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As we enter the New Year, we are excited to continue sharing the results of The Best Of Branson; the first true nationwide reader’s choice contest about our great destination city! Over the Summer, we asked for visitors and locals to voice their opinion in six main categories: Attractions, Eat & Drink, Entertainment, Shopping, Stay in Branson and Things To Do. In this special edition, we are awarding 95 individual companies with 104 Gold and Silver winners. ​ f course, we feel that anytime you visit Branson, you will experience O the best! The incredible singers, dancers, musicians and actors who take the stage daily make a powerful connection with their audiences; sometimes forming a bond that lasts through generations. To many visitors, those familiar faces they see onstage from year to year are more like family. Branson is for families. All families. Branson is for kids and young adults; newlyweds and 50th anniversaries and everyone in between. Branson takes pride in celebrating members of the military, police, firefighters and emergency responders who help people and save lives every day. Branson is for you and Branson is for me! If this is your first or 101st visit, we encourage you to visit our winners, engage with them, and be sure to visit our comprehensive website, TheBestOfBranson.com. Be sure to rate and review year-round with your thoughts and opinions.

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2019 Season Set to Wow Fans, Entertain Thousands Mansion Theatre takes top honors By Dave Woods Kristy Adams was excited to discover The Mansion Theatre nabbed top honors and was named “Best Concert Venue” and “Best Christmas Show” in the recent nationwide Best of Branson poll. “We’re usually not included in contests like these,” the theatre’s Director of Sales and Marketing explained. “It is very exciting to win these awards.” In the first-of-its-kind Branson contest, more than 34,000 votes were cast for Branson’s best shows, attractions, dining, accommodations, shopping and things to do. The Mansion Theatre, according to Adams, is unique among the live entertainment venues in Branson. “The Mansion has focused only on concerts the last few years,” she said of the 3000-seat state-of-the-art theatre. “We operate like a roadhouse. Page 2

We can switch out shows nightly if we need to. That makes us really skilled at bringing in national touring shows. It also reminds people in the industry that Branson may be a small Ozarks town, but we can handle major shows.” Many of the entertainment industry’s top touring acts make The Mansion Theatre a regular stop, including The Oak Ridge Boys, Neal McCoy and Dailey & Vincent. While The Mansion’s complete 2019 concert line up has not been released as of press time, there are

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several exciting guests returning to The Mansion stage. In April, The Oak Ridge Boys return for select dates. Later in the year Mansion favorites including Neal McCoy, Gene Watson, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Dailey and Vincent and The Bellamy Brothers return to Branson. Always a Mansion favorite, the legendary Johnny Mathis graces the stage in late November along with 60 members of the Springfield Symphony and comedian Gary Mule Deer. TheBestOfBranson.com

Having national touring acts call The Mansion Theatre home throughout the season makes Adams proud of her staff and the loyal entertainers who return time after time. “We are really honored,” she said. “It’s important for us to not only be the best for our customers, but to be the best for our entertainers. So when they go back out there in the big world they are telling other entertainers ‘Hey… go to Branson. You won’t believe what they have there.’ Our entertainers, staff and guests prove it time and time again.” Go to The Mansion’s website at themansiontheatre.com for 2019 concert dates and announcements.

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VOTED Best Free Attraction!

EXPLORE BRANSON LANDING... where a beautiful open-air, waterfront setting is home to over 100 shops, restaurants, attractions, as well as the Hilton Promenade and the spectacular 7.5 million water and fire fountain show!

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ATTRACTIONS

ATTRACTION INDOOR

ATTRACTION OUTDOOR

Titanic Museum Attraction www.titanicbranson.com 800-381-7670

Silver Dollar City www.silverdollarcity.com 800-888-7277

Those looking to gain insight into one of the worst maritime disasters in history should plan to visit the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson. Visitors will experience the museum as a Titanic passenger as they walk the recreated hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase. Throughout the tour they will see artifacts recovered from the Titanic Titanic’s water grave, reach their hands into 28-degree water and learn the fate of the passenger they were given at the beginning of the tour.

Cit an 1880s-style theme park, Silver Dollar City, presents 10 festivals & events, more than 40 rides and attractions including the revolutionary coaster Time Traveler, 100 craftsmen, food & shows. Silver Dollar City began as a re-creation of the mining town that once stood at the mouth of Marvel Cave, which lies under the park. It has o the state’s leading attractions for been one of more than five decades, now encompassing more than 100 acres and drawing about two million visitors each year.

Grand Country's Fun Spot Grand Country Resort www.grandcountry.com/attractions 888-514-1088

The Branson Coaster www.thebransoncoaster.com 417-544-8068

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CAVE/CAVERN

EXTREME ADVENTURE

Marvel Cave Silver Dollar City www.silverdollarcity.com 800-888-7277

Fritz's Aerodium Outdoor Flying Adventure www.fritzsadventure.com 417-320-6138

A registered “Natural, National Landmark” beneath Silver Dollar City theme park, Marvel Cave has one of the largest cave entry rooms in North America and is one of the deepest caves in Missouri. Marvel Cave, largely credited as the first tourist attraction in the Branson area, led to the addition of Silver Dollar City as a place to ente entertain waiting cave visitors. Cave tours began in 1894 and continue today, free with admission to the park.

Fritz’s Adventure is a dynamic family attraction that combines an outside skydiving experience with indoor thrills. Inside there is 80,000 square feet of hands-on climbing, tunneling, sliding and zip-lines. Fritz’s Adventure also features utility poles to climb, bridges suspended stories above, climbing walls, three warped walls, a ropes course course, urban brick buildings for scaling, a life-size water tower and an air-worthy airplane to explore. The challenges are ready to be conquered for every age and ability level.

Fantastic Caverns bransonplanner.org/fantasticcaverns 417-833-2010

The Runaway Mountain Coaster bransonalpinemountaincoaster.com 417-334-7337

FREE ATTRACTION

LAKE CRUISE

Branson Landing Fountain Show www.bransonlanding.com 417-239-3002

Showboat Branson Belle silverdollarcity.com/showboat-branson 800-775-2628

Branson Landing features a scenic boardwalk along the 1.5-mile Taneycomo Lakefront. At the heart of the Landing is a vibrant town square terracing down to the $7.5 million spectacular water attraction that features the first-ever merging of water, fire, light and music. Visitors are amazed by the dazzling interplay of water fi fountains shooting 120-foot geysers and fire cannons blasting. The entire show is choreographed to light and music for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

The 700-passenger Showboat Branson Belle is an authentic paddle wheeler, offering a three-course meal and a show as the ship cruises scenic Table Rock Lake March through early January. The Showboat Branson Belle is the largest ship known to be built on an American land-locked lake. To protect the environment, w the launch into the water was made with biodegradable bananas, rather than harmful lubricants.

Historic Downtown Branson www.downtownbranson.org

The Landing Princess mainstreetlakecruises.com/landing-princess 417-239-3980

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MINI GOLF

MUSEUM

Grand Country Indoor & Outdoor Mini Golf www.grandcountry.com/attractions 888-514-1088

Ralph Foster Museum College of the Ozarks www.rfostermuseum.com 417-690-3407

While kids and adults may not be ready to play an 18-hole competitive golf course, the indoor and outdoor mini golf courses at Grand Country are fun for the whole family. The interactive course will take players through the sights and sounds of the old river towns. They can experience riverboats, fishing and kids painting fences. The f courses feature state-of-the-art computer-generated special effects, animations and black-light 3D.

When Jed Clampett drove his famous truck off the small screen, it ended up at the Ralph Foster Museum. Along with this piece of television history, the museum is famous for its large collection of historical and cultural artifacts from the Ozarks. The museum was opened in 1920 and later named for area radio pioneer Ralph Foster, gene whose generosity and contributions helped the museum thrive. It features three floors of exhibits with antiques, natural history, firearms and much more.

Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf www.piratescove.net/branson 417-336-6606

Titanic Museum Attraction www.titanicbranson.com 800-381-7670

WATER PARK

ZIPLINE ADVENTURE

Silver Dollar City's White Water silverdollarcity.com/white-water 800-888-7277

Branson Zipline Wolfe Mountain www.wolfemountainbranson.com 417-561-0699

Branson’s White Water is the region's largest water park, with 13 acres of water rides and slides, and over 2 million gallons of water adventure. The park is open late May to early September. White Water features the drop-floor thrill slide KaPau Plummet, and rides from mild to wild, from the 7-story, 6-slide thrill ride Kalani Towers to the tr tropical river adventure Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay. For smaller kids, Coconut Cove offers five slides, four water blasters, “bubbler” fountains, hose jets, tipping buckets and more, all created for interactive play. Splash Country Waterpark Grand Country Resort www.grandcountry.com/waterpark 888-514-1088 TheBestOfBranson.com

Branson Zipline at Wolfe Mountain has a variety of thrilling zipline packages ready for all levels of thrill seekers. The zipline course provides a birds-eye view of the Ozarks landscape. It is one of the only themed zipline courses in the nation. An Association for Challenge Course Technology certified contractor designed the course to maximize the experience and safety attributes. Every guide is carefully selected and trained to make each guests’ experience memorable. Vigilante Extreme Ziprider Shepherd of the Hills www.theshepherdofthehills.com 417-334-4191 Page 7


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EAT&DRINK ASIAN FOOD

BAR/PUB

Thai Thai Cuisine 1615 W Hwy 76 #H1 www.thaithaicuisinebranson.com 417-334-9070

The Outback Pub 1924 W Hwy 76 www.outbackbranson.com 417-334-7003

The best Asian meals in Branson can be found at Thai Thai Cuisine on Hwy 26 in Branson. Whether dining alone or with a group, Thai Thai Cuisine will appeal to many. Starters include traditional favorites such as chicken satay, pot stickers and spring rolls. ent Dinner entrees offer a wide variety of Pad Thai dishes, curries, noodles and rice dishes. Additionally, there are many lunch specials for diners needing a quick meal on the go.

With one-of-a-kind Aussie dĂŠcor and live music, plus daily food and drink specials, The Outback Pub is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Whether looking for a great place to spend an hour, or the whole evening, Outback Pub offers an alternative for drinks, food and fun. The Outback Pub has more than one hundred beer options and fe featured drink selections, all located within the most laid-back atmosphere this side of Sydney.

Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi 3265 Falls Pkwy www.shogunbranson.com 417-332-0260

Big Whiskey's American Restaurant & Bar 301 Branson Landing Blvd www.bigwhiskeys.com 417-334-4478

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BBQ

BREAKFAST

Big D's BBQ 1550 State Hwy 248 www.bestbransonbbq.com 417-849-0921

Grand Country Buffet Grand Country Resort 1945 W Hwy 76 www.grandcountry.com/dining 888-514-1088

With its friendly service and its low and slow cooking methods, Big D’s BBQ prides itself on serving up delicious smoked meats using a proprietary blend of dry rub spices for full flavor. Combine the signature platters with Big D’s signature pit beans, smoke corn or coleslaw. Each recipe has developed over many years and is an original you’ll only find at Big D’s BBQ. Customers can enjoy it at the restaurant or the mobile food truck. Danna's BBQ and Burger Shop Multiple Locations www.dannasbbq.com

sta Any day can be started right with Grand Country Buffet’s bountiful breakfast: fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt, farm fresh eggs, bacon and more. It’s a great way to start your fun-filled day at Grand Country Resort's indoor water park, go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, or live shows. Later in the day, diners can bring the family for an experience o dinner at grandma’s house. The reminiscent of buffet includes slow-roasted succulent roast, salads, fresh baked breads and many desserts. Pointe Royale Bar & Grill 142 Club House Dr www.pointeroyalegolf.net/grill 417-334-8599

With our friendly service and our low and slow cooking methods, Big D’s BBQ prides itself on serving up delicious smoked meats using our own proprietary blend of dry rub spices for full flavor. Thank you for voting us Best BBQ! Stop by our new location and visit www.bestbransonbbq.com or check us out on Facebook — Big D’s BBQ Branson.

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BRUNCH

BUFFET

Dobyns Dining Room At The Keeter Center 1 Opportunity Ave, Point Lookout www.keetercenter.edu/Dining.aspx 417-690-2146

Grand Country Buffet 1945 W Hwy 76 www.grandcountry.com/dining 888-514-1088

The Sunday brunch at Dobyn’s Dining Room serves an array of delicious farm-to-fork fare & decadent desserts. Exceptional service is provided by the students of Hard Work U who are working to graduate from college debt free. The Keeter Center opened its doors in September 2004 and features a lodge, restaurant, coffee ba shop and bakery, ice cream parlor and event space. The hotel features rustic design and handmade furnishings.

G At Grand Country Buffet diners can bring the family for an experience reminiscent of dinner at your grandma’s house. The buffet includes slow-roasted succulent roast, salads, fresh baked breads and many desserts. Additionally, any day can be started right with Grand Country Buffet’s bountiful breakfast: fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt, f farm fresh eggs, bacon and more. It’s a great way to start your fun-filled day at Grand Country Resort's indoor water park, go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, or live shows.

Chateau Grille Chateau on the Lake, 415 N Hwy 265 www.chateauonthelake.com/dining 417-243-1777

Paradise Grill & Steakhouse 3250 Shepherd of the Hills Expy facebook.com/paradisegrillbranson 417-334-5405

WE SERVE LOCALLY RAISED GRASS FED, GRASS FINISHED BEEF!

OPEN FOR 20 YEARS AND STILL THE BEST PLACE FOR LIVE MUSIC

VOTED BEST BAR/PUB, COLD DRINKS & GREAT SELECTION OF BEERS 1924 W HWY 76 . BRANSON . (417) 334-7003 TheBestOfBranson.com

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BURGER

DELI/SANDWICH SHOP

Billy Bob's Dairyland 1829 W Hwy 76 417-337-9292

Sugar Leaf Bakery Grand Village Shops 2800 W Hwy 76 #211 www.sugarleaftreats.com 417-336-6618

Eighteen years ago, Billy Bob’s Dairyland was started by a former teacher, coach and manager with a desire to make great food for hungry diners. The meat in the hand-made burgers has never been frozen giving it a flavor that is hard to beat. Although the family-owned restaurant is no longer run by its founders, they still drop in daily for a great conversation and meal with the customers. Pickin Porch Grill 694 Hwy 165 bransoncraftmall.com/pickin-porch-grill 417-334-1223

Rumors about Sugar Leaf Bakery’s homey café and delicious treats are true, and the business continues to grow in great ways. Many visitors have fallen in love with the family atmosphere and flavorful recipes. Others call from hours away for all their wedding needs. The enticing aromas and welcoming atmosphere are often hard to resist shoppe It’s a even for the unsuspecting passing shopper. family-owned and operated business with a passion for great food. Vasken's Deli 3200 Gretna Rd #100 www.vaskens.com 417-334-9182

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DESSERT

DISTILLERY

Andy's Frozen Custard 3415 W Hwy 76 www.eatandys.com 417-337-5501

Crown Valley Distillery 1420 W Hwy 76 #100 www.crownvalleybranson.com 417-335-0832

s When a sweet tooth needs to be satisfied, Andy’s Frozen Custard is ready to help with frozen desserts and treats. The shop offers a wide variety of treats including everything from vanilla or chocolate cones, to seasonal favorites like pumpkin pie concretes and strawberry shortcake sundaes. Andy’s number one focus is product qualit quality. They use only the finest ingredients and the custard is always served within one hour after it is made delivering the freshest taste around.

Crown Valley Winery opened in 2003 and is known as Missouri's premier winery with a beautiful view overlooking more than 100 acres of vineyards and bison roaming the fields. Since then they have added Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling, Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary and several lodging options. The family friendly atmosphe atmosphere offers a variety of Missouri-sourced options for the entire family. This makes Crown Valley a must-experience destination.

Sugar Leaf Bakery Grand Village Shops 2800 W Hwy 76 #211 www.sugarleaftreats.com

Missouri Ridge Distillery 7000 Hwy 248 www.missouriridgedistillery.com 417-699-4095

Missouri made products. Locally crafted. Family friendly. We love what we do, so thank you so much for voting us the best distillery in Branson! Our friendly atmosphere and options offers a variety of tastings and tours for the whole family during your stay in Branson. 1420 W. 76 Country Blvd., Suite 100, Branson, Mo 65616 417-335-0832 crownvalleybranson.com TheBestOfBranson.com

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FAMILY RESTAURANT

FRIED CATFISH

Mel's Hard Luck Diner Grand Village Shops www.melshardluckdiner.com 417-332-0150

Fall Creek Steak & Catfish House 997 Hwy 165 www.fallcreeksteakhouse.com 417-336-5060

For more than twenty years the talented servers, cooks and bussers at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner have sung people’s favorite songs while serving great food. This 1950s themed diner is home to talented, professional singers, songwriters and musicians. Many have been, or currently are, in some of Branson’s most popular productions. a professional, award-winning These are entertainers, including one featured on American Idol. Come enjoy a great meal and listen to the staff as they sing for your supper.

For more than 20 years, the Fall Creek Steak & Catfish House has been a popular destin dining destination. It is a family-friendly, roll-tossing, good time where Rudy, the resident guitar-playing singer, serenades, and tosses rolls as guests enjoy a delicious meal. The menu boasts something for all tastes. Additionally, Fall Creek is an antique-lover’s paradise with artifacts from the Ozarks and beyond. There are many fun items and treasures to take home.

Billy Bob's Dairyland 1829 W Hwy 76 417-337-9292

White River Fish House 1 Bass Pro Dr www.whiteriverfishhouse.com 417-243-5100

It tastes good to be recognized as the Best in Branson! Come see why we won the Gold!

Billy Bob’s

Dairyland

OLD FASHIONED BURGERS & SHAKES

1829 West Highway 76 417-337-9291

MEXICAN FOOD

Pancho Villa 2819 W Hwy 76 417-334-4548 The best Mexican Cuisine and Tex-Mex can be found at Pancho Villa on Highway 76 in Branson. The restaurant is recognized for its gracious hospitality and a wide assortment of traditional classics including flavorful enchiladas, fresh tamales, chili, nachos and more with shredded beef, pork and chicken. Guests can also enjoy a o beverages including margaritas and variety of daquiris. Pancho Villa offers a variety of daily lunch specials and has space for large dinner groups. Little Hacienda 3375 Little Pete Rd www.littlehaciendabranson.com 417-335-2008

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PIZZA

STEAKHOUSE

Papa Grand's Pizza Grand Country Resort 1945 W Hwy 76 www.grandcountry.com/dining 888-514-1088

Paradise Grill & Steakhouse 3250 Shepherd of the Hills Expy facebook.com/paradisegrillbranson 417-334-5405

Papa Grand’s Pizza is a unique, affordable dining experience that includes a full salad bar and delicious hot pizza bar. The inviting family-style service allows guests to choose exactly what they want in the portions they want. The fast, friendly design leaves guests free to spend as much time with their meal as they like. Whether someone has c a craving for the classics, such as pepperoni pizza or something a little more unique, Papa Grand’s Pizza has it hot and ready. Rocco's Pizza 2722 Hwy 248 www.roccosbranson.com 417-544-0206

Paradise Grill & Steakhouse was established by a local family who wanted to make a place that people could come and be confident that they would receive good food and friendly service in a clean and comfortable setting. Paradise offers the best cuts of meat cooked to perfection. The menu also includes fried seafood, chicken, a salad bar mo Great food at affordable prices keeps and more. guests coming back for more. Longhorn Steakhouse 2821 W Hwy 76 www.longhornsteakhouse.com 417-239-0881

WINERY

St. James Winery 405 Hwy 165 www.stjamesbranson.com 417-544-8283 For nearly 50 years, St. James Winery has worked diligently to put Missouri wines back on the national stage. People throughout the state and across the country seek out the wine and St. James has expanded to meet their demand. The winery is consistently one of the top five gold medal winning wineries in the United States. St. James Winery now produces 500,000 gallons of wine per year and is available for purchase in 16 different states. Lindwedel Winery 3158 Hwy 265 www.lindwedelwinery.com 417-338-0256 TheBestOfBranson.com

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ENTERTAINMENT

CHRISTMAS SHOW

Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas The Mansion www.themansiontheatre.com 417-385-1118

Another Year of Mansion Favorites The Oak Ridge Boys Neal McCoy Gene Watson The Gatlin Brothers Dailey and Vincent The Bellamy Brothers Springfield Symphony Gary Mule Deer Johnny Mathis for Christmas And more!

Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas will feature three special performances on the grand stage of the Mansion Theatre, located in the town’s famed theatre district. Tony Orlando is a legendary performer recognized internationally for invigorating audiences for decades. The show is written, produced and directed by Orlando celeb who bills the holiday celebration as a musical tribute to the true meaning of Christmas. The show is full of laughter, music and fun for all ages. A Brett Family Christmas Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theatre www.thebrettsshow.com 417-336-4222 TheBestOfBranson.com

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CONCERT VENUE

DINNER SHOW

The Mansion 189 Expressway Ln www.themansiontheatre.com 417-385-1118

Dolly Parton’s Stampede 1525 W Hwy 76 www.dpstampede.com/branson 800-520-5544

The Mansion is exclusively a concert and event venue focused on bringing in legendary entertainment that fits a variety of audiences. The complete entertainment facility houses 3,000 theatre seats, a professional music studio and event space to accommodate meetings and conventions. Past performers have included The Boys Neal McCoy, Grand Funk Oak Ridge Boys, Railroad, Sawyer Brown, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Daniels, Jeff Foxworthy and is home to Dennis Quaid and the Sharks.

Celebrate the American Spirit with inspiring world-class performances at Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction. The powerful performance features 32 magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch trick riders in a 35,000 square-foot arena. There is a friendly North and South competition, horse riding stunts at top speeds speeds, spectacular special effects and phenomenal musical productions, all while guests enjoy a mouth-watering 4-course family feast.

The Starlite Theater 3115 W Hwy 76 www.starlitetheatre.com 417-337-9333

Showboat Branson Belle 4800 Hwy 165 silverdollarcity.com/showboat-branson 800-775-2628

NEW SHOW

PRODUCTION SHOW

Billy Yates’ Hit Songwriters in the Round Americana Theatre hitsongwritersintheround.com 417-544-8700

Raiding the Country Vault Americana Theatre 2905 W Hwy 76 www.raidingthecountryvault.com 417-544-8700

Award-winning, Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter Billy Yates hosts Branson’s newest music show. He will introduce the audience to the world of performing songwriters, where two hit writers and artists from Nashville will join Yates onstage to casually tell the stories behind the songs they play. Songwriters in the Round is a relaxed and unscripted show that allows the audience to enjoy acoustic performances, by the ones who wrote the songs.

Raiding the Country Vault brings the history of country music to life. The show features classics by the biggest acts in country music such as Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and many more. Raiding the Country Vault tells the story of country music from the 1960’s to 2000 and is performed by an all-star cast, the 2000’s many of whom have had their own chart-topping hits.

Ozarks Gospel Grand Country Resort www.grandcountry.com/shows 888-505-4096

Samson Sight & Sound Theatres www.sight-sound.com 800-377-1277

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SHOW FAMILY

SHOW FOR CHILDREN

SIX Hughes Brothers Theatre 3425 W Hwy 76 www.thesixshow.com 417-334-0076

Buckets N Boards Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre www.bucketsnboards.com 417-339-3003

SI SIX is a contemporary vocal band on power-mode that features six real brothers; Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis. They take musical entertainment to a whole new level. SIX is critically acclaimed and dubbed as an orchestra of human voices and masters of showmanship. The multi-talented brothers sound like a band mouths SIX has sung using only their mouths. contemporary a cappella with incredible beatbox vocals and harmonization for more than 40 years.

Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever have handcrafted a hilarious and high-energy show chock-full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent. Buckets N Boards is an experience that has, and will, entertain the entire family. Levingston and ta Sever have taken their show to New York, aboard Disney Cruise Lines and many other places. The comedy and upbeat personalities will leave the audience laughing for the rest of their vacation.

The Haygoods Clay Cooper Theatre www.thehaygoods.com 417-339-4663

Amazing Pets Grand Country Resort www.grandcountry.com/shows 888-505-4096

VARIETY/ALL-AROUND SHOW

VETERANS TRIBUTE

Grand Jubilee Grand Country Music Hall 1945 W Hwy 76 www.grandcountry.com/shows 417-335-2485

“I Am A Veteran” Poem by Andrea Brett Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theatre www.thebrettsshow.com 417-336-4222

The Grand Jubilee show is 100 percent live where guests come into the show as strangers but leave as family. It’s an experience that will stay with guests long after their vacation is over. Grand Country Resort includes a 319-room hotel, indoor waterpark, three mini-golf courses, Grand Country Buffet, Grand Country Music Hall, a a two-story arcade and entertainment center, pizza buffet and the world’s largest fiddle and banjo.

The poem, “I Am a Veteran,” was written by Andrea Brett in 2002, three years after The Brett Family began performing in Branson. As part of the patriotic tribute, Andrea wanted to create something original that would give honor to the military veterans who attended. Each line of the poem represents a veteran she personally met or about The words in the poem are was told about. symbolic of the experiences of all veterans who have their own story to tell.

Clay Cooper's Country Express Clay Cooper Theatre www.claycoopertheatre.com 417-332-2529

Veterans Memorial Museum 1250 W Hwy 76 veteransmemorialbranson.com 417-336-2300

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SHOPPING

ANTIQUE/FLEA MARKET

CRAFT MALL

Apple Tree Mall 1830 W Hwy 76 417-335-2133

Branson Mill Craft Village 3300 N Gretna Rd www.bransonmill.com 417-334-8436

The Apple Tree Mall is in the heart of Branson on West Highway 76. The mall has an amazing group of vendors and staff. There is a large variety of antiques, collectibles, handcrafted items and more. The selection changes on a regular basis for a new experience each visit. Anyone looking for the perfect gift or something to o complement their home or ofďŹ ce can ďŹ nd it at Apple Tree Mall. Main Street Flea Market 106 E Main St 417-334-8668 TheBestOfBranson.com

Branson Mill Craft Village is the largest and most upscale craft mall in the city. There are three large indoor anchor stores and three large outdoor anchors. Since opening their doors in 2006, they have grown every year to provide even more quality craftsmen and craftsmanship to provide a grand shopping experience. They aim to provide a lasting memory along with physical and functional heirloom quality pieces that can be taken home and enjoyed for years to come. Branson Craft Mall 694 Hwy 165 www.bransoncraftmall.com 417-334-1223 Page 21


FACTORY OUTLET

SHOPPING CENTER

VF Factory Outlet The Shoppes at Branson Meadows 4340 Gretna Rd www.vfoutlet.com 417-339-4812

Tanger Outlet Center 300 Tanger Blvd www.tangeroutlet.com/branson 417-337-9328

combin VF Outlet gives customers a unique combination of low prices, wide selection and famous brands so they can get everything they need and more. The Outlet carries numerous famous brands that are known and loved. Lee, Wrangler, Nautica, Vanity Fair, Majestic, JanSport, Angels, Derek Heart, Timber Creek, Riders, Reef, Olga, Warner’s a all at one location. Great and many others are deals are waiting for anyone seeking a great gift or a stylish outfit for themselves.

The best deals on name-brand clothing and accessories can be found at the Tanger Outlet Center in Branson. Stores include American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Bass Factory Outlet, Carter’s Baby and Kids, Disney Outlet, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Fossil, Girlie Girl Originals, Harry & David, Jockey, Lane Bryant Outlet, Nike Factory Sto Store and many others. Visitors can stop by Shopper Services for the Little Red Book of Savings to optimize their spending dollars.

Coleman Factory Outlet Branson Mill Craft Village www.coleman.com 417-334-1718

Grand Village Shops 2800 W Hwy 76 www.grandvillageshops.com 417-336-4300

SPECIALTY/GIFT SHOP

BED & BREAKFAST

Dick’s 5 & 10 103 W Main St www.dicks5and10.com 417-213-8020

The Bradford House 296 Blue Meadows Dr www.staybradfordhouse.com 417-334-4444

Dick Dick’s 5 & 10 is one of the last of an American tradition and a Branson icon for more than 55 years. The store is a pathway back in time for those who remember the old-time 5 & 10. Dick’s creates new memories for those who have no idea what a 5 & 10 was. This old-time variety store is one place downtown Branson visitors should o home décor, historic not miss with a variety of items and the popular fun aisle.

o serenity, elegance and good Set in a place of old-fashioned hospitality, The Bradford House embraces guests with a feeling of being among family. There are 15 individually styled rooms, each decorated with attentiveness designed to make visitors feel at home. The Victorian-style rooms feature pillow-topped mattresses and an b en suite bathroom. Each stay includes a homemade breakfast in the beautiful dining room and a beverage service area with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and French vanilla cappuccinos.

Mulberry Mill Grand Village Shops www.mulberrymill.com 888-441-4451

The Branson Hotel 214 W Main St www.thebransonhotel.com 417-544-9814

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CABIN ACCOMMODATIONS

CONDO ACCOMMODATIONS

Trophy Run 117 Trophy Run Rd www.trophyrun.com 844-538-2413

Thousand Hills Golf Resort 245 S Wildwood Dr www.thousandhills.com 417-336-5873

Trophy Run is a natural haven, a woodland retreat and enduring refuge. Get away with a lakefront cabin that’s naturally secluded in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. It’s a great time to explore this unique opportunity; to enjoy vacation ownership with the convenience of a condo and the pleasures of a Branson cabin with resort-style amenities amenities. Waterfront cabins are elegantly nestled along the banks of scenic Lake Taneycomo as one of the Midwest’s newest undiscovered gems.

B Anyone looking for Branson condos should come to Thousand Hills Condo & Golf Resort. The resort will surpass your expectations with luxury, space and over-the-top amenities. There are a variety of options, from suites to larger 5-bedroom townhouses and condominiums. Many units are just a few feet from the only golf course in Br Branson’s city limits. There is ample parking at each condo and a location well-away from the crowded street noise.

Silver Dollar City's Wilderness Campground silverdollarcity.com/wilderness 800-477-5164

Pointe Royale Condo Vacation & Golf Resort www.pointeroyale.com 800-962-4710

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY LODGING

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Grand Country Resort 1945 W Hwy 76 www.grandcountry.com 888-514-1088

Lodge of the Ozarks 3431 W Hwy 76 lodgeoftheozarksbranson.com 877-327-9894

Grand Country Resort offers a unique vacation experience, with free water park access to guests, restaurants, go-karts, mini-golf, arcade, shows and shopping all in one place. Their 319 rooms are comfortable and spacious. When parents want a little privacy, the kids will love the new clubhouse rooms, complete with bunk beds and a flat screen TV for their enjoyment. Enjoy live shows, great food selections and shopping while staying on property.

Lodge of the Ozarks is an affordable luxury hotel in the heart of Branson, conveniently located on Highway 76. The Lodge is just a few minutes-walk from neighboring shows and Branson's top attractions and a short drive to the famous Branson Landing Fountain Show. The Lodge is a charming themed hotel with rustic decor, be beautiful and clean rooms, an indoor pool, fitness center, premier event services and a dedicated staff that is committed to excellence.

Silver Dollar City's Wilderness Campground silverdollarcity.com/wilderness 800-477-5164

Hilton Convention Center Hotel 200 E Main St www.hilton.com 417-336-5400

RESORT PROPERTY

RV PARK/CAMPGROUND

Grand Country Resort 1945 W Hwy 76 www.grandcountry.com 888-514-1088

Treasure Lake RV Resort 1 Treasure Lake Dr www.tlresort.com 417-332-2555

1971 Glenn Robinson drove his pickup truck In 1971, onto the parking lot of what was becoming the Walmart store on Highway 76 in Branson and began selling pottery and other items he had brought up from Mexico. Now, nearly 50 years later, Grand Country Resort includes 319 rooms, an indoor water park, go-karts, laser tag, mini-golf mini-golf, a 2-story arcade, 3 dining experiences, live shows every day, shopping and so much more! It is truly your one stop for family fun in Branson.

Treasure Lake RV Resort is the premier large RV resort in Missouri according to The Missouri Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds. The Resort is a membership owned, gated RV Park in the heart of Branson. Members pay a low yearly fee and daily fees and have access to the park’s rental units at discount prices. It is located within o popular restaurants and many walking distance of shows, movies and other popular attractions.

Chateau on the Lake 415 N Hwy 265 www.chateauonthelake.com 888-333-5253

Silver Dollar City's Wilderness Campground silverdollarcity.com/wilderness 800-477-5164

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THINGS TO DO

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

DAY SPA

Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas 399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy www.silverdollarcity.com 800-888-7277

Beautiful Spring Nail Spa 165 Southtowne Blvd, Hollister www.beautifulspringnailspa.com 417-334-7272

An Old Time Christmas features Christmas in Midtown, a light parade, two Broadway-style musical productions, a 5-Story Special Effects Christmas tree and 6.5 million lights. An Old Time Christmas, launched in 1988, has become one of the nation’s most recognized events for spectacular lighting and entertainment, and has p been profiled as one of the top holiday celebrations by USA Today, CNN Travel, The Travel Channel and Good Morning America. Trail of Lights Shepherd of the Hills 5586 W Hwy 76 www.theshepherdofthehills.com TheBestOfBranson.com

p Whether preparing for a wedding, a special night out or simply looking to be pampered, Beautiful Spring Nail Spa is sure to please. The professionals at the spa will treat each guest with high-quality products and services. There are manicure and pedicure services, acrylic and gel nails and waxing. It isn’t just adults that can enjoy the spa experience. The kids’ menu offers manicures and pedicures, nail art, and hand and toe polish. City Spatique Day Spa 3044 Shepherd of the Hills Expy www.cityspatique.com 417-348-1030 Page 27


GOLF COURSE

MARINA/WATER SPORT RENTAL

Pointe Royale Golf Course 142 Club House Dr www.pointeroyalegolf.net 417-334-4477

State Park Marina 380 State Park Marina Rd www.stateparkmarina.com 417-334-2628

The Pointe Royale Golf Course opened in 1986 and is the most established 18-hole championship course in Branson. The course was renovated in 2008 and is called home by many wonderful people and a few celebrities, such as Andy Williams. Hundreds of thousands of golfers have played, and enjoyed, the course during the th past three decades. The Pointe has an abundance of character and beauty, affordable greens fees and great play every day.

State Park Marina offers the most water sports activities in the Midwest. The modern 600-slip marina is home to the Boathouse Boutique store, a full-service dive shop, the local favorite Danna’s BBQ and new ‘Oasis‘ Hawaiian Shave Ice. State Park Marina's Boathouse Boutique has everything you need for a day on the water, from snacks to sunsc sunscreen, apparel, fuel, bait and tackle and more. Its crew stands ready to help guests create lasting memories on beautiful Table Rock Lake.

Top of the Rock Golf Course 150 Top of the Rock Rd, Ridgedale www.golfbigcedar.com 417-339-5344

Rock Lane Resort and Marina 611 Rock Lane Rd www.rocklane.com 417-338-2211

TRANSPORTATION Jennifer Gregory 417-544-8282 jennifer@thebestofbranson.com Brent Powers 417-544-8282 brent@thebestofbranson.com VIP Tours of Branson www.viptoursofbranson.com 417-337-4129 VIP Tours of Branson is more than a name, they take pride in treating each li the VIP they are. VIP Tours of customer like Branson is part of Joe Gunnels Tours and Reservation Service, Inc. a company that has operated with honesty and integrity for more than 30 years. Each guide has experience with the rich history of the area. They are carefully selected to provide each inform guest with the most informative, family-friendly sightseeing tours available. The Branson Loop 112 Auburn Rd www.thebransonloop.com 417-320-6035 Page 28

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