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.

Take a Walk Through History at The Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson

The Veterans Memorial Museum is hard to miss, with a full-size World War II P-51 Mustang Fighter Plane displayed right off Highway 76 in Branson. But what’s inside is even better.

The Veterans Memorial Museum is an incredible collection of more than 2,000 exhibits featuring historical artifacts, real photographs and the life stories of those who sacrificed everything for their country.

Walking through this museum is really bitter sweet, especially if you take the time to stop and read all the personal stories of the people who spent years away from their families or gave their lives to earn the freedom that we all so enjoy here in America.

The museum takes visitors on a tour through history, with ten different rooms dedicated to World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War. The artifacts in each room range from field kits and guns to uniforms, musical instruments, equipment worn by carrier pigeons and so much more.

While I was walking through the museum, two older gentleman approached me with curiosity, asking if I was interested in all this “war stuff.” I laughed and told them I was interested as well as on the clock. They visited with me for a good 30 minutes and told me all about their experiences at war. Both were veterans and one had served in Vietnam, where he was critically injured and sent home after treatment.

It was fascinating to talk to two men who had been in their early 20s when they took up arms to fight for America and had lived through many of the things that some of the exhibits in the museum detailed. Talking to someone who had lived through all that made the stories of tragedy, triumph and courage that lined the walls even more personal.

The highlight of my visit was probably the huge bronze memorial sculpture surrounded by more than 500,000 names of all those who perished in the wars that spanned the 73 years between 1918-1991.

It was an awe-inspiring experience and if you haven’t taken the time to stop by the Branson Veterans Memorial Museum I would definitely do so.

The museum is at 1250 W. Hwy. 76, Branson, next to Branson United Methodist Church and just a quarter mile from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. Hours of operation are Sunday-Monday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.veteransmemorialbranson.com.

Inside the Branson Veterans Memorial Museum

Branson Veterans Memorial MuseumThe Veterans Memorial Museum has been a Branson landmark for 14 years now, providing visitors and residents with a tribute to the men and women who served our country during the 20th century.

The halls of this museum are filled with the incredible wartime experiences of our country’s brave veterans and is a humbling experience, even for those who have only seen those times played out through the lens of history. Guests will have the opportunity to view ten different walls featuring artifacts and information from conflicts including WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and more.

Each exhibit was specially handcrafted and includes with the collections of bronze sculptor Fred Hoppe who traveled the world and collected more than 2,000 artifacts to fill the 18,000 square foot museum.

The Veterans Memorial Museum also features a striking war memorial bronze sculpture created by Fred Hoppe. The sculpture showcases 50 life-size statues storming a beach and is surrounded by the names of soldiers killed in action during WWII. More than 70 feet long and weighing in at 15 tons, this sculpture is the world’s largest war memorial and is considered the highlight of the museum.

Branson is a city that certainly takes the time to thank our veterans and the Veterans Memorial Museum honors those who have served with a special tribute to their lives, stories and service.

The Veterans Memorial Museum is a Branson must-see, so next time you’re in town stop by and see the patriotic display of history for yourself. Its located at 1250 W. 76 Blvd., Branson, just 1/3 of a mile before Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater on the strip.

For more information and admission prices, call 417-336-2300.

Museum hours are Sunday-Monday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or 9 a.m.-7 p.m. depending on the season. Click here for a schedule.