic Museum in Branson promises Branson visitors an unforgettable trip back in time as they explore a number of exhibits and over 400 authentic artifacts.

In addition to the museum’s already stellar exhibits, the Titanic Museum will be presenting a new, world exclusive exhibit in 2014! Starting on Friday, January 10, 2014 the Titanic Museum will be home to a new exhibit featuring a beautiful exploration of the lives of the ship’s eight heroic musicians. The exhibit will take an in depth look at the musician’s lives, loves, and legacies and promises to be a powerful and moving display of the valiant men’s lives.

March 15th – March 22nd the museum will host the 2nd Annual Titanic Author’s Week! Praised authors of Titanic historical books and novels will make a public appearance on Saturday, March 15th through Saturday March 22nd at the museum from 10am – 5pm. Titanic fans and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet these celebrated authors during this book-signing event.

For more information about the Titanic Museum in Branson, please visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/Titanic.cfmTitanic

Titanic’s 4th Annual Woodcarving Event Happening This Weekend!

The fall’s annual Woodcarving Event at the Titanic Museum in Branson gives tribute to the Titanic’s German passengers and crew, and you won’t be disappointed as you watch the wood carvers use chainsaws to cut out beautiful images and wood sculptures right outside the Titanic Museum in its parking area. Special techniques will be used to carve the exact image the sculptors would like to create, and there is special recognition given to the winner of the contest. It’s timed as well, so the wood carvers must make the most of their time. It will be an incredible craft to watch. While you’re in the area be sure to check out some other popular Branson attractions.

While you’re in the parking lot of the Branson Titanic, you might as well check out this well-esteemed museum. Experience the splendor, wonder, and tragedy associated with the Titanic. The museum is home to remarkable Titanic artifacts, and offers an immersive experience that puts visitors on the mighty ship as actually passengers. Part museum and part attraction, Branson Titanic, is an unforgettable and must-see experience.

Perfect for this time of year, with Halloween right around the corner, you can have your pants scared off at the Haunted House in Branson. The Haunted House is a fun place to visit any time. The only Monster Asylum in the area, you definitely do not want to miss the horror. This is a great visit for those ready to be scared, but may not be suitable for those younger children. It takes only a few minutes to gather all of your goblins and ghouls together to come and visit this spectacularly frightening location.

Branson’s Hollywood Wax Museum is the perfect attraction for movie buffs, sociology fanatics or those who simply enjoy an unusual sight. Inside the museum visitors will come face-to-face with over 170 of the most notable celebrities and characters in American pop culture. From presidents and political figures to actors and entertainers, no genre of American life is left untouched in this one of a kind museum dedicated to depicting our nation’s heroes in life-like recreations.