Gobble, Gobble! It’s Thanksgiving Time in Branson!

Lifestyle Branson would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!  It is one of our favorite times of the year.  We love getting together with our family and enjoy creating memories year after year.  We always watch the parade and some football while the food is cooking :)  If you would prefer to let someone else do the cooking, you can visit one of the following places.

Level 2  Level 2 Steakhouse Level 2 Bar
Level 2 Steakhouse is offering a Thanksgiving Day brunch from 11:00 am-3:00 pm.  Adults are $42 and children are $21.  You can call them at 417-243-3433 to make your reservation.  To check out their Thanksgiving Day menu, visit their website at www.level2steakhouse.com. Level 2 Steakhouse is located inside of the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel at 200 East Main Street.

Chateau "VFMLID=18742451" Chateau table
Chateau On The Lake is another option for your Thanksgiving Day feast.  Adults are $50 and children ages 6-12 are $24.  You can call them at 417-334-1161 extension 4002 to make your reservation.  Visit them at www.chateauonthelake.com to check out what they are offering at their feast.  They are located at 415 North State Highway 265.

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Zip on Over to Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline

Pete's  IMG_3823

New this year to the Branson Landing is the Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline.  This zipline is unique in the fact that you soar above the beautiful Lake Taneycomo while sitting side by side in a seat similar to a ski lift chair.

chair  chair 2

Riders start their adventure on the Branson Landing side.  Once secured in the lift, riders are powered backwards up and over Lake Taneycomo to the other side.  From here, you will witness a breathtaking aerial view of downtown Branson.  After taking in the view for a few seconds, you will start your thrilling, fast-paced ride back to the launching pad.

start  View

Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline is great fun for all ages (see below for maximum weight and minimum height).  They are open during the day and evening year round.  We would recommend zipping during the day and at night.  Zipping at night adds a whole new level of excitement and the lift glows to add to the fun!

IMG_3839Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline
Branson Landing-Next to Famous Dave’s BBQ
$24.95 a ride, but they often are running specials

Be sure to visit their gift shop!

*The two seat lift has a combined weight limit of 450 lbs.

*A Minimum height of 42 inches is required

 

12 Gorgeous Photographs of the Ozarks in the Fall

Ozarks Forest in the AutumnGrowing up in the Ozarks, photographer Steve Snyder traveled it all. In the last decade he decided to find it all again.

He continues to search the back roads and trails looking for the lost treasures and beauty the Ozarks hold. More of his work can be seen at www.imagesoftheozarks.com.

Steve is also available for commercial, property, product, and people photography.

From the editor:  I searched high and low for Ozark photographers and happened upon the talented Steve Snyder.  I was so excited when Steve agreed to share his beautiful images with us on Lifestyle Branson.

Today, we celebrate fall in the Ozarks with these 12 stunning fall photographs of the Ozark mountains.

You can order prints of any of these images from Steve’s website.

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Branson Gets Festive This Holiday Season

Starting November 1st, Branson starts to get festive for the upcoming holiday season!

From November 1st-December 24th, the Branson landing transforms into a beautiful Winter Wonderland.  You will be surrounded by trees trimmed with lights as you stroll along the Landing.  Placed in the middle of the landing at Town Square is the magnificent sight of the 50′ lighted tree.  You will want to see this with your own eyes and partake in the magical feel.  Under this spectacular tree you will find Santa and his helpers spreading holiday cheer.  Music, decorations, parades, and trains all add to help make visiting the Landing a magical trip during the holiday season!
Branson Landing Lighted Trees  Branson Landing Christmas Tree
Branson Landing Santa  Branson Lighted Town Square

Santa arrives November 15 and will call the Branson Landing home until December 24th.  Chat with Santa on his lap and smile for a keepsake picture.  You can even get a picture of your pet with Santa (see schedule below)!

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It’s Halloween Time in Branson

Halloween time is such a fun, family time of the year!  For us, it starts months before as our kids go back and forth about the different costume possibilities.  Once the decision has been made, we head out to the Halloween store to purchase their costume of choice.  We usually pick up a decoration or two as well to help make our house look spooky!

Places to get Halloween costumes in Branson:
Spirit Halloween Sign Walmart
Located at 100 Branson Landing, #1005            Located at 2050 Missouri 76
417-334-4771                                                             417-334-5005
Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm                 Also located at 1101 Branson Hills Pkwy
Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm                                      417-334-2137

Target Sign
Located at 1200 Branson Hills Pkwy
417-243-4500
Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am-9:00 pm

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Zip Your Way Over To The Track Family Fun Parks

The Track in Branson
Race your family and friends as you zip along any of the 3 or 4 story high tracks that The Track Family Fun Parks offer.  Each track is located at different spots in the heart of Branson and offer a variety of activities to optimize family fun!

The Track Course in Branson  The Track Bumper Boats
Track 3 is located at 2505 W, 76 Country Blvd. and has three different tracks to pick from.  The Wild Woody Wooden Track (58 inches & up), the Road Course Track (54 inches & up), and the Sprint Track (54 inches & up AND a valid driver’s license is required).  They offer Classic Go-Karts (54 inches & up), Bumper Boats (44 inches AND 6 yrs. & up), Lost Mine Mini Golf, and an Arcade at this location.  Passengers are allowed on the Wild Woody Wooden Track, the Road Course Track, the Classic Go-Karts, and the Bumper Boats.

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Immerse Yourself Among Beautiful Butterflies and More at the Butterfly Palace

The Butterfly Palace Sign  Butterfly Palace

Nestled inside this majestic white building you will find over 1,000 live tropical butterflies.  Your journey at the Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure will begin with a 3-D, educational film about the life of a butterfly.  You can also view a short video about the Monarch Migration!  Next, you are ready to travel through the 7,000 foot aviary where you can witness the beautiful butterflies fluttering all around you.  If you are lucky, one may even land on you!  Feel free to ask for an identification card if you wish to try to identify the type of butterflies you see and which native country they have been imported from.  In addition to the butterflies, you will see birds and tropical plants!  Don’t forget to bring your camera along so you can capture images of these exotic, flying beauties!  You may even choose to enter one of your pictures in their photo contests.

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Experience Nature at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Dogwood Canyon Sign

If you are like me, you love to be outdoors and experience as much as possible and in as many ways possible.  Dogwood Canyon Nature Park covers over 10,000 acres of spectacular, pristine Ozark Mountain landscape and can fulfill many of your outdoor activity dreams!  The park offers tons of way to witness this wonderful environment that is be preserved and protected by the Dogwood Canyon Foundation.

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Grand Country Fun Spot Offers Family Fun

Grand Country Fun Spot Sign

If you are like our family, you are always looking for fun activities to do with the kids.  If you are in the Branson Area, look no further than Grand Country Fun Spot.  They offer tons of fun, family friendly activities that the whole family is sure to love!

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Mission Fulfilled: A Review of Sight & Sound Theater’s Jonah

 

 Jonah Sign

Branson has shows.  Lots and lots of shows – all with something different to offer.  But what if you only have the chance and the money to see just one show?  If you’re me, you opt for Jonah.  Now, for the hard part, convince other members of the family to see Jonah.  With a few members of the family with a bit less faith than others, husbands that would rather be out on the water, and kiddos that may not sit still for two hours in a dark theatre, this is no small task.

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