The Wilderness at Silver Dollar City has been named one of the best Midwest Campgrounds by Midwest Living magazine.  The property was chosen as one of the best Midwest campgrounds based in its scenery and amenities provided to guests.

Located off the beaten path yet in the middle of it all, The Wilderness is within minutes of all of Branson’s attractions, including Silver Dollar City, but boasts a remote, natural atmosphere.    Private cabins and campsites are available at The Wilderness as is a swimming pool, General Store and a Free Shuttle to Silver Dollar City. 
The rustic log cabins that can be rented are hand hewn by Silver Dollar City craftsmen, creating a real, authentic Ozark experience.   All are equipped like home, with everything you need to read by the fire, rock away the night, or serve up a barbecue on your private gas grill. The charming design and peaceful setting make the air conditioned cabins in The Wilderness a popular choice for campers who don’t exactly want to rough it. It’s simply a beautiful place to relax, away from life’s stresses and worries, yet so close to Branson’s Fun.

RV Sites and Tent campsites are also available.

One of the most entertaining places to eat in Branson is Mel’s Hard Luck Diner.  The restaurant, which is located at The Grand Village Shops, is a 50s style diner serving up burgers, shakes and is home of Branson’s original singing servers.

That’s right – the diner’s servers, hosts, cooks, and cashiers are also professional singers, song writers, and musicians. They offer you a great dining experience seasoned with a song!  Every performer sings different style son music, creating a unique atmosphere for your first and repeat visits.  Plus, the diner is very family-friendly and caters to the golden era of diners, complete with blue plate specials and a soda fountain.  Other selections include a giant banana split, tasty sandwiches like reubens and cheesesteaks, as well as soups, salads, a variety of hamburgers and hot dogs.  The full menu is available here

Stop by Mel’s Hard Luck Diner on your next Branson vacationand enjoy great food while having your favorite songs performed live and up close. Operating hours are 11am to 8pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11am to 8:30pm Friday and Saturday.

Photo Credit: Mel’s Hard Luck Diner. 

Roy Rogers Jr. will sing “Happy Trails” in Branson, Missourifor one final season.  He will perform his final 2013 season at the RFD-TV Theater.

In honor it being the final season of the show in Branson, Roy Roger Jr. and the Highriders are presenting something new for visitors to enjoy.  Tributes to Rogers Jr.’s parents as well as segments regarding his musical influences have been added.  New music is included as well, with tunes from Marty Robbins, Dean Martin and Al Martino showcased.  Of course classic cowboy yodeling, blue grass and songs of faith are still part of the classic show.

The show will feature a limited schedule for the remainder of the season, filling the 2 p.m. time slot on Wednesdays and Fridays in April and May.  Roy Rogers Jr. and the Highriders will return in September and November, performing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Don’t miss the final chance to experience the legacy!

An out-of-this-world attraction has landed in Branson, Missouri.  The Atlantis Space Shuttle Exhibit gives Branson visitors the opportunity to experience what a real space shuttle is like.  Climb aboard the half-size replica to see for yourself!

Photo Credit: Branson Tri Lakes News
During the first half of the experience the rider’s seat   faces a control panel and monitors and watches while the shuttle is launched into space.  After the launch sequence is complete, America astronaut Sunita Williams, via video, gives a tour of the some of the interesting features of the International Space Station. 

The 16-seat shuttle is the only one of its kind.  It is equipped with more than 50 display monitors and 17 computers and is an outstanding replica of the Atlantis Space Shuttle.  The tours, which are very educational, are currently available from 10am-8pm Wednesday through Sunday.  The Shuttle is currently located near the RFD-TV Theater. 

The experience will cost $7 and include a nine minute simulation to the moon and a guided tour of the shuttle.

 

rsz_jonah_005Sight and Sound Theatre in Branson, Missouri is currently performing Joseph – an amazing story of forgiveness and integrity.  2013 is the last season you can see this production in Branson, though, as Sight and Sound will debut yet another original production on March 26, 2014 – Jonah.

Jonah is another Sight and Sound production based on the pages of the Bible.  Jonah debuted last year at Sight and Sound’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania location to rave reviews.  The $3 million show is perhaps the most family-friendly Sight and Sound production yet as children are familiar with the show’s concept through Sunday school.  Plus, the staging and special effects create an immersive environment for children and adults alike. 

Set 700 years before the birth of Christ, the show follows Jonah, a prophet of God.  The show begins when Jonah disobeys God and runs away his adventures continue as he toils through a terrible storm, encounters an enormous whale and struggles with his trust in God. 

The cast of the show will total 50.  They will performance in one-of-a-kind costumes against over 70 set pieces, including the largest single set piece ever built by Sight and Sound – a 50-foot long, 28-foot tall, 30,000 pound boat that when open at the hull spans 50 feet.  Thanks to special state-of-the-art effects the underwater experience is stunning too, as glowing jelly fish, coral reefs and a gigantic fish come life. 
Before Jonah premieres next spring Branson visitors will be treated to Miracle of Christmas November 2 – December 28, 2013.

 

Moon River Weekends are featured this fall in Branson.  Hosted at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater, Moon River Weekends will feature a series of performances by national entertainers on weekends during September and October.  The line-up so far is rather impressive.

Moon River Weekends Schedule:
  • Rich Little: September 20 and 21
  • Lee Greenwood: September 27 and 28
  • Clint Black: October 4 and 5
  • Randy Travis:  October 11 and 12
World renowned impressionist and comedian, Rich Little will bring his one man show “Jimmy Stewart and Friends” to the Moon River stage on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21. The stage show is centered on Rich Little impersonating Jimmy Stewart as he reminisces and tells stories of all the stars and politicians from the past to the present. It’s a hilarious show that allows Rich Little to present all his fabulous impressions to the audience.

Singer superstar Lee Greenwood will perform this September on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. He has won numerous industry accolades including, Male Vocalist of the year for the Academy of Country Music two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance for “I.O.U.”. Also, in 1985 he took home CMA Song of the Year honor as the writer of “God Bless the USA.” The song, “God Bless the USA” has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America.

Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry.

Randy Travis is a country and gospel music singer whose distinctive baritone and traditional style have made him a star since the 1980s. In the late 1970s he began making demo tapes and recorded a few singles, and in 1981 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee. After a few years as a cook and singer at night spot, he released an independently produced live recording to capitalize on his increasing fan base. His first record on a major label, Storms of Life was released in 1986, and Travis toured the United States on the strength of the hits “On the Other Hand” and “1982.” Since then he has sold millions of records and won numerous awards, including Grammys for Best Male Country Vocal Performance (1987 and 1988), Best Country Song (1988’s “Forever and Ever, Amen”) and Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album (2004’s Rise and Shine). Travis is known as a country crooner in the style of Lefty Frizell and George Jones. In recent years he has recorded bluegrass and gospel albums that have had great success, including the hit and 2003 CMA Song of the Year, “Three Wooden Crosses. With lifetime sales in excess of 20 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest country record sellers of all time.

The Bluegrass and BBQ Festival returns to Silver Dollar CityMay 9, 2013!  Centered on all things bluegrass and barbeque, the festival, which lasts through May 27, features performances from some of today’s most popular Bluegrass musicians as well as some of the nations’ most delicious BBQ. Two special events are also held during the festival – the Annual Single Microphone Championship and KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest.

With the purchase of Silver Dollar City tickets, you’ll gain access to performances that include:

  • The Boxcars
  • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
  • Bluegrass Martins
  • Gibson Brothers
  • The Grascals
  • Smith Family Band
  • Doyle Lawson & Quiksilver
  • Nothin’ Fancy
  • And Many More!

For a complete list of scheduled performers, click here.

The 7th Annual Single Microphone Championship will take place May 18 at the Opera House Theater.   The contest highlights talented bluegrass bands that perform using the single microphone style, which was made popular in the 1920s, 30s and 40s by bluegrass bands.
The 12th Annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest is scheduled for May 25, also at the Opera House Theater.   Amateur entertainers 21 years of age or younger will be featured as they compete for top honors and cash prizes.
Of course, the tempting flavors of BBQ are also a highlight of this Silver Dollar City festival.  Everything from smoky Texas-style BBQ to tangy Carolina BBQ to the deliciousness of Kansas City BBQ will be available. During the Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival you can also sink your teeth into the All-You-Can-Eat Rib Feast. Served from 3pm until closing at Reunion Hall, succulent BBQ meats and a variety of sides are served family style at this feast. Sink your teeth into four styles of Ribs including Silver Dollar City Original-Style, Memphis Dry Rub, North Carolina Vinegar and Honey Blackberry. Beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, a fresh salad bar and all the fixin’s are also served.
During the Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival be sure to ride Outlaw Run – Silver Dollar City’s newest coaster!  It’s the world’s most daring wooden coaster.  Exceptionally smooth, especially for a wooden coaster, Outlaw Run races you through a curved and drop-filled 2, 937-feet of track.  The 720-degree double barrel roll is such a thrill – you don’t want to miss it! 
To enjoy all of the festival highlights, rides, attractions, shows and demonstrating craftsmen be sure to get your discount Silver Dollar City tickets today.  Make a vacation out of it with a Silver Dollar City package

SIX is back in Branson!  The musical group, made up of six of the 10 Knudsen brothers, began its second season at The Mickey Gilley Theater March 1.  New lighting, outfits, comedy and musical numbers are featured for the new season.  Of course, SIX’s signature numbers and routines will also be included in the show.

One of the new numbers in the show is “Life is a Highway,” which kicks off this years production.  The two hours guests spend in the audience of a SIX show are filled with fun, energetic appeal creating a rockin’ good time!  A variety show at its finest, everything from gospel to country to rock and pop and Motown are performed. 
SIX has been dubbed an “orchestra of human voices”, SIX’s rhythmic percussion, toe tapping bass, and melodic vocals intertwine seamlessly, all produced live with the power of just six incredible voices. 

SIX Tickets are on sale now.

Branson is honoring Purple Heart recipients April 25-27, 2013.  The event, “Hand in Hand Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients,” is one of the ways Branson shows its support and dedication to America’s veterans, active duty personnel and their families.  “Hand in Hand” specifically honors those who have received the Purple Heart for combat wounds received while serving.  This is the 5th year for the event.

Activity schedule for “Hand in Hand”:

Thursday, April 25
Registration: 8am – 12pm (noon) Coffee, cookies and fellowship.
Where: Factory Merchant’s Mall – Red Roof Mall, 1000 Pat Nash Drive, Branson, MO

Opening Ceremony: 2:00 – 4:30pm

Where: Hamner Barber Theatre 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson, MO

Friday, April 26
Entertainment Show: 9:00 – 10:30am
Featuring the amazing talent from Branson entertainers and shows.
Where: Hamner Barber Theatre 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson, MO

Lake Taneycomo Sight Seeing Cruise: 11:30am
Where: Main Street Lake Cruises – Branson Landing

Fishing Tournament: 12:00pm
Where: Scotty’s Dock & Marina 500 South Boxcar Willie Dr Branson

Fish Fry: 6:00pm
Free for Purple Heart Recipients and $10 for spouses, significant others and the general public.
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Expressway Outdoor Theatre 5586 W Hwy 76, Branson, MO

Saturday, April 27
Copper Run Distillery: 9:00am
Where: Meeting at Branson Tourism Center 220 Branson Hills Parkway, Branson, MO

Motorcycle Run:  Registration at 9:30am
Where: 220 Branson Hills Parkway Branson, MO  Event Coordinator Sheriff Jimmie Russell  417-546-7250

Closing Ceremony:  2:30pm
Where: Hamner Barber Theatre, 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson.

May 9-May 27:  Bluegrass & BBQ Festival at Silver Dollar City
Don’t miss one of the premier bluegrass and BBQ festivals in the nation. There will be plenty of bluegrass performers from all over the country during this Silver Dollar City festival. The House of BBQ (Red Gold Heritage Hall) will be serving up plenty of mouthwatering BBQ.

May 16-18:  53rd Annual Plumb Nellie Days

Head to Historic Downtown Branson for this 3-day event to see some of your favorite entertainers. Take part in the Friday night street dance, pony rides, food court, and sidewalk sale.

May 16-19:  Armed Forces Remembrance Days
Military men and women will be treated to special ceremonies, events, and discounts Thursday-Sunday in Branson. For more information, view the full schedule of events.

May 18: Armed Forces Parade at Branson Landing
Branson Landing is honored to work alongside the Branson Veterans Task Force as they present the Armed Forces Parade on Saturday, May 18th – Armed Forces Day. The Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and proceed down Branson Landing’s Promenade, beginning at the North end of the property by Belk, in recognition of the Active Duty Military Personnel.
May 25-28:  Memorial Day Celebrations
Celebrate Memorial Day with fireworks and BBQ. Big Cedar Lodge and Chateau on the Lake will be having their own celebrations with plenty of food, music, and games.