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Are you tired of small portions of lobster? Do you wish you could just eat one oyster without having to bet your whole dinner on the questionable fare? Then you’ll love Whipper Snappers, Branson’s all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. In addition to deliciously cooked lobsters, oysters, crawfish, shrimp, gumbo, clam strips and crab legs, enjoy a range of veggies, rolls and desserts. There’s even a salad bar! If seafood isn’t your thing, then a menu of chicken, pasta, steak and sandwiches will keep even the pickiest eater satisfied. Located on the lower level of The Great American Steak & Chicken House, Whipper Snappers is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City has 30 thrilling rides and 40 live shows for all ages. The twirling OUTLAW RUN, the World’s most daring wood coaster, was voted “Best New Ride of 2013” worldwide! If that sounds a little terrifying, you’ll still find plenty to do at the Grand Exposition, with 10 family-friendly rides such as the Racing Regatta, Magnificent Wave Carousel, Electro Spin and Royal Tea Party. Bring your 3-to-7-year-olds to Half Dollar Hollar for Climbing Nets, Treetop Funhouses, Pint Sized Sand Tables and more. Find a show everyone will enjoy such as the GAC Country Nights. Also get excited for some home-style cooking: fried chicken, tender pork roast and smoked beef brisket, to name a few savory menu selections. Silver Dollar City is popular for specialty shops, talented craftsman, culinary school and entertaining festivals. See if World Fest, Star Spangled Summer or National Harvest Festival coincide with your visit to Branson!


Hannah's Maze of Mirrors

Step into hundreds of mirrored archways and walls, infinitely displaying you in smaller and smaller versions of yourself as you navigate 288 possible turns! Your family will team up with King Oscar, Queen Emmy and the Wizard of the Golden Globe to complete a mission. You see, Princess Hannah of Savannah is trapped in the mirror maze, waiting to be rescued by one of you! Who will find her?


Titanic Branson

Titanic Branson is the world’s largest museum attraction, and a very interactive one at that. Board the ship as a passenger, holding the boarding pass of a real person who climbed aboard that fateful April in 1912. You’ll learn if they survived or not in the Titanic Memorial Room. Regardless of your passenger’s fate, you’ll experience some of the things they did. Walk an exact replica of the Grand Staircase, shovel “coal” in the Broiler Room and feel the slopping of the ship’s stern as she begins to sink. Learn how to send an SOS distress signal, sit in a lifeboat, touch a real piece of an iceberg and stick your hand into 28-degree water. As you walk the eerie hallways and rooms, you’ll come in contact with more than 400 artifacts remaining from the ship and passengers. In total, they are worth $4.5 million. Titanic Branson continues to add new exhibits. Most recently, it opened the Musicians’ Gallery to honor those who came together to play music as the ship sank.


White Water

Plunge down the 7-story slide at Kalani Towers, race your daughter down the Pipeline Plunge, ride the waves at Surf’s Up Wave Pool and drift in an inner tube down Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay. Kids love exploring the interactive water playground called Splashaway Cay. While you’re in your bathing suit, take advantage of rentable cabanas, a range of refreshing dining options and a swimwear shop. If you’re visiting during the height of summer, you can even catch a Dive-In Movie!


Hollywood Wax Museum

The Hollywood Wax Museum is the nation’s only wax museum devoted only to celebrity figures. These expertly crafted wax people will make you ask, “Is that really Arnold Schwarzenegger?” or “Are you sure Will Smith isn’t standing in front of me?!” From Marilyn Monroe and Jennifer Gardner to John Wayne and Johnny Depp, you’ll get closer to your favorite celebrities than you ever thought you could! The fact that this wax collection is always open until midnight adds a level of awesome not commonly reserved for museums


Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure

The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure is a tropical paradise housing thousands of exotic butterflies amongst palm trees and orchids in an Exotic Butterfly Aviary and Rainforest Theater. However, the fun only begins with these rare specimens! Your all-day pass can keep you occupied for hours. The Living Rainforest Science Center displays geckos, blue-tongues skinks, poison dart frogs, giant cockroaches and salamanders in an interactive learning environment. You might get lost in the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze, designed to resemble evening time with light barely peeking through the tree tops. The Banyan Tree Bungee Adventure is wildly fun. Fallen pillars, rocks and vines will try to throw you off as you climb through a web of tangled vines.


The Track Family Fun Parks

The Tracks has four Family Fun Parks in Branson. There aren’t any entry fees so you only have to pay for what you want to ride – or you can just watch your kids zoom around the go-kart track for free! With 14 different go-kart tracks in town, there is plenty of laughter to be had. Two of these are wooden and one is four stories tall. Once you’ve had a few runs around the go-kart courses, explore the other rides. There are bumper cars, batting cages, laser tags, kid rides, soaring Skycoaster rides, min golf, arcade games, and g-force drag race simulators. Lunch break! The whole family will rave about the gourmet pizzas and Andy’s Frozen Custard.


Ripley's Believe it or not

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is full of the strange and fascinating. The building itself purposefully has large cracks down its façade in memory of the famous Missouri earthquake of 1812. Nearly an 8.0 on the Richter Scale, it caused the Mississippi River to run backward for three days. Inside the odditorium, you’ll face similarly bizarre facts, art and artifacts. Check out an aircraft carrier made of 48,000 matchsticks, a two-headed calf and a real Vampire Killing Kit from 1850.


Dogwood Canyon nature park

Drive south of Branson to experience the beautifully preserved Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. The founder of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris, purchased the initial land in 1990 in the name of conservation. Today you can explore 10,000 untouched acres of Ozark wilderness within its borders. Its deep blue waters are hard to describe. Narrow waterfalls release spray as they pour down ridged rocks. Green trees and grassy banks give way to vibrant displays of fall foliage when autumn arrives. And when winter comes, tranquil streams cut through snow-blanketed forests. There are many ways to take in the fresh air. Pick a trail to hike, try a horseback riding lesson, rent a Segway, go fly fishing, attempt 3D archery or bike across shaded paved paths.


Dickerson Park Zoo

Roar! Whether you’re startled by a Malayan tiger or a cheetah, Dickerson Park Zoo is a blast. Located about half an hour north of Branson in Springfield, this zoo houses more than 500 animals. Explore Africa and Australia. Take photos with peacocks and hippos. See the native black bear and gray wolf up close and compare your size to that of an Aldabra tortoise. During your visit, enjoy a bite at Bush Country Café and pick up an exotic stuffed animal at the Safari Trading Company gift shop.


Baldknobbers Country Restaurant

The Baldknobbers Country Restaurant serves good home cooking using local Ozark recipes. Located next to the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show, it’s a convenient choice for families. Wake up early or order breakfast for lunch – the blueberry hotcakes are delicious any time of day! For lunch, select a Catfish Fillet, Wildman’s Meetload or Mrs. Droopy Jr’s Patty Melt. If all the sides sound good – mashed potatoes, fried okra, sweet tater fries – the opt for the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet! If you’re starving when you arrive for dinner, fried green tomatoes can hold you over as you wait for your plate of Wee-Willy’s Country Fried Steak or Stub’s Liver and Onions. Not completely satisfied? There ain’t nothin’ better than homemade cobbler for dessert!


Cakes-N-Creams 50's Diner(R)

Cakes-n-Creams is a fun choice for late-night munchies, casual lunches, easy dinners and mid-afternoon snacks. The black-and-white checkered tile, chrome stools, neon signs and jukebox will transport you back to the 50s as the diner’s menu overwhelms your senses. Start with comfort food but save lots of room for dessert. No one can deny the lure of a flaky chicken pot pie, BBQ beef brisket and pulled pork sandwich, BLT on Texas toast or burger with all the fixings. Once that’s down, the real decisions occur. Coconut cream pie or chocolate meringue pie? Strawberry shortcake or blackberry cobbler? Funnel cake topped with vanilla glaze or funnel cake topped with ice cream and a cherry? And do you want your mocha almond fudge in shake, sundae, banana split, old fashion soda or waffle cone form? Don’t fret, there isn’t a wrong choice – it’s all delicious!


Cowboy Cafe Restaurant and Showroom

The Cowboy Cafe Restaurant and Showroom is to country what the Hard Rock Café is to rock. Explore country music’s history through memorabilia in the form of performance costumes and gold records. As the twang of George Strait fills the air, pass around heaping bowls of fried okra, black-eyed peas, mac-n-cheese, baked beans and fried potatoes. All of this complements baby back ribs with cinnamon apples. A dinner buffet option allows you to pile your plat with shrimp, barbeque brisket, chicken, veggies, salad and pie.


India Clay Oven

Take a break from country and all-American cooking for an international culinary experience at India Clay Oven. The heat and flavor of its Indian dishes will awake all your taste buds. Choose from a range of lamb, chicken, seafood, bread and vegetable specialties. Lamb Rogan Josh is lamb chunks cooked with yogurt, onion, tomato and mild spices. Clay Oven Fish Curry is sautéed with mustard seeds, curry leaves, coconut and tomato sauce, while Chicken Karahi is sautéed with onion, bell peppers, tomatoes and special spices. Some dishes are adventurous such as Baingan Bharta, which is a smoked eggplant puree with green peas and ginger. Others are hard to dislike such as Cheese Naan, a bread-stuffed cheese. Almost all are served with rice. Enjoy your selection with an Indian-prepared tea with cardamom, ginger and milk boiled with tea leaves. Finish the afternoon or evening with rice pudding, cottage cheese dumplings or mango-flavored Indian ice cream.


Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi

At Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi, fire erupts in front of your table as a volcano of food is heated. Your personal chef cooks your seafood, steak or chicken just how you want it as he balances eggs and chops your vegetables in a fanciful display. If you’d prefer a more intimate dining climate with less entertainment, then you may select the fine dining option, as opposed to Hibachi Cuisine. With Japanese, Korean and Chinese menu items, you’ll have plenty of fabulous options to choose from: octopus salad, fresh sushi, filet mignon, lobster and more. However you choose to dine, sake is the perfect Asian touch.


Pizza World

Pizza World delivers fresh, original gourmet pizzas to your table, house or hotel. Amore Roma is topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms and black olives. Aloha Makana ushers in a tropical breeze with a mixture of Canadian bacon, fresh pineapple and mandarin oranges. Chicken Caesar bakes with a creamy Caesar dressing topped with chicken breast and mozzarella and is then topped with lettuce and tomatoes. With almost 20 other gourmet options, traditional pizza made to order and Big World Pizzas that feed a family, you could dine here all week. Also try oven-baked subs, calzones, specialty breads, salads and desserts, all designed with the same food-loving passion.


The Paddlewheel Pub

This boat-like restaurant and its floating deck are stationed in front of Branson Landing. Its “yesterday” foods are kid and adult friendly, so families are welcome. The Paddlewheel features Nathan’s famous hotdogs and hamburgers, made in a variety of ways and served with fries. Try the World Famous, Chicago Dog, Salsa Dog or Rueben Dog. Nathan’s steak burgers include the bacon and double cheeseburger. The menu also features chicken, steak and traditional sandwiches. The appetizers and desserts can complete a meal or act as a tasty snack – Soft pretzels and zucchini sticks are delicious regardless!


Sadies Sideboard and Smokehouse

Since 1982, Sadie’s Sideboard has been dishing up country cooking, delicious buffets and Southern charm in its small farmhouse restaurant. Start your day right with a breakfast buffet of slow-smoked sausage, Southern grits, fresh fruits, griddle pancakes, scrambled eggs and homemade cinnamon rolls. The lunch buffet serves piles of fried chicken, catfish, fried chicken livers, macaroni & cheese, dinner rolls, cornbread, veggies and fruit cobbler. A menu of sandwiches and specials such as meat loaf are also available. For dinner, enjoy a similar buffet plus hickory-smoked ribs, poke chops, and brisket and ham. A range of smokehouse platters allows you to hone in on the smoked meat you love the most. For dessert, sample Sadie’s pies, cobblers or cheesecakes.


Mitsu Neko Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar

Mitsu Neko serves beautifully plated sushi in a contemporary setting. Receiving raving online reviews, this Japanese-owned restaurant has excellent service and an authentic touch. Try a combination of fresh fish sushi and rolls or try a beautiful leaf lettuce and fish salad. Delicious drinks are clearly as thought out as the seafood that’s carefully arranged on starfish-shaped plates. Dessert options include crème brûlée, and fresh strawberries are sprinkled throughout many of the menu items.


Showboat Branson Belle

The Showboat Branson Belle presents Made in the USA, featuring music, magic and comedy. Your 2-hour cruise gives you serene views of the Ozark Mountains as the boat’s two twin paddle wheels propel you gently across Table Rock Lake. The Branson Belle is decorated to resemble a majestic 1800s showboat. Lunch or dinner, the cruise includes a three-course meal. Bite into a crisp iceberg and romaine salad topped with sweet Vidalia onion dressing and homemade croutons. Savor slow-simmered beef roast and honey-Dijon glazed chicken complemented with corn biscuits, garlic mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas accompanied by Julienne carrots. Finish with dessert – golden brittle lemon-berry torte drizzled with caramel – as you continue to enjoy the show.


Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show

If you’re ready for a spectacular evening, come to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show. Meet the rider and horse you’ll cheer for, and then cheer your heart out as they barrel race and race in carriages. Between competitions, laugh at cowboy Skeeter’s jokes and be amazed by an elegant waltzing performance. Add in a real live buffalo stampede, an enormous patriotic finale and the release of 30 white doves symbolizing peace and freedom. Dolly Parton herself has called this “Branon’s most fun place to eat!” and you’ll quickly realize that the eating is as overdone (in a good way) as the show. Chow down on an entire rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked BBQ pork loin, homemade biscuits, Dixie’s Original Creamy Vegetable Soup, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato and Dixie’s Very Own Specialty Dessert. Wash it down with soda, iced tea or coffee and enjoy the show!


Jonah at Sight and Sound Theatres(tm) Branson

See the Biblical story of Jonah dramatically played out on stage at Branson’s Sight & Sound Theatre. You may have heard this story growing up: A prophet refuses to deliver a message from God to the wicked city of Nineveh and ends up swallowed by a giant sea creature. From terrible storms to displays of God’s love, this is a moving performance, certainly more vivid than any portrayal you’ve seen or heard before! Original songs, animatronic animals, 3D imaging and special effects help make this show a wonderfully entertaining experience for the entire family!


Acrobats of China

Forty colorful performers put on The Acrobats of China with the New Shanghai Circus. The focus of this two-hour show is on five lady acrobats who fill the stage with aerial ballet and flying trapeze acts. The tools of bars, bikes, cloth and plates are all used to emphasize feats of the human body – stretching, balancing and moving in unheard of ways! Combine this with bright, beautiful Oriental costumes and set props, and this spectacle with definitely keep your attention.


Grand Jubilee

Grand Jubilee is classic Branson entertainment. You’ll quickly understand why it’s been awarded “Branson’s Best Variety Show.” The quartet New South sings country hits, quartet favorites, gospel and oldies in perfectly blended harmony. Jackie Brown and Todd Bradshaw will also blow you away with powerful vocals, and a comedy team will have you rolling in your seat. The emcee Mike Patrick will keep the entertainment coming until this two-hour show comes to an end.



The Duttons are a very versatile group of sibling performers, perfect for mixed company. From your seat, you’ll witness each Dutton play six musical instruments! You may remember that their group fiddling was one reason they scored a top 10 spot on America’s Got Talent. If for some reason this doesn’t amaze you, hang in there, because surprisingly high-energy dancing and hilarious comedy will do the trick (all family-friendly of course)!


George Dyer

Come to see George Dyer with Broadway expectations. Yet enjoy the intimate connections you’ll experience as he belts out powerful vocals. No doubt you’ll hear names such as Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli fill the audience’s commentary as songs begin and end. His performance is an emotionally honest one, so bring tissues. It’s not uncommon to get teary-eyed as he sings Music of the Night or Hallelujah or Be My Love. It’s okay, because he balances this with reasons to laugh and impressive duets with his wife and daughter.


Joseph Hall's Elvis Rock 'N' Remember

Before you roll your eyes and think, “Not another Elvis impersonator,” give this guy a try. Joseph Hall might just make you believe that the King is still alive. At least he’s tempted viewers of America’s Got Talent, Good Morning America, USA Today, Fox News and The Morning Show to believe it. Even if you’re not a diehard Elvis fan, state-of-the-art lighting, lasers, video and sets will definitely keep you entertained. To tease you even more: A live band accompanies Joseph Hall throughout his entire performance!


Patsy Cline Remembered

Come on down to the Hamner Variety Theater to enjoy Patsy Cline Remembered. Starring C.J. Newsom and the Re-Cliners, this tribute show not only traces the famous country singer’s own experiences, but also the “greats” who influenced her or were influenced by her. These include Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire and Judy Gardland. C.J. started singing when she was 3 years old, and her stage presence will quickly convince you of that! Supporting this cowboy-hat-wearing gal is a handful of handsome country fellas, all displaying entertaining instrumental talent!


Bass Pro Shops White river Outpost

The 40,000 square-foot Bass Pro Shops White River Outpost is a rustic, Ozark Lodge-themed store that captures the essence of local fishing, past and present. Not only a store, this Bass Pro Shop is partly a historical museum, restaurant, educational facility, art gallery and conservation center. A 20,000-gallon aquarium and waterfall with a mill and waterwheel display a range of native fish, including largemouth bass, catfish and rainbow trout. The isles and displays are a fisherman and hunter’s paradise. Fill your cart with reels, lures, tackle boxes, crossbows, duck calls, hunting clothing, shotguns, ammo, tents, rubber boots and bird feeders. Big items such as tree stands, kayaks, boats and duck blinds are available. The full inventory could barely fit into a catalogue, so come on down. This store was built for manly men and adventurous women!


Battlefield Mall

Not far from Branson, Battlefield Mall is your best choice for indoor mall shopping. Its 150 stores include Coach, Ann Taylor, Dillard’s, Pandora, Banana Republic, Limited, Best Buy, Macy’s, Playless Shoe Source, New York & Company and Old Navy. Between trying on clothes and shoes, stop for a bite to eat or recharge with Starbuck’s. Dining options range from Chik-fil-A and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels to Nakato Japanese Restaurant and Pan Pacific Grill.


Amish Country Store

The Amish Country Store is the epitome of homemade. In 1999, locals Terry and Darlene Whalen decided to bring Amish products to the storefront, and it’s no surprise the concept stuck. It’s hard to beat the pickles, baking mixes, noodles, coffee, honey, jellies, preserves, popcorn and jerky that line its modest isles. You’ll never find a better paring knife for $5, and the hand-fashioned wooden furniture is of the sturdy, solid kind. Step in here for a refreshing breath if the commercialization of Branson attractions has you feeling lightheaded!


The Shoppes at Branson Meadows

The elegant Victorian outlet mall The Shoppes at Branson Meadows presents 250 boutiques, brand name outlets and flea markets. Favorites include the Bress Barn, Rue 21, Vanity Fair and Wrangler. Corningware Corelle & More, Kitchen Collection, Ozark Quilts & More, Tool Town USA and Scuba Sports are all great for browsing and locating hard-to-find items. End your visit by watching a new release at the accompanying 11-screen cinema with stadium seating.


Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets features more than 60 brand name shops. Looking for a new outfit? Start at American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger, Rue21 or Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store. Then find an adorable or comfy pair of shoes at the Nike Factory Store, Crocks Outlet or Rack Room Shoes. Once that’s taken care of, let loose and accessorize with Fossil, Claire’s and Dressbarn. If the start of school or growth spurts are a concern, then Justice, The Children’s Place and OshKosh B’gosh will have your kids covered in no time! Take the whole family to the Disney Store, Yankee Candle and Mick’s Nut Shack before you leave. Oh, and The Fudgery. Chocolate always succeeds at luring hesitant family members into shopping!


Branson Landing

Set on the banks of Lake Taneycomo in downtown Branson, Branson Landing is a conglomeration of shopping, dining and entertainment. Bass Pro Shops and a $7.5 million fire-breathing water fountain are entertainment in themselves! Make sure you stop by Belk Department Store, Charlotte Russe, White House | Black Market, Devo Olive Oil Company, Branson Quilts and J. Jill. Restaurants include Joe’s Crab Shack, Paddlewheel Pub and Charley’s Grilled Subs.


Five and Dime General Store at Branson Landing

This store has everything. I mean, EVERYTHING packed into its Branson Landing location. Browse isles of candy, medicine, sunglasses, hats, beer, cameras, luggage, toys, souvenirs, cleaning supplies, condiments, and who knows what else. It operates with the convenience of Wal-Mart and the charm of an old-time general store.



Ridemakerz is every boy’s ultimate store where you can build your own toy car. Start by choosing your ride – maybe the Disney Pixar Mater, a rendition of the Batmobile or a Chevy Camaro. Then customize it with rims, flashing lights, engines, taillights, speakers, pipes, spoilers and more. Finally, put it all together. You can even add radio control! Need we say more?


Branson Cigar Company

Walk into the Branson Cigar Company’s humidor or smoking lounge for a relaxing respite from Branson’s attractions. Within its rustic but modern interior, you can take a photo with the Chief Burn-ee carving, purchase a Rocky Patel cigar or smoke a pipe. It’s a lovely local establishment!


Pythian Castle

Pythian Castle was built in 1913 to act as an orphanage. The U.S. Military later purchased and used it for 50 years. Among its 55 rooms are ballrooms, dungeons and a theater. Now it is a local landmark and legend, a certified haunted castle, in fact. The grounds host history tours, ghost tours, murder mysteries and holiday events.


Precious Moments Chapel

Everyone recognizes the teardrop-eye, illustrated kids of Precious Moments®. However, you may not realize that their author Sam Butcher designed a chapel devoted to these Biblical figures in Carthage, Missouri. Opened in 1989, its interior walls are lined with artwork; it’s sort of a modern-day, American Sistine Chapel. The chapel is a site to be seen, as is the Fountain of Angels. Operational until 2007, the bronze show fountain used to run twice a day, dancing, singing and shooting water 80 feet into the air.


Branson Scenic Railway

Board the Branson Scenic Railway’s vintage passenger train and working commercial railroad line for a scenic journey through the Ozark Mountains. As the train chugs along over trestles and through tunnels, you’ll catch glimpses of countryside and wildlife in Missouri and Arkansas that you wouldn’t otherwise see. Many of the towns that used to thrive near the historic tracks are now ghost towns, their remains visible through the wide-windowed dome cars of the train.


War Eagle Mill

Not far from Branson near Rogers, Arkansas, is the historical War Eagle Mills Farm. The War Eagle River caught the attention of surveyors after the Louisiana Purchase, and one of the earliest homesteaders, Sylvanus Blackburn, decided to set up business with a grist mill, saw mill, blacksmith shop and carpentry shop. During the Civil War, the Confederate soldiers burned it down, only to be rebuilt by Blackburn. In 1924, it burned down again. After significant research, the mill was rebuilt to resemble the original 1873 construction. It is now the only working mill in Arkansas. Powered by the river, visitors can witness the grist mill grind corn meal, wheat flour and other grains. Stop by to see the bright red wooden building, water wheel, river and historical bridge. If the site keeps your interest, then sample products in the War Eagle Mercantile or Bean Palace Restaurant.


Bonniebrook Gallery, Museum, and Homestead

Fifteen minutes outside of Branson you will find the Bonniebrook House, Kewpie Museum and Rose O’Neill Art Collection, which give tribute to Rose O’Neill who resided here for a large portion of her life. O’Neill was an illustrator, artist and writer who created the popular Kewpie cartoons and was a women’s suffrage activist in the early 1900s. View the Booniebrook House, a recreation of her 14-room Ozark mansion, and the beautiful surrounding grounds. The original mansion burned to the ground a few years after her death. If you’re intrigued, a visit inside the museum and gallery are well worth it!


Talking Rocks Cavern

At the turn of the century Talking Rocks Cavern was one of the Ozarks’ first attractions. Once you starting spelunking among the stalactites, you’ll understand why. Join a 50-minute guided tour into this damp wonderland and learn about the mineral and rock formations and search for a gemstone. You might get lucky and spot a bat! After you climb back up the wooden stairways and remove your headlamp, walk a couple of the trails on the preserve’s 400 acres or start a mini-golf game with the family.


Lake Taneycomo

Schools of fishers form around Lake Taneycomo every year, but this wasn’t always the case. In fact, the lake has only existed for about a century. It began when the “Power Site” Dam was created, capturing the White River’s waters. In the mid-1900s, the debut of Table Rock Dam established a southern boundary for the lake. This new dam also transformed the warm-water lake into a cold-water one. And it’s this change that allowed for the development of a cold-water fishing hatchery and the explosion of trout. Today, Lake Taneycomo offers some of the best trout fishing you can find. It’s well populated with Rainbow and Brown Trout, and the Trophy Trout Area is designated specifically for artificial fishing. Even if you could care less about trout, this lake provides a beautiful reflection for autumn-spotted forests and bare, snowy tree lines.


Table Rock Dam and Powerhouse

Never seen a dam? History buff? Into energy conservation? Fascinated by engineering feats? Then add a stop to see Table Rock Dam and Powerhouse. Constructed in the mid-1900s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the dam serves a dual purpose. It generates hydro-electric power and controls flooding for the White and lower Mississippi rivers. One positive side-effect has been the creation of a cold water fishery at the foot of the dam. Called the Shepherd of the Hills Trout Hatchery, it has turned the area into a trout fishing destination. Tours of the dam are available during the warmer months of the year, and the surrounding massive Table Rick Lake is perfect for boating, recreation and, of course, fishing.


Scotty's Trout Dock & Marina

Scotty’s Trout Dock & Marina is a local landmark and outlet for family fun located next to Branson Landing on Lake Taneycomo. You can rent a pontoon, bass or fishing boat or simply cast your line nearby to catch Lake Taneycomo Trout, Bull Shoals Walleye, Crappie, Table Rock Lake Bass or catfish. Speak with one of Scotty’s trout dock guides to learn about the recreation on the lake or score some fishing tips.


Mount Vernon Courthouse Square

The center of Mount Vernon, Missouri, is the Mount Vernon Courthouse Square. The historic courthouse conducts the traditional duties of government, and the community comes alive in the surrounding square. Many events are conducted here, so check a calendar. There’s the Apple Butter Festival in autumn, the Festival of Lights in winter and the Strawberry Festival and 4th of July festivities in the summer.

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