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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!

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Disney Junior Dance Party: In a city near you!

Disney Junior Dance Party Tour

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The Toyota Highlander SUV

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Have you had a Disneyland candy cane yet? For the last few years, we have eagerly awaited the announcement of handmade candy canes at Disneyland. These handmade candy canes have been a Disneyland tradition for over 35 years. They are hand-pulled and made at the Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S. A.

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I’ve written so many post-election pieces that haven’t been published here. We felt this past election year was hard on a lot of people, our family included. As parents of two young girls, we were constantly faced with questions about the integrity of each candidate. It was during that time we felt a shift in society and a need to do something. This is how we came up with Greater Ink. We are working to create the change we want to see.

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Traveling to Europe: How to pack for a long vacation

We are just under thirty days away from our big trip to Europe. I’ve talked about how 2017 was going to be an adventure, and we’re actually following through with it. Europe, here we come. My mom will be taking care of our dog, house guest coming to visit (even though we won’t be here) and a new alarm that I’m sure will go off several times because my mother can’t remember the code. All that being said, people keep asking me how we are going to pack for a long vacation when traveling to Europe this summer.

Traveling to Europe: How to pack for a long vacation. continued

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Walt and Mickey at Disneyland

I’ve been writing about Disneyland for a long time. I think Emma was just 15 months old when we when to Disneyland for the first time. Over the years we’ve managed to spend a lot of time at Disneyland, a couple trips to Walt Disney World, and Aulani seems to be our home away from home. This summer, we’ll add Disneyland Paris to our Disney dream list. Writing about Disney has been a passion of mine; something that I’ve loved doing over the years and will keep doing as long as we keep going. continued

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Walking in Memphis

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Stay-at-home mother of two, wife, blogger, amateur photographer. Former flight attendant. Lover of all things Disney. Living the dream.
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