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.

Join the Glamorous at the Hollywood Wax Museum

In the spring of 1961, the well-known Hollywood Walk of Fame was finally completed. After various efforts, complex plans and two lawsuits, the star-lined walkway covered Hollywood Boulevard and today, it stretches over both sides of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.

The sidewalks that bring millions of visitors to the streets of Hollywood continue to honor the celebrities who contribute to the glamour and excitement of the Hollywood community.

Maybe you’ve been to the Walk of Fame or maybe it’s still on your bucket list, but either way, you can enjoy the glitz and glamour of Hollywood right here in Branson at the Hollywood Wax Museum.

Just like on the streets of Hollywood, at the wax museum, you’re bound to run into many of your favorite celebrities like Angelina Jolie, John Wayne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jamie Foxx and so many more.

Pose with those familiar faces from the big screen as your friends take your photo and take memories as well as bragging rights back home with you!

The Hollywood Wax Museum is a fun Branson excursion for all ages and the endless photo opportunities coupled with the incredibly realistic wax figures make it such a treat.

Stop by next time you’re in Branson and maybe shoot a round of golf over at the Shoot for the Stars Mini Golf Course while you’re there.

The Hollywood Wax Museum is at 3030 W. 76 Country Blvd., just down the road from the Clay Cooper Theatre and the Titanic Museum.

For tickets or more information, click here.

Kuvera Partners Acquires Grand Palace Theater in Branson

After its closing in 2007, the Grand Palace Theater has been purchased for $2.7 million by Branson Entertainment Center- Branson, LLC or Kuvera Partners, who also operate the Hollywood Wax Museum.

Although Kuvera Partners have not announced any specific plans for the property, the purchase is a very positive move for the growth of Branson.

The Grand Palace Theater opened in 1992 and hosted big names and events like Kenny Rogers, The Rockettes and the Miss USA Pageant.

For more details, read the news reports from Ozarksfirst.com.

Tour the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson

Hollywood Wax MuseumThis week I spent some much needed time with my celebrity faves, Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp and Jack Black at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson.

The wax museum in Branson is basically one huge photo op, featuring hundreds of your favorite celebrities. So in a nutshell — it’s awesome.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take anyone with me so I couldn’t get any real cool pictures with my main men listed above, but my experience at the Hollywood Wax Museum was still a fantastic one.

The museum in Branson first opened in the 1990’s and Mt. Hollywood (a Mt. Rushmore look-alike at the head of the building that features celebrity faces) became one of the area’s most photographed landmarks of the area.

At the Hollywood Wax Museum, you’ll get up close and personal with Pierce Brosnan, Donald Trump, Jamie Foxx, Willie Nelson, Drew Barrymore and so many others. The figures are very impressive and you’ll recognize just about all of them at first glance. Of course, my curiousity was piqued and I immediately wondered how the creators of these wax figures managed to make each one so lifelike. To my surprise, one area of the museum was a single wall detailing the wax figure making process and just happened to answer all of my questions. Such a great addition to the museum!

Hollywood Wax MuseumEach Hollywood celebrity featured is accompanied by a plaque with interesting information and Hollywood trivia. For instance, did you know that the original movie featuring Michael Myers was shot on a very small budget of $320,000 so the prop department had to use the cheapest mask they could find, which just happened to be a Captain Kirk mask. A little white spray paint, teasing of the hair and reshaping of the eye holes and wah-lah! It’s Michael Myers. Weird, huh?

One thing I didn’t expect to find were all the interactive displays like the wall lined with ruler marks. You can compare your own height with that of famous celebrities like Judy Garland who stands at just 4’11” tall or Ashton Kutcher who towers above most others at 6’2″. I was almost up there with Jennifer Aniston who measures in at 5’5″.

Another highlight of my trip was the last exhibit before heading back out into the gift shop. The small room is framed with stark white paint, church pews and George Clooney — waiting for you at the alter. A fabulous wedding dress hangs from a small hook on the wall, inviting you to slip it on and meet Clooney at the alter to recite your vows. You don’t want to miss that photo op!

A visit to the Hollywood Wax Museum makes for a great group activity and pictures that you’ll love to send to the rest of your friends back at home. So stop by and meet your favorite celebrity. Or just stop by to marry George Clooney.

Either way, let us know what you thought!

For tickets or more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyHollywoodWaxMuseumTickets.cfm.

The Hollywood Wax Museum is at 3030 Hwy. 76, Branson, next door to Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors and Castle of Chaos.

 

Get Lost in Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors

Hannah's Maze of MirrorsHow many of you remember watching Alice from Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” as she approaches the Queen of Heart’s castle only to have to find her way through that tall, endless maze of manicured bushes? I remember watching that wondering what it would be like to try to find my way through something so confusing and tricky. And to be honest, I don’t think I could find my way out!

But now you and your family can make a team effort to make it through Branson’s own enchanted adventure: Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors.

With Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors the happy ending is up to you, as you get lost in a fairy tale filled magic, mystery and an infinite maze of mirrors.

Hannah's Maze of MirrorsMake your way through the mirrored passageways of the Castle of Savannah as you search for Princess Hannah and save her from being lost in the maze forever.

Kids of all ages will love this adventure as they explore corridor after corridor of endless mirrors echoing their own reflection and it makes for quite the family adventure.

You can even buy package ticket deals with the neighboring Branson attractions Castle of Chaos, Hollywood Wax Museum and Shoot For the Stars Mini Golf for a complete day of adventurous fun with the whole family.

Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors is located at 3030 W. State Hwy. 76, Branson MO 65616, right next door to the Hollywood Wax Museum.

For tickets or more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/HannahsMazeofMirrors.cfm.

 

10 Of Branson’s Best Photo Ops

Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!Branson isn’t just one of the best places to vacation with family, it’s also one of the best places to take a selfie! So grab your camera because we’ve compiled some of the best photo ops in the area for you to snap fantastic keepsake photos of you and your family while you’re having the time of your lives in Branson, Missouri.

1. The 22-ft. tall transformer at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!

Why wouldn’t you take a photo with that? Plus, what a great opportunity to get creative with your status updates on Facebook. “Oh, just taking a stroll with my intergalactic body guard, Optimus Prime.”

2. The 360 view from Inspiration tower

Snap some fantastic pictures of the lush Ozarks landscape from this 230-foot-tall structure. This view would make for a breathtaking panorama or a backdrop unlike any other for your family photo.

3. Celebrities at the Hollywood Wax Museum

Now you can finally get a picture with Elvis Presley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp. You can use them to make fun homemade postcards and they also serve as great ammo for April Fool’s jokes in the office.Hollywood Wax Museum

4. One of Branson’s REAL Celebrities

OK, so the Wax Museum April Fool’s joke didn’t go over well. Next time you’re in Branson, get a photo with one of the area’s talented stars and entertainers that aren’t made of wax. Get your tickets to one of the many shows and hang around after it’s over to request a photo with the stars. Many of them are more than willing to, including Yakov Smirnoff!

5. White Water’s KaPau Plummet: the before and after

Get a shot both before and after your kids experience this 26 feet-per-second free fall for an all too telling scrapbook entry.

6. A bird’s eye view from a Chopper Charters Helicopter TourChopper Charters Helicopter Tour

Chances are you haven’t had the chance to ride in a helicopter very often, so document this special occasion with a photo from the cockpit as you soar above the Branson skyline.

7. Countless twinkling lights at Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas

You’ll have to wait until November for this one, but the dazzling photos you will get are worth every minute! Think of all the sweet family Christmas photos you will get. There are way too many photo ops with this event alone.

8. Inside the caverns of Marvel Cave

Pose inside Missouri’s deepest cave with the rock formations that are still growing today.

9. Flying through the canopy on a Branson Zipline Tour

Have one of the staff snap a photo of your family harnessed in and ready to go on your zipline tour before you embark on an adventure through the trees.

10. Capture the natural wildlife of Branson’s three lakes

Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Taneycomo make up what’s known as the Tri-lakes area. You just might be able to spot some amazing wildlife here like red and gray foxes, wild turkeys and tarantulas. These creatures in their natural habitat make for great photos every time you visit.

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.