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.
Sure, spring and summer get all of the attention when it comes to vacation time, but that really isn’t fair. There are plenty of amazing reasons to take a trip in the winter, especially here in the Ozarks where we’re treated to amazing views all year. So if you’re stressed about the holidays, want to get away from the chaos of the season, or just want to get away and use your leftover PTO hours at work, we’ve got you covered.
We have perfect accommodations for a long weekend, an extended stay, a small family retreat, or the space for a full family reunion!
Two-bedroom cabins with a view
Our cozy two-bedroom cabins give you a breathtaking view of the lake. They also have just the perfect amount of space for a quick getaway, allowing you to unwind by the fireplace and recharge your batteries.
Looking for a temporary home away from home? You can be close to the action of Branson, but still enjoy lake views, with our comfortable four-bedroom lodges. This is perfect if you’re planning to see the holiday lights at Silver Dollar City.
Cozy, one-bedroom lodges
Looking for a private getaway for just the two of you? These single bedroom lodges are cozy and warm, perfect for a romantic getaway. Of course, it’s also a great temporary base if you’re wanting to have fun in Branson and save yourself a late night drive home.
Would you like to stay on the water’s edge? We have two-bedroom condos that put you on the edge of the lake, offering you the best views all year long. This is a relaxing way to spend a long weekend.
Summer’s great, and spring is convenient, but winter is a great time for your next getaway. So don’t wait until summer to treat yourself to a well-deserved break – book your room now!
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.
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.