My wife, 18 year old daughter, mother and father in law, and 85 pound Golden Retriever just got back last night from Branson, MO and Eureka Springs, AR. Both places are well worth visiting. I kind of had a negative impression of Branson as it is a well known haven for senior citizens to visit, but I have to say that we all had a blast. We stayed at The Boxcar Willie Motel as it was pet friendly, and it was perfectly acceptable. Clean, well kept, good air, friendly and helpful folks at the front desk, and good rates (around $68 or so a night.) Good location too; just about 3 blocks off of the main drag. Skip their free breakfast though, and instead go to The Plantation (just up the street) for their all you can eat buffet for $4.99. Stick to the eggs, meats, fruits, etc. and you can't go wrong, and you can fill up for the rest of the day. Branson itself had a lot to do; too much for the short 2 days we were there. Old Branson was especially fun. Dick's 5 and 10 Store MUST NOT be missed! There was more "stuff" piled in there from ceiling to floor than I have seen in a store in many years. Great fun! We like to go to "Thrift Shops" (we are not My wife bought me 6 new sports coats, all in great shape, for a total of $10! My wife ,daughter, and mother-in-law found more bargains than I did and
were all raving about it. My wife, daughter, and I went to see a show called "Six," at The Hughes Brothers Theater, and were really well entertained by The Knudsen Brothers who performed an entire show acapella, using only their voices to do all the parts, instruments and all. Their 50's doo-wop material was great, and their impressions of Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, and Franky Valli were both hilarious and spot on! Very entertaining.
We ate at a place in old Branson called Mr. G's Pizza and Italian Food, a litle local hole in the wall restaurant/ tavern where the food was great, the beer cold, and the service REAL slow. The impression I got was that it was run by "Mom and Pop," a little older couple, probably in their late 60's or so, and they were the only ones there (besides the cook and bartender) who were waiting on people. The food was worth it though. Pizza and salads were both good, and my daughter got chicken alfredo that she said was wonderful. My beer was ice cold. Go there if you have the time.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Branson for anyone who wants to have a little fun and who is not too stuffy to enjoy a little "corn." The Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum (which we just didn't have time to cover) is worth a picture just for the outside of it! We will go back, and all had a great time.