There’s no doubt about it, it’s been a long, harsh winter for the Ozarks. While the long and lazy days of summer are still a while away, spring is just around the corner. Spring break is also quickly approaching with the first day of spring arriving on March 20th. That makes this an important month for shaking off the cold of winter and having some fun.
Silver Dollar City might just be the perfect spring break destination for families. You can banish cabin fever with a full day of family fun and adventure, and then book a room with us so you can rest up before making the trip home. They are currently scheduled to open on March 13, but you should always look at their official calendar before planning a trip.
What better than an evening of great food, music, dancing, and perhaps even fireworks? The Branson Belle Showboat is getting ready to set sail just in time for spring fun. This is an amazing date night destination or family outing, and can easily turn into a much deserved long weekend. Check out their official schedule to learn more.
Variety show lovers can rejoice because Branson offers many opportunities to be entertained and amused! One such opportunity is the The Hammers’ Unbelievable Variety Show. Visitors to this venue can see shows that include music, magic, and more all at a single location. Check out their schedule and plan a memorable time for the whole family.
There are many more things to do in the area, so don’t forget to explore all the wholesome fun to be had in the Ozarks. And of course, we have everything you need for your next mini-escape, family gathering, or vacation – book your room now!
Wonder Works– The upside down Adventure – Coming Summer 2019 – An indoor amusement park for the mind, will build its sixth location in Branson, Missouri bringing STEM focused activities for all ages to the area. WonderWorks will offer guests over 100 hands-on activities focused on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, with interactive exhibits about natural disasters, light, sound, space, imagination, and more. The attraction will also feature a physical challenge area and exclusive to its Branson’s location, they will have an interactive military experience and an exhibit that gives a nod to Branson’s rich history.
Big Cedar – Ozarks National Golf Course – Adding to an amazing list of world-class golf courses, Big Cedar Lodge is proud to introduce Ozarks National, Missouri’s first and only golf course designed by architect duo Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Measuring 7,036 yards from the back tees, the course represents the terrain of the Ozarks with incredible vistas and beautiful views. The 18-hole layout features challenging carries and a variety of visually appealing approach shots that are highlighted by the native habitat. The course also includes interesting features, such as a 400-foot wooden beam and plank bridge, which connects the tee box and fairway of the 13th hole that stands 60-feet above a flowing creek.
Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy -Big Cedar is proud to continue to grow its reputation as a lodge for THE AMERICAN SPORTSMAN™. One of its newest attractions, The Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy, is a stunning outdoor playground for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiast. Designed for all skill-levels, this world-class facility is the ideal destination for family and group activities. It offers training and experience in shooting sports all in front of the stunning backdrop of Table Rock Lake. Various shooting disciplines including ATA Trap, Wobble Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, and 5 Stand are available. Shotguns, ammunition, clay targets and all required safety gear are available. The academy and its outdoor amphitheater are also available for private functions and special events.
Andy B’s Bowl Social – Dine, play, bowl, let loose and live it up. At Andy B’s we bring out the good times in life. A place where friendly competition and great food make for a memorable time out. Whether you’re high fiving or fist bumping, let’s celebrate, regardless of who’s winning. It’s time to forget about the to-do’s in life and live in the moment. No matter your age or the occasion, let’s party. Let’s live it up.
Nascar Themed Thunder Alley Go Karts –Rumbling beneath the Timber Ridge Ropes Course is our Thunder Alley Go-Carts – designed by 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., along with NASCAR crew chief and former stock car racing driver Cole Pearn. This one-of-a-kind, ¼ mile race track is called Thunder Alley to inspire participants to enjoy the great outdoors in a completely unexpected way. Outfitted with NASCAR themed design, these go-carts allow guests to use a ‘boost’ feature twice in each ride to help participants blast past their competitors. Reservations: Thunder Alley Go-Carts are available on a first-come, first serve basis. • Pricing: $10.00 per go-cart per ride • ADA Accessible: Yes • Ages: Must be 8 years old; height and weight restrictions also apply • Busch Speed: Guests must be 50” tall and 8+ years old • Drivers Cup Speed: Guests must be 16+ years old with driver’s license • Single Rider Weight Restriction: 300 lbs. • Double Rider Weight Restriction: 550 lbs.
Silver Dollar City – The Year of Shows & Festivals -Silver Dollar City has so much in store for your family in 2019 with Larger-Than-Life Shows & Amazing New Festival Adventures! Plus, enjoy more than 40 thrilling rides & attractions, 40 live shows with signature entertainment, 60 unique shops filled with wares from 100+ demonstrating craftsmen, 18 award-winning restaurants and the promise of all that’s new!
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen – Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen was born from the values of spending time with family and loved ones, serving up delicious food and always showing southern hospitality. We wanted to create an environment that feels like home without the worry of cleaning up the mess afterwards! Some of Paula’s most cherished memories involve enjoying a meal while being surrounded by family and friends, passing dishes back and forth – and that’s exactly what we want our guests to do!We opened our very first restaurant in April of 2015 at The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN, and it soon became known as one of the most unique dining experiences in the South. We just knew we couldn’t limit this experience to one location, and soon the doors were opened in Myrtle Beach, SC. With our two newest locations located in Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is on a mission to share Paula’s famous recipes in a family-style setting with as many people as possible.
Jimmy Buffet – Landshark Bar and Grill – LandShark is inspired by the great “beach joints” that once dotted the Atlantic coast. The menu is American beach food with a fresh coastal twist. The restaurant is under the Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville umbrella. You will find Jimmy Buffett-inspired items.
Welk Resort Theatre– Howie Mandel – You have seen him on TV as the star of the hit shows Deal Or No Deal and America’s Got Talent. Now, for one night only, you can see Howie Mandel in person on Friday May 3, 2019, 7:00pm at Welk Resort Theatre in Branson. It’s going to be a great night of laughter. The show is for ages 18 and older.
National Enquirer Live – 3115 West 76 Country Boulevard – National Enquirer Live located in Branson, Missouri in SPring of 2019 takes you behind the scenes of the world of celebrity gossip, Hollywood secrets, scandals, and the biggest crimes of the century.
Silver Dollar City – Coming to Silver Dollar City in 2019. An All-New 8-Story Tree!!!
And don’t forget about what came to Branson in 2018!
Fritz’s Adventure Aerodium – Fritz’s AERODIUM is an amazing OUTDOOR adventure for beginners, and a popular sport for experienced flyers and skydivers. AERODIUM is the inventor of and the world leader in vertical wind tunnels, providing the safest, most innovative wind tunnel flying experiences in the world since 1979.
Samson – He defeated an entire army and slayed a lion with his bare hands. But there’s a purpose to Samson’s superpower: he’s been called by God to deliver his people from the Philistines. Yet Samson has his own plans. He soon falls prey to temptation, losing his strength and sight. And it’s here where he will face his greatest challenge. Journey with this unlikely hero as he battles his enemies — and his own personal calling. It’s an unforgettable, uplifting Bible story that will literally bring the house down!
Time Traveler at Silver Dollar City – is a steel spinning roller coaster located at the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, Missouri, United States. Manufactured by Mack Rides, the ride was done in collaboration with the park becoming the first new roller coaster added since Outlaw Run opened in 2013. 26 million dollars. Opened March 13, 2018. 50mph.
Bigfoot Discovery Expedition™! Board our 4×4 safari vehicle and join our Bigfoot Research Team as we search for evidence of Bigfoot in the Ozarks! You will be driven through Branson Bigfoot Farms, a working Scottish Highland Cattle Farm, where you will experience some of the most incredible sites in the Ozark Mountains.
Plenty of people look forward to the holidays, including the family gatherings that go with it. When you have to travel, however, it can quickly turn into a frustrating and stressful time – especially if you’re traveling with your family. While there is no surefire way to avoid all holiday travel stress, you can put the odds in your favor for your big holiday trip.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Before you make plans
Before you start to make plans, make sure you’re all on the same page. Since families can be complicated, with multiple sets of in-laws and families to visit, you should be sure everyone is happy with where you’re going for the holidays. This needs to happen long before you look into flights, map out a route, or compare accommodations. You should also have an alternative plan just in case your first choice doesn’t work out.
Consider your children’s ages
Children tolerate travel differently, so think about your kids carefully before making any solid plans. If you’re going on a road trip, plan to stop frequently for smaller children. If you’re flying, be sure to prepare them for the experience. No matter the means of travel, be sure to pack some “ busy kits” with items sure to keep your child’s attention. You should also look at school schedules to know what days are official school holidays.
Share your itinerary
Traveling with a family can be challenging, but you’re going to have a smoother experience if everyone knows what to expect. This is especially true of younger children. So, remove uncertainty by making an itinerary of your trip. Include any activities you’re planning along the way and let everyone take a look. Seeing everything laid out makes it easier to imagine what the trip will really be like.
Plan for free time
Sometimes family members have diverse interests that can’t really be addressed in a single outing. For instance, if your spouse likes fishing but you and the kids want to spend time shopping, split up for part of the day and enjoy. There’s no rule that says you have to do everything together. Planning for free time also gives your children some potential downtime and lets you plan on-the-spot outings with those you’ve traveled to visit.
For some reason, people only think about getting away in the summer. We know, however, that even though summer is over, the fun doesn’t have to end. In fact, there are plenty of things that you can only enjoy in fall, so why not make the most of it with these fun excursion ideas?
Enjoy the views – The Ozarks are full of beauty all year long, but in the fall we’re treated to some of the most amazing sights on Earth. So if you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend a few days, why not book a room and enjoy some downtime? This is a simple and surefire way to recharge your batteries and recover from stress.
Book a train ride – Branson is full of interesting things to do, including taking a train ride around the Ozarks on the Branson Scenic Railway. This 40-mile round trip through our beautiful area will offer you not only amazing sites, but also some local history in the process. Learn moreabout it.
Enjoy the lights, minus the drive – The holidays are particularly special in the Ozarks, especially if you’re a fan of amazing holiday lights. Silver Dollar City treats locals and tourists alike to an astounding display of creativity with over 6.5 million lights. Treat yourself to the display and book a room for the night so you can end your day with a relaxing night, not a tiring drive!
Get in touch with nature – Why not give yourself one last chance to enjoy some outdoor time before winter sets in? Just because the summer’s over doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some time outdoors. You can spend some time on the lake fishing or cruise the water to enjoy the sights. Of course, you can also just hike or bike your way through some trails.
The Ozark Mountain region begins its color makeover at the end of September and early October, with several trees implementing brilliant flush tones. The peak usually occurs in late October to early November, depending on weather conditions.
The Ozark fall foliage can be attributed to the leaves of many trees. Determining exactly which trees you’re viewing while overlooking the Ozark Mountain landscape can be tough, as many trees carry dozens of color variations and change color at different intervals. Our online guide highlights some of the Ozarks’ most prevalent trees and provides you with a good reference for matching the vivid fall colors to the appropriate trees.
When you see the brilliant scarlet colors of the Blackgum, you’ll know summer has ended. Among the first to change its color, the Blackgum tree has presents some of the most luminous leaves in the forest. Some folks consider the Blackgum’s tint the ultimate autumn display.
Sweetgums help kick-off the fall season with a variation of fall color in red, yellow, purple and orange. Sweetgum leaves can change colors at different times, leaving the tree with a varying assortment of leave colors.
The Hickory tree projects gorgeous yellow fall foliage. As one of the first trees to peak, Hickories shed their leaves early in the season. But, if you catch it at its peak, the tree is truly a site to see.
The Sassafrass tree makes up for its lack of size with beautiful fall colors of orange, yellow and deep wine and red colors. You’ll often spot the early season colors of the Sassafrass along fencerows, roadsides, and forest edges.
Silver, Sugar and Red Maples can be found in plenty across the Ozark Mountain Region. As fall-lover favorites, the maples develop a wide-array of colors. From deep yellow and blazing orange to fiery red and to a dull burgundy, Maples often carry leaves of varying colors on the same tree.
Maybe more impressive than its beautiful orange and yellow leaves, the Sycamore’s flour-white trunk provides a magnificent contrast to the surrounding fall colors. Its large leaves and lightly colored trunk distinguish the Sycamore tree from all the others.
Mostly noted for is beauty in the spring, the modest Flowering Dogwood contributes to the autumn color with deep red to reddish-purple foliage. Its graceful horizontal branching pattern can carry foliage well into December.
The most abundant Ozark trees, Oak trees change into a variety of colors during the fall. Though the Oak tree has nearly 50 different variations, Red Oaks, White Oaks, and Black Oaks are the most common in the region. The green summer leaves of the Red, White, and Black oaks turn to orange and deep red in ideal fall conditions, or reddish-brown during less-than-perfect seasons. Oak trees peak later than any other tree, which allows for a nice extension of the fall color.
Summer may be the star of the show when it comes to vacations, but you don’t need two weeks off, thousands of dollars, or a passport to get away! Why not redefine what ‘vacation’ means and enjoy some much-deserved family time? In fact, you only need a little time and a bit of imagination to take yourself on a mini-vacation.
The 3-day getaway
If there are no long weekends ahead, you can make your own by taking one day off on either side of a weekend to create your own three-day break. Stay close to home to make the most of the time, so consider booking a room within an hour or two of home. This will give you a break from the ordinary without taking up too much of your time with travel.
The mid-week treat
Have you ever felt done with a week only to realize it’s just Wednesday? If you need to break up the work week, and step away from the stress for a bit, why not book a room with a view for Wednesday afternoon and take a half day of? No making dinner, no running errands, no making the bed – just some much needed downtime.
The treat-yourself night away
Having dinner at a nice restaurant is always fun, but why not extend it and make it an all-night affair? Rent a room with some amenities and really give yourself a treat. You can have a nice meal, go for a swim, soak in a hot tub, or relax by the fire. Even just a night of indulgence can recharge and reinvigorate you.
As you can see, you can get a break from the stress of life even if you don’t have the time or resources for a traditional vacation. So the next time you find yourself daydreaming about hitting the road or booking a cruise, consider one of these mini-vacations instead – you’ll be glad you did.
Ready for a break right now? We have a September offer that might be just what you’re looking for – learn more.
The summer is almost over and the school year is quickly approaching. If you’re a parent, this means that your free time is getting ready to be in short supply. Before you get too into the swing of things, you might as well make time for one last getaway, even if it’s just for the weekend!
We know, it might seem like just one more thing to do, but you’ll be glad you made the time when the bustle of fall and the holiday season arrives. Here are a few fun things you can do in a relaxing three-day weekend:
– Rent yourself a boat and spend some quality time on the lake. This works if you have a large group or just need space for yourself and some snacks. It really doesn’t matter if you want to fish, swim, or just read a book, because this is a great way to spend a day.
– Shop, dine, and sight-see in Historic Downtown Branson. This is a fun way to spend a day without needing to make any time commitments. And since there is so much to see, you will run out of energy before you run out of adventures.
– Eat, eat again, and then eat some more. There are many great restaurants to enjoy, so why not eat your way through as many as you can? And since summer’s over, you can afford a couple days off your diet, right?
– It’s still hot out, so why not head to a water park with the family? This is a fun option that allows you to tailor your experience to match your energy. You can float and relax or hit all the water features, it’s up to you.
The summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to all the good times. By taking a long weekend to soak in a bit more fun, it might be a bit easier to settle in for the busy times ahead.
Summer is full of opportunities to relax and have fun. It’s also one time of the year when there tends to be a bit more time for play, with kids off on summer break and families planning vacations. Much of the fun times to be had involve water activities, especially here in the Ozarks. What better way to escape the heat than a day on the lake or a dip in the pool?
It’s good to keep in mind, however, that water activities come with risk. Every year people are injured or die due to drowning or boat-related accidents. With that in mind we wanted to offer everyone a few safety tips, ideas, and reminders to keep you and those you love safe this summer.
Never let anyone swim alone. It doesn’t matter how strong a swimmer you might be, it’s always safer to swim in twos. Make this a family rule that is strictly followed
Never drink while boating, swimming, skiing, or operating other watercraft. Alcohol is a known contributing factor in many drownings.
When boating, always have everyone wear a life jacket. It doesn’t matter how good a swimmer you are, this simple precaution can be life-saving.
Have a strong “no-horseplay” rule around water, including around the pool, on the shore, in the water, and on the boat. Kids in particular can get excited and forget the danger around them.
Ban headfirst diving. Diving in feet-first is always safer, even in pools. If you do dive in other bodies of water, make sure you know the depth, that the water isn’t murky, and that there are no rocks anywhere near the dive path or water below.
Always watch children around water, no matter how good a swimmer they are. Even if they are wearing flotation devices, kids should always be closely supervised.
Don’t swim during a storm. If you hear thunder or see lightning, get out of the water immediately.
Consider taking a CPR class, especially if you spend a lot of time on adventures with your family. This is a life-saving skill that you never know if you need.
Set time limits on water-time. Children don’t always realize how tired they are or don’t want to miss out on any fun. This can be dangerous, however, so set time limits and make sure kids get out, rest, and recharge.
Have your children take a swimming and water safety course. This is a fun way to learn how to stay safe in water from the experts.
Remember, no matter how long you’ve been swimming or boating, accidents happen. It only takes a moment for a good time to turn bad. So always be diligent and make sure that your summer is full of safe family fun.
Summer’s here and that means it’s a great time to book yourself a getaway at Table Rock Resorts at Indian Point. If you’re looking for a one-stop fun-filled destination, we’ve got you covered. It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in a quiet weekend alone or a sun-drenched weekend on the lake – we’ve got you covered.
Here are a few of the highlights you can enjoy at Indian Point:
– Round out your week with our Friday Night Bonfires, complete with beverages and s’mores!
– Try your hand at scuba diving during our Saturday TRY-DIVES in the swimming pool! This is a great way to get a taste of under-water adventure. Open to kids and adults. Lessons provided by the certified scuba experts at DiVentures.
– Planning a trip to Silver Dollar city? No need to drive, park, and walk – we have a shuttle for your convenience.
– Want to log some quality lake time? We have boat rentals, boat slips, and 2- boat launches on site. You can even take advantage of free kayaks and paddle boards!
Make this your summer at Indian Point – two steps from the water and two minutes from Silver Dollar City!
It’s happening – summer is just around the corner! This means kids will be out of school and families will be getting ready for their family vacations. If you’re ready to start making plans, but don’t want to break the bank or spend half your time in travel, Indian Point has some ideas for you.
Family-friendly adventure You don’t have to travel across the globe for an adventure. There is a world of fun awaiting you, just a short drive away. You can have a high-flying time at a zip line, take in a live magic show, or watch amazing acrobats from the far east – all just a few minutes from your room. Step back in time, and into excitement One of Branson’s most popular attractions is Silver Dollar City, and we’re just a couple minutes away. This 1880s-themed amusement park is fun for all ages and has everything from period arts and crafts to live entertainment and thrill rides. Fine food with all the fixings There is no shortage of dining options in Branson. You can treat yourself to fine food in a variety of cuisine, or you can enjoy the best of comfort food with all the fixings. And if you’re in the mood for more, there are places where you can see a show while you eat – there’s even a showboat that takes you for a cruise while you eat! It can be difficult to balance work and family, especially when it comes to planning a family getaway. By planning your adventure close to home, you get the best of all words – family fun that’s affordable, flexible, and exciting!