Branson has lots of theaters offering live shows with entertainment choices from Broadway songs to Country music, Rock ‘n’ Roll, to magic and comedy! A trip to Branson is not complete without experiencing Silver Dollar City, an 1880-style award-winning theme park where you’ll find authentic Ozarks history along with crafts, eateries, six festivals and thrilling rides. Visitors can enjoy three Ozark mountain lakes, perfect for fishing and boating, as well as golf, hiking and horseback riding. Branson has more than 200 outlet stores, an array of specialty stores, boutiques and galleries at Branson Landing and a Historic Downtown filled with quaint shops. There is always something new in Branson and here are just a few of the offerings in 2014:
Elvis Lives® “The Ultimate Tribute Artist Event” will make a stop in Branson during their 20+ U.S. city tour with a 12-day run at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, February 7-18. It is a multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life featuring finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprise’s annual worldwide contest, each representing Elvis during different stages in his career. Dean Z, the newly crowned 2013 winner of the contest, and Branson Legends in Concert’s resident Elvis, will pay tribute to the 1950’s era.
“Jonah” is a $3 million production opening March 22nd at Sight & Sound Theatres. This epic production brings the familiar Bible story to life as the audience witnesses Jonah’s tribulation and God’s grace and enduring love. Jonah’s adventure takes him through a terrible storm, an encounter with an enormous fish, his new life in a wicked empire and the struggles he faces while learning to trust the Lord.
White Water has a $1.7 million addition. “The Biggest Thrill in White Water History” began with the idea of a heart-pounding, drop-floor plunge. KaPau Plummet will open this spring with two 240-foot slides, each launching riders from a drop-floor into a 70-degree plunge followed by a spiraling loop, promising the thrill factor of any water ride ever built at the 13-acre tropically-themed water park.
A new gallery at Titanic –The World’s Largest Museum Attraction – features the musicians that were onboard that fated ship. The world’s first tribute gallery dedicated to Titanic’s eight musicians, it tells of their lives, loves and legacy of this epic ballad of the sea.
One of Branson’s big new attractions, the Branson Auto Museum, is located on the world-famous “76 Strip.” Featuring over 100 classic and cool cars, and with the cars changing regularly, you will want to be sure to come back again and again.
Say “I do” in Big Cedar’s new Garden Chapel. Atop a picturesque hillside overlooking Table Rock Lake, the chapel can host 70 guests. In Big Cedar’s grand tradition of honoring the past, the Garden Chapel’s classic exterior is designed with whitewashed lap siding, traditional Gothic windows and handcrafted shutters. The Garden Chapel is among more than 20 wedding locations available at Big Cedar.
Take a cruise on Table Rock Lake aboard Lady Liberty, departing from Big Cedar Marina. The ambiance of this custom-built 62’ luxury dinner yacht may feel like going back in time, but it’s fully equipped with modern comforts. A beautifully appointed main cabin, fantail veranda and open-air upper deck welcomes up to 45 guests for private celebrations, corporate and group events as well as regularly scheduled cruises.
Near the swinging bridge, the original Adirondack-style lodge home of the Simmons’ family has been renovated to better serve your family. Devil’s Pool restaurant offers hearty breakfast buffets, savory lunches and dinners, but there are a few new additions. Native materials, a massive stone fireplace and hand-wrought metal chandeliers marry with antique furnishings to complement the century-old mahogany bar. In a nod to the décor that made Bass Pro Shops famous, sporting gear and animal mounts flank the bark-covered logs and exposed rafters that make Devil’s Pool restaurant at Big Cedar a dining destination.
Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline is a world-class urban adventure inside Branson’s city limits. Launch from the south end of Branson Landing, zip across Lake Taneycomo, and end up at an observation platform on Mount Branson. When you reach the platform, take some time to look out over all of Branson and then zip back across the lake. The observation platform is available for private parties.
The Spirit of 76 is the revitalization of Historic Downtown Branson and Hwy. 76. A portion of the downtown project will be completed in 2014. The first phase will include new sidewalk features on the 200 block of S. Commercial and the adjacent block on Pacific and College streets. Also, some gateway features will be added to help distinguish downtown as a destination.