Branson Journals

September in Branson Missouri

A September 2005 trip to Branson by raderwayne

Quote: Branson is a great family environment. You have high quality shows, beautiful scenery, and the people are just plain nice.

Sunterra Fall Creek Resort

Hotel | "Sunterra Plantation at Fall Creek"

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Best Things Nearby:Plenty to do and see. More than a hundred shows and shopping for the misses. Go to the Yakov show and be prepared for some fun. Wait around and he will sign autographs for everyone who wants one.Best Things About the Resort:They have plenty of amenities and freebies that will let you know that you can just stay around the resort if you want to relax.Resort Experience:They have free dvd rentals, a mini-golf course, pleasant furnishings, and a very large resort. But, there is also a down side; they want to sell off their resort—even if you already have a time share. They will hound you and call you daily until you pay a visit to their sales...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2006

Sunterra Fall Creek Resort
1 Fall Creek Drive
Branson, Missouri
(417) 334-6404

Showboat Branson Belle

Attraction | "The Showboat Branson Belle"

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There are different shows throughout the day. The prices vary, as do the shows. We went on a Saturday night for our anniversary dinner and had a great time. They serve a pretty good dinner of chicken, beef, potato, and vegetables, and dessert was a peach Baked Alaska. Alcohol is available for an extra charge, but soda, ice tea, and coffee are included. The show was great, with an all-around variety show with singing, dancing, comedy, and even some talking dogs, which were the stars of the night. The only problem with the experience was that we went at night in late September, and that made it too dark to see the beautiful area from the ship, but it was still romantic, and that was the worst thing all ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2006

Showboat Branson Belle
4800 State Highway 165
Branson, Missouri 65616
+1 417 336 7171; +1

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It's a variety show with an act that seems to have been around for a while. The show at times seems to be hokey, and the magic is pretty predictable for the most part, but they really put it all together for a fun night. The comedy is hilarious, and even though the magic is a little dated, they still give everyone a great time. The comedy is a ventriloquist, Jim Barber, who will have you rolling in the aisles. The family magicians, Dave and Denise Hamner, do all the classic illusions and even had one we hadn't seen in Vegas. Unfortunately (or fortunately for some), in September the crowds are smaller and they didn't get the audience they deserved. We got seats three rows from the stage and p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2006

Hamner Barber Variety Show
3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, Missouri

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For all you wannabe lumberjacks who want to see a family show, here you go. With the cost of the show you get a Tall Timber tender grilled rib-eye steak or half a pound mesquite grilled chicken breast, each served with Cook's Surprise Soup, a seasoned roll, Camp Taters, coleslaw, Wood Chip Cake, and a beverage. The show is log-chopping, log-spinning on the pool of water, axe-throwing, and it even has some audience participation. It's a lot of fun to watch and it's not your regular show. We did not meet anyone in Branson who had been to the show, but we decided to go and were not disappointed. It is off the beaten track but was a lot of fun, and the grub wasn't bad, e...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 18, 2006

Tall Timber Lumberjack Show
681 Long Lonesome Road
Branson, Missouri 65616
(417) 338-2957

Darren Romeo

Best Of IgoUgo

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My wife saw numerous signs on the road driving down from Springfield to Branson and just had to go. Darren is a magician who also sings and was "discovered" by Siegfried and Roy. He was also called the "Voice of Magic" as Branson's "Best Show 2004" by "Branson Critic." Now, I thought that the show was pretty good, but my wife loved it. She thought he was so cute (although he was a little short) and loved everything about him. She thought he sang well enough to buy his CD, which he signed after the show. As for myself, the show was good, just not quite polished enough for Vegas, but give him a few years and he may be headlining in Vegas. He has a few beautiful assistants that made my day enjoyable a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2006

Darren Romeo
Lawrence Welk Theater
Branson, Missouri 65616
(800) 505-9355

Yakov Smirnoff Theatre

Attraction | "Yakov Smirnov"

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The show is fabulous. Yakov puts on a great show. He is extremely funny and does more than stand-up comedy. He has a skit about being president and also a Romeo and Juliet mockery. He has Russian dancers and a juggling comedian named Slim Chance. Also, he may even bring a tear to your eye with how American this former Soviet is. The theater is his own and the paintings are all done by this former artist, himself. He wants to please, and as told to us by the people we met, many go back every time they get back to Branson.During the intermission, which almost every show in Branson has, Yakov comes out and signs autographs, takes pictures, and talks to the audience. But if you don't get to see ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 18, 2006

Yakov Smirnoff Theatre
3750 West Highway 76
Branson, Missouri 65616
+1 417 336 6542; +1

Ride the Ducks

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The Ride the Ducks tour will take you down the world-famous Country Music Boulevard. You'll see many of Branson's major theatres and attractions on an amphibious tour bus. Your guide will be a US Coast Guard-certified captain who knows the Branson area well. You travel on both land and water, and when the bus heads out onto Table Rock Lake, you can even take the wheel! Experience the beautiful scenery of the Ozarks from atop Baird Mountain while getting commentary on the area with some jokes, corny as they may be. For those on a budget, do this at the beginning of your stay, since many businesses will allow you to get discounts for having the "quacker." Just be careful to ask if they wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2006

Ride the Ducks
2320 West Highway 76
Branson, Missouri 65616
+1 417 334 3825

Stone Hill Winery - Branson

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Stone Hill Winery"

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There are no other wineries in the area, so if you want to go to one, this is it. It is no Napa Valley winery, but it does have its good points. It is easy to get to and find on the corner of State Highway 165 and Green Mountain Drive. It's just a half mile or so south of the main drag, Route 76. Now, at the winery, they do have a tour with the wine-tasting. The tour is an average experience, but at the tasting we were able to try more than a dozen wines, champagnes, and grape juice. They don't give a lot to sample for each of the wines, but they give enough to know if you like it or not. They have dry and sweet and plenty in between, so almost everyone will find something they will enjoy.We...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2006

Stone Hill Winery - Branson
601 State Highway 165
Branson, Missouri 65616
(417) 334-1897

Kringle's Christmas Store

Attraction | "Kringles Christmas Store"

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"Missouri's largest Christmas Store" is located in the Grand Village shopping plaza, right off route 76. The plaza is easy to find, and there is plenty of parking for this mini-outdoor mall. Now, my wife is a sucker for any Christmas store, and she loved this one. We actually went twice, because she needed to get a gift for her mom (who is also a sucker for anything Christmas) that she didn't get the first time we were there. They have three large rooms, full of Christmas items. The items consist of trim-a-tree, department 56 heritage village, lenox, snow babies, glass ornaments, Steinbach nutcrackers, and more. The prices are pretty reasonable, and we had to get a picture with one o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2006

Kringle's Christmas Store
2800 West 76 Country Boulevard
Branson, Missouri 65616

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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The showroom at the Welk Resort Theatre is quite large, but being the off season (late September), we were able to get pretty good seats, about 12 rows back and just a little to the side. However, the showroom can get packed with the number of tour buses that Branson does get. Finding the resort is not hard, being just a few miles south of Highway 76 at 1984 State Highway 165. The music is country, and we thought the show was fun, energetic, and easy to listen to. We are not big country-music fans but enjoyed the show. The songs are pretty well-known and the audience gets most of their favorites. Everybody came out of the show smiling, but unlike many of the other shows and performers in Branson, t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 15, 2006

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers
Welk Resort Complex
Branson, Missouri 65616
(800) 505-9355