Trip Ideas: Legendary Getaway in Branson
Spring is a great time to visit Branson, thanks in part to the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament at Top of the Rock. These Branson attractions offer fun when tournament action ends - and throughout the year!
Morning
Top of the Rock golf course is a nine-hole, par-3 course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Three sets of tees allow for 18 holes of play. The site, on a blufftop overlooking Table Rock Lake, is a nature-based heritage preserve created by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris.The facility includes, among other attractions: Lost Canyon nature trail, the Ancient-Ozarks Natural History Museum, restaurants and a chapel. The course hosts the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament.
150 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale MO 65739, 800-225-6343
Hours: Golf course and attraction hours vary by season.
Created to celebrate the fascinating history and stunning natural beauty of the Ozarks, the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum features artifacts, images and interactive exhibits that chronologically walk you through the development of the Ozarks. Located at Top of the Rock, which offers on-site dining at Arnie's Barn and Osage Restaurant, riding tours of the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail, and golf at the Top of the Rock Golf Course.
150 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale MO 65739, 417-335-2777
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Evening
This scenic restaurant is actually a floating barge. While fish is a specialty, the varied menu includes fish, chicken, beef, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, Cajun specialties and other selections. Located on Branson Landing.
1 Bass Pro Drive, Branson MO 65616, 417-243-5100
Hours: Spring hours are Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Summer hours are Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
The day is over, but the fun is just beginning in Branson, where live stage shows help light up the night. Ayo starring Voices of Glory appears at the Hughes Brothers Theatre. While Voices of Glory (Michael, Avery, and Nadia Cole) were in the top five in their America's Got Talent season, today in Ayo, they're in a league of their own. Performing everything from pop to jazz to gospel to soul, you'll be wowed by this fabulous trio.
3425 W. 76 Country Blvd, Branson MO 65616, 800-422-0076
Hours: Ticket office: Mon.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; online: 24 hours.
Afternoon
After a morning exploring Top of the Rock, take the short drive to College of the Ozarks, home to the Dobyns Dining Room, where the culinary staff of students offers something for every taste. The on-site bakery serves pastries, desserts, homemade-style ice cream, and a variety of coffee and fruit drinks. Many of the food items are raised or grown on-site.
1 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout MO 65726, 417-239-1900
Hours: Dining Room: Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Bakery hours: Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
After lunch, travel back in time to discover the stories of the people who sailed Titanic, through interactive galleries and crew members who help bring them to life. Titanic Museum is permanent, interactive attraction for all ages.
3235 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson MO 65616, 800-381-7670
Hours: Open daily: 9 a.m. ~ Closing times vary by season and events.
When you're done exploring Titanic, visit Branson Landing, a 95-acre entertainment and retail destination, offering eclectic shops, dining and a waterfront boardwalk;all animated with live entertainment and a merging of water, fire, light and music.
100 Branson Landing, Branson MO 65616, 417-239-3002
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
At Branson Landing, enjoy the opportunity to take in unique views of Lake Taneycomo downtown Branson as you "fly" to the top of Mount Branson.
1113 Branson Landing, Branson MO 65616, 417-561-2500
Hours: Hours vary by season.