Our time at Top of the Rock concluded with some drinks and snacks at Arnie’s Barn. The restaurant overlooks Table Rock Lake and offers up breathtaking views as well as some great food! We definitely recommend trying out the guacamole sampler where you get to pick three of the restaurants signature guacamole recipes, the bacon with roasted corn salsa was our favorite!
Driving back to Branson we took the route that would bring us past the main “strip,” as it is most often referred to as. There are countless theaters in Branson and shows fit for everyone’s taste. There are family focused variety shows, musical headliners, we even saw advertised several tribute shows with acts by cover artists including Fankie Valli and Four Seasons, Elton John, and the Beach Boys! There are also plenty of other attraction like miniature golf, go-karting, zip-lining and an outdoor flying adventure at Fritz’s Aerodium
. For a less thrill-seeking option there are several museums including the Celebrity Car Museum where you can get up close and personal with over 100 iconic movie and T.V. show vehicles including a DeLorean and the Mystery Machine.
Juliet and I decided to explore the Titanic Museum
. The building which houses the museum is nearly as impressive as the collection itself. Shaped like the bow of the ill-fated iconic luxury liner, complete with two of the vessel’s four smoke stacks, this impressive replica looms over the intersection of the main strip and is hard to miss. Inside you get to experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase of the Titanic while surrounded by more than 400 artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers. Your time in the museum is self-guided and will certainly leave an impression.
We returned to the Grand Village Shops to experience Mel’s Hard Luck Diner. This is definitely a dining extravaganza you do not want to miss when you come to Branson. Bringing a whole new definition to the expression: dinner and a show, the staff at Mel’s will in one minute be taking your order and the next grabbing the open mic to croon a song to the entire dining room! The diner, set up like a classic soda fountain shop offers delicious meals and even better entertainment. Oh, and did we mention the dessert!? Be sure to try their signature soda malts complete with a scoop of ice cream on top – your taste-buds will thank you.
To end our day we headed back to our resort – but the fun does not end there! Part of property at The Lodges at Timber Ridge is home to one of the largest theaters in Branson with seating for over 2,000 audience members! For the last three seasons The Welk Theater has presented the smash-hit, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, based on the Tony Award winning musical. Tonight was our chance to follow along with the events of one night that brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins under the same roof. This show will treat you to an experience that will have you dancing in the aisles and singing the songs of these musical legends long after the curtain falls.
As promised we started our day with a huge mug filled with hot cocoa and homemade marshmallows at the ever so sweet Sugar Leaf Café. A round of breakfast sandwiches completed our meal for the morning and we were sufficiently fueled for the day ahead.
In Branson, especially in the fall when the foliage is a riot of color, the draw to be outdoors is felt by everyone. With options like Top of the Rock and the scenic Table Rock Lake it is not hard to guess why people love to be in nature when they come to Branson. With that in mind we made plans to check out Dogwood Canyon Nature Preserve. It was as if everyone in the area was out this morning and all seemingly heading the same direction us. From cars with fishing poles to vans with a family of bicycles strapped to their rooves everyone was enjoying the perfect fall day at Dogwood Canyon.
“In Branson, especially in the fall when the foliage is a riot of color, the draw to be outdoors is felt by everyone.”
Pro tip: Dogwood Canyon offers you many ways to explore their vast 10,000 acre park including bike rentals, horseback riding, Segway tours, and tram tours. If you know you are going to be in the area and plan on visiting Dogwood Canyon be sure to book your adventures before you get to the park as space is limited and will fill up quickly!
We opted to take the path on foot so we could stop and go as we pleased. The total length on the trail is about 3.5 miles in one direction – meaning that you will have to walk 7 miles total (there & back) if you plan on reaching the end of the trail! When you enter the park you will be presented with a map which outlines the course of the trail as well as indicators of highlights along the way including the [Emerald Pool & Turtle Rock Bridge]. If you make it far enough at around the 2.9 mile marker you will cross over the Arkansas State Line! At the end of the 3.5 southward meandering trail you will reach the elk & bison pasture where you can witness these beautiful creatures first hand.