Our travels have taken us close to Branson a few times but we haven’t had the time to stop. So we were thankful on a recent journey to the next job that provided us enough time to spend a few days in town and explore several things Branson has to offer.
After asking around and researching the different shows in town, Jeff asked me, “What show does Branson offer that you absolutly do not want to miss?” I quickly replied, “Dolly Parton’s Stampede! Dolly wouldn’t put her name on something that wasn’t topnotch.”
We were able to get the last 2 tickets available on a day that The Dolly Parton’s Stampede had 5 shows. Our purchase of those 2 tickets made the entire day sold out. Then we booked the rest of our visit around that show.
I was so amazed and impressed at the setup of the arena. The seating was organized with everyone facing the show while dining. Therefore, no one had to sit sideways at a table or turn their chair to see the show. The meal was large enough to create a need for a dogie bag and consisted of: Cornish game hen, corn on the cob, pork, vegetable soup, potato and dessert. No silverware provided nor needed.
We were warned prior to the show to bring plastic ware. Nonsense! If they don’t provide it then they must intend you to eat with your fingers and drink your soup. Join the others and dig in!
Later, we called for tickets to see an a cappella group that was performing in town. After speaking with the salesman, we were talked into tickets to see The Presley’s Country Jubilee instead. I sure am glad that salesman knew his stuff. We both truly enjoyed the family fun, clean comic entertainment, along with the wonderful musical performances of The Presley’s. If we return to Branson, we will be seeing The Presley’s Country Jubilee again!
The Branson Scenic Railway seemed like a nice and relaxing afternoon. It was pleasant but not sure we will return. With camera in hand and expectations of wildlife or beautiful landscapes to photograph, no photo opportunities were found. The 2-hour train ride took us into Arkansas and returned.
The Branson Landing, shopping and residential area was busy each day we were in the area. Since I am not much of a shopper, Bass Pro Shop was our only shopping experience and I was good with that.
We have been to a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater one other time in Des Moines so we thought we would attend one here in Branson also. Decent food, great comedy and again good clean entertainment was enjoyed.
Before we left Branson, we visited the Titanic Museum. We are so thankful we took the time to experience this museum. It was extremely crowded and I believe we would have seen more if it wasn’t so. At the entrance, each guest is given a card identifying an actual passenger or crew member. My card identified the oldest passenger on the ship while Jeff’s identified an 18 year old apprentice heading to the U.S. for a job opportunity. After an interesting time strolling through the museum seeing actual artifacts of the ship and its crew and passengers, the guest enter the last room of the museum to see a list of all passengers and crew members that were on the ship. This is where you find out if your passenger lived or perished on the ship.
The Titanic Museum is a museum worth stopping for!
We don’t typically stay in RV Parks but this time it was the appropriate place for us. We found a nice quiet area and watched some wildlife surround us. We can see ducks anywhere but I do not tire of enjoying them. We were visited by a woodpecker in a nearby tree that probably was annoyed by the crazy lady running around in the bushes below with the camera. Then a Blue Herring came by and appeared to be patiently fishing.
Branson, Missouri – Good, clean, family entertainment!