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

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

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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.

Explore Robert Ripley’s Collection of Amazingly Weird Artifacts

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Branson OdditoriumLast week I visited the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum in Branson and found one simple quote from Robert Ripley himself to best describe my experience:

“I have traveled in 201 countries and the strangest thing I saw was man.”

Ripley’s entire odditorium in Branson is filled with the amazing artifacts that tell the stories of people all over the world. Ripley lived an incredible life filled with adventure and had a passion for sharing his unbelievable discoveries from the ends of the earth with the rest of the world and he used comics published in newspapers and books to illustrate his findings. His comics eventually spanned all mediums to include radio, television and movies.

His cartoon series was estimated to have 80 million readers worldwide and he acquired hundreds of exotic artifacts in his search for unbelievable stories. He claimed that his facts were never false and received millions of pieces of mail every year from readers. When you enter the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in Branson, you’ll understand what all the hype is really about.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Branson OdditoriumI could have easily spent a full two hours in the museum with so many strange and interesting things to look at and read about. The collection is such a rare group of relics that demonstrate the true variety of human culture. Seeing such a variety of things makes me feel like I’ve hardly scraped the surface of all the amazing things this world has to offer.

I browsed through the exhibits filled with ancient artifacts including a real shrunken head, a fur-covered trout originally caught in Lake Ontario, a bedpan guitar, a model of the world’s tallest man who broke records with a height of more than 8 feet tall, and of course, the 22-foot tall Optimus Prime at the front door.

What other museum boasts exhibits like that? One exhibit that I found to be especially weird was a promotional stunt by Charmin and the largest roll of toilet paper in the world. Standing 102-feet tall and containing more than one million square feet of tissue, that thing was gigantic. You’ll have to see it for yourself to understand.

A visit to Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience that, if anything, will arm you with a ridiculous amount of conversation starters.

So check it out for yourself and let us know what you think! Click here for tickets or more information.

Ripley’s Believe it Or Not Museum is at 3326 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, just down the street from the Clay Cooper Theatre.

 

 

 

5 Branson Attractions That are Perfect for Students

The 2014-2015 school year has officially started for most students and that’s even more of a reason to come to Branson! Many of the biggest attractions are filled with educational value for all ages so next time you take a classroom, youth group or your children to Branson, visit some of these attractions and soak up all the interesting and informative information (and fun!) to be found.

1. National Tiger Sanctuarynational tiger

Learn all about these big cats’ diets, natural habitats and temperaments. Choose from the Awareness Tour, Feeding Tour, Behind-The-Scenes Tour or the You Feed Tour and experience these incredible lions and tigers up close and personal. Make sure you bring your camera for some amazing photos at the National Tiger Sanctuary! For tickets or more information visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyNationalTigerSanctuaryinBransonMOTickets.cfm.

2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! MuseumRipley’s Believe it Or Not!

Who knows, all the random information here might come in handy one day. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum has the most eclectic collection of artifacts from around the world and you really won’t believe your eyes.  Browse the incredible exhibits and see real shrunken heads, a two-headed calf, vampire killing kits and so much more. For tickets or more information visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyRipleysBelieveItOrNotMuseumTickets.cfm.

3. Promised Land ZooPromised Land Zoo

Experience some of the world’s most rare and endangered animals at the Promised Land Zoo. Animal handlers will teach you all about the exotic birds, sloths, large cats, zebras, kangaroos, reptiles and more interesting creatures. A day spent bottle feeding baby animals, watching live animal shows and exploring the zoo with an on-foot safari is a day well spent! For tickets or more information visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyBransonsPromisedLandZooTickets.cfm.

4. Shepherd of the Hills HomesteadShepherd of the Hills Homestead Tour

Brush up on some local history at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead where you can tour the property and see many of the historic sites mentioned in Harold Bell Wright’s famous novel Shepherd of the Hills, watch Ozarks residents act out the novel at the outdoor theatre, or dine on delicious down home country fare at the Round-Up On the Trail Dinner Show while you’re entertained by talented musicians onstage. For tickets or more information visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/HistoricHomesteadTour.cfm.

5. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery

Producing more than a million trout every year, the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is a fantastic well-rounded learning experience. With self-guided tours detailing the trout production process, lakeside activities, hiking trails available and opportunities to hand feed the hungry fish, a visit to the hatchery could easily fill several hours.

With so many attractions that are student friendly, Branson is the perfect location for an educational and fun day trip.

 

Close Out the Summer With a Block Party in Branson

Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!The End of Summer Block Party, featuring a concert from Prince Ivan is scheduled for Friday, August 15 from 10 p.m.-11:30 p.m. at Track #4 next to Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Bring your friends and family along for this fun community event featuring a free concert and dance party to follow. Not to mention you’ll be in a prime location to pick up a delicious frozen custard from Andy’s right next door.

Also, right across the road is Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum, so check it out before the party starts!

For more information about the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum, read our previous blog post about it.

 

Plan a Kids Day that’s Packed With Fun

While you’re in Branson, the options for kid-friendly fun are endless, so if your plans include a majority of those 12 and under, we’ve got the perfect attractions and shows to book your vacation itinerary.

Silver Dollar CitySilver Dollar City

It’s true that kids of any age love Silver Dollar City, but to those who are young, it’s an especially exciting experience. With more than 30 thrilling rides and attractions including more fun for youngsters at the Grand Exposition, the list of things to do here is endless. Take a tour through Marvel Cave, attend one of the park’s 40 live shows that happen daily, watch craftsmen skillfully demonstrate their trade or visit one of the park’s many specialty shops. At Silver Dollar City there’s never a dull moment. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buySilverDollarCityTickets.cfm.

Ride the DucksRide the Ducks

Sightsee with Branson’s Ride the Ducks for an adventure on both land and water. Your captain will lead you on an informative and beautiful tour of Branson as you ride through the Ozark hills, down the strip, downtown Branson and into Lake Taneycomo. You’ll receive complimentary Wacky Quackers and even get the chance to drive the Duck once your captain splashes down into one of the most scenic lakes in America. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyRidetheDucksBransonTickets.cfm or read this previous Branson Shows blog post for more information.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Dinner ShowDixie Stampede Branson

Join the friendly competition between the two sides of the audience as you cheer for your rider’s performance. At the Dixie Stampede, you’ll get to experience a real buffalo stampede, carriage racing, a waltzing performance and so much more as you and the kids enjoy a delicious, four-course meal with the show. Just an added perk — imagine how excited they’ll be when you tell them that they are actually expected to eat with their hands. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyDollyPartonsDixieStampedeDinnerShowTickets.cfm.

Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront ZiplineParakeet Pete's Waterfront Zipline

The landing’s new waterfront zipline is similar to a ski lift, allowing for a more kid-friendly experience. Zip across Lake Taneycomo to the top of Mount Branson where you can see clearly over all of the downtown Branson area, the lake and the Branson Landing. Kids of all ages have taken a ride on Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline and had a blast, so give your kids the chance to experience it too! For tickets or more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyParakeetPetesWaterfrontZiplineatBransonLandingTickets.cfm.

Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! MuseumRipley's Believe It Or Not!

Step foot in the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! odditorium for a uniquely educational experience your kids will never forget. Browse the strange exhibits featuring a two-headed calf, shrunken heads, an authentic vampire killing kit from the 1900’s and many more things you never even knew existed. Your kids will love the hands-on exhibits, the spinning vortex tunnel and of course, the 22 ft. tall transformer that will greet them in the parking lot. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyRipleysBelieveItOrNotMuseumTickets.cfm.

Become a Believer at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Branson

Ripley's Believe It Or Not!The name “Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum” is fitting because you really won’t believe your eyes when you enter the odditorium.

Uncover some of the world’s strangest facts and oddities collected by Robert Ripley as you venture through the 12,000 square feet filled with more than 450 artifacts and 8 themed galleries modeled after the 1812 earthquake.

The Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Museum and Odditorium is an opportunity to explore a world of fascinating artifacts and galleries filled with 19th-century vampire killing kits, shrunken heads, a replica of the Roman Coliseum made out of playing cards, amazing optical illusions and tales such as the 1945 rooster from Fruita, Colorado that survived decapitation and lived for 18 months.

Too crazy to believe? You decide for yourself.Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! will be an instant hit with your entire family, especially after you are greeted in the parking lot by a 22-ft. tall transformer. Just be prepared to spend an hour or two there because there are just too many interesting things to look at and explore.

For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyRipleysBelieveItOrNotMuseumTickets.cfm.

 

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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.