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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.

World-Class Entertainment

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.

Amazing Attractions

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.

Outdoor Beauty

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.

Enjoy Branson With the Best Accommodations in Town

The folks here at Amazing Branson Rentals want you to experience what makes our city one of the best weekend getaways from St. Louis. Stay in one of our vacation cabins, and enjoy the features and amenities of a vacation home, combined with the rustic appeal and surrounding scenery that only our Branson accommodations can offer. Fully equipped kitchens, WiFi, hot tubs, and TVs in every bedroom – what more do you want? How about a convenient location, only minutes aways from Branson theaters and Table Rock Lake. Call us today at (972) 849-6363 for availability, and book your vacation today.

Fall is almost here, and with it comes Halloween! What better way is there to celebrate the season’s spookiness than with a haunted house tour? Branson is no stranger to providing excellent entertainment, and that includes horrifying Halloween fun. If think you’re ready to face your fears, head to these haunted houses in Branson, MO and prepare for the season’s best scare.

The Best Haunted Houses in Branson, MO

Castle of Chaos

Castle of Chaos is anything but your average haunted house – it’s a 5D thrilling trek that pits visitors against evil! Equal parts video game, horror movie, and haunted house, Castle of Chaos is a can’t-miss Branson attraction. Visitors are armed with arcade game style guns and 3D glasses, and battle their way through Castle of Chaos against enemies onscreen. Castle of Chaos in Branson is open year-round, offering the most intense, action-packed experience that you’ll find at haunted houses in Branson, MO! 5D Adventure – Castle of Chaos is part of the Hollywood Entertainment Center in Branson, which includes the Branson Hollywood Wax Museum. For tickets, hours, and more information, visit Castle of Chaos online.

Branson Haunted Hills

Branson Haunted Hills is a dark and twisted addition to Branson’s spooky entertainment. This October, enter Branson Haunted Hills and be prepared to venture onto the Corbin property, the fictional setting for a freak show family. Monsters, a run-down circus made of nightmares, and more are all part of the experience. For more information, visit Branson Haunted Hills online.

Haunted Places in Branson

We can neither confirm or deny this, but according to HauntedPlaces.org, both Music City Center and The Shepherd of The Hills theater have apparently been the scenes of strange sightings!

Less-Frightening Ways to Have Fun in Branson

Maybe haunted houses aren’t exactly how you like to spend your evenings, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Silver Dollar City, Branson’s premier theme park, hosts the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival every year. This year’s festival will take place from Sept. 14 to Oct. 29, and there’s a ton of family fun on the schedule! Events include the Wild West Show, live music country western music, the popular Barn Dance, and more. Visit Silver Dollar City online for more details.

You Won’t Have Anything to Fear When You Stay With Amazing Branson Rentals

Just a short drive from Downtown Branson is Amazing Branson Rentals, the best choice for lodging in Branson. Our vacation cabins offer guests a relaxing, unforgettable stay, surrounded by Ozark beauty. Spend a day on Table Rock Lake, buy tickets to see any of Branson’s world-class shows, or take the family to Silver Dollar City – no matter what you do, you’ll have excellent accommodations to come back to. Our cabins range from cozy two-bedroom options to lodges that can sleep well over a dozen! Hot tubs, WiFi, fully equipped kitchens, and beautiful rustic designs are just a few of things that make our Branson vacation cabins special. Contact Amazing Branson Rentals today, online or at (972) 849-6363, and plan to spend your next vacation in Branson.

Nestled along the banks of the Missouri River and west of St. Louis is Hermann, MO. This small, scenic town is home to Stone Hill Winery, an establishment rich in both history and success. For over 150 years, Stone Hill has been providing delicious, award-winning wine to Missouri and beyond. The winery also features a restaurant, tours, and wedding packages. Take a trip to Stone Hill Winery, and enjoy the fruit of Missouri’s oldest vineyards.

Stone Hill Winery

The winery’s history goes back to the 19th century when Stone Hill grew to be one of the most well-known and successful wineries in America. According to the winery’s website, Stone Hill brought home gold medals for their wine at world fairs in the 1870s and was shipping 1.25 million gallons of wine annually in that period. However, the Prohibition brought production to a halt until the vineyards were purchased by the Held family in 1965. Since then, the property has been restored and Stone Hill Winery has once again risen to prominence. As stated on Stone Hill’s website, the winery is not only the state’s oldest but the winningest, recipient of over 4,000 awards.


Stone Hill Winery owns five different beautiful vineyards, covering a total of nearly 200 acres. Stone Hill’s line of award-winning wines is highlighted by their Norton wines, made using the state grape of the same name. Moscato, Port, Chardonel, and several other delicious varieties are produced, but their Norton wines are Stone Hill’s showstoppers. That’s reason enough alone to make the trip!


The wine at Stone Hill is the main attraction – and rightly so – but Vintage Restaurant is worth your time (and tastebuds). It’s only right that award-winning wine is served with award-winning food, and that’s exactly what you’ll find on the menu at the Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill. Enjoy their selection of mouthwatering German dishes!

Weddings and Events

Searching for a wedding venue guaranteed to take your breath away? Stone Hill is the place you’ve been looking for. Several different locations on the property are available, depending the size of your wedding. Visit their website for full wedding package details.

In addition to weddings, Stone Hill features an impressive lineup of Signature Events, including live music, food, and more. Events like Music on the Hill, Wine Country Shrimp Boil, Stone Hill Winery Oktoberfest, and more are just a few reasons why you’ll want to visit.


Stone Hill Winery tours are offered every day, free of charge. However, if you want an exciting behind the scenes look at how the winery is run, take the Grapes to Glass Winery Tour & Tasting!  Group tours are available as well. For only $5, you can enjoy a tasting of their wine. Visit the Tours & Tasting web page for details.

More information, including an online store, event calendar, FAQs, can be found on Stone Hill’s website. You can also call them (573) 486-2221.

Stone Hill Winery is located at 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, MO 65041.

Missouri Beauty in Branson

Missouri is a beautiful state, no matter what part of it that you’re in. We’re partial to Branson though, and it’s not hard to see why. Surrounded by the beauty of the Ozarks, the Live Entertainment Capital of the World has plenty to do for everyone. Over 100 live shows, concerts from country music’s most well-known names, theme park fun, and the list goes on. When you stay with Amazing Branson Rentals, you’ll be only minutes away from the area’s best attractions, while enjoying an unforgettable stay in one of our vacation cabins. Our Branson vacation cabins are cozy, inviting, and feature all the amenities you need for a stress-free getaway. Contact us online or at (972) 849-6363 and we’ll help you find the perfect place to stay.

Freshly cut greens, Ozark scenery, and courses designed by some of the most well-known names in the sport. That sounds pretty good, right? Well, when you go golfing in Branson, that’s exactly what you’ll find, and more. Live entertainment might be the king of attractions here, but golf courses in Branson are some of the best in the country. Professionals compete on Branson’s PGA-worthy fairways, and you can too. Head to these Branson golf courses for a top-notch golf experience!

The Best Golf Courses in Branson

Branson Hills Golf Club

On of the most popular golf courses in Branson, Branson Hills Golf Club offers golfers a beautiful course that incorporates a variety of challenging landscape. According to the club’s website, the course was designed by Chuck Smith with help pro golfer Bobby Clampett and serves as a tribute to Missouri’s best golfers. Visit Branson Hills Golf Club online for tee times, Clubhouse information (including weddings!), and more.

The Pointe at Pointe Royale Golf Village

18 holes surrounded by Ozark beauty on a par-70 course await golfers at The Pointe. Whether you’re tackling this championship course on a Saturday afternoon, picking up a new set of golf clubs at the Pro Shop, or talking to resident PGA Professional Evan Bradley, The Pointe Royale Golf Village is the place to be for golfers of any skill level. Check out The Pointe’s website for more information!

Top of the Rock Golf Course

Located just minutes away from Branson in Ridgedale, Top of the Rock Golf Course is the area’s premier place to play. One of two courses featured in the annual Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament, Top of the Rock Golf Course is not only worthy of golf’s most legendary names but was designed with their help, too. The 9-hole course overlooks Table Rock Lake and is one of Jack Nicklaus’ signature courses. Play an unforgettable round at one of the best golf courses near Branson!

Payne’s Valley

Also located in Ridgedale, Payne’s Valley was designed by Tiger woods, the 82-time PGA TOUR winner. It will be the first public-access golf course designed by Woods and his design firm TGR Design. It is scheduled to open Summer 2020. It is currently open for Preview Play {as of May 2020}

Ozarks National

This golf course was called the ‘Best new public course in America’ by Golf Digest! The 18-hole layout was designed by duo Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort

If a course holds the title of “Best Par 64 in the World,” you should probably go. Thousand Hills Golf Resort stands out among the already impressive list of golf courses in Branson, boasting a course that’s highly favored both locally and nationally. Book your tee time today and come experience what countless golfers love about this course. Visit Thousand Hills online for tee times, course information, and more.

Buffalo Ridge Springs

Buffalo Ridge Springs is the other course featured in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament, not far from the nearby Top of the Rock. Featuring 18 holes, this award-winning par 71 course is open to the public and offers all the exciting challenges you can expect from a course designed by Tom Fazio. Head to the Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course website to book a tee time today!

Holiday Hills Resort & Golf Club

Enjoy a par 68 course, full of challenging bunkers, ponds, and more at Holiday Hills Resort & Golf Club. The course features a great variety of lengths between the 18 holes, giving avid golfers the chance to test their skills, including the course’s signature Hole 16. If you forgot your gloves, need some new cleats, or want to treat yourself to new gear, head to the Pro Shop! Reserve a tee time and experience one of the best golf courses in Branson.

LedgeStone Country Club

This 18-hole, par 71, championship course is located in the StoneBridge development!

Rustic Appeal and Modern Amenities, Only Minutes from the Best of Branson

Whether you’re in town for theater performances, a week at Table Rock Lake, or perfecting your putt at the golf courses Branson, Amazing Branson Rentals is the perfect place for you to stay. No matter how much space you need to relax, we have a vacation cabin that fits your needs! Our cabins feature fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, WiFi, and much more. Take Deer Tracks Lodge, for example, a beautiful 3 bed/3 bath cabin that sleeps 10. Plus, thanks to our convenient location, all of the best things to do and see in Branson are only a short drive away! Contact us today, online or by calling (972) 849-6363 and start planning your Branson vacation.

The state of Missouri is no stranger to America’s pastime. Thanks in part to the storied past of the St. Louis Cardinals, you don’t have to look far to find baseball fans. You won’t find an MLB team in Branson, but you will find several famous ballparks – sort of. Thanks to Ballparks of America Branson, the excitement and prestige of Busch Stadium, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Tiger Stadium, and Ebbets Field are now a part of Branson in the form of 2/3 scale replicas! Designed specifically to offer the best youth baseball tournament experience, Ballparks of America is an unparalleled addition to Branson attractions.

Ballparks of America – MLB Greatness in Branson

Visiting the great ballparks of the MLB is a popular activity among baseball fans, and the stadiums represented at Ballparks of America Branson are some of the league’s most loved and storied. Countless greats have pitched, hit, and stole their way to greatness in these ballparks. However, making the trip to more than a handful of MLB stadiums isn’t realistic for most people. Playing in them? That’s a highly unlikely scenario. However, Ballparks of America affords youth baseball players the chance to bat under the lights in the next best thing to playing in the big leagues. Players will get a feel of what it’s like to be the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, or the St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Holliday when they compete in these new ballparks.

In addition to providing amazing replicas of the stadiums, teams can enjoy the great features of the facilities as well. Clubhouses and locker rooms that look like they belong in the real stadiums (plus bunk beds and video games!), practice facilities like batting cages and bullpen mounds, and more.

This summer, Ballparks of America will host its first set of youth baseball tournaments, from July until early August. According to Ballparks’ website, these tournaments represent 10U-13U teams of varying skill level and success. Teams from across the nation will converge in Branson for baseball competition that you won’t want to miss.

Family Friendly Fun at Ballparks of America Branson

So why exactly is there such an impressive youth baseball tournament facility in Branson? The simple answer, according to the website, is the vision and passion two dads both actively involved with their families, boasting impressive backgrounds in business, real estate, and youth sports. The result? Ballparks of America Branson.

For full details on the ballparks, tournaments, and information for coaches and parents, visit Ballparks of America online. You can also follow them on Facebook for regular tournament updates!

Ballparks of America is located at 1000 Pat Nash Drive, Branson, MO 65616.

Enjoy the Best of Branson Attractions and Stay With Amazing Branson Rentals

The Entertainment Capital of the World has something for everyone, from world-renowned theatre performances and fascinating attractions to exciting outdoor activities. That includes excellent accommodations, and none are better than the vacation cabins offered by Amazing Branson Rentals. Our Branson vacation cabins combine rustic appeal with modern features and more than enough space to relax! Amenities  include fully-furnished kitchens, decks perfect for cookouts, hot tubs, WiFi, and much more. Thanks to our convenient location, you’ll be only minutes away from the best Branson attractions. Contact us today, online or by calling (972) 849-6363 and start planning your Branson vacation.