Jan 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Flock to Branson

Most all of us have heard of Branson, Missouri. Branson has long been a popular destination for senior vacationers from Missouri and neighboring areas. The construction of music theaters by nationally-known performers along Highway 76 has increased Branson’s popularity as a tourist destination. Branson now draws visitors from all regions of the country, mostly by car or bus.

Known as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World,” Branson is truly a one-of-a-kind vacation destination — and an incredible value — with more than 50 live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, 12 championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, an Historic Downtown district, shopping galore, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts, RV parks, campgrounds and meeting and conference facilities. Getting to Branson, Missouri, is easy… whether you drive, ride in a motorcoach or arrive by air.

From Our Experience

A great means to learn all about Branson is to visit their “official” website that has news, info, events, videos, tweets and even the weather. There is a show for every taste in Branson. Do check out on this site a “click here to watch videos” that provides a nice overview of several of the main attractions. My wife loved the Yakov Smirnoff show and I enjoyed the Shoji Tabuchi Show and Country Jubilee with four family generations on stage. Try to join the Tabuchi family for an unforgettable performance showcasing blazing violins, stunning harmonies, and world-class choreography of this musical extravaganza as you will leave feeling that you have just witnessed a stunning performance.  And Yakov is indeed a laugh riot.  Another “must” suggestion would be taking the Branson Belle Dinner Cruise. The lake cruise and Branson dinner show features the exciting stage production ENCORE! It’s fun for the entire family – and kids are always half price! It’s a 2-hour cruise across beautiful Table Rock Lake includes a delicious 3-course meal prepared fresh daily onboard the ship.

Shows Galore

With 151 shows to choose from, your problem will be choosing those that best fit your interests and lifestyle. The Acrobats of China would be a first top for us on our next visit to Branson. In addition to all the shows, local attractions seniors can choose from The Hollywood Wax Museum, Silver Dollar City, White Water, Waltzing Waters, The Titanic Museum, Mount Pleasant Winery, Stone Hill Winery, Ride The Ducks, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, The Haunted House and Monster Asylum, Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, Predator World and Branson Landing. Ripley’s Odditorium in Branson is housed in a building that has been made to look as if it is cracked wide open by an earthquake or other disaster. Kinda weird, but for real. It’s pretty cool.

Branson Tourism Center

The 2010 Show Schedule is highlighted at the Tourism Center, and as Branson’s largest ticket seller, they buy tickets at special prices, which is how they can provide Concierge service without marking up prices or charging service fees. They can also bundle shows, attractions, and lodging for big discounts that seniors can’t find anywhere else! So bring along lots of your friends with you. With Branson Tourism Center, you don’t pay more, you just get more. Branson Tourism Center provides tickets to Branson shows and attractions, hotels and lodging, discount vacation packages, gas discounts.  Be sure to check out their site.

Online Help Here

There are a number of sites online that senior tourists interested in travel to Branson will find helpful.  Here they are:

  • a new shopping area, Branson Landing, on the water front has recently been added to city attractions;
  • B&Bs, a super hotel or a top-rated vacation rental is available at Trip Advisor; there are over 80 of them in Branson.
  • One of the newer draws today is the Titanic Museum; since opening day, the museum has enjoyed a steady stream of visitors from across the country and around the world. This year, as Titanic turns 100, a ground-swell of renewed interest is underway.
  • A vacation planner guide will also provide you with valuable information.
  • Many seniors seek discount tickets at major shows and packaged deals are always available.

So greet Yakov with the word Zdravstvuj (zdrah-stvooy; hello) and Shoji with a pleasant hello: konnichiha (pronounced as konnichiwa).  You WILL enjoy Branson, I’m sure.  jeb

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