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Live Music and Entertainment in Branson

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

5411-1In case you were unaware, Branson is a vibrant city with great live musical performances at every turn.  It can be difficult to choose  a show for the family, so do a little research and maybe settle on several to sprinkle throughout the week. Thanks to the abundance of options, you can pick something that’ll be a good fit for everyone.

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Fall Foliage, Music, & Fun in Branson

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

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Branson, Missouri is a music lover’s dream.With over 200 shows and activities, it’s no wonder that so many tourists flock to the area every year.You name it and Branson has it covered, from country to gospel, rock and roll to bluegrass, Broadway to pop and everything in between. Other fun things to do in Branson include train rides, ghost tours, dinner shows, and more!

See a spectacular extravaganza of elegant eastern dance, dazzling acrobatics, mysterious magic, mystical music, and more at the Acrobats of China Show featuring the New Shanghai Circus in Branson. I would also recommend the Amazing Pets Show for animal lovers and a Ghost and Haunt Tour for those intrigued to hear stories of the strange and unexplained.

Fall Folliage Train

Fall Folliage Train

Don’t miss the changing canvas of autumn colors and a journey that you will remember for a lifetime on the Arkansas & Missouri Fall Foliage Train to Van Buren from Springdale. This 134-mile round trip is an 8-hour scenic tour through the Boston Mountains that includes a two and a half hour stay in Historical Van Buren, where you can enjoy shopping at over 80 stores and dine at several fine restaurants. You are almost guaranteed to leave the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad with the feeling of a warm, baked apple pie in your heart.

Be sure to see Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede for a fantastic four-course dinner and show.The show is energetic and entertaining, with crowd participation encouraged.The cast includes 32 horses, live buffalo and ostrich races, and boasts an impressive show filled with magic and special effects.Definitely a must-see for the entire family. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’ll find all the information you need about tours and shows in Branson (tickets, pricing, availability, and schedules) conveniently online at Branson Show Tickets!

Good Times Aboard the Branson Belle

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

If you are in the mood for a relaxing and entertaining journey while you are in Branson, check out the Showboat Branson Belle Dinner Cruise.  This old-style paddle-wheeler is a great way to get around and see an exquisite view of the shoreline and Table Rock Lake.  Separated into 3 decks, this 700-seat showboat provides an excellent view of the stage from anywhere on the boat. 

While on board, you will enjoy the musical stylings of “Showstoppers,” a dinner show featuring close to 50 musical numbers for your listening pleasure.  The performances are amazing and range from award-winning hits to Broadway favorites.  The show also includes dance and acrobatics as well as the Showboat Branson Belle Quartet and accompaniment by a live band.

The Showboat Branson Belle allows the family just what it needs; a relaxing night on the water to see the surrounding area.  At the same time you will be entertained and all of your needs will be tended to by the excellent staff on board.  This dinner cruise is recommended for anyone wishing to have a relaxing evening with the people they love.

Visit for more on this and other family-friendly tours and activities in the Branson area. 

Branson Weekend Getaways

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Branson is the ideal destination for live entertainment, earning it the moniker “Live Entertainment Capital of the World.” As such, it is impossible to see everything on offer in a single day. With that in mind, Branson Shows has created several vacation packages designed to showcase the best of the best, nicely tied together in a single deal.

The Stone Castle Weekend Vacation Package, which is offered from April through September, gives you a chance to enjoy the city for three days and two nights. Included in the package is accommodation at The Stone Castle Hotel or you can book a similar package with a stay at the Lodge of the Ozarks. It is slightly more expensive to stay at the Lodge because it is located on the Strip, but this is an optimal location for those who want to get out and explore beyond the confines of this package.

The weekend agenda is as follows. On Friday night you will enjoy a 6:30 pm showing of the SIX Dinner Show, where you will dine by candlelight before listening to the musical stylings of six very talented brothers. The group not only sings but uses vocal percussion, meaning that the only accompanying sounds are those of the voices themselves.

On Saturday afternoon, you will have a choice between three shows, all starting at 3 pm. You can sit in on the Acrobats of China show, which features amazing stunts and a vibrant celebration of Chinese history and culture, or you can tune in for Country Tonite, a tribute to the country music of yesterday and today. Finally, you can opt for the entertaining Kirby & Bambi VanBurch Magic Show for a dose of rousing theatrics and large-scale illusions, with a collection of exotic animals thrown into the mix. In the evening you will choose between the Shoji Tabuchi Show – which includes Shoji himself along with his gifted wife and daughter – and the Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show.

During the holidays, you can take advantage of the Branson Christmas Weekends Package, which also takes place over three days and two nights. Accommodations for this package are provided by either The Stone Castle Hotel or the Lodge of the Ozarks. The itinerary is laid out in the following way. On Friday night you will get to see the Kirby and Bambi VanBurch Christmas Spectacular Magic Show and your Saturday morning entertainment will come from the Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show. Saturday night is reserved for the Dolly Parton Dixie Christmas Dinner & Show. Put all these elements together and you get a nice taste of the true spirit of Christmas!

It is clear that Branson Shows really did their homework when creating these packages, and you can probably expect more equally appealing packages in the near future. To book one of the packages mentioned here, or to take a look at some of the individual tours currently on offer, visit

Historic Journeys in Arkansas

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

If you are ready for a small town visit complete with all the excitement and fun of a big city, think about traveling to Van Buren, Arkansas.  This town offers you the opportunity to delve into the history and culture of old time Arkansas with an eye to the present day as well.

With Van Buren Tours, you can see it all with scenic train rides that take you all over Van Buren and from Arkansas and Missouri to Springdale, Fort Smith, and Winslow as well.  With all these choices, you will have your days filled with activities before you know it.

On your trip to Winslow, you will have four hours and 80 miles to gaze out at the Arkansas River as you cross under the bridge and around the Ozark Boston Mountains.  All the while, you will be entertained by lively commentary by a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide who will provide information and insight into the area as you pass through.

If you opt for the ride from Springdale to Van Buren, you will be in for an eight hour extended tour that spans 134 miles and takes you up into the Boston Mountains.  There is also a two hour rest stop in Van Buren so you can check out the local scenery and enjoy dining and shopping in the area.

You can choose between Coach and First Class tickets, depending on your specific needs and desires.  Either way you will be treated to the trip of a lifetime, complete with many photo opportunities and a chance to sit back and relax as you take it all in.

For ticketing information and more on this gorgeous area, visit

St. Louis Sights

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

To visit St. Louis is to experience the true uniqueness of the Missouri landscape lined with beautiful architectural pieces that define the city and contribute to its distinctiveness.  St. Louis is a modern city whose focus is primarily on medicine and biotechnology.  However, there is a strong historic influence there as well.  Along Route 66, you will pass by some bowling alleys, motels, and other venues that have managed to hold onto their 1950s feel.

For a closer look at the city’s architectural prowess, take the St. Louis Architecture Tour by SUV.  The tour will take you to the city’s most distinguished buildings from old to new, including Sugar Loaf Mound, Grant’s Farm House, Forest Park and Bevo Hill, among others.  You will also visit all three St. Louis Water Towers.  This is important because only seven historic standpipe towers in the entire United States have survived to this day.

These tours carry only two to six passengers, so groups are intimate enough to ask questions and large enough for you to gain the experience and expertise of others on the trip including your knowledgeable tour guide who will also be present to steer you in the right direction.

If you are dying to take a more nontraditional tour but aren’t sure where to start, try out the St. Louis Beer Lovers Tour.  Throughout the day you will sample a variety of beers from large and small breweries as you travel to Anheuser-Busch, Schlafly, Trailhead, and more.  This trip is personalized to fit the needs of your small group.

As you can see, there is much fun to be had on your visit to Missouri, if you know where to look.  Why not start your trip out right by researching your options ahead of time? Check out for more details and to reserve tickets for your best tours yet!

Entertaining Dinner Shows Across the Globe

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Everyone needs something fun and entertaining to do during their vacation evenings.Many venture off to experience the city’s nightlife while others simply enjoy a nice dinner out and head to bed earlier to be ready for the next day’s activities.One thing that everyone seems to enjoy is a thrilling dinner show.

Dinner shows can be appreciated by people of all ages with all sorts of interests.Wherever you plan on vacationing, you can see if there is a dinner show near you on the Dinner Shows’ website to take your group out for an evening full of fun!

One of the most popular locations with hundreds of dinner shows is Branson, Missouri.This is a great place to have some fun on a riverboat, in a theater, or any other fun venue.Aboard the Branson Belle Riverboat, you can enjoy an elegant cruise, delicious food and non-stop entertainment.

Additionally, you can watch western classics during one of the many Chuckwagon shows that are performed in cities all over the U.S.

Another great location for a dining show is Nashville, Tennessee.Like Branson, this city is full of great shows that everyone in the family will love.For a blast from the past, the Cowboy Town Wild West Show & Campfire Supper is a great choice.The General Jackson Dinner Cruise & Show is another great opportunity.The showboat will float along the Cumberland River providing you with an excellent meal and even better Broadway style performances.

Dinner Shows offers many types of entertainment so you can pick and choose which one best fits your interests.Additional locations include Atlanta, Orlando, Richmond, Chicago, Niagara Falls, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Hawaii and many, many more!

Each of the shows listed on Dinner Shows’ website,, are extremely popular so if you find one that strikes your fancy, reserve it soon as they sell out quickly.

Spellbinding Shows in Branson

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Branson, Missouri is a performing arts dream, and when you visit the area you will be dying to get in on thesix-show1 fun.  With over 150 shows to choose from, there is sure to be something to meet every interest.  Branson houses over 40 stages and draws an impressive number of tourists every year.  It is best known for its dazzling theatrics and vibrant stage productions which continue to entertain the masses from one season to the next.

Music is the medium of choice for much of the Branson area, with performances in virtually every musical genre.  Shows feature a variety of musical influences including blues, Motown, rock and roll, gospel, country, bluegrass, Broadway showtunes, and more.  Some visitors may prefer to take in a magic or comedy show, and when you are in Branson you can do it all!

shoji-tabuchi2One of the most popular shows in the Branson area is the Shoji Tabuchi Show.  Led by Shoji himself, the show introduces you to his family of avid performers, including his wife Dorothy and daughter Christina.  Shoji has also hand-picked each band member and each has one or more professional degrees in music.  Those with a background in the arts know that this is not always the case.  Dorothy oversees the dancing and, along with the help of a renowned choreographer, she has put together an impressive display that will both entertain and amaze you.  The show provides all the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas show while staying close to its wholesome and family-friendly roots.  That’s right; this is a show that you AND your kids will enjoy.

A combination of music and comedy, the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show is one of the many events in the area that has drawn a large crowd year after year since 1959.  The show is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, making it the first to ever come to Branson.  Starting with four brothers in the Mabe family, it had a humble beginning with the performers entertaining from the Branson lakefront.  Since its start, four family generations have participated in the show which spans across six decades.  Today, a cast of talented singers, musicians, entertainers, and comedians work together to present to the audience a demonstration of music and comedy at its very best.

Along with its wide array of theatrical performances, Branson also attracts many solo performers who visit baldknobbers2for limited engagements throughout the year.  In November, for example, you can catch a concert by Amy Grant, best known for her Contemporary Christian and popular music which she has performed from the 1970s to present.  Also appearing is Bobby Vinton, a successful rock singer most recognized for his works in the 1960s and 1970s.

Be Entertained in Eureka Springs

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

A great way to spend your vacation time is in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Here you will find so many entertaining things to do and it is also extremely close to Branson which is known for its vast quantities of amusing shows.

While in the Eureka Springs area you and your party can attend the Pine Mountain Jamboree Show.  Here you will be completely captivated by the performances of Top 40 songs, classic country hits, all-time rock’n’roll favorites, bluegrass and gospel music.  In addition to fantastic renditions of the hits, the performers will keep you laughing until tears are brought to your eyes.  Bring your whole family to this show as it is perfect for some quality time together.

Since Branson is so close to Eureka Springs, you must make a visit in that direction as well.  The shows there are just as incredible some of the most popular being the Shoi Tabuchi Show, the Jim Stafford Show, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show.

A show that is great for the kids is the Amazing Pet Show in Branson.  All those in attendance will be completely enthralled by the exciting tricks done by skilled dogs and cats.  The ringleader even has a monkey sidekick and several exotic birds that make this a show you will want to see again.

The Oak Ridge Boys Show in Branson is another hot ticket item.  The sounds of the four men are some of the most distinctive and recognized in the music industry.  They have made dozens and dozens of country hits and even a #1 sensation which earned them a Grammy.  They have been on stage for over 15 years so they know how to get the party started and entertain you right!

A different way to see a show is aboard the Branson Belle for a Showboat Dinner Cruise.  In this vintage, 1880s style riverboat, you will be enchanted by the grace and comfort it engenders.  As the boat cruises along the Table Rock Lake, you are served a scrumptious 3-course meal and entertained by live performers.  This boat ride is a great way to enjoy a wonderful meal and spend time with those you love while being entertained the whole way through.

The shows in both Eureka Springs and Branson are extremely popular and to ensure you view the show you are just dying to see, reserve your tickets today at

Visit the Gateway City

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

St. Louis is a very unique city to visit.Here you will find a very modern city that focuses on research in medicine and biotechnology.In addition to its globally known science fields, it shines a light on the past.St. Louis is located on the historic Route 66 and the charm of the past is shown through classic signs, 50’s-era bowling alleys and motels, along with great Route 66 sites you must see.While visiting St. Louis, you get the feeling of the city’s accomplishment and knowledge, while the city still holds on to its cherished character.

St. Louis Tours can provide you with some incredible opportunities for you in the city which will leave you completely captivated.While in the area you can visit Laclede’s Landing, the historic Soulard district, St. Louis Basilica, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Union Station and Forest Park.Many types of tours and activities are offered on various types of transportation including tram, SUV, bus and boat.

While in the area, one thing you must do is get a complete look at the city.The perfect way to do that is on the Grand Tour of St. Louis by Bus.You will ride through the thriving city passing some of the most famous locations in the nation.One of which is the Gateway Arch, the tallest national monument in the United States.It is known as a centenary curve and visitors can ride a tram to the very top to see the beautiful landscape surrounding it.The views from the Arch are stunning.

You will ride by Laclede’s Landing, the multi-block collection of cobblestone streets and vintage brick-and-iron warehouses dating back to the 1850s.Today it is a popular tourist attraction containing shops, restaurants and bars.

Another infamous place you will see during this amazing tour is Forest Park which was the site of the 1904 World’s Fair.St. Louis also hosted the Olympics that year making it the first time both were ever held in the United States.This really is a monumental city!

During the 90-minute break of the tour, you can choose to look through the Missouri History Museum or the St. Louis Art Museum as they are both located at the stop sight in Forest Park.Also during the tour, you have the chance of touring the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.If there is time left at the closing of the tour, there will be a stop at the St. Louis Basilica where the largest collection of mosaics in the western hemisphere is held.

This is an absolutely wonderful tour that allows you to see the best parts of the city.It even offers pick-up at select area hotels making it that much easier for you to enjoy your vacation.

After seeing all the fantastic sites throughout the city, you may want to wind down with a marvelous dinner.The Gateway Arch Dinner Cruise is a perfect way to spend time looking at the beautiful city and enjoy your vacation evening.

In addition to enjoying a delicious meal, you will be entertained by the Dixieland Duo.They are known for their piano and banjo music, perfect for setting the atmosphere for a fun evening.Along with dinner and dancing, you will be amazed by the nighttime skyline of St. Louis.The riverboat sails both north and south giving you the chance to check out some pretty spectacular views!This is one meal that can’t be passed up.

St. Louis, the Gateway City, is an absolutely wonderful place to spend your vacation.It is full of excitement, history, fun, great food, great people and beauty – everything you could ask for during your relaxing vacation.  Visit St. Louis tours at and book your vacation today!

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