Monday, July 24, 2017

Branson, Missouri Trip Diary

I had a great week in Branson, Missouri and I'm creating a post to share it all. Branson is definitely a place to go if you have children; there were still a lot of things to do if you don't have children, but a lot of the attractions are "child" appropriate.
There are so many things to do in Branson that you could easily stay there for a few weeks. There were many things that we wanted to do, but we just didn't have the time or energy to deal with the blistering heat. It was in the high nineties all week long... We stayed at a vacation home that we booked off

Sunday: We spent most of the day just relaxing and getting everything situated, but we did make it to Moonshine Beach which was about a 5-minute drive from our vacation home. Although it costs $5 to park, it is still worth going too.

Monday: We spent our morning at the Titanic Museum, which I highly recommend going to. This had been my second time going to this museum, and there was definitely stuff I didn't remember seeing the first time around. There were great deals on Groupon for single, double, and family tickets. Later that evening the girls and I took a free, mini tour at Curling Vine Winery. The winery wasn't all that big or that interesting, but the wine was good!

Tuesday: In the morning we took a tour around Branson with Ride the Ducks. Every person that I told that I would be spending my vacation in Branson mentioned Ride the Ducks, but I didn't find it that interesting. They say it's a tour on both land and water, but the only water part we experienced was maybe a 5-10 minute loop around a mini island; I was a little disappointed. If they would have had it be more of a water tour I would have found it to be more interesting. For lunch, we went to Red Barn Cafe and it was great! The buffet didn't look the greatest so we ordered off the reasonably priced lunch menu and enjoyed it. That evening we went to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede; this was one of the highlights of the trip for most of us. The dinner was delicious and the show was entertaining.

Wednesday: During the day we spent some more time on Moonshine Beach. Wednesday wasn't as busy as it was on Sunday, so that was nice. That evening we went to Silver Dollar City, moonlight madness event. This event started at 5 pm and was only $30. Most of the shops were open till 7 pm and the park closed at 10 pm, so we still had plenty of time to do everything we wanted to. We went through the Marvel Cave tour which is included with admission into the park; it was unbelievable and definitely worth checking out. We ate at Crossroads Pizza, which I wasn't that impressed with, but other than that Silver Dollar City is definitely worth checking out.

Thursday: During the day we spent our time at Tanger Outlets. I have never been that impressed with their deals and it was displayed again on this day. That evening we went to Top of the Rock Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail. I highly recommend going here especially during the evening to see the sunset!! It was only $25 and was about a forty-five-minute golf ride. There are restaurants and a wine cellar you can experience as well.

Friday: We spent most of the day in Downtown Branson; there are so many shops to visit. We spent most of our time going to all the antique shops. If you make your way down there, I recommend checking out the Branson Landing Fountains; they start at noon and run every hour. For lunch, we went to McFarlain's Family Restaurant; the food was good as well as the service.

I definitely recommend going to a visitor center and picking up brochures to get a better idea of what you want to do during your trip and some have many coupons in them. A lot of the places that you go to will have a coupon on the back of the ticket for another place that you may be interested in going too. I also recommend checking Groupon to see what kind of deals they offer.

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