I consider myself a professional Branson traveler. I too can pay taxes in the city as I am so much there. As a child, my family traveled to this exciting destination almost every year. I went to a quick Branson for a few years during college, but for the last seven years I have indulged in a Branson Buffet.
From memory, I can recite the names of almost every show in town. I can direct you to any theater, regardless of its location. And you would have better believe I have a strong opinion of every show and attraction in town. Yeah, I'm a 28-year-old Branson freak.
If you've never traveled to Branson, you might wonder what is it that makes Branson, Missouri so special. It's in the middle of nowhere and yet it's one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country.
Indeed Branson is special for many reasons. While Branson may seem to be in the middle of nowhere, he's actually in the middle of floats. Branson is one of the most popular car destinations in America. Since it is almost in the geographical center of the United States, it is a convenient location for much of the country. Although there are some people flying to Springfield / Branson Regional Airport, most of the millions of visitors will be traveling to the city.
This actually creates one of the most frustrating situations in Branson. Traffic can be a nightmare. Branson was not designed for heavy traffic. The city had a major development in the 1980s and literally outgrown its road system. At least 75% of tourist sites are directly linked to HWY 76. This is the main artery that goes, or should I say, crawl through the city. The city has tried to ease some of the traffic through well-marked alternative roads. Most of the traffic still uses 76 exclusively. If this is your first time in Branson, I would encourage you to run the "belt" (HWY 76) twice to generally learn the area, then get a Free map from each booklet screen and learn alternative routes. You will save time and may not be the only way to get to a show in time.
It's almost impossible to believe until you've tried it, but Branson's traffic jams starting in the middle of the afternoon are worse than the rush hour in every city in the country. Movement is measured in inches rather than feet.
To give you a good idea, I would like to share an experience I had in July 2004. My wife and I stayed at Old Downtown Branson, which is on the east end of HWY 76, near the intersection of HWY 65 and HWY 76. We had plans to see the Spirit of Dance at the Branson Variety Theater. The BV Theater is right in the heart of the bar, but it was less than 4 miles from our hotel. The show started at 8 p.m. We decided to leave at 5:00 pm. so we would have time to catch dinner along the way and still get to the show in time. At 7:15 p.m. we hadn't eaten dinner and were still at least a mile from the theater. Traffic was not moving. To make it a very long story, at 8:05 p.m. we finally pulled into the theater parking lot and entered the show after it had already started. We had to eat after the show, not before.
The next evening, we saw Cirque at the Remington Theater, which is entirely across town. We left again at 5:00 pm. for this 8:00 p.m. performances, but this time we used alternate routes and arrived at the theater well before 6pm. We had plenty of time to stroll through the neighboring shops and have dinner before the show.
Tip # 1: Don't waste valuable vacation time – Use alternative routes!
Don't let traffic keep you away from Branson. Honestly, it’s just part of the fun. There are still many reasons to come to Branson.
The Ozark Hills and Mountains are another reason to visit Branson. No, you will not see the height and grandeur of the Rockies, but you are still surrounded by beautiful scenery. The Ozarks are the pride of its country charm and slow pace. You can come to Branson waiting for shows and retreats and end up enjoying the Mark Twain National Forest natural trails or playing in the waters of one of the two pristine lakes that surround the city. The Ozarks are a dream of a nature lover.
Tip # 2: Take Time To Enjoy The Ozarks – They're FREE Attraction!
There's honestly something for everyone in Branson. Many cities will say that, but Branson can back that claim. Adults and seniors are sure to find some shows they will like. With over 100 shows to choose from there will be one for each person in the group. But there are plenty of high energy music, magic and comedy shows that keep kids and teens obsessed. There are also several amusement parks and water parks including Silver Dollar Silver and White Water. I will get into more of the current draws in the rest of the column, so look for more information in other parts of the column.
Branson Chances, Theater and Tickets
Let's take a look at what made Branson famous – shows and theaters
You will arrive in Branson in a media overload. There are more than 50 different theaters in Branson. Most theaters have several different shows running throughout the day. Top entertainers will perform at 8pm. shows, but that doesn't mean the morning and afternoon shows are second tier. They are just as good in most cases. Whether you're looking for a capital or not, there are over 100 shows to keep you busy throughout the city.
The whole Branson craze kicked off with just a couple shows. Presley's Country Jubilee and Baldknobbers' Jamboree. Both of these varied shows and country comedies are still going on today, 40-50 years later. They are among the most popular shows in the city for good reason. They put on a quality show every night and their fans come back year after year.
If you enjoy country music and gospel served alongside hilarious comedy, then you'll find your fill in Branson. Apart from the two shows mentioned there are already many more of these genres across the city. Some of the other popular ones include Pierce Arrow, Grand Jubilee and Braschlers.
Another major category of performances in the city can be grouped as the family indicates. This is not to say that they are designed for the whole family to enjoy, because that would describe almost every Branson show. By family shows, I mean for most casters and sometimes the crew comes from the same family. Duttons, Haygoods, Lowes, Hughes and the Brett Family, just to name a few. All these families combine their amazing harmonies to create some of the best and most touching shows in town.
Imposers are another great set of shows in town. Tony Roy is one of the most cited Elvis impersonators in the world. He has his own show and he occasionally performs with The Legends Live in Concert, which also has a popular show in town. You'll also find a performance of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. One I personally highly recommend is a full-length comedy show called A Tribute to Red Skelton.
There are some Broadway-style shows that prove Branson has it all. You can see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cirque, Spirit of the Dance and even off-Broadway shows as touching and funny, Smoke On The Mountain.
Then Branson is also famous for a wide category of shows that are designed with your family in mind. These shows are designed to amaze children and surprise adults. This set includes everything from comedians to wizards. Starting with Wizards you will find some great shows with great illusions on the Grand Illusion, Darren Romeo and The Hamner Barber Variety Show. If magic is not your thing, what about Chinese Acrobats, Comedy Pet Theater, Bounce the Basketball Show or even a live family show called Hot Seat.
If you remember the 20's and 30's, 50's, 60's or 70's – really every decade, you'll be able to take a trip down memory lane. You can skip the 50's on The Hop or stumble into the & # 39; 70. You can even choose to drive in Motown.
At this time you are probably hungry. We can't forget the dinner shows. Of course the Dixie Stampede with its horses and a buffalo stampede is the biggest show in town, but you can also enjoy a ribeye steak as you watch lumber competing on the Tall Timber Lumberjack Show. If you want to take a cruise on Table Rock Lake, the Premier Rib Dinner Show on the Showboat Branson Belle is indisputable. You can also enjoy a delicious Western BBQ meal at the Chuckwagon Circle Show Dinner. If you like music while eating, try the White House Theater or catch Show Bob. You will not go hungry, and you will get a show to boot.
Finally, the headlines. In the mid-1980s there were many well-known performers who moved to Branson and opened theaters. Some of them are still here and performing great shows. If you remember Andy Williams, Ray Stevens, Jim Stafford, Mickey Gilley, Mel Tillis, The Gatlin Brothers, Pam Tillis or Roy Clark, you'll love watching them live in Branson. The Grand Palace brings the hottest performers on tour today. It’s not uncommon for Tim McGraw to be on stage one week and Jeff Foxworthy to appear next week.
Branson has also created her own titles. Arrow-starred Shoji Tabuchi is one of Branson's best-known performers, and he has, without a doubt, the most decorated theater baths in Branson. Other performers like Moe Bandy, Doug Gabriel and Paul Harris have made a name for themselves in this difficult city.
I didn't even try to mention all the shows in Branson. In fact, I didn't even start scratching the surface. Performers and shift locations change all the time, so some of the performances mentioned may disappear by the time this article ends.
I encourage you to use sites like Branson Critic and the Branson Lake Area Chamber of Commerce website to find shows that your family will enjoy. Branson Critic has plenty of show ratings in the area. Normal people like you write all the ratings. They watched the show and wrote a review. This is a great way to decide which shows to watch.
Another great way to find a good show while in town is to ask the front desk clerk at your hotel or waiter serving your lunch. Locals know which shows are necessary and which shows to avoid. You can even start a conversation with the person sitting next to you at a show. Find out what they saw and thought. You can even make a friend.
Tip # 3: Brochures don't tell the whole story – ask locals for the truth about which shows are a must.
This would be a great time to talk about ticket prices. Branson shows are not free. If you look very hard you will find a couple shows for under $ 15. There are a few others in the $ 18 – $ 22 range, but most show tickets are at least $ 25 per adult ticket. Dinner shows are even more so.
You will find coupons in free magazines throughout the city. With these you can save a few dollars per ticket. Check out the booklet shelves for coupons.
You can even have a Timeshare company offer you free tickets. This is an option worth considering, but I'll discuss in a recent article
There is still one more way to save tickets. You can check on eBay for Branson show tickets. I've bought them there before. I paid less than half the price. This way requires a little more effort, but it can save you a lot of money.
I hope some of these basic tips for traveling to Branson will benefit you and your family.