Add even more fun to your vacation when you stay at one of the Branson Waterpark Hotels.  When you stay at a hotel with indoor waterpark you have access to on-site aquatic fun.  Splash around in the pool, relax in the lazy river and dive down slides all while making memories on your Branson vacation.

Branson hotels with indoor waterpark offer the amenity free to guests.  That means you get an even better value with your room rate as you have a built in water attraction at your ready. 

Our favorite Branson waterpark hotels include:

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Castle Rock Resort offers one of Branson’s best attractions right on-site with our 30,000 sq ft indoor and 10,000 sq ft outdoor waterpark. The waterpark features 150,000 gallons of splashtacular fun with two 500 gallon tipping buckets, multiple indoor and outdoor kiddie pools with rain showers, waterfalls and more! Enjoy a swim in our indoor lap pool or play basketball in our indoor activity pool. Loop and dip through two large three-story thrill slides, kick back for a ride on the lazy river, play on themed water slides or relax on the multilevel sun deck.

Grand_Country_Inn__Indoor___Outdoor_Water_Park_(022)Grand Country Resort
Grand Country Inn is the home of Splash Country Indoor Water Park, open 365 days a year no matter what the temperature is outside. Visitors can enjoy a vast array of activities and hours of aquatic family fun with over 20,000 square feet of year-round fun that is free to Inn guests. At the 20,000 square foot indoor water park you can relax on the 250 foot lazy river or careen down one of two giant tube slides. A three-level tree house, a 1,000 gallon tipping bucket and a 2,000 square foot toddler pool makes this a great place for kids of all ages.

Welk Hotel & SplashatoriumLodges at Timber Ridge
Lodges at Timber Ridge features one and two bedroom luxury lodge units with jacuzzis and kitchens, decorated with upscale furniture and highlighted by gas fireplaces. As if the rooms aren’t wonderful enough, the additional amenties at Timber Ridge add to the appeal. The 10,000 square foot indoor/outdoor Splash-A-Torium has a 117 foot waterslide and kids’ interactive splash zone! On-site there is also dining, a live theatre, daily planned activities, a location just minutes from Silver Dollar City & Hwy 76, and everything else Branson has to offer.

Welk Hotel & SplashatoriumWelk Resort and Splashatorium
The Welk Resort, 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, offers a 10,000 sq ft indoor/outdoor Splash-A-Torium, mini-golf, dining, live theatre, daily planned activities, just minutes from Silver Dollar City & Hwy 76, and everything else Branson has to offer, including shows, lakes, golf, shopping, and most especially, the friendliness of our people! The 10,000 sq foot indoor/outdoor Splash-A-Torium has a 117 foot waterslide and kids’ interactive splash zone!

Indoor waterparks add action-packed aquatic thrills and spills to your vacation.  Reserve Branson hotels with indoor waterpark today to make your vacation in Branson even better!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Many country music fans are familiar with Jennifer Nettles. She’s one half of the duo Sugarland, alongside Kristian Bush, and has sold more than 22 million in sales worldwide. In 2016, she’s slated to headline the “Next Women of Country Tour” at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, MO, on April 6.

Jennifer Nettles

Jennifer Nettles

As a CMT and Grammy award-winning artist, Nettles has garnered quite the following. Famous for songs like “Stay,” “Stuck like Glue,” “Want To,” “Settlin,’” “Already Gone,” and more, Nettles is branching out on her own in support of the women of country music. The tour is an extension of CMT’s “Next Women of Country Music” campaign which seeks to give more attention and airplay to female country artists. Nettles will be joined by Brandy Clark and special guests Lindsay Eloo and Tara Thompson.

Nettles recently released her first solo single, “Unlove You,” from her upcoming album.

Tickets for the “Next Women of Country Tour” are on sale now.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

January tends to be a quiet month in Branson, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot happening behind the scenes. New shows are finalizing details, while theaters are shuffling Branson show schedules and line-ups for 2016. Get a head start on the Branson shows scene with my inside look on where shows are moving, the scoop on new shows and more.

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70s Music Celebration

70s Music Celebration

Americana Theater

The Americana Theater will be home to the “70s Music Celebration starring Barry Williams,” which is relocating from the Hughes Brothers Theatre. The show will fit in nicely with the theaters line-up which already features “#1 Hits of the 60s and 50s.” “Patsy Cline Remembered” will also be new to the venue as it is moving from its current location at the Hamner Variety Theater.

Hamners Variety Theatre

“Conway Remembered,” currently at God and Country Theater, will move to Hamners Variety Theatre. Mike Walker will sing many of your favorites such as “Slow Hand,” “Hello Darlin’,” “Don’t Take It Away,” “After the Fire is Gone,” “Tight Fittin’ Jeans,” and “I May Never Get to Heaven.”

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Trace Adkins

Welk Resort Theatre

Welk Resort Theatre will host the Up Close Concert series in 2016. So far, Trace Adkins, Peter Noone, Crystal Gayle, and Daniel O’Donnell are slated to perform in 2016 with more artists to be announced soon.

Jim Stafford Theater

Branson’s longest running morning show, the Buck Trent Show, moves to the Jim Stafford Theater in 2016. A lunch option will be available after the Buck Trent Show. Magician Taylor Reed will also move to the Jim Stafford Theater, taking over the matinee time slot.

George Dyer

George Dyer

Mickey Gilley Theater

George Dyer, who has performed at the Dutton Theater for several years, will take residency at the Mickey Gilley Theater. Dyer will join Six, who will remain at the theater.

Oak Ridge Boys Big Stars Concert Series

This concert series, which features famous performers such as Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Johnny Mathis and Neal McCoy, moves to the Mansion Theatre.

New Branson Shows

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Moses

Sight & Sound Theaters

In 2016, Moses will debut at Sight & Sound Theaters. The show, which replaces Jonah, will come to life with the help of advanced special effects, a massive cast of over 50 actors, live animals and over 800 costumes. Watch scenes like the parting of the Red Sea, the burning bush and Ten Commandments happen before your very eyes. Moses will perform March 5 through December 31, 2016.

Starlite Theatre

The beloved Blackwoods return to Branson in 2016. The group peformed in Branson in the 90s, but have been at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theatre in Pigeon Forge for the last 15 years. The Blackwood’s Morning Show will feature their trademark harmonies, many of their huge hits, and lots of laughter and heartwarming stories from their 81 year musical history. The Starlite Theatre will also host a new slate of performers during the Boot Daddy Concert Series, as well as Reza “Edge of Illusion.”

Maxine Hallmark

Maxine/Courtesy of Hallmark

Andy Williams Moon River Theatre

An all-new Christmas show is planned for the Moon River Theatre in 2016: Maxine’s Christmas Carol. Starring Maxine, the “Queen of Crabbiness” made famous through Hallmark Cards, the show will be a live-action musical. The story will be a retelling of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” with Maxine as the focus.

God and Country Theater

A new slate of shows will open at the God and Country Theater in April.  New shows include the “British Invasion Show,” “The LaBamba Show,” starring “Sting” Ray Anthony and the Stingers, “Alabama Rolls On Tribute,” “Ray Charles and Co.” with Willie Nash,” “Kenny Parrott’s Country Classics” starring Parrott and the Classic Country Band. Shows such as the “Good ‘Ol Boys” will now be called “Waylon, Willie and the Good ‘Ol Boys” and “California Dreamin'” will be known as “Beach Boys California Dreamin.'”

All Hands on Deck Show

All Hands on Deck Show

Dutton Family Theater

All-singing, all-dancing, all-American–it’s The All Hands on Deck Show! This patriotic new production is styled as an authentic American roadshow and radio broadcast, with 42 of the best American songs performed.

I’ll update you on what’s next for Branson MO shows and additional show theater relocations as the details are released.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Sight & Sound Theaters is opening an all-new show in 2016. Moses, the greatest biblical epic of the Old Testament, will come to life on the Sight & Sound Stage next year. Moses will take the place of Jonah, which is currently being performed at the theater.

Moses_RSZSight & Sound Theaters Moses will take audiences back in time to the experience the golden splendor of ancient Egypt. An immersive experience tells the story of Moses and the children of Israel as they struggle for faith, freedom and belonging.

On stage will be a cast of 54 professional actors, dressed in an array of over 800 costumes. The musical from Moses is an original composition by a veteran composer of film and television. In addition, there are more than 50 live animals including horses, dogs, donkeys, camels, sheep and more. One of the most amazing special effects planned is the parting of the Red Sea. Of course, the burning bush, the plagues and the Ten Commandments scenes are also equally epic to watch.

With a massive cast and technically advanced production, this is the most ambitious show Sight & Sound Theaters have produced to date.

Look for Moses tickets to go on sale soon.  The show is slated for March 5 through December 31, 2016.

Each year Trivago analyzes cities from across the United States and creates a list of the nation’s 50 Best Value Cities. The 2016 list was recently released and Branson, MO was at the top.

dv801006Branson was chosen as the Best Value City in America for various reasons. According to a Trivago press release, “A domestic travel trend is emerging. American travelers are craving small town comfort and charm.” And Branson fits that description perfectly!

Branson also adds a lot of value to a vacation, which is important to many travelers. You can stretch a dollar pretty far in the Ozarks. There are over 50 theaters, many of which offer family passes and individual tickets are $30 on average. In addition, there are multiple hotels, resorts and condominiums to choose from at a range of prices. Of course, there are also plenty of places to get great shopping deals, like at Tanger Outlet Mall, and restaurants cater to those on a budget as well.

The top five Best Value Cities are:
1) Branson, Missouri
2) Macon, Georgia
3) Montgomery, Alabama
4) Wichita, Kansas
5) Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Nearby neighbor city, Springfield, MO ranked on the Top 10 bargain hotspots for 2016.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

There’s a new way to play this New Year’s Eve in Branson. The Branson Landing and The Hiltons of Branson are partnering to host New Year’s Eve Under the Stars December 31, 2016. The event will feature live entertainment, party favors, food trucks, cocktail bars, a photo booth and much more.

New Year’s Eve Under the Stars is an outside event. Considering the timing, it may sound crazy, but temperatures are set to be in the mid-50s and there will be heat lamps as well as warm VIP seating.

The event will kick off at 9pm at Branson Landing’s Amphitheater area in front of the multi-million dollar fountains. Jay Fotsch, of Power 96.5 FM, will have hosting duties while live entertainment includes Adam Capps Band from Wichita, Kansas and DJ Kyndra Duncan, from Spark Events, spinning tunes to keep you dancing.

The VIP area will be at the Amphitheater. VIP tickets also includes guaranteed front of the stage locations, party favors, access to the photo booth, champagne toast at midnight and up-close viewing area of the fireworks. VIP tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase VIP tickets.
To cap off the night there will be a midnight countdown, followed by a fireworks show. The outside, under the stars-style of the night will be a beautiful setting to welcome 2016.

Hotel guest room packages are available for both Branson Hilton hotels. Event VIP packages include tickets to New Year’s Eve Under the Stars and a New Year’s Day Breakfast.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

january_eventsSee what’s at these Branson events in January 2016:

January 1: Chateau on the Lake – New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch
Wake up to a Champagne Brunch New Year’s Day. Available from 11am to 3pm. Sample savory breakfast items, salads, fruits, cheeses, shellfish, entrees, side dishes, carved meats and dessert! Contact 888-626-6051 for more details.

January 1-15: White Flight at the Butterfly Palace
Experience a one-of-a-kind exhibit at the Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure in Branson. Thousands of white butterflies flit and fly in a rainforest atmosphere among twinkling lights.

January 23: The Master Trout Fishing Tournament at Lilley’s Landing
Experience this historic fishing tournament in downtown Branson. The tournament starts at 8 a.m. and weigh in is at 4 p.m. Each team is checked at the dock in the order in which they signed up, boating past the tournament director with live wells and ice chests open for inspection.

It’s Christmas season in Branson, which means all the shows are highlighting the merriment of the season with special holiday productions. Legends in Concert Christmas gets in on the entertainment action with an all-new line-up for a special Christmas themed version of the show. Curious about who is performing this winter in Branson? Take a look.

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The Legends in Concert Christmas line-up includes:

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Whitney Houston (Cynthia Minx)
Blues Brothers (Chance Havens and Danny Z)
Elvis Presley (Dean Z)
Kenny Chesney (Todd Bradshaw)

A classic Christmas show is just what the show wanted, after hosting more contemporary artists during the summer and fall months. Traditions and the holidays go hand-in-hand. With tribute artists such as Whitney Houston (Cynthia Minx) performing “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), and Dean Z (Presley) bringing “Blue Christmas” to the stage, the show is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Legends_in_Concert___Christmas_Show_(93992)This is the first time Dean Z, the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Champion, has been home in Branson since May. He’s been performing throughout the country, including Myrtle Beach and Las Vegas. He’ll be tying in the “Home for Christmas” theme into his set. A video montage of 8mm films home videos of Elvis at home for the holidays at Graceland highlights this nicely. Elvis, who loved Christmas, will be displayed as the family man he was rather than the icon he was known to be. During Dean Z performances, audience members will feel as if they’re in the main sitting room at Graceland. One standout of the set is “How Great Thou Art.”

Each tribute artists will perform popular songs that made them famous, as well as a Christmas song. At the end of the show the entire cast comes on stage for a moving Christmas finale featuring “Mary, Did You Know.”

The Legends in Concert Christmas Show has 3pm and 8pm performances daily, excluding Wednesdays.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.