Quality Inn On the Strip
2834 West SR 76
Branson, MO 65616
Phone: (417) 334-1194
Fax: (417) 334-6670
Even though the building is new, the show that is put on here is the oldest one in Branson, having started in 1959. During the action packed two hours, you will tap your foot along to familiar patriotic, country and western, and gospel tunes. You will also roll on the floor laughing at the antics of some of the funniest comedians in town. During intermission, you can rub elbows with the entertainers and get an autograph or two. If you would like a souvenir to take home, be sure to visit the Baldknobbers Gift Shop.
Mount Pleasant Estates is one of the oldest wineries in the United States. The vineyard is located in what is called the 'Augusta Appellation' in the town of the same name about four hours north of Branson. However, you don't have to drive this far to sample some of the wines. At this massive facility on Green Mountain Drive, guests can try some of their cabernet sauvignon, merlot and Norton estate grapes as well as take a wine 101 class with knowledgeable professionals. In addition to the sour grapes, visitors also can obtain a bottle of dessert wine from their 600-gallon French Oak barrel; the process used is similar to that of a Solera, where wine is added over a period of years creating a blend. When people generally think of American wine, California usually comes to mind, however this place is a charming anomaly in the Midwest and an absolute gem not to be missed.
A trip to this winery surrounded by the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains is a great way to pass some time between shows in busy Branson. The tour will take you through the winemaking process, from the beginning stages to the bottling of this heralded and traditional wine. The winery began mashing grapes in 1847 and has continued to do so until becoming an internationally recognized producer of special varietals. For more information on tour times, special events and weddings at Stone Hill, check the website.
This locally owned and operated family fun park is so popular that it has five different locations around Branson. The go-cart tracks—miniature versions of professional race tracks—are the main attractions here. There are all sorts of tracks, including some wild multi-story wooden tracks that look like mini roller coasters. Depending on which location you choose, there are a number of other attractions and activities such as bumper boats, thrill rides, ice cream parlors and miniature golf. Prices vary per activity.
This park is one of many held under the larger umbrella that is Silver Dollar City. White Water Park features a tropical theme throughout the property and it has plenty of rides for people of all ages. For kids, 'Splashaway Cay' is perfect due to its low-level thrills, and for adults, Kapau Falls provides a rush of adrenaline. In addition to rides, the park has events all summer, like 'dive-in movies' and fireworks.
The Branson Promised Land Zoo lets visitors get up-close-and-personal with almost all of the animals contained here. This includes farm animals as well as more exotic ones like parakeets, zebras, emus and kangaroos. It's smaller than other typical zoos, but the intimacy supersedes this fact. During the live shows, guests can pet lemurs and feed little baby goats, pigs, antelopes and even camels! If you cannot make it to this park, there is another located in Eagle Rock, however this one is a drive-thru safari.
If you want something to do between shows, this indoor miniature golf course is the perfect place for some family oriented fun, no matter what the weather. Located on The Strip right next to the 76 Music Hall, it is close to many of the shows, hotels and restaurants in Branson. The course has 36 holes and features an array of amusing traps, challenges and themes. The climate-controlled atmosphere ensures that the weather is always perfect.
This 9,000 square-foot, glasshouse garden was initially developed for scientific study of the order Lepidoptera, or butterflies to laypersons. However, over the years, a commercial-educational adventure emerged and the palace was born. Inside the building, you will find a number of bright, aromatic flowering plants known to attract butterflies and this man-made ecosystem has more than a thousand of the colorful flying critters. The palace has exhibits throughout the greenhouse that describe interesting facts about the butterflies, including how their life cycle works. Visitors can also watch a documentary, explore the Living Rainforest Science Center or find your way through the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze and winding Banyan Tree Bungee Adventure.
Located at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson, this bronze sculpture depicts 50 soldiers running along a beach and is a worth a visit. At 70 feet long and weighing 15 tons, it is the largest war memorial sculpture in the world. World-renowned artist Fred Hoppe created the sculpture using 50 veterans—one from each state—as models. When you are done admiring the sculpture, wander into the museum and pay tribute to the soldiers who died in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf.
Two miles south of Branson and perched on top of a bluff overlooking Lake Taneycomo sits the local institution of higher learning. But the college is much more than just a place to simply hit the books. It is a popular place to escape for an intimate walk on the verdant grounds, or simply a good place to get away from it all. One of the draws is the award-winning rose garden cared for by students. To explore the campus, just follow the red stripe that is painted on the sidewalk. This stripe will lead you to places of interest such as a working watermill, several massive green houses and Williams Memorial Chapel.
Moonshine Beach Park is part of Table Rock State Park. The sand is softer in this little part of the Ozarks and it offers ample opportunities for activities under the sun. Here visitors can go fishing, hiking or take the bike on the trails around the beach. It's perfect for large groups because the veranda can hold over 75 people comfortably who want to grill, play volleyball or go for a swim without all the crowds.
Located in downtown Branson, this group of local area businesses and merchants will work with you to make your stay in Branson as enjoyable as possible. They have a great store of free information about the area, including brochures and maps. The walking-tour map of the downtown area is especially helpful. It identifies historic landmarks, lodging and dining facilities, and places to shop in the downtown district. The association also sponsors a number of special events that take place downtown throughout the year, and they will be happy to provide information about these.