Branson Landing Welcomes Buffalo Wild Wings

A new Branson Buffalo Wild Wings opened Sunday at the Branson Landing, providing visitors with yet another great dining option at the Branson Landing.

The Landing already has dozens of eateries to compliment the different retail locations and the new Buffalo Wild Wings, right next to Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline is just one more reason for people to head to the Landing.

Of course, the restaurant will continue serving up it’s popular wings, wraps, salads and drinks so if you’re at the Branson Landing anytime soon, stop by the new location and check it out!

For more information, read this article from the Branson Tri-Lakes News.

Big Cedar Lodge Gets a Shout Out in Men’s Journal

While Men’s Journal isn’t the first place you’d expect to come across an article featuring Big Cedar Lodge, the luxury resort was indeed featured in the publication’s article “20 Old Hotels That Are Completely New Again.”

Oh, so you didn’t know that Big Cedar Lodge wasn’t always a lavish outdoor resort? Me neither! As you’ll read in the article from Men’s Journal, the beautiful Devil’s Pool Ranch Resort began as two separate homes that were built in the 1920s. The two homes were merged into one and a stable, swimming pool and hunting lodge were added. Johnny Morris picked up the property years later and as we all know, he excels at making things look absolutely gorgeous. So that’s just what he did.

Today, Big Cedar Lodge and the new Top of the Rock expansion provide visitors with endless amenities including a brand new spa, wedding chapel and honeymoon cabin, a history museum, nature trail and a state-of-the-art golf course.

Looking at the luxurious outdoor resort today, it’s hard to believe that Big Cedar Lodge began as just two homes and later, an old hotel from the 1940s.

Want to read more about 19 other beautifully restored hotels? Check out the article from Men’s Journal here.

For more about Big Cedar Lodge, visit www.bransonshows.com.

 

Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run Sets Guinness World Record

Silver Dollar City’s popular roller coaster, Outlaw Run, has snagged the title of Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster in the 2015 Guinness World Record book.

Outlaw Run first opened in 2013 and dared guests to test their bravery on its steep 81-degree drop. According to Silver Dollar City’s website, the ride is the only wooden roller coaster to twist upside down three times and is the second fastest wood coaster in the world with a top speed of 68 miles per hour.

Outlaw Run was also voted best new ride of 2013 worldwide by Amusement Today.

If you haven’t experienced this incredible thrill yet, check it out at the award-winning Silver Dollar City in Branson.

The theme park is closed during the months of January and February but will re-open in March of 2015.

 

Silver Dollar City’s Holiday Lights Make CNN Travel’s Top List

According to a press release from www.prweb.com, Silver Dollar City has been listed in another flattering compilation of the “Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the US.”

CNN Travel cited the popular theme park in Branson’s Christmas celebration for its fantastic display of more than 5 million dazzling lights and 1,000 beautifully decorated trees.

Silver Dollar City was included in the list alongside these other popular locations sporting gorgeous Christmas lights:

– Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

– Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada

– Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

– Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado

– Macy’s at Center City in Philadelphia

– Zilker Park in Austin, Texas

– Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska

If you missed Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas Celebration this year, don’t worry — it’s certain to be even better next year! For more information or details about Silver Dollar City, please visit www.bransonshows.com.

The park is currently closed for the season but will re-open in March of 2015.

Branson Welcomes New Big Whiskey’s

Fans of Big Whiskey’s  can rejoice because a new location is set to open in Branson this coming spring.

The restaurant’s sixth location will be at the Branson Landing inside the Hilton Promenade and construction is scheduled to begin in January of 2015.

Big Whiskey’s is an American bar and grille serving up delicious wings, soups, salads, wraps, seafood favorites, steaks and much more. Daily drink and appetizer specials are a popular favorite as well.

For more information, please visit www.bigwhiskeys.com.

December Construction Update

As always, here’s your monthly construction update. There are some very exciting new changes coming to the Branson area!

 

New Spa Open at Big Cedar LodgeBig Cedar Lodge Spa

Big Cedar Lodge’s Cedar Creek Spa just opened this month, sporting a full-service salon, indoor hot tubs, fireplaces, an indoor grotto pool and many more lavish amenities for guests. A number of spa packages and treatments are available for guests. The new spa is 18,000 square feet of serene, rustic relaxation.

 

Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon Coming SoonParakeet Pete's Waterfront Balloon

The completion date for Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon has been announced. The Branson Landing’s newest attraction is set to open on March 1, 2015. The waterfront balloon will take riders 180 feet up in the air and rotate 360 degrees for panoramic views of the downtown Branson area.

 

Roundabout Construction on Missouri 86Sign_Roundabout

Bass Pro Shops is funding the roundabout construction at Missouri 86 and Ridgedale. The road work is expected to continue until April 2015. If you’re driving in that area, be aware and watch for reduced speed limit signs.

 

Branson Gets a New Nature CenterFish Hatchery

The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is set to get a major makeover with a brand new nature center in the works. The new nature center has an estimated completion date of summer 2017 and will be similar to the nature center in Springfield, Mo. The current visitor center is more than 30 years old and is 2,500 square feet, compared to Springfield’s nature center which measures more than 15,000 square feet.

Fish Hatchery to Be Replaced with New Nature Center

Branson’s decade-old Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery visitor center is on track for a major upgrade and will soon be replaced with a much larger nature center for tourists to enjoy.

I just visited the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery a few weeks ago and spent the afternoon exploring the visitor center and the trout hatchery. But according to reports from the Springfield News-Leader and several other news outlets in the area, the Missouri Conservation Commission has now approved a $1.16 million contract for a new nature center.

The current building is more than 30 years old and features 2,500 square feet of educational exhibits. Although it still serves a great purpose in the Branson area, the number of visitors that tour the place during the summer months is overwhelming for the amount of space. The new nature center will be much bigger and similar to the nature center in Springfield, Mo. which is more than 15,000 square feet and features a 150-seat auditorium, wildlife viewing decks and interactive exhibits.

When I stopped by the fish hatchery’s visitor center a couple weeks ago, I stopped to chat with an older gentleman sitting in the lobby making lures at a table. He told me that he is frequently spends his time at the visitor center mingling with guests and making his lures, but he can’t do that during the summertime because the center is just too busy and congested with visitors.

I can imagine the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery would be incredibly busy during the summer because it’s a free and fun activity that the entire family can enjoy. So I’m excited to see what will come of this new nature center! I think it will be a great addition for the Branson community and visitors to enjoy.

The new nature center is estimated to be finished by the summer of 2017 so we’ve got a few years to go but it will be worth the wait!

For more details, read this article published by the Springfield News-Leader.

What do you think about the new nature center?