Econo Lodge at Thousand Hills
230 S. Wildwood Dr.
Branson, MO 65616
Phone: (417) 336-4849
Fax: (417) 336-4862
230 S. Wildwood Dr., Branson, MO, US, 65616
- Phone: (417) 336-4849
- Fax: (417) 336-4862
Even though the building is new, the show that is put on here is the oldest one in Branson, having started in 1959. During the action packed two hours, you will tap your foot along to familiar patriotic, country and western, and gospel tunes. You will also roll on the floor laughing at the antics of some of the funniest comedians in town. During intermission, you can rub elbows with the entertainers and get an autograph or two. If you would like a souvenir to take home, be sure to visit the Baldknobbers Gift Shop.
If you want something to do between shows, this indoor miniature golf course is the perfect place for some family oriented fun, no matter what the weather. Located on The Strip right next to the 76 Music Hall, it is close to many of the shows, hotels and restaurants in Branson. The course has 36 holes and features an array of amusing traps, challenges and themes. The climate-controlled atmosphere ensures that the weather is always perfect.
A trip to this winery surrounded by the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains is a great way to pass some time between shows in busy Branson. The tour will take you through the winemaking process, from the beginning stages to the bottling of this heralded and traditional wine. The winery began mashing grapes in 1847 and has continued to do so until becoming an internationally recognized producer of special varietals. For more information on tour times, special events and weddings at Stone Hill, check the website.
This locally owned and operated family fun park is so popular that it has five different locations around Branson. The go-cart tracks—miniature versions of professional race tracks—are the main attractions here. There are all sorts of tracks, including some wild multi-story wooden tracks that look like mini roller coasters. Depending on which location you choose, there are a number of other attractions and activities such as bumper boats, thrill rides, ice cream parlors and miniature golf. Prices vary per activity.
Located at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson, this bronze sculpture depicts 50 soldiers running along a beach and is a worth a visit. At 70 feet long and weighing 15 tons, it is the largest war memorial sculpture in the world. World-renowned artist Fred Hoppe created the sculpture using 50 veterans—one from each state—as models. When you are done admiring the sculpture, wander into the museum and pay tribute to the soldiers who died in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf.
This 9,000 square-foot, glasshouse garden was initially developed for scientific study of the order Lepidoptera, or butterflies to laypersons. However, over the years, a commercial-educational adventure emerged and the palace was born. Inside the building, you will find a number of bright, aromatic flowering plants known to attract butterflies and this man-made ecosystem has more than a thousand of the colorful flying critters. The palace has exhibits throughout the greenhouse that describe interesting facts about the butterflies, including how their life cycle works. Visitors can also watch a documentary, explore the Living Rainforest Science Center or find your way through the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze and winding Banyan Tree Bungee Adventure.
Two miles south of Branson and perched on top of a bluff overlooking Lake Taneycomo sits the local institution of higher learning. But the college is much more than just a place to simply hit the books. It is a popular place to escape for an intimate walk on the verdant grounds, or simply a good place to get away from it all. One of the draws is the award-winning rose garden cared for by students. To explore the campus, just follow the red stripe that is painted on the sidewalk. This stripe will lead you to places of interest such as a working watermill, several massive green houses and Williams Memorial Chapel.
Located in downtown Branson, this group of local area businesses and merchants will work with you to make your stay in Branson as enjoyable as possible. They have a great store of free information about the area, including brochures and maps. The walking-tour map of the downtown area is especially helpful. It identifies historic landmarks, lodging and dining facilities, and places to shop in the downtown district. The association also sponsors a number of special events that take place downtown throughout the year, and they will be happy to provide information about these.
In the heart of Branson, this 95-acre mixed-use district includes a diverse array of entertainment, lodging, and eating options. The nearly two-mile boardwalk along Lake Taneycomo and the hourly water show at the fountains are the highlights. Most of the shops are of the big-box variety, like Aeropostale, Sunglass Hut and Dressbarn, but guests still can find some local wares from Dead Sea & More or Belk Department Store.
This beautiful, meticulously maintained course is owned by the city of Branson. Complete with water and sand traps, it is the perfect place for golfers of all ages to work on their short games. The size of the course is fantastic if you want to get some time on the links but don't have the time for a full game. Spacious putting ranges give you the opportunity to improve your swing without worrying about who is next to you.
The beautifully manicured grounds, gift shop and nature trails are on the grounds of one of southwest Missouri's most famous residents, Rose O'Neill. This world-famous artist had her illustrations published in numerous magazines and wrote novels and poems. Her work is recognizable to many people around the world, as she is the creator of the Kewpie Doll. It's a ten-minute drive from downtown Branson and the campus is segmented into three areas: the gallery, the Kewpie Museum and a replica of the mansion that had been completely rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original in 1947.
Shadow Rock Park, in the small town of Forsyth, sports several tennis courts, a multi-purpose open-air stadium, and plenty of wide open space in which to frolic. The park is about a half-hour drive north-east of Branson.