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Fall in Downtown Branson is a Picturesque Treat

Fall in Downtown Branson is a Picturesque Treat

Downtown Branson, Veterans
Fall is finally here, and the crisp cool days make for the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful foliage and sights in Downtown Branson! Whether taking in the vibrant red, yellow and brown of the hills reflected on picturesque Lake Taneycomo, going for a stroll or just relaxing on a park bench with a book, it's easy to see why this season is a favorite with many Branson visitors. Here are some fun fall-themed activities you can enjoy without ever leaving the downtown area. Walk along the Branson Landing Boardwalk This level, paved walkway is more than 1-mile long and features many scenic spots along the Taneycomo lakefront. You'll see plenty of ducks, geese along the way, as well as great views of the colorful hills across…
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Exploring Trolley Stop #2: Branson Landing South

Exploring Trolley Stop #2: Branson Landing South

Downtown Branson
Located on the southern end of Branson Landing, just feet from the front door of Bass Pro Shops, is RideSparky's Stop #2. This popular stop gives riders access to the south half of The Landing as well as the nearby White River Fish House and Main Street Lake Cruises. This stop is the best way to get to more than 40 stores, restaurants and attractions, including the Parakeet Pete's Waterfront Zipline and Ride the Ducks. [caption id="attachment_61" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Trolley Stop #2 at the southern end of Branson Landing[/caption] Some of the great shopping, dining and attractions you can easily access from Trolley Stop #2 are: Entertainment and Attractions Parakeet Pete's Waterfront Zipline Ride the Ducks Main Street Lake Cruises Buster's Old Time Photo Fast Shot Shooting Gallery Services Mall…
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Exploring Trolley Stop #6: Branson Landing North

Exploring Trolley Stop #6: Branson Landing North

Downtown Branson
Located at the north end of Branson Landing and under the shadow of the Parakeet Pete's Steampunk Balloon, RideSparky's Stop #6 is one of the most popular in the system. The trolleys leave Stop #5 at Main & Commercial streets and come directly here, forming a quick and easy link between Historic Downtown and the Landing. Returning passengers who board here go next to Stop #7 in Awberry Parking Lot, directly behind Dick's 5 & 10, completing the round-trip to the Main/Commercial area. [caption id="attachment_43" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Trolley Stop #6 at the North End of Branson Landing[/caption] Among the great shopping, dining and attractions you can easily access from Trolley Stop #6, there are: Entertainment and Attractions Parakeet Pete's Steampunk Balloon Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar Branson Landing Boardwalk North…
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Labor Day Weekend Fun in Downtown Branson

Labor Day Weekend Fun in Downtown Branson

Downtown Branson, Events
[caption id="attachment_540" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Concert at Branson Landing[/caption] As the unofficial end of summer, the long Labor Day weekend is many folks' last chance to enjoy Branson's lakes, dining, shopping and entertainment before fall sets in. The weekend is a great time to stroll through Historic Downtown and let Sparky, the free trolley, help you get around! [caption id="attachment_535" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Resurrection Journey Tribute Band[/caption] Free Concert at Branson Landing Kicking off the long weekend is a free concert Friday night at the Branson Landing. The always popular Resurrection - A Journey Tribute group plays the most loved hits from the catalog of 80's rockers Journey with amazing accuracy and energy. The concert starts at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1, but come to downtown early for dinner and to stake…
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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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