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Exploring Trolley Stop #7: Awberry Parking Lot

Exploring Trolley Stop #7: Awberry Parking Lot

Downtown Branson
Located directly between Main and Atlantic Streets, the Awberry parking lot is the lot for the central part of Historic Downtown Branson and is home to Trolley Stop #7. Directly behind Dick's 5 & 10, the parking lot also serves as the area's main drop-off/pick-up spot for motorcoaches. Additionally, there are public restrooms located at the eastern end of the lot. The lot and Trolley Stop provide convenient access to many of the same businesses as Trolley Stop #5/13, including: Great Eats Noodle 22 Clocker's Cafe Farmhouse Restaurant Branson Cafe Greek Gyros and Deli Mr. B's Ice Cream Parlor Amazing Shopping Dick's 5 & 10 P. Graham Dunn Ozark Quilts and More Downtown Casual Wear Lil' Shop of Leather Patricia's Victorian House Main Street Philatelics Alex and Alaina's Treasure Chest…
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Founded on its banks, Branson’s history tied to White River

Founded on its banks, Branson’s history tied to White River

Downtown Branson
[caption id="attachment_509" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Sammy Lane Camp and Downtown Branson, circa 1930[/caption]   It's clear to say that the history of Branson and the surrounding region is inextricably tied to the White River, the only significant waterway for most of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. The untamed river shaped the settlement of Branson and other towns in the region in the 1800s, both for good and for bad. Even today, it continues to be a major economic driver for the area. In the first years, the river provided an essential link for travel and commerce, but it also spread damage with its frequent flooding. In later years, after the river was dammed and as Branson became popular with tourists, the waterway and its lakes became attractions in their own right, drawing…
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Save on Back To School Shopping in Downtown Branson

Save on Back To School Shopping in Downtown Branson

Downtown Branson, Shopping
Downtown Branson is home to more than 200 stores, specialty shops and boutiques. And the Missouri Sales Tax Holiday weekend is a great time to stock up on clothes and those important back-to-school items! Missouri's annual "back to school" state tax-free weekend happens every year on the first full weekend in August. During this three-day period, you can purchase school supplies, clothing and computers without paying the state portion of the sales tax (4.225%). In 2017, the Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4, and runs through Sunday, August 6. Eligible items include: Clothing and footwear, but not including accessories like watches and handbags. Computers, computer accessories and most computer software. School supplies, such as computer software, backpacks, art supplies, notebooks, calculators and other similar items.…
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Discover Liberty Plaza: Branson’s Newest Venue

Discover Liberty Plaza: Branson’s Newest Venue

Downtown Branson
[caption id="attachment_474" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Downtown Branson's Liberty Plaza[/caption]   At the intersection of Pacific Street and Veterans Boulevard (Business 65) is Branson's newest city park and venue: Liberty Plaza. The $4.2 million park covers one-half of a city block and features a new parking lot, a live performance stage, brick-paver and stone walkways, air-conditioned public restrooms and a dramatic new water feature. And of course, Liberty Plaza is also home to the newest RideSparky trolley stop!   [caption id="attachment_475" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] The new covered trolley stop sits at the Pacific Street entrance to Liberty Plaza[/caption]   An old Branson landmark until about a decade ago, the Liberty Tree was the chief inspiration for the name of Liberty Plaza. The plaza seeks to recapture the legacy of the tree as the city’s…
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Exploring Trolley Stop #9: Upper Main Street

Exploring Trolley Stop #9: Upper Main Street

Dining, Downtown Branson
[caption id="attachment_489" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Trolley Stop #9[/caption] Added when the trolley's transportation district was expanded in 2014, Trolley Stop #9 gives riders easy access to shopping and dining at the top of the Main Street hill, affectionately called "Hamburger Hill" by locals because it's home to several fast-food restaurants. This stop is located on the access road between Chick-fil-A and McDonald's. It is best used to access the businesses on the north side of Main Street between 5th Street and U.S. Highway 65. Nearby businesses include: Simply Red Salonspa Steak 'n Shake McDonald's Chick-fil-A Casey's General Store CVS Pharmacy Should you need to cross Main Street, a new signaled crosswalk has been installed near the trolley stop to make crossing easier and safer. Most riders will opt to stay on…
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Exploring Trolley Stop #5/13 – Main and Commercial Streets

Exploring Trolley Stop #5/13 – Main and Commercial Streets

Downtown Branson
[caption id="attachment_466" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Downtown Branson Trolley Stop #5/13[/caption] The Main Street / Commercial Street stop is the most popular in the RideSparky system, and now that Phase 3 of the downtown streetscape project is nearing completion, it's a great time to rediscover this beautiful trolley stop and all of the great shopping and dining surrounding this spot. Great Eats Within one block of the trolley stop, you have the following restaurants, diners and specialty food shops: Noodle 22 Clocker's Cafe Farmhouse Restaurant Branson Cafe Greek Gyros and Deli Mr. B's Ice Cream Parlor Amazing Shopping Dick's 5 & 10 P. Graham Dunn Ozark Quilts and More Downtown Casual Wear Lil' Shop of Leather Patricia's Victorian House Main Street Philatelics Alex and Alaina's Treasure Chest Enchanted Memories Cowboy Creed Crain…
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Liberty Tree Lives on in Downtown Branson’s Renovations

Liberty Tree Lives on in Downtown Branson’s Renovations

Downtown Branson
[caption id="attachment_456" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The parking sign at Commercial and Pacific streets is one of many places downtown you can see the Liberty Tree icon.[/caption]   Longtime Branson residents and visitors remember the Liberty Tree, a more than 200-year-old bur oak tree along the Branson Landing waterfront. The tree served as a landmark and gathering place throughout much of the city’s first century. Thanks to the Downtown Branson streetscape project, the historic tree’s memory is preserved in a number of ways. If you look closely, you’ll notice that in many places — such as atop each of downtown’s new street signs — is a Liberty Tree emblem. This icon is now used throughout downtown as a tribute to the oak. And of course the tree’s name was the chief inspiration for…
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July 4th Fireworks Light up Branson Sky

July 4th Fireworks Light up Branson Sky

Downtown Branson, Events
If you and your family enjoy fireworks, the Branson area is THE place to be in the days leading up to July 4th. Branson Landing’s 10th Annual Liberty Light Up is Monday, July 3, 2017. The popular event starts with a free concert by Jason Pritchett in the town square followed by a fireworks display over Lake Taneycomo. The fireworks show is also visible from most spots along Main Street. For a unique view of the downtown fireworks, the SKY Deck at Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline is holding it’s 2nd annual “Fire in the SKY” event beginning at 7:30 p.m. on July 3rd. This bird’s eye view of the fireworks includes BBQ by Famous Dave’s, a cash bar and live entertainment by Makenna & Brock. Tickets are $75 per person and…
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9 Great Spots Photographers Love in Downtown Branson

9 Great Spots Photographers Love in Downtown Branson

Downtown Branson
The Branson area is one of the most picturesque areas in the Midwest, and these are a few of the many great spots in Downtown Branson for shutterbugs and selfies.   1. The Branson Postcard Mural Painted in 2016, this mural has quickly become one of the favorite selfie spots in Branson. Located on Sycamore Street on the side of Cadwell's Downtown Flea Market, the 20-foot-high mural towers over anybody standing in front of it.   2. Dicks 5 & 10 / Main Street Directly across Main Street from Trolley Stop #5/#13 is one of downtown's landmarks, Dicks 5 & 10. The store itself and the items inside make a fascinating subject, and Main Street's sidewalks are another great selfie location.   3. The Branson Landing Boardwalk This more than…
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Exploring Trolley Stop #1 – Lakeside RV Park

Exploring Trolley Stop #1 – Lakeside RV Park

Downtown Branson
[caption id="attachment_416" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Stop #1 is inside the Lakeside RV Park and provides easy access to the south end of Branson Landing's parking lot, which is home to the Branson Farmers' Market and other events.[/caption]   The first stop in the Sparky trolley system is the southernmost part of the system: The Lakeside RV Park. Located at a covered pavilion at the foot of the Lake Taneycomo Bridge, this stop gives campers an easy way to get throughout downtown Branson. It also gives riders who have parked elsewhere an opportunity to explore one of the most scenic spots along the lake.   [caption id="attachment_418" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The Lakeside RV Park is owned by the City of Branson and features 160 camping sites, fishing docks and a dog park.[/caption]  …
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