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 Post subject: Branson Advice?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:03 pm 
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My lady friend and I are going to Branson next week. First time there for both of us. It looks like it will rain most of the time we are there. I've booked shows for every night. If you've been there I would appreciate your recos on things to do during the day, restaurants, etc.

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Brad


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 Post subject: Re: Branson Advice?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:51 pm 
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Brad,
If it hasn't changed much since when I was last there in the mid-50's, there wasn't a whole lot to do in Branson. If you're looking for excitement, you might want to try Joplin instead. About 5 times as big and with a lot of interesting mid-30's gangster history. Should be a bunch easier to get to too since it sits astride I-44.

Hope this helps, YPJ


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 Post subject: Re: Branson Advice?
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Brad,

Branson is Branson. A lot of tourist trap like places. Some people really enjoy the shows.

A lot of the shows, restaurants, etc. are on 'the strip'....which is Hwy 76. Traffic along the strip can be very slow. In the last few years, they have made some bypass roads to alleviate some of the traffic congestion on 76. It would be worthwhile to familiarize yourself with shortcuts and side streets to get you where you want to go. It may be farther mile-wise, but quicker time-wise.

I think it has changed (grown) a lot since I was first there in the mid-80's. 'The Landing' (an area down town next to the lake front*) has been completely redone. Sammy Lane resort was torn down to make way for all the new businesses (Bass Pro Shop) to be built on the landing.

As far as restaurants, there are a ton. From all of the chain restaurants to local places. I ate at Shorty Small's a few years back. The menu had a wide selection and I thought the BBQ was pretty decent.

Brad, if you're looking for anything specific, let me know and I will see what I can dig up.

*There are two lakes in Branson; Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo.
Table Rock is the 'big' lake and looks like what you would think a lake looks like. It has a large dam for power generation and flood control. Table Rock Lake pours from its dam into Lake Taneycomo.
Lake Taneycomo is very river-like. It's width is fairly constant and has a steady current. It is only defined as a lake because it has a dam a ways down stream.


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 Post subject: Re: Branson Advice?
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Just south of Branson sits Big Cedar Lodge, a resort complex built and owned by Johnny Morris, the head of Bass Pro Shops. If you're a fan of taxidermy, it's a must-see. Otherwise, all I've ever done in the Branson area is fish. Brian gave you the straight skinny.

John


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 Post subject: Re: Branson Advice?
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Thanks, guys! Appreciated!

Brad


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 Post subject: Re: Branson Advice?
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Went there about 12 years ago. Bummer! The shows were alcohol free, the dinners were average. Not my idea of a great time. YMMV. BYOB.


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 Post subject: Re: Branson Advice?
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Branson? That's where old country singers go when they die isn't it?


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 Post subject: Re: Branson Advice?
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Colston Newton wrote:
Branson? That's where old country singers go when they die isn't it?


I think that's where they go to retire....to play golf and fish.


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 Post subject: Re: Branson Advice?
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If it were me, I'd skip the touristy stuff and spend my days on Table Rock lake chasing bass with an 8 wt., from a boat.

...but I'm simple that way...


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