Have you made your Labor Day plans in Branson yet?

fireworksLabor Day is almost here! If you haven’t made your family fun plans in Branson yet, read “Spend Your Labor Day in Branson!” for information on weekend sales at Tanger Outlet Mall, fireworks and BBQ festivities, water park fun and more!

If you’re just interested in the fireworks, “Catch the Branson Labor Day Fireworks” has all the information you need to join in on the celebration.

Celebrate the last day of summer in Branson, Missouri with these fun activities for the whole family!

5 Ways to Avoid the Heat this Week in Branson

White WaterAugust isn’t leaving without a toasty 100-degree goodbye and that makes for an uncomfortable outdoor experience. Luckily, Branson offers a variety of options for those seeking to escape the scorching sun while on vacation. Try out some of these attractions and shows for an enjoyable (and cool!) Branson experience.

White Water

Branson’s White Water will be closing for the season after September 7 so take advantage of it while it’s still open! The family friendly water park is a perfect way to cool off on a hot August day and the 13 acres filled with more than 2 million gallons of exciting water rides won’t disappoint. Twist and twirl in the Aloha River, race the fast-moving waters of the Raging River Rapids or dare to try what’s been dubbed the biggest thrill in White Water history, the new KaPau Plummet. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyWhiteWaterTickets.cfm.


Besides the fact that the storyline revolves around a huge fish that lives in the cool waters of the sea, Jonah is a great way to keep your mind off the heat. One of Branson’s most popular family shows, Jonah boasts state of the art sets, performers, musical arrangements and special effects, making for an all around exciting family experience. Experience the well-known biblical story retold onstage in a way that you’ve never experienced before. For tickets, visit Jonahhttp://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyJonahatSightandSoundTheatreBransonTickets.cfm.

Shopping at the Landing

Hit all the hot end-of-summer sales while browsing your favorite styles in the nice air conditioned shops of the Branson Landing. With more than 100 shopping choices and 16 different dining options, you could easily spend a day cooling off at this beautiful, lakeside retail center. Plus, beating the heat may be the only instance in which your young kids and/or husband will gladly follow you into your favorite retail shop, so soak it up!

Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline

While you’re at The Landing, stop by Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline for a refreshing zip across Lake Taneycomo. The exhilarating ride will not only provide you with a fantastic birds-eye view of the entire Historic Downtown area but a nice breeze to cool you down. Additionally, this zipline is a seated ride so it’s great for all ages and comfortable for the whole family. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyParakeetPetesWaterfrontZiplineatBransonLandingTickets.cfm.

Branson TitanicTitanic

What better way to cool down than by touring the Branson Titanic. Learn all about the historical story of the Titanic from the unique perspective of one of it’s passengers. Browse the interactive exhibits that fill the half-scale Titanic model and learn how much it would cost you for a third class ticket in today’s times or see how long you can keep your hands in the frigid water that matches the temperature of the ocean the night the legendary Titanic sank. For tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyTitanicTickets.cfm.

Hopefully just thinking about these Branson activities, shows and attractions has you cooled down already! There’s no reason the late-August heat should keep you from enjoying your trip to Branson. Enjoy each and every minute spent in the live entertainment capital of the world.


Spend Your Labor Day Weekend in Branson!

With Labor Day comes a variety of events in Branson for the whole family. We don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun, even as summer is coming to a close. So check out some of these awesome family events in the Branson area over the Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk SaleTanger Outlets

August 29 – September 1

Stop by the Tanger Outlets on Labor Day Weekend to catch extra savings from all your favorite brand name outlet stores. Find more coupons and savings at tangeroutlet.com/branson/coupons#sthash.CUsmNBu8.dpuf. The Tanger Outlet Mall is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Chateau on the Lake Labor Day CelebrationChateau on the Lake

August 30 – September 2

After you indulge in a delicious backyard BBQ, relax and enjoy the live entertainment. Close out the evening at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake with a spectacular end-of-summer fireworks display reflecting over the still waters of Table Rock Lake. For more information visit http://www.chateauonthelake.com/chateau-on-the-lake-celebrates-labor-day-,events_viewItem_61-en.html.

9th Annual Tri-LakesK-Life Run/Walkrace

August 31

Participate in a family friendly, community-wide 10K, 5K run and 1-Mile walk that will begin at the Branson Landing Fountains. Race day registration and packet pick-up for pre-registered participants is at 6:45 a.m. at the fountains. The course will lead you on a peaceful run along Lake Taneycomo and through quiet residential areas. Cash prizes and medals will be given to category winners. For more information visit http://trilakes.klife.com/page.php?id=61.

Labor Day Fireworks at Big Cedar LodgeFireworks

August 31

Enjoy some of the last days of summer warmth at Big Cedar Lodge with an end of summer picnic on the Swimmin’ Hole Lawn from 2-8 p.m., featuring games, attractions, contests, crafts entertainment, pony rides and delicious foods. The Clay Self Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Sunset Fireworks Cruise on the Lady Liberty luxury yacht, or you can enjoy the fireworks display from land. Just bring your lawn blanket or chair and sit back and relax. The show begins at dusk. For more information visit http://www.bpswms.com/BPS/Userfiles/23/file/Adventure%20Planner%208%2014%20%232%20FINAL.pdf.

Last week of White Water FunWhite water

Now until September 7

White Water will officially close for the season at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 7. As sad as that is, it means that you still have a good 3-4 weeks to soak up all the fun at White Water for the remainder of the 2014 summer season. Make sure to check out the Friday night dive-in movies on the Wave Pool Big Screen and the fireworks every Saturday night. For tickets or more information visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/WhiteWater.cfm.

If you choose to spend your Labor Day weekend in Branson, you’re sure to have a great time at one of these family friendly events! Live it up and enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Plan Your Last Minute Summer Vacation to Branson With Ease

TitanicThe summer months are just flying by and it’s hard to believe that school will be starting in just a few short weeks. If you and your family haven’t had the chance to make your way to Branson yet, you’ve still got time! And Branson Shows can help you plan your last minute summer vacation with ease.

If you’re looking for something your kids will remember for years to come, take them to experience an infamous boat ride at the interactive Titanic Museum, where they will become a real passenger and discover their fate at the end of the tour. You might also enjoy a tour of the city with Ride the Ducks as your captain narrates several scenic and historic areas of Branson and then takes the experience to the next level with an exciting splash down into the lake and the chance to drive the duck. Of course, no visit to Branson is complete without also setting aside a day for the 1800’s themed amusement park, Silver Dollar City and family-oriented waterpark, White Water.

JonahWhile you’re visiting Branson, make sure to check out some of the many shows that are available to you. There isn’t a show in Branson that’s not family appropriate, but some family favorites include Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Dinner Show, the Acrobats of China and Jonah at Sight and Sound Theatres. Each of these shows is uniquely different, but share thing in common: they are unforgettable examples of why Branson is one of the most family-centered vacation destinations. You and your kids will leave these shows raving and the quality of entertainment is unrivaled.

Squeeze in as much last minute summer fun as you can and enjoy these great shows and attractions in Branson!

5 Reasons You Should Be at White Water Right Now

White waterThe sun is shining, your suitcase is packed and you’re on your way to Branson. What are you going to do when you get there? Watch a show or two? Check out some of the attractions? Explore some of the nature trails?

How about a trip to White Water? There’s no better time than the middle of July to take advantage of one of the nation’s top rated water parks. Still not sure about it? Well I’m here to persuade you otherwise and here are five reasons why you should consider.

1. It’s hot outside. I know — obvious but still a pretty good reason, huh? Missouri summers can be pretty toasty and after a few days of sightseeing out in the summer heat, it would be nice to just relax in the Surf’s Up Wave Pool, play in Splashaway Cay or raft your way down Ohana Falls.

White Water2. Your whole family will love it. White Water isn’t just for the kids — it’s for you too! The park features two million gallons of fun and rides that are both exhilarating and thrilling as well as relaxing. So you can watch them plunge down those steep, free-falling slides and then relax on an inner tube down a lazy river or bask in the sun from your beach chair.

3. You’ll get to try the new KaPau Plummet. Try out these 245-foot dueling slides and experience the most exhilarating 70 degree plunge of your life. The newest ride to White Water, KaPau Plummet will challenge even the most brave of dare devils in your family.

White Water4. There are extended hours and special activities during Night Water.  Summer nights at White Water only mean one thing: Night Water. Stay at the park until 10 p.m. every Thursday-Saturday or until midnight on Saturday, August 9, indulge in your favorite treats for just one dollar every Thursday night, watch a fireworks display over the park every Saturday night and catch a movie every Friday night on the Surf’s Up Wave Pool Big Screen.

5. The park is family-centered. Although smaller than most other nationally recognized water parks, White Water is one of the most family oriented, catering to visitors of all ages with a variety of rides and special events.

So are you convinced yet? If you need some more information or would like to order tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyWhiteWaterTickets.cfm. Just make sure you catch some water park fun before the summer ends and we hope you choose White Water!

White Water Named one of ’10 Best Waterparks in the US’

White WaterFodor’s Travel, one of the world’s largest travel guide publishers, named White Water as one of the top 10 Best Waterparks in the US. Although the Fodor article mentions that White Water is not as large as the other parks that made the list, the author states that it is a “well-organized, family-centered park” that features attractions for all ages.

One of the White Water attractions mentioned was the new KaPau Plummet, two dueling, 245-foot slides that dare visitors to experience the 70 degree plunge down the encapsulated slide.

White WaterSome of the other waterparks mentioned included Wisconsin Dells’ Noah’s Ark, Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Denver’s Water World and Raging Waters San Dimas in California.

For more information or tickets to White Water, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyWhiteWaterTickets.cfm.


Seven Things You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without When Traveling to Branson

Sometimes packing can be a pain. I can more than attest to this because literally every time I travel I end up forgetting at least one thing. I’ve made lists, had my friends and family look over the contents of my suitcase, started the process 48 hours ahead of time, etc. all in an effort to make sure I have everything but I always end up remembering the one thing I forgot — 180 miles down the road.Silver Dollar City

Branson Shows wants to make sure you remember to pack all the most important things for your Branson vacation so you can have the most comfortable, regret-free vacation experience possible this summer. So get a post-it note and a pen or just bookmark this page to avoid forgetting some of the most important items!

Your ticket vouchers. If you’ve purchased tickets through Branson Shows for any of the area’s attractions and shows, you will need these to get in. It’s very important that you print your vouchers as soon as you get an email from Branson Shows and place them in a folder, binder or envelope for safe keeping and to pack later.800_15633

A waterproof camera. While most people probably prefer to take pictures with their phones, if you’re headed to Silver Dollar City or White Water, plan on getting your phone wet. Disposable, waterproof cameras are affordable and easy to find at most pharmacies with a photo center. If you’d still like the higher quality, digital photo that your smartphone provides, consider investing in a LifeProof case for your iPhone, iPad or Samsung device. They’re water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof. Sounds like the perfect way to keep your phone alive until the end of your family vacation.walk-2021_640

Comfortable walking shoes. A large majority of attractions and things to do in Branson require walking. Plus, if you plan on visiting during the summer months, sometimes it’s quicker to walk the strip than sit through congested traffic. Flip flops and sandals are great summer wear, but tennis shoes would be the most comfortable option after a long day of sightseeing and shopping.

Clothes that are appropriate for both warm and cool weather. Branson’s general dress code is pretty casual and the average high for July is 89 degrees with an average low of 66 degrees. Silver Dollar CityBringing a combination of pants, shorts, short-sleeves and long sleeves would be best if you’re traveling this month. For a complete list of monthly averages, visit The Weather Channel. But as the Ozarks locals like to say, if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.

Bug spray. As is with most areas around the country, the summer months bring warm, pleasant rays of sunshine but they also bring unpleasant mosquitos, chiggers and ticks. Ticks are most active during the months of April-July and are often found in tall grasses, brushy areas and weedy edges of paths and trails. These eight-legged mites can leave uncomfortable, itchy bumps and also carry diseases so make sure to apply and reapply the bug spray, especially if you’re going to be doing a lot of hiking, camping or swimming in the tri-lakes area.7175249297_8958013521_o

Cold, hard cash. Most customers today (myself included) prefer to pay with a debit or credit card, but Branson is home to a good number of family-owned specialty shops, some of which only take cash as payment. Nothing is worse than getting to the register only to find that you can’t purchase your merchandise without running to the ATM first. Avoid the hassle and keep a certain amount of your vacation budget on you in cash, just in case.White Water

Fast-drying, light cotton t-shirts. As mentioned above, a trip to Silver Dollar City or White Water will most likely end in you getting wet. Dress yourself and your kids in light weight cotton t-shirts so you don’t have to spend the day being damp and uncomfortable. Avoiding denim and heavy materials would be wise for any days spent at Branson’s theme parks.