Visiting Branson: Ten things to do and see

Recently, I was invited to Branson, Missouri to experience everything it offers. We were hosted by Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center in the heart of Branson. Branson has always been interesting to me, since my mother was born in Kansas and my grandparents are from Arkansas and Missouri. I was excited to go, since I sadly never get to visit many flyover states. If you’re considering a visit to Branson, here are ten things you might want to do and see. Plus, we’re giving away a trip, so you can experience many of the things that we did too!

Top Ten Things to Do and See in Branson…

1. Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center

Stone Castle is located in the heart of Branson. It’s a unique hotel that offers several fun “themed” rooms to choose from. This family-friendly hotel will give you a great night’s sleep, and offer you a hot breakfast in the morning to start your day.

Silver Dollar City in Branson

2. Silver Dollar City

This 1880s theme park will offer an adventure for the whole family. Get lost in the caves, ride the rides, and eat all the unique foods they offer. If you’re feeling adventurous, don’t miss out on the famous Time Traveler ride.

Clay Cooper Show in Branson

3. Clay Cooper Theater

Enjoy local country music celeb Clay Cooper at his nightly show. Clay Cooper’s Country Express will entertain you with singing, dancing, and keep you laughing. You can find more of Clay over at the Stone Castle Hotel where Clay personally had his hands on the Clay Cooper Suite.

Fall Creek Steak and Catfish House

4. Fall Creek Steak and Catfish House

Home of the tossed rolls, you’ll also get a special treat if Jeremy is around to sign his heart out. The food is really great, the atmosphere is fantastic, and the entertainment is a bonus. My kids would love to try to catch a roll or two! You can see how amazing Jeremy was in our video.

Explore the Titanic Museum in Branson

5. Titanic Museum

The Titanic Museum was a really pleasant surprise. It’s full of artifacts and stories about the ship and its passengers. I highly recommend taking the tour so you can get the most out of the experience. Upon entry, you’ll get a boarding pass that you’ll keep with you to the end. At the end, find out if you survived the worst ship disaster in history.

Branson's Famous Baldknobbers

6. Branson’s Famous Baldknobbers Show

Branson’s Famous Baldknobbers, featuring the Mabe family, is a country music and comedy variety show. The show is performed in the new Branson Famous Theatre. The Mabe family began the Branson family entertainment phenomenon 58 years ago in 1959 and is still performing country, gospel, and comedy routines daily.

Lunch plate at McFarlands

7. Branson’s IMAX and Entertainment Complex

This complex felt like an old-school craft mall with a hip new theater. It’s really a great place to spend the day shopping, watching a movie, and getting a home cooked meal from McFarlands. We enjoyed a Branson IMAX exclusive, Ozarks: Legacy & Legend. This film is available for free most mornings at the IMAX theater. It’s a great introduction to the history of the Ozarks.

Andy's has the best frozen custard

8. Tracks Family Fun Park

This fun park offers go-cart racing, an arcade, and the famous Branson Ferris Wheel. Get a birds-eye view from the top of the Ferris Wheel. Afterward, enjoy a frozen custard from Andy’s. Andy’s needs a location in San Diego… that is all.

Chicken Dinner at the Dolly Parton's Stampede

9. Dolly Parton’s Stampede

This dinner attraction was a lot of fun. However… there will be no silverware to eat with. You enjoy your entire meal sans cutlery giving new meaning to the term “pull-apart chicken.”  Alongside your meal, you’re entertained by a show featuring horses, dogs, and cute little pigs. This show is high-spirited and offers a world-class performance. I loved that they take such good care of their animals, you can tell they are all well-loved.

Hughes Music Show

10. The Hughes Music Show

This family was born to entertain for sure. Put this show at the top of your list, it was one of my favorites. I wish my daughter had been there with me. This family of 50+ sings, dances, and entertains you all night long. You’ll find yourself singing along and tapping your foot. After the show, you’ll feel like you’re part of the family.

Branson is such a great place to take your family for a unique vacation. We want you to be able to experience the fun of Branson as well. We’ve partnered with Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center, The Hughes Music Show, and Clay Cooper to give you the ultimate Branson experience. Half Crazy Mama and I will both be giving away this awesome trip!

Here’s how you can enter to win…

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The best digital picture frame we’ve owned: Aura Frames

Last year, a friend of ours from Aura Frames sent us a digital picture frame that we could add photos to from our phone. It’s probably one of the coolest things in our house. We can update it so easily with current photos directly via an app on our phones. Where are all your recent photos stored? On your phone, right? That’s the beauty of the Aura Frame. You update it simply by using any number of photos from your phone’s camera roll, or any of its albums.

Our Aura digital picture frame, sitting in our kitchen continued

How this Revlon Hair Dryer changed my life…

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On my very first trip to Europe, I blew up my straightening iron, which left my hair in a big frizz ball the entire trip. This past summer, we spent three weeks in Europe with no problems. So of course on my latest trip to Italy, I ruined all my hair styling tools from my straightening iron to my favorite beach waves curling iron. I’ve been dragging my feet on re-purchasing these items until I saw Megan and Wendy’s video using the Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer continued

English summer camp in the heart of Tuscany- Canadian Island

Florence Italy

It’s no surprise that Italy is one of our favorite destinations. What might be surprising is we’ve yet to take our children. Between the two of us, Doug and I have been to Italy five times. My most recent trip was just this past October. Last summer, we spent three weeks traveling around Europe but didn’t make it to Italy (other than a quick stop in Milan.) This summer, we’ll be going to a conference in Czechia, and thought it would be a great time to introduce our kids to the beauty of Florence along the way. I’m thrilled to tell you we’ve partnered with Canadian Island, and will be spending a week in Florence this summer. continued

Paris Chocolate Museum: Visiting Choco Story Paris

Going into the third week of our European vacation, our girls were over the museum scene. I really can’t blame them, I’m not a superfan either. But for some reason, taking advantage of museums seems necessary when traveling. However, things changed for all of us when I found the Paris Chocolate Museum, Choco Story. This chocolate museum experience changed the way we all think about chocolate. continued

The Mall in Florence, shopping in Tuscany

When I knew for sure that I would be traveling to Italy, I knew that I’d be getting a new handbag. You see, years ago… before we had children… Doug and I took a trip to Italy. Doug even rented a car and drove me through Tuscany and out to the tiny Luxury Outlet Mall in Florence called The Mall. Back then, there were maybe 4 or 5 stores at The Mall and I left empty-handed. This trip, I was not going to let that happen again. We visited The Mall in Florence and had a wonderful day of shopping in beautiful Tuscany.

A girls trip to Florence, Italy

It might have been that it was a girls trip, it might have been the amazing weather, or maybe the wine even. I’m not really sure, maybe all of it. However, this time I managed to buy the perfect handbag that I knew would be treasured for years to come. Since returning, I posted a review over on Trip Advisor and I now get several questions a month about whether the trip to The Mall in Florence is worth it. continued

Let’s talk about lice…

** I talked with my family before publishing this post. They didn’t care if we talked about it having lice and want people to know it’s not a big deal if you get it.**

Dealing with headlice

The first time I got lice was in kindergarten. That was 39 years ago. The last time (fingers crossed) was last week. My oldest daughter came to me one day last week and said her head itched. After a quick look, there was evidence of lice. I immediately got on the internet and was overwhelmed with what to actually do with this. Because now there are “Super Lice” and if you get those you might as well shave your head and burn your house down. So, let’s talk about lice for a minute. continued

Disney Junior Dance Party: In a city near you!

Disney Junior Dance Party Tour

On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, we wanted to make sure we hit up the Disney Junior Live On Stage show. It’s one of our favorites and the girls still really love it. They still get excited when the bubbles come down and the streamers fly through the air. We’ve been Disney Junior fans around here for a very long time and visit our friends at Disneyland whenever we can. You might think that the show is just for preschools, but we’re always surprised at how much both of our girls love this show. continued

Spend a day in Salzburg, Austria

A Day Trip To Salzburg

I really can’t believe it’s been over six months since we went to Europe. I needed a little trip down memory lane today and wanted to share about our day trip to Salzburg. Our family is still talking about what an amazing time it was. We tried to hit as many cities as possible and sneak in a few day trips here and there. Our favorite day trip by far was to Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is known as the home of Mozart, lots of LOVE, fortresses, rivers, and of course… The Sound of Music. I loved Salzburg and wish I had spent more time there. The kids loved this day trip and we really look forward to going back. Until then, here’s a short list of things you must do when you take a quick day trip to Salzburg. continued

Our experience with a Toyota Highlander SUV

The Toyota Highlander SUV

As our family keeps getting busier with sports, Girl Scouts, after-school activities, and playdates, and with friends and family coming to visit now and then, we’ve realized maybe it’s time to consider a third-row vehicle. While we’re looking for a third row, our garage ceiling and door height limits us to what kind of vehicle we can consider. Plus we still need space to haul around equipment and whatever else we need to transport. continued

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