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Branson, Missouri the new Nashville

Updated on March 29, 2012
One of many theaters in Branson
One of many theaters in Branson
This one had a motel and theater
This one had a motel and theater
I wish I could have heard the Irish Tenors. They were on tour at the time I was there.
I wish I could have heard the Irish Tenors. They were on tour at the time I was there.
Gilley's also has a restaurant.
Gilley's also has a restaurant.
Dave who has several Grammy Awards and an awesome voice. Part of the Eagles Tribute Concert.
Dave who has several Grammy Awards and an awesome voice. Part of the Eagles Tribute Concert.
Greg Morton also part of the Eagles Tribute
Greg Morton also part of the Eagles Tribute
Jon Paul the lead for much of the Eagles Tribute
Jon Paul the lead for much of the Eagles Tribute
Larry Holiday who really brings the Eagles Tribute to life.
Larry Holiday who really brings the Eagles Tribute to life.
Back to the 60's Concert
Back to the 60's Concert
More Back to the 60's
More Back to the 60's
Still in the 60's
Still in the 60's
Toy Museum
Toy Museum
Taxi outside the restaurant
Taxi outside the restaurant
something for everyone
something for everyone
Ripley's Believe It of Not
Ripley's Believe It of Not
Titanic Museum
Titanic Museum
Mini Golf
Mini Golf
The Dutch Village
The Dutch Village

If you’ve never been to Branson, you need to go when you have lots of time. I spent two days there and barely scraped the surface of everything there is to see and do. It is part amusement park and part concert venue.

Make your reservations in advance. I stayed at a Hampton Inn at the very end of the strip. There were a few souvenir shops near where I was. The nice thing is once I settled in I could look at all the shows and activities and decide what I wanted to do. Then I called to make my reservations. They delivered all my tickets to the front desk by breakfast the next morning. It was amazing. For the evening concert I went to, the tickets were delivered by the time I got back from sight-seeing.

I was able to see the Eagles Tribute and if you did not know you’d have thought the Eagles had entered the room. There were probably 40 people there so it made for an intimate concert. The guys signed autographs after the show and took time to talk with us. They even posed for photos if you asked them. It was really nice.

The next day I toured the World’s Largest Toy Museum. From the outside it doesn’t look like much but inside it is huge and filled will secret little rooms. There was a room filled with matchbox cars. More than I have ever seen. Of course I got lost in the dolls. The old game collection was also amazing. It was a wonderful treat.

I had lunch at Jackie B Goode’s Uptown Café. If you don’t get a feel for the 50’s and 60’s there you won’t find it anywhere. The décor is a scene out of “Happy Days.” While everything is red and white check it has a great balance so you are not overwhelmed. Music of the era plays from a huge juke box. The food was good and reasonably priced. The nice thing is that it is family owned. Out front were some antique cars from the 1950’s including a taxi.

From lunch I caught an afternoon show “Back to the 60’s.” The cast of that show is amazing. They change quickly. They are believable and a treat to watch. I learned that some do the afternoon show and then work at other theaters doing different shows. Each of them is very talented. Again it was a small audience but this time closer to fifty or sixty in the group. They still took time for autographs and chat after.

There were many other wonderful shows, but I just could not fit them in. It is someplace I would gladly return. I did not go into Ripley’s or play miniature golf, but I would. I did find and antique shop where I was able to purchase a kewpie doll for my collection. But that is for a different article.

Branson, Missouri is nestled in the Ozark Mountains just across the border from Arkansas. If you are brave, you should take the winding mountain roads into Eureka Springs, Arkansas and spend the day in a town from another era. There are many neat places to visit in and around Branson and the Ozarks offer some spectacular scenery.

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