Branson Traffic Tricks-How to get to your locations fast

I was driving on 76 the other day, and I noticed a sneaky trick. One out of three hundred cars try this.

As you line up with all the other cards to make your left turn onto 76, from 65. There is always this one car that thinks hey I can cruise over here in this empty lane and then at the last minute work my way into traffic.And I won’t have to stay stacked up here in traffic. It happens a lot, and people do it all the time, form multiple places on this great U.S. of A.

Step 1-Pick your destination

Step 2-Decide where your coming from

Step 3-find a back road or side road that is congruent with where you want to go. And every time you visit, get familiar with taking those back roads and you can’t go wrong. Especially in the Spring and summer Branson can get pretty hot, and pretty crazy with traffic so each time you come, is another chance to get used to using Gretna road and fall creek road, and the new road next to Dixie Stampede. Happy travels from Bransonisfun.com Post your traffic tricks for Branson below and subscribe right here: Branson traffic tricks

Branson KMART closing blowout sale-and how much you can save now!

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Branson KMART closing blowout sale-and how much you can save now!

Yep it was a shock to me to. Our old friend KMARt is closing over on 248. And boy will it be missed. But the upside is there are 12 weeks left of this sale ( I asked Murna the Cashier) and she gave me this number. And right now they are at

10% on some items

20% Furniture,Paper supplies, beauty and towels

30% on clothing and kitchen ware clothing and even food.

50% on some food for fast sale

So stock up on what you can as our old friend Kmart is going bye bye!KMART

5 attractions that need to rise from the Dead

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5 Branson Attractions that Need to rise from the Dead updated 11/08/2017

Branson Attractions that need to rise from the dead. Is there any life left in their eyes? That’s what we all say when we think some one is on their last legs. We get the paddles out, we pump them full of 10,000 volts, and we hope for the best. And that’s the way we feel at times in good ole Branson, Mo. Some of our great staples have been laid to rest, but might have a few years left in them, if we added a few volts. Here’s the list!bransonisfun.com
1)The Grand PalaceThis is my number one choice. Such a great place boasting of over 2000 seats, this was built back in Branson’s hayday. Beautiful on the inside and out. Many stars have played this historic venue, and we are hoping for the best. Sleep well, LAdy of Branson, sleep well.


2)Days Inn green Mountain drive422 rooms and the most ground floor rooms in Branson ever. September days (the preferred days inn club) will never be the same. Now in bad way. This property was a huge focal point back in the boom.The owner now in Bankruptcy and foreclosure, this property has seen better days. We are hoping this hotel will open back up, real soon.This property also boasts of one of the biggest pool areas in Branson.
3)Melody Lane InnNear and dear to my heart (melodylanebranson.com) I’m hoping for good things for this property. 3.5 acres, built on a hill. This hotel was hit by the storm of 2012. 144 rooms all close to highway 76. Most has been demoed at this time, its main building with an apartment are still intact. A Branson staple since the boom, anything can be possible.
4)Tony Orlando theaterThis place was amazing. An apartment, a recording studio, all kinds of extra amenities. This place was heaven on earth. Tony performed his regular shows, and his Christmas show from this locale. Very large, spacious, and perfect for an upcoming show, the sky could be the limit if the right entertainer purchased this theater. Tie that yellow ribbon round the old oak tree, and see what comes our way!

5) The  Gaslighter theater – This theater has been converted to a Jesus is Homeless facility.  So it is no longer a theater, here is the original story:

Everyone has played here. The Platters,Sunny and the wild wild west, and on and on. Located on Gretna Raod, this theater has gone into extreme disrepair. Hoping someone can get this great location going again, but could be on its last legs as well. Two apartments in the back,and lots of storage. This could house someone, if the price was right. So there we have it. 5 Sleeping giants, that could get a fresh start, with the right buyer.

Homeless in Branson-Where people who work in the area Live,Without a Home!

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Homeless in Branson-Where do people who work in the area Live,Without a Home?

Extended stay is becoming more and more of a controversial issue in Branson these days. The concern stems from recent issues at several extended stay motels. And the concern for families that live and work in the area, that are living the extened stay life.
Families not able to afford deposits, and first and last in an apartment, sometimes become victims of the system. Branson has always needed a very strong workforce, in the housekeeping,restaurant and attraction venue. And some of the extended stay folks work in these industries. With the rise of crime in the area, and stemming from issues in the extened stay segment, Branson has to make some changes.
My suggestion would be to put a cap on hotels that are not extened stay, and holding them to that. Such as requiring the ones that are extened stay to get a special license, and be subject to inspection. Right now, I heard that the health department was so far behind that most extended stay properties don’t get inspected at all. Cooking in the room is a problem, and creates attention from the Branson Fire department. Put a cap on the properties that are extened stay, create some numbers, and start figuring out ways to help thes folks, and business find other alternatives for earning revenue. Than just feeding on these folks, and help the folks get out of their own ruts. Feel free to post and comment on this article, and here’s an article from the Branson Daily. Branson tri lakes article

What to do on a snow day in Branson Mo

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What to do on a snow day in Branson, Mo. There is still tons of indoor stuff to do in Branson even though you are snowed in. When I used to live near 76 there were a ton of things to do within walking distance of my House. ( I love to call it House in Canadian) so lets get Crackin.

1)Fritz adventures should be crazy busy on this day. Its indoors and you can find all kinds of crazy things to do with the kids. From bungie style climbs, Rock walls, and mazes this should keep those kiddos busy.

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2) Castle Rock-Indoor Water Park Anyone-tons of all day play, snacks and incredible rooms, this place could consume a lot of time for the day if your snowed in. If you have to take a snow sled to get there.

http://bransonisfun.com/branson-hotels-kids/ Kids Friendly Hotels

3)Grand Country-the Grandest of all Kids adventures when you snowed in. There is Miniature gold, shows, and an indoor video game parlor just for Kids, so check this out for sure.

4)Titanic-Now this could be worth a try, as it could be educational for the Kiddos as well as fun. And it looks Monsterous in the winter.

5)Ripley’s Believe it or not-Lots for the kids to see, its also indoors as well, and ranks on the education meter as well.

http://bransonisfun.com/things-branson-kids/Things for Kids to do

Top 5 Places to get Married in Branson Mo in 2017

Top  Places to get Married in Branson,MO 

Top 5 places to get married in Branson, mo

     This has been a fun article to write on the Top 5 Places to get married in Branson.  And that time of year is coming up. And the Ozarks is just the place to do it. Get married (hitched) as they would say in certain parts of Arkansas or Missouri. From Beautiful Ozark Mountains, to rolling hills, to incredible skylines, Branson and the Ozarks can’t be beat. Here is a top ten list of exotic places to get married.

1)Big Cedar-is an amazing place to get married. And has really used the lay of the Land well to accomodate all kinds of travellers. They entertain guests well, in a certain type Mountain luxery. Worth a look if your bringing a once in a lifetime event to Branson. Located on highway 86, this is just a short trip away from all things Branosn. bigcedar.com

2)Chateau on the Lake-An Awesome place that hosts the 4th of July fireworks every year. The decor inside is amazing, and they are no strangers to hosting incredible events. With very large spacious meeting rooms, with a nice touch of elegance. The Hotel itself can handle all of your rooms for the wedding party, and has a nice Restaurant to boot. Worth checking out.

3)The Hilton Downtown-The downtown area near the landing has two Hiltons. One on the promenade and then the high Rise. With everything from Valley parking for your guests, to a Starbucks right across the street. Very large spacious meeting rooms from the convention center side, to escalators to help you avoid all of those stairs.

4)The Raddison-This is a great place, centrally located in Branson. Surrounded by so much to see and do, it is hard to imagine. A restaurant on site, large spacious meeting rooms and so much more.

5) Log Chapel of the Ozarks-located just north of Branson in a heavily wooded area, this economical opportunity is worth checking out, and perty. http://logchapelofthe

Branson hotels for Kids

Branson hotels for Kids is a must research before you come to town. The Kids seem to get the short end of the straw sometimes, and there are lots of advantages to picking the right hotel. While searching for entertainment for Kids, as we all know Kids need to be entertained and challenged at the same time, and the right Branson Hotel will hit just the spot. I always do these in lists and organize the information in such a way to help you make the right decision. And there are quite a few hotels to list with indoor and outdoor pools, play lands and all kinds of attractions within walking distance.

1)Castle rock-this is a great hotel and is #1 on this list, as it has an indoor water park attached and is the place to be for Water fun. Its also the Newest of any hotel. Also its within several restaurants on Green Mountain drive. Florentinas is the first one that comes to mind. http://www.florentinasristoranteitaliano.com/ They have incredible italian food and are close to drive to, or for a nice long walk, in between all the water fun at Castle rock.

Castle Rock

2. Stone Castle hotel & Conference Center-this is a great place and also the Home of Bransonisfun.com as I have my offices there. 3 gorgeous Castle-esque buildings, two pools, and a drawbridge. (What?) The Kids love this place, they also have a great breakfast. Read More here about secret Castles of Branson, Mo.

Branson Castles

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3. Grand Country-this place is huge and has multiple things for Kids to do. From Pizza to Video games to an indoor water park. Its right on Highway 76, and Qualifies as a great Hotel for Kids. One Caveat is its all consuming and your kids might not want to leave. So choose this opulent master piece carefully.

4.Lodge of the Ozarks-has a great indoor pool, a Restaurant, and is right next door to Ripleys Believe it or not, and the Hughes brothers.  And don’t for get the Track, and the Ferris wheel. Amazing things for the kids to do while they are enjoying the great pool at Lodge of the Ozarks.

5.Welk Resort-this place looks amazing. Is a great Choice for a Kid Friendly Hotel, and is located on 165 across from Point Royal. indoor water park, food, events are also held here, and is close to Table Rock lake a must stay.

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Things to do Near Branson Mo

Things to do Near Branson Mo

I’ve always been so focused on Branson, Mo that I’d never thought of all the great things to do Near Branson Mo. I do these things all the time and have a great time. Springfield, MO has a ton of things to do, and there are tons of Lake Near Branson Mo. Here’s a short list of some of the things you can do.
Things to do Near Branson Mo

1)The Battlefield Mall-this place has a ton of stores. And is pretty easy to access. Just take the Battlefield exit off of Highway 65 north and you will be well on your way. Dillards, Jcpenny, Sears are all there, among many other banner stores.
Special tip: Be prepared to walk, as this mall is very large.
Battlefield mall website

2)Table Rock Lake-Located off of Highway 165 its just a stones throw away from Branson. Tons of Hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating of course. Scuba diving and Para sailing is even a possibility in the summer.
3)Hiking near Springfield-the Nature Center off of James River expressway has some great hiking, and is one of the best trails I’ve ever hiked. Beautiful ponds and streams along the way, and its very safe as there is always a little bit of traffic.

4)Sushi-Springfield has a lot of great Sushi. From Ohana’s to Haruno’s to Ocean Zen. This is the town to eat Sushi in. Most of these Restaurants house everything from Spicy Tuna, to the designer dishes.
5)Mark Twain National Forrest-This is a pretty vast establishment. Located on the right side of Highway 65 headed north. It spans a lot of 65. Its a little hard to get in and out of but may be worth the Journey.
Things for Kids to do in Branson

Things to Do in Branson for Kids

Things to do in Branson for Kids

Branson, mo is a great place for things to do with Kids. It has a wholesome attitude, and friendly demeanor unprecedented. Though it is hard in some vaction spots to find Things to do with Kids.
The people are friendly for the most part and realize that Tourist make up a great part of the economy. Don’t stop at the Branson Tourism Bureau when everything you need is right here. Some new things opened in 2016 and their legacy will be carried on in 2017. People seem to love Bransonisfun.com’s top ten lists so I will present them in that format. And don’t forget to visit Bransonisfun.com

1) Fritz’s Adventure-just completed in 2016 this is an amazing healthful adventure, where kids can go through mazes, bunchy cord stuff, climb walls and all kinds of things. This was built right next to Dixie Stampede so this is the place to go, when you bring the kids to Branson, and need to find things fun to do.

2)SDC-Silver Dollar City brings it over and over and over. They constantly improve the park for safety and entertainment. This staple is always and will always be worth checking out.

3)Bumper Boats-lined through out this is worth a go, to kill some extra time. There are bumper boats on the East and the West of the strip so check them out.
4)hollywood Wax Museum-open all year round, and a great thing to do in the winter, this is worth a go. Stars molded in wax from some of the most current films is just around the corner. Located just steps away from our next guest, the titanic you must check this out.
5)The Titanic-This version of the Titanic hasn’t been hit by the iceberg yet, and is an awesome reflection of this historic ship an event. Guests get to figure out if they were a passenger that survived. Orgionaly slated for just five years, they have carried well beyond that. Branson Titanic is located right across from Clay Cooper Theater and Walgreens.
These five will wet your appetite until we do a part two enjoy!

Here’s a link to my origional blog.

Branson Says Goodbye to an amazing entertainer

Branson says Goodbye to Tom Mullica an amazing entertainer!

 

If anyone could  market themselves, this guy could. I used to see his advertisements everywhere dressed as the Lovable Hobo. Talent to say the least, was an understatement. After his show ended, I didn’t realize he actually had stayed around Branson. From time to time, I would glance over and see him in the supermarket, but that hasn’t happened in the last couple of years.
I remember the Huge sign over at the mansion theater with him on the side of the building, before the Peter Pan show came in. It was so large it really got your attention. And it inspired questions. Like was this guys interprettation of Red Skelton that good. And was there anything else he could do. And I thought this guy must have some chops to carry a theater of this size. And he did for several years. He did an amazing tribute to Red Skelton, and that was his show here in Branson.
     Another bit of his claim to fame was his vanishing cigarette tricks. If you haven’t seen it you have to. His artistry in these magic tricks is amazing. A magician, a mime, a clown, this guy had it all. I’m sorry to say I never stopped in on one of those Branson, Mo  nights to check out, this amazing entertainer. R.I.P, Tom Mullica.
 Pop over to Bransonisfun.com for more of the story!
A cool picture of Tom in his hobo make up as Red skelton.
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