Branson Journals

Family Weekend Trek to Branson

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An August 2007 trip to Branson by Jaysour

Marvel Cave Photo, Branson, Missouri More Photos
Quote: We loaded up the minivan and made a quick jaunt to Branson, MO.

Family Weekend Trek to Branson

Overview

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We decided to take a quick weekend trip to Branson, MO from our home in Illinois near St. Louis, MO. It was small getaway before school started up.But what we were not ready for was the heat as the mercury hovered at or above 100 degrees for all three days we were there. But we took the necessary precautions and pushed forward each of the days we were there.We arrived on a Friday to the Music Capital Inn Best Western on the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. We were lucky to find a room as we soon realized, this was the weekend of a huge classic car show and midnight cruise. So all the hotels were full and the people drove up and down the strips in some very cool c...Read More

Best Western Music Capital Inn

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Hotel

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With a classic car show the same weekend we visited Branson, there was not a lot to choose from in regards to hotel/motel rooms. We found on the Internet, the Best Western Music Capital Inn located off the strip but close enough to allow for a visit to most of the things Branson has to offer. Across the street from the Shoji Tabuchi theater, the Best Western offered my family a nice two queen-size beds along with a fridge and microwave. The decorations were your no...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2007

Best Western Music Capital Inn
3257 Shepherd of the Hills Exp.
Branson, Missouri 65616
(417) 334-8378

B. T. Bones Branson Steakhouse

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Restaurant | "B.T. Bones"

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After a long drive to Branson, the family was tired and hungry but most of all we were hungry. As we neared the hotel, we saw what looked to be the typical, steakhouse with the rustler, outdoors, old west motif. Sure enough BT Bones had all that. With two small kids we wanted food, fast, and a somewhat loud atmosphere as well. We were seated towards the back of the place which was fine with us. We both ordered the BT burger and the kids some chicken. We both talked about getting a burger and that is what we decided on. While we waited for our dinners, we min...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2007

B. T. Bones Branson Steakhouse
2280 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, Missouri 65616
(417) 335-2002

Paradise Grill

Restaurant

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Paradise Grill came as a recommendation by the hotel staff at our hotel. It had been a long day at Silver Dollar City, and we wanted something tasty and close to the hotel. Paradise Grill was our choice.We sat down to a nice booth. It was a quaint restaurant with a Hawaiian theme. The waitress was extremely friendly and went out of her way to help us with drinks, condiments, and extra napkins. A must with small children. They did offer a buffet but we decided to order from the menu.I had the Catfish. It was not a fillet but a full catfish. It was cooked to perfection with the flaky white meat, tasty, and still juicy. it came with salad and stea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2007

Paradise Grill
3250 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, Missouri 65616
(417) 337-7444

Fantastic Caverns

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Attraction

Fantastic Caverns Photo, Springfield, Missouri
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So our last day in Branson was scheduled to be another scorcher. We had a dilemma. What to do and fun while staying cool. We browsed through the little Branson entertainment brochures and came across Fantastic Caverns located in Springfield, MO. The best part was that it would take us in the general direction of home.Fantastic Caverns is located down a few back road country roads. Getting to it, you thought you might have taken a wrong turn at some point, but soon enough the building and signs proved that wrong.We bought our tickets for the ride. Soon enou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2007

Fantastic Caverns
4872 North Farm Road 125
Springfield, Missouri 65803
(417) 833-2010

Marvel Cave

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Attraction | "Silver Dollar City"

Marvel Cave Photo, Branson, Missouri
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Our main thrust for heading to Branson, MO was to spend a day at Silver Dollar City. Our daughter was just about to start kindergarten so we wanted one last summer adventure.We headed to the park about the time it opened. People were streaming in from all available parking lots. We knew it was going to be a large crowd. And with the weather predicted to hit 101 degrees, we knew we had to take it easy and stay hydrated with plenty of cool water. We entered the park and immediately were greeted with a group of young cloggers. They performed at the main stag...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2007

Marvel Cave
399 Indian Point Road
Branson, Missouri 65616
(800) 475-9370