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


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


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

Titanic Edwardian Christmas Celebration

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

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Branson Odditorium

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

marvel cave

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

veterans sculpture

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.

Santa Sightings in the Ozarks

SantaIf you have young kids there’s no doubt you’re probably on the lookout for Santa all over the Ozarks. Luckily, he’s making appearances in several locations near Branson where you can easily take your kids to meet him and tell him all about their wish lists.

Check out some of these convenient locations in the Branson area where you’re sure to find Santa waiting with a warm smile.


The Branson Landing Town Square

Branson Landing’s Christmas

Catch Santa on the Branson Landing town square at his Christmas tree house all the way up until Christmas Eve. Take home your very own photo with the big guy and make sure to tell him what you want for Christmas this year. Finish up your visit to the Landing with some last minute Christmas shopping at one of the many fantastic shops right there on the promenade. Hours are Sunday through Thursday noon- 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday noon to 8 p.m. Special hours on Wednesday, Dec. 24 are noon to 6 p.m. Find the Branson Landing at 100 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, Mo.

Bass Pro Shops

Meet Santa at Bass Pro Shop

Experience the magic of Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops where kids will enjoy holiday crafts, games and activities and some valuable one-on-one time with Santa. Pick up your free photo with Santa and enjoy the festivities now until Christmas Eve. See Santa Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Special Christmas Eve hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Branson’s Bass Pro Shops is at the Branson Landing at 100 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, Mo.

Branson Scenic Railway’s Polar Express

Branson Scenic Railway's Polar Express

Spend a magical evening cruising through the Ozarks aboard the Branson Scenic Railway’s Polar Express. Put on your coziest pair of pajamas and head to the downtown Branson train station where you’ll board the train, enjoy warm mugs of hot cocoa, cookies and a special gift from Santa himself. Caroling, warm beverages, sweet holiday treats and Santa all make for the perfect holiday evening in Branson. Visit www.bransontrain.com for a full schedule and to get tickets. The Branson Scenic Railway is at 206 E. Main St., Branson, Mo.

Kringles Christmas Store at Grand Village

Kringles Christmas Shop

This week will be the last week of the year that you’ll find Santa at Grand Village Shops so make sure to stop by. Amid all the holiday decor, festive trees and millions of ornaments, Santa will be waiting to visit with you and your kids. He’ll be stopping by this Friday from 3 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Grand Village Shops are at 2800 Missouri 76, Branson, Mo.

Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City Christmas

At Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas Celebration you’ll get to visit Santa in his workshop at Kringles Krossing! His elves will gladly take your kids’ pictures as they sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. What better location to see Santa than inside his very own magical workshop at Silver Dollar City. Santa will be at the workshop this Thursday (Dec. 18) until Tuesday, Dec. 23. For more information and times, visit www.silverdollarcity.com.

Shop Till You Drop in Branson

If you’re heading out to get some major Black Friday shopping done today, Branson has a wide range of fantastic options for you! Here are some of the retail centers in the area that would make a great pit stop.

Tanger Outlet

Black Friday Hours: 6 a.m.- 10 p.m. 

Located at 300 Tanger Blvd., Branson, just off the strip near Ride the Ducks, the Tanger Outlet has loads of great deals to be found. Recent additions like Talbots, Pandora and Go! Calendars, Games and Toys makes for even more shopping fun.

The Branson Landing

Black Friday Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Branson Landing always has something fun going on and for Black Friday, the same is true. During the Landing’s Black Friday Blowout, select stores have special hours of operation and sales that are sure to make both you and your wallet happy. Unless otherwise noted, the Branson Landing restaurants will be open at 11 a.m. so you early risers have plenty of time to shop before you grab lunch. Visit www.bransonlanding.com for a complete list of special Black Friday sales. The Branson Landing is located right on the shore of Lake Taneycomo in the historic downtown Branson area.

Grand Village Shops

Each individual store here has its own hours and sales on Black Friday, but you’re sure to find some great deals on all kinds of gifts and items on your Christmas list. Grand Village Shops is also home to the largest Christmas store in Missouri, Kringles Christmas Store, where you’ll find countless ornaments, decorative items, gifts and pre-decorated trees. Do your Black Friday shopping at Grand Village and you’re in for a good time.

The Shoppes at Branson Hills & Branson Hills Plaza

The holiday savings are endless at The Shoppes at Branson Hills. With hours varying by store, each retailer has special offers that you simply can’t turn down! With popular stops like Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco and Kohls, there’s something here for everyone on your list. Call 888-577-5600 for more info or head over to 1500 Branson HIlls Pkwy., just north of Branson’s entertainment district and discover all the deals that are waiting for you.

Of course, the many stores in downtown Branson like Dick’s 5 & 10, Cowgirl Clad Company, Plum Bazaar Bead & Jewelry Shop and so many others are open for business so definitely make your way down there!


Last Minute Thanksgiving Plans?

If you’re not feeling like cooking this Thanksgiving or you’re planning a trip to Branson for the holiday, don’t forget about all the wonderful Branson restaurants that will be open and serving up some delicious holidays meals for you and your family to enjoy.

Put away the apron, turn off the oven and head out to Branson to enjoy delicious, home-cooked meals — without all the effort.

A week or two ago, I blogged about five different Branson area restaurants that will be open and serving wonderful family meals on Thanksgiving but I figured I should remind everyone what options are available since turkey day is just two days away!

While the Thanksgiving meals at Devil’s Pool Restaurant, the Chateau on the Lake and College of the Ozarks that I originally blogged about may not have any reservation space left, there are still lots of options for last minute planners.

Try McFarlain’s Family Restaurant at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex for a delicious meal and a warm, friendly environment to dine in. Grand Country Buffet is also serving a mouth-watering array of options and you can easily catch a show at the Grand Country Music Hall afterward!

Stop by Mel’s Hard Luck Diner at Grand Village Shops and enjoy traditional Thanksgiving fare with dozens of great shops nearby to get some Black Friday shopping in.

Try something new like Paradise Grill and Steakhouse, The Rowdy Beaver (reservations required) or Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Pick Up a Good Read At T. Charleston’s Books & Gifts

Branson only has a few bookstores, one of them being the large Books-A-Million chain. But if you’re looking for a smaller and more unique bookstore, try T. Charleston’s Books & Gifts.

This bookstore at Grand Village Shops is connected to the Thomas Kinkade Signature Art Gallery and is conveniently located right off the Branson strip. Whether you’re doing some Christmas shopping for the book lover in your life or just browsing the shops at Grand Village, T. Charleston’s is a great stop.

The bookstore is filled to the brim with neatly organized books of all genres, artsy collectibles, seasonal stocking stuffers and gifts and so much more.

I stopped in earlier this week and the store was bustling with people. The staff was obviously very busy but they made sure to acknowledge me and make sure I was finding everything alright. I am confident the staff at T. Charleston’s would gladly help you find the perfect Christmas gift or that special book you’ve been searching for.

Make sure to stop by next time you’re in town and let me know what you think of this wonderful Branson bookstore!

The Grand Village Shops are at 2600 West Highway 76, right down the road from Ride the Ducks Branson and next to the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.



Black Friday Shopping in Branson? Yes Please!

If you’re planning a vacation to Branson during the holidays or arranging a special trip down purely for a Black Friday shopping adventure, you’re headed to the right place!

Branson has a wide selection of retail venues and many of them will be sporting some of the hottest deals of the year.

The Tanger Outlet Mall Moonlight Madness Sales will feature some of the year’s biggest savings starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. The deals continue from Thursday, November 27- Sunday, November 30 for a full weekend of shopping fun. This fantastic outlet mall has also added several new stores, open just in time for the holiday season. Check it out for exclusive after Thanksgiving deals all weekend. Tanger Outlets is at 300 Tanger Blvd. in Branson, right off Highway 76 near Ride the Ducks Branson.

Of course, the Branson Landing will be chocked full of Black Friday shoppers as well, with fantastic deals, giveaways and convenient dining for that much needed food break after a shopping frenzy. Hit up the larger Bass Pro Shops or Belk Department Store and stop in all your favorite locations like Build-A-Bear Workshop, Bath & Body Works, Brighton, Chico’s and many other favorites to pick up great gifts and fantastic deals. The Black Friday Blowout will be Friday, November 28 from 7 a.m.- noon. The Branson Landing is located in the historic downtown Branson area on Lake Taneycomo.

Grand Village Shops also features some great local shops that you won’t find anywhere else and the always festive Kringles Christmas Store, featuring everything Christmas, from pre-decorated trees and Christmas collectibles to all kinds of ornaments, home decor and specialty gifts.

Don’t forget about the Shoppes at Branson Meadows and downtown Branson where dozens of specialty shops await you.

As I said, Branson is full with a dizzying amount of shopping opportunities so make it your Black Friday destination and leave with unbelievable savings in hand.

Get a Head Start on Christmas With Kringles Christmas Shop

Christmas is a mere two and a half months off and if you think you’re not ready for it, just step through the doors of Kringles Christmas Shop. You’ll change your mind.

Kringles Christmas Shop is located inside the Grand Village Shops on Highway 76, just a quarter of a mile down the road from Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.

You’ll be dazzled by this 9,000 square feet of Christmas magic featuring hundreds of ornaments, Christmas decor, Kringles collectibles, pre decorated themed trees and handmade Santas.

Twinkling lights cover the place in that special holiday warmth and wonder that only comes with the Christmas season as shoppers gaze in awe at the 12-foot tall pines dressed in glittery garlands and scores of delicate ornaments.

Santa has even made his way to Branson already with weekly appearances at Kringles Christmas Shop on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Of course, as the holiday season draws closer he will be making more frequent stops at the store.

If you’re looking to get in the Christmas spirit, browse for specialty gifts or just wrap your mind around the fact that Christmas is already almost here stop by Kringles Christmas Shop at the Grand Village Shops in Branson.

It’s Christmas year round at Kringles Christmas Shop and I guarantee you’ll be entranced by the beautiful festive lights and holiday cheer.

Kringles Christmas Shop is at 2800 W. Highway 76, Branson. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.