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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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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

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

Packing light with CozyPhone headphones

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Train rides through Europe

This past summer we took a three week trip to Europe. Each girl had her own backpack to carry. One of the biggest space stealers was the iPod and headphone case. Both a necessity as we were going to be taking an 18-hour train ride without internet. We managed just fine, but had we known about the CozyPhones beforehand, we would have made sure we had them with us. We’re so excited CozyPhone sent us these headbands to try out for our next trip. continued

Traveling made easy: Creating a travel wardrobe

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We love to travel… a lot. Any chance we get, we’ll hit the road. Since I’m the one that packs up three out of four of us, I pretty much have this down to a science. I know exactly how much will fit in each bag and still have a good idea of how much room is left for those extras we pick up along the way. One thing I have done over the years is create a travel wardrobe for myself so it’s one less thing that I need to worry about. continued

Food for flight: Our inflight experience on Air France

Food for Flight

When Emelia was asked to run the Venice Marathon and I volunteered to go carry her shoes, it wasn’t until we were boarding our flight that it finally hit me that we were actually going to Italy. We walked through SFO and both of us stopped in our tracks when we saw the ginormous Airbus A380.

Traveling on Air France

As a former flight attendant, these things don’t normally phase me, but this plane is big. We immediately wondered what the in-flight service was going to be like since there were so many passengers onboard. So here’s a little food for flight though about our in-flight experience on Air France.

Champagne on Air France

I think the funniest part of our fight was we were seated in the very last row in the last two seats on the upper deck both on our flight to Paris and returning home. So right away we thought we were in for a very long sad haul. However, our experience was quite the opposite. For our economy seats, we actually had a lot of space, the in-flight team was terrific, and the food was surprisingly well… good.

Dinner on Air France

Anytime you are traveling, I think there needs to be an understanding that the airplane is there to get you from point A to point B safely. Not much more. So if you would like a fine dining experience, you need to book a First Class ticket. Like everything in life, you get what you pay for. That being said, we really did enjoy our in-flight meals. I will be forever grateful for Emelia’s ability to translate for me. She described our cold bean salad spot on. This was by far my least favorite part of our flight.

Breakfast on Air France

After a long night of no sleep… because a mom rarely gets a chance to watch eleven hours straight of uninterrupted movies… I think by the time breakfast came around we were so excited because we knew that we’d be landing in Paris soon. We didn’t even care we were served the same bread from the night before.

Back of the plane

The only way our flight could have been better is if we were sitting in First Class. But, our Economy Class experience wasn’t bad at all. In fact, we’re thinking about another trip to Europe soon and will definitely consider Air France again when booking.

Do you have a favorite airline that you like to travel?

 

 

Women who travel: Italy or bust…

Last month I started writing for a travel blog contributing on a monthly basis about places I’ve been and want to share. She’s On The Go is a travel blog written by your best girlfriends that you didn’t know you had. They’re there to talk about everything you need to know about travel – where to go, what to see, what to wear, and even who to take with you on your next adventure. I’ll be contributing to their site from the perspective of a woman vs. traveling as a family. I have plenty of those stories to share here, but every once in a while you can see things differently when you travel alone… which I rarely if ever do.

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