Feeling patriotic?  Lee Greenwood, the man known for the mega hit “God Bless The U.S.A.,” will be performing in Branson for two nights only this September.  Greenwood has an all-new concert experience planned for his Branson shows, which are being held at the Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre.

Greenwood himself has stated the show is based on “stars and stripes and God and country.”  There’s a lot of variety in the show and Greenwood brings a vast repertoire, including seven number one hits, to the stage.  Some of his best known songs are “Going, Going, Gone,” “Dixie Road,” “Mornin’ Ride,” and Hearts Aren’t Made to Break.”  As the two night concert series is held at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre a nod to Mr. Williams might be in order as well.  Greenwood and Williams were friends, and this is Greenwoods first time performing in Branson since Williams’ passing last September.

In addition to preparing for his tour, Greenwood has also been working on a live CD which will be released this fall.   The live compilation comes from a series of concerts held fourth of July weekend.  It will include 18 tracks, all which were nominated by fans as album tracks. 

Lee Greenwood will perform on September 27 and 28.  Tickets are on sale now. 

Quality Inn on the Strip

Splash and play year round when you stay at Branson hotels with indoor pool.  No matter what time of year your visit or what the weather may be like, you can be sure to experience aquatic fun when you reserve hotels in Branson with indoor pools.  Plus, there is a large variety of properties to choose from so you’re sure to find one that fits your vacation needs.

A few of our favorite Branson MO hotels with indoor pools include:
  • Best Western Branson Inn
  • Grand Plaza Hotel
  • Honeysuckle Inn
  • Quality Inn on the Strip
  • Suites at Fall Creek by Diamond Resorts
Some properties feature a basic indoor pool, while others are outfitted with indoor poolscapes boasting hot tubs and lazy rivers.  Browse Reserve Branson’s  full selection of hotels with indoor pools to make a reservation for your Ozark Mountain vacation.

Looking for a gospel show to see in Branson?  Then, Smoke on the Mountain is the show for you.  The musical takes its name from the Psalm 104:32 “He who looks at the Earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.”  Set in 1938, the show follows the singing Sanders Family.

As performers of traditional and bluegrass gospel songs for the members of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on Mount Pleasant, N.C., the Sanders Family story is set inside the very church they perform.  The cast of seven singers, performers and musicians are welcomed by Pastor Oglethorpe.  They then proceed to tell their individual stories, as well as their beliefs.  The audience, in turn, serves as members of congregation.  It’s a unique Branson show where the audience serves a big part the story.
During the show, nearly 30 gospel tunes are performed.  Most of the songs are old hymns, staying true to the show’s time period.  Popular songs like “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away” and even obscure hymns like “Filling Station” and “Christian Cowboy” create the score.  Performances of  “The Church in the Wildwood,” “Built on the Rock,” “Smoke on the Mountain,” and “I’m Using My Bible for a Road Map”  are just a few of the songs to grace the stage.  Performed at the Little Opry Theatre inside the Branson Imax Entertainment Complex, Smoky on the Mountain rouses the spirit of every ticketholder.
There is also a Christmas version of the show performed.  Sander Family Christmas begins November 5. 
David and Denise Hamner

Several changes are coming to the Hamner Barber Theater in 2014.  The first, and most significant, is the departure of Jim Barber.  His 10 year partnership with David Hamner led to a successful Branson variety show, winning many fans over the years.  With his tenure ending, the theater will be renamed Hamners Variety Theater.

The theater will host a new line-up of shows in 2014.  They include:
  • Tom Mullica as Red Skelton
  • The Fair Family
  • The Magnificent Variety Show
  • The Music of Patsy Cline Remembered
  • The Hamners Unbelievable Variety Show
A line-up of world-traveling performers will take the stage for The Hamners Unbelievable Variety Show.  Performers include illusionists Dave and Denise Hamner, singing impressionist Jeff Brandt, lead vocalist Tamra Tinoco, Russian acrobatic adagio pair Vadim and Mariya Serykh, ventriloquist Brenda Hahne and magician Lex Pearson.  The Hamners’ new show will open March 11 with 8pm shows schedule Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.

Searching for a family-friendly Branson show that will captivate your kids?  Grand Country’s Amazing Pets is a show made for families!  The Amazing Pets Show features more than 30 trained animals that perform many different feats, including walking on two paws, riding bicycles and scooters, and even putting on a doggie fashion show.  Kids love the animals and are always delighted by the tricks they perform.

All of the animals are trained by Russian-born dog and cat trainer Valery Tsoraev.  He has performed with the Cole Bros. Circus all over the world and even appeared in the 2003 film “Big Fish.”  Attendees to the show get to see trained house cats balance on high wires and perform death-defying leaps like the one featured in “Big Fish.”  One of the trained dogs, Hercules, helps out with some of the magic tricks integrated into the show.  Magic and comedy play and big role in Amazing Pets, as do the audience interaction segments where kids get on stage and help with some of the pet tricks.  In addition to dogs and cats doing what they like to do, you’ll see beautiful exotic birds and many other magical surprises that will put a smile on your face.

Fast-paced and energetic, the pace of the show keeps kids’ attention with segments normally about 5 minutes in length.  There are a lot of pets featured during the show and the quick transitions allow for young audience members to focus on the fun of the show.  Performed in the morning, at 10am, the show is a great way to start your day of family fun in Branson.

Amazing Pets tickets are on sale now.  The show is performed seven days a week through August, with select show scheduled through the end of the year.

Travelers looking to get the most bang for their buck when purchasing Silver Dollar City tickets should consider the 2 Days for the Price of 1 tickets offered by Reserve Branson.  Over the two days of admission, a customer is saving $58.00, the cost of a single day’s admission.  To take advantage of the savings, you must purchase through Reserve Branson as the 2nd Day Free ticket is not available at the park directly.  Want to squeeze in even more time at Silver Dollar City?   Enter the park after 3:00pm with your discount Silver Dollar City ticket and return the next consecutive operating day for no additional charge.  This means you can spend 2 ½ days at the park for the price of a one day regular admission ticket.

The exclusive savings also extends to Silver Dollar City vacation packages.  Bundle discount Silver Dollar City tickets with area lodging and attractions such as Dixie Stampede and White Water for a complete Branson vacation.  You can customize packages to include exactly what you want, so length of stay and inclusions are options you decide. 

Silver Dollar City has been Branson’s most popular attraction for over 50 years. This internationally-awarded 1880s-style theme park treats guests to an experience unlike any other. The Ozark Mountains frame the park, which features six world-class festivals, a dozen restaurants, 40 live shows daily and 60 unique shops.  New for 2013 is the Outlaw Run Coaster.   The Wild West inspired attraction has the world’s steepest drop on a wooden coaster – 162 feet at 81 degrees.  Plus, Outlaw Run is the only wood roller coaster to twist upside down and, at 68mph, is the second fastest in the world. 

Reserve Branson has worked with Silver Dollar City since 2001, offering value-based ticket options and vacation package solutions for Branson visitors.  Silver Dollar City is a premium product offered at Reserve Branson, a one-stop vacation booking site that allows travelers to book lodging, activities, and attractions at special discount prices. 

The Adventures of Marco Polo debuted in Branson last Friday, August 9, to a sold out crowd.  Located at the White House Theater, The Adventures of Marco Polo is one of the largest productions in Branson, Missouri.   The show is an epic tale of exploration and wonder, love and loss with a cast of over 60 worldwide performers, magnificent sets and costuming!

Centered on Venetian explorer Marco Polo’s 20 plus years of living in China, his mission to deliver a letter to Kublia Kahn and his eventual relation with  Kahn, as well as firsthand descriptions of the culture, history and heritage of China is the late 1200s.  In the marvelous land of China, Marco Polo witnessed the vast grassland, the majestic palace of Yuan Dynasty, the beautiful watery countryside and articles like the magic compass, soft silks and the skilled craftsman.  These scenes are brought to life with elaborate stage sets and more than 100 original costumes.  The addition of a 2,000 square foot floor-to-ceiling and side-to-side-high resolution LED screen helps brings the visual backgrounds to life. 

A dinner can be added to the show too.  Keeping with the China theme, the menu includes:
Course 1: Toss Greens House Salad or Oriental Salad
Course 2: Orange Chicken, Lo Mein Noodles,
Green Beans, Spring Roll
Course 3: Cherry Turnover

Original orchestration, dance, acrobatics, magic and a moving storyline create a unique show set apart from other shows in Branson.  Purchase Adventures of Marco Polo tickets to see this extravagant production.  Tickets currently feature a savings of over $11.

White Water Branson has been named one of the Best United States Water Parks in 10Best’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards.  Americans love their water parks, including indoor and outdoor park options, and in the heart of the Midwest White Water continues to wow fans with its tropical atmosphere and thrilling attractions.  Placing no. 9 on the list, White Water is indeed a water park fan favorite.

Visitors to the park will discover pure liquefied excitement packed with twisting typhoons, thrilling slides, great geysers and super soakers. Featuring plenty of sun and over two million gallons of fun, White Water offers the biggest selection of water rides and attractions around including the 800-foot-long Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay and over 7,000 feet of water slides. 
Some of the most thrilling rides at White Water Branson include:
  • Bermuda Triangle – Extremely intense covered dark tube slide, riders flow through a long stretch of slide, riding on an inner tube.
  • Pipeline Plunge – Plunge down this fast and furious slide on a twisting and turning race to the finish! Prepare for a splash-landing and emerge water-soaked in the pool below to determine the winner.
  • Raging River Rapids – It’s a race to the water between two 200-foot slides that plunge to the finish.
  • Kalani Towers – A 7.5 story, 6-lane, multi-level thrill slide lets you choose your thrill!  Freefall 75 feet down the 300-foot long drop slides as you body surf at speeds over 40 mph! Or earn speed-demon status when you race your family and friends on the 4-lane multi-drop mat racing slides, traveling over 25 mph and 312 feet to the finish line.
Looking for mild thrills?  These attractions are for you:
  • Surf’s Up Wave Pool – This gargantuan pool holds 500,000 gallons of water for your whole family to float, swim and play in! But beware, when the bell rings, 4 foot waves erupt sending everyone scrambling to tube or body surf the breakers at Surf’s Up Wave Pool!
  • Aloha River (Formerly “Lazy River”) – A large interactive pool, with a stream traveling up to 5 miles per hour while passengers float on provided inner tubes.
  • Ohana Falls – Everyone in your group can ride together on this large raft adventure, careening around corners, experiencing dips and drops, twisting and turning on your water-filled journey to the bottom.
Dive into summer fun at White Water – one of the Top 10 Best Water Parks in America!

Branson, Missouri was recently named one of the Top Ten Friendliest Cities in America by the readers of Condė Nast Traveler in its “2013 Annual Readers Choice Survey” along with other cities such as Asheville, North Carolina and Sonoma, California.  Southern hospitality shines in the Top 10, with all but three of the cities are in the South.

In summarizing why Branson was a top ten friendliest city, Condė Nast stated “A throwback to gentler times, Branson, Missouri, is a popular destination for visitors looking for a Southern twist on ‘great family entertainment for all ages.’” Newcomers to Branson also find themselves falling for the “good folk” who call the city home. “The people are terrific, the shows are fun, and the area is peaceful and beautiful,” says one fan of the area, which plays host to dozens of theaters, wineries, and tourist-friendly attractions. “Fun is at every turn.”
If you’ve ever visited Branson, Missouri you know this honor rings true.  Branson is friendly town, with locals not only proud of their home but happy to help as well.  If you haven’ visited the area yet, you can rest assured a friendly smile and small town charm await you.

Almost every show in Branson has something special to showcase.  At the Paul Harris and The Cleverlys show, a unique spin on bluegrass and contemporary music creates one of the most enjoyable shows in the Ozarks.   Have ever heard AC/DC covered by a bluegrass band?  It sounds different, right?  But, it’s just different enough to make you enjoy the original in a whole new way. 

Paul Harris and The Cleverlys began gaining attention for their bluegrass spin on popular songs in 2010 when their version of The Black Eyed Peas tune “I Gotta Feeling” went viral on YouTube.  The band knew they were on to something as their fan base continued to grow.  After touring and numerous other YouTube music videos, the band has a cult following and gains new fans each day at their show in Branson. The audience connects to songs by popular artists like Duran Duran, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fergie and even Flo Rida.  The Cleverlys band name is fitting, as the bluegrass renditions they perform are clever and make you see bluegrass in a new light.

Paul Harris adds a laugh-inducing stand-up routine to the show, mixing in jokes, stories and observations about the South.  Harris is known to have knack for comedy, and he never fails to get the audience laughing.  There’s even a music routine involved dubbed Carlos Danger during the comedy segment. 

On top of all the entertainment found at the show, you can also have dinner.  A country-style dinner with chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and more can be added your Paul Harris Show tickets.