Famous BBQ, a lively blues music scene, and two professional sports teams – those are just a few of things that have helped put St. Louis on the map. But sooner or later, despite all the excitement that takes place in the city under the arch, you’ll want an escape. So where do you go when you need a break from a busy metropolis, but still want plenty of great things to do? The answer is simple: Branson, MO, one of the best weekend getaways from St. Louis. Less than four hours away from St. Louis, Branson offers fun for visitors of any age, surrounded by the beauty of Ozarks. Here are a few of the reasons why Branson is one of the best weekend getaways in the midwest.
Branson is commonly referred to as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, a title it rightly holds. Pick any day of the week, and you can choose from dozens of live shows. Dinner shows, captivating theatre performances and concerts from some of the biggest names in the music industry. There’s the Showboat Branson Belle, which takes its passengers on a cruise around beautiful Table Rock Lake while featuring a great live show and dinner. Or, for an incredible live production of biblical stories (complete with live animals and impressive stages sets), there’s the Sight and Sound Theatre. You don’t want to miss an evening at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, either! Add to the mix concerts from the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels Band, and more, and you won’t have any trouble finding an exciting show or concert. Amazing live entertainment is just one of the many things that make Branson one of the best weekend getaways from St. Louis.
Revisit your childhood at The World’s Largest Toy Museum, explore the fate of history’s most well-known cruise ship at The Titanic Museum, and witness the weird and wild at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Branson. Or, head to Silver Dollar City, Branson’s premier theme park! Roller coasters, annual festivals, the White Water water park, live craftsmen, and much more are part of the excitement at Silver Dollar City. Fascinating museums and family fun at Silver Dollar City should put Branson at the top of your list of weekend vacations near St. Louis.
Live shows and theme park fun are great, but what makes Branson one of the best weekend getaways from St. Louis isn’t solely its entertainment value. Branson is surrounded by the Ozarks, and finding a part of the area that isn’t beautiful is a difficult task. If you need the peace and quiet that only the outdoors can afford, you’ve come to the right place. Branson is home to Table Rock Lake and Table Rock State Park, where you can enjoy the serenity of a hike on of the area’s many trails, or spend a day fishing on the lake. Anyone who finds their escape on the fairway will love the award-winning golf courses in Branson. They feature pro-worthy layouts and picturesque scenery! Take a breath of fresh air and enjoy nature when you visit Branson.
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Branson, MO, “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” is home to amazing theme parks and nine gorgeous golf courses. Outdoor activities are endless for family members of all ages and range from a scenic railroad trip to a hot air balloon ride to a zip line adventure. The shopping is amazing, and with more than 250 dining options in the area, you will be able to please even the pickiest eaters. And then, there are the theaters, where the industry that has helped put Branson on the map lives. More than 60 Branson theaters provide audiences with a variety of shows from acrobatics and impersonations to classical violin!
In Branson, there is something for everyone, an extravaganza to experience every day. And the town’s theaters only add to the lineup. Each show is as different as the theater that houses it. Take a look at some of the features that make Branson theaters among the best in the country!
Andy Williams Performing Arts Center and Theater
Located on West Highway 76 on 16 acres of conservation award-winning landscape, this 48,000-square-foot theater was designed by Andy Williams himself. Andy was a pioneer of sorts in Branson – the first non-country artist to build a theater in this Ozark entertainment area. His theater is now the venue for country and non-country artists, magicians, and comedians as well as two over-the-top Christmas shows. Check out the Celebrity Weekend Concerts at www.andywilliamspac.com. Information on this beautiful theater as well as performance schedules are available at 1-800-MOON-094 or on the website.
Sight and Sound Theater
“Samson” is now live in Branson! Come learn Samson’s secret as you watch his story unfold! The Sigh and Sound theater is a long-running favorite in Branson, at the top of the “must see” list for those who want to experience the emotional story of a larger than life man leading his people on a dangerous journey. Make reservations for this wonderful show online.
American Bandstand Theater
With 970 seats (and not a bad one in the house), one of the largest stages in the area, and a $125,000 sound board, this location is a not just ones of the biggest Branson theaters, but a theater complex! There is a gift shop with one of the largest collections of Elvis souvenirs, a restaurant decorated with American Bandstand memorabilia, and a show featuring all of the music business names famous through the years. “Legends in Concert” is a live tribute show featuring talented impersonators who transform themselves into the likes of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley which runs through Dec. 29, 2016. Contact www.BransonTourismCenter.com or call 1-800-407-9780.
Shoji Tabuchi Theater
“Shoji Tabuchi” brands the show as a Japanese-American royalty experience. The lavish theater is home to an extravagant show and extravagant restrooms. In fact, these restrooms are often the first place theatergoers head when they enter the building. There are even postcards picturing the restrooms available at the theater gift shop. But, you came to see a show, and you will not be disappointed. This grand production features Shoji, a sensationally talented man who sometimes shares the stage with his singer-dancer daughter in a show produced by his wife. Enjoy a program of Shoji’s classical violin, country, and pop music showcased by intricate sets and exquisitely talented singers and dancers using skills practiced for generations by Japanese entertainers.
For more information on booking any of the near 150 shows in the famous theaters of Branson, visit the Branson Tourist Office’s website.
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Dolly Parton, the most honored female country performer of all time, has her own dinner attraction called the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Arguably the most entertaining dining experience in Branson, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is the dinner show that you don’t want to miss when you visit the Live Entertainment Capital of the World!
The Pre-show in The Carriage Room
Included in your ticket for the Dixie Stampede is pre-show entertainment! Take a guided tour through the show horse stables before watch the opening act’s performance in the world famous Carriage Room. During the performance, you can enjoy snacks and Pepsi products!
The main show at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, is a family-friendly blend of comedy, phenomenal music, beautiful dancing, and spectacular special effects. This extraordinary dinner show consists of 32 beautiful horses and an amazing cast of riders. These riders will leave you on the edge of your seat with their daring feats and trick riding! Watch the friendly and fun rivalry between the North and the South during the show, be wowed by special effects, and much more! This dinner show is great for family members of all ages as it combines world-class entertainment and an eye-opening four-course meal. To get an idea of what to expect, check out this video! You’ll quickly see why this is “The Most Fun Place to Eat in Branson”!
Not only are the main event and the pre-show entertainment spectacular, the food is out of this world! The menu at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede consists of a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecue pork loin, creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuit, corn on the cob, herb-basted baked potato, and an apple turnover. Are you vegetarian? If so, there is a vegetarian option that is identical, replacing the meat with “country garden hillbilly pasta.”
Discount Combo Deals and More
If you’re hungry but also looking for some entertainment, then Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is the place to go! The Dixie Stampede also offers some great combo deals to make your stay in Branson even better. You can enjoy the thrilling rides and shows at Silver Dollar City, or board the Titanic Museum to take a stroll through history on the world’s largest museum attraction. You’ll receive Dixie Stampede discount tickets when you purchase tickets for one of these other attractions. Head to dixiestampede.com/branson for more information!
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We have a lot of theatres here in Branson – 50, to be exact. With that many options for live shows, it can be overwhelming for a visitor to narrow down their choices. However, there’s one theatre we can suggest where we guarantee you won’t be let down: The Andy Williams Performing Arts Center. Home to a wide variety of shows and concerts, the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center (also known as the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre) offers high-quality entertainment for the whole family. Here’s a look at some of the amazing upcoming performances!
The Andy Williams Performing Arts Center
Named after and designed by the late Andy Williams, the legendary performer’s theatre hosts some of the best concerts and live shows in Branson! Amazing vocalists, touring bands, tribute concerts, comedians, and more are set to take the stage at the theatre this year. Here’s a look at this year’s shows:
Rick Thomas: Renowned illusionist Rick Thomas will perform his world famous show to Branson audiences through October. Don’t miss this mind-boggling performance!
The Lettermen: Since the 1960s, The Letterman have been wowing crowds with their show-stopping voices. Enjoy one of the best shows in Branson when you this chart-topping trio live.
The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza: This star-studded Christmas show is one that you won’t want to miss. Featuring the Lennon Sisters, the Osmond Brothers, and illusionist Rick Thomas, the Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza is a production worthy of its namesake.
Hallmark Presents Maxine’s Christmas Carol: If you’ve ever shopped for birthday or Christmas card, you’ve undoubtedly stumbled across a Hallmark card featuring a sassy character named Maxine. Maxine’s trademark grumpiness comes to life in Maxine’s Christmas Carol, presented by Hallmark!
Celebrity Weekend Shows
Celebrity Weekend Shows at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center feature a variety of great performances! Contemporary Christian artists Big Daddy Weave, Plumb, and We Are Messengers are scheduled for Sept. 18, and the following weekend will feature MJ Live (Sept. 24), an amazing tribute concert to the late pop star. Other standout shows include comedian Bill Engvall (Oct. 7), Air Supply (Oct. 9).
Tickets, Visiting, and More
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 800-MOON-094. If you and your family are attending a show, consider attending a Sunday show, and children 12 and under will get in for free!
More information about the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre can be found online.
The Andy Williams Performing Arts Center is located at 2500 West Highway 76, Branson, MO 65616.
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So you want to see a live show in Branson – after all, this is the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. But where do you start? With 50 theatres and over 100 show a week, finding a show can appear to be a daunting task. However, the quality of shows here are top-notch, so rest assured, you’ll find a great show with ease. If you want to experience some of the best productions in Branson though, then a Sight and Sound show needs to be on your list. Known for their stunning performances of Biblical stories involving music, live animals, and more, Sight and Sound Theatres is home to some of the best shows in Branson.
Sight and Sound Theatres
Sight and Sound Theatres was founded in Lancaster County, PA in 1976 with the first full-length stage production being held in 1987, according to the Sight and Sound website. Since then, Sight and Sound expanded, opening a new, impressive theatre in Ronks, PA in 1998, and a 2000-seat in Branson in 2008.
A Sight and Sound show involves amazing set designs (up to 40 feet high, according to the theatre’s website!), live animals, dazzling costumes, and an audio/visual experience that’s hard to match. No matter your age or beliefs, seeing Biblical stories performed like this is a rewarding experience.
The 2016-17 season at the Sight and Sound Theatres Branson location features two great shows and an exciting tour of the theatre!
Moses (March 5 – Dec. 31, 2016, March 4 – Oct. 20, 2017)
If you’ve never been to Sight and Sound, start with Moses. An incredible account of trials, trust, and redemption, Moses’ story has been speaking volumes to this day.
Behind the Scenes Tour (April 12 – Dec. 10, 2016, March 21 – Dec. 16, 2017)
Have you ever wanted to know how Sight and Sound produce their shows? Take the hour-long Behind the Scenes Tour, and you’ll enjoy a fascinating look at the set, animals, lights, the scene shop, and more.
Miracle of Christmas (Nov. 4 – Dec. 30, 2017)
The 2017 holiday season will feature Miracle of Christmas, Sight and Sound’s retelling of Jesus’s birth, its impact, and the events surrounding it.
Tickets for both Sight and Sound Theatres locations can be found online.
Sight and Sound Theatres Locations
The Sight and Sound Theatres location in Branson can be found at 1001 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson, MO 65616. The Lancaster County theatre is located at 300 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks, PA 17572. For more information, visit Sight and Sound online, or call the Box Office at (800) 377-1277.
Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Branson When You Stay With Amazing Branson Rentals
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