Branson: Water, Racing, Wax, SIX

After in returning from St. Louis, we decided to stop over at Branson, Missouri. It’s a nice, clean, family-oriented entertainment destination with over 100 shows and plenty of things to do and pretty scenery in the surrounding area of the Ozark Mountains. We enjoyed a water show, raced go-karts, viewed wax actors, and watched the SIX show.  It was fun time and we would like to return another time.

Water

Also, we ate at the Mexican restaurant Cantina Laredo, which was very good. We were familiar with it when we lived near Dallas. It had a great location overlooking the $7.5 million water fountains attraction in the town square at Branson Landing, which is a nice outdoor shopping area with over 100 specialty shops and 16 restaurants along a 1.5-mile scenic boardwalk adjacent to Lake Taneycomo.

Every hour in the evening, they have a musical fountain show with fire bursts that’s amazing to watch, which features the first-ever merging of water, fire, light and music that offers a dazzling interplay of water Fountains shooting 120-foot geysers and fire cannons blasting, all choreographed to light and music.

I took some photos of the fountains, but it’s hard to get the overall effect with just the single images.  These are presented as a slideshow, which automatically advances through all 18 photos.  Also, I included a photo of Table Rock Lake from an observation tower just west of Branson, and then the slideshow repeats. When you move the cursor over the slideshow, a pause button with left and right arrows appear, so you can stop it at any time and/or skip backward or forward; that might be useful if you want to zip though it more quickly than waiting for the

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Racing

We played miniature golf and my son raced GT-5 and RT-8 go-karts in timed heats up to 40 mph on the Xtreme Racing Center course.

 

Wax

We visited the Hollywood Wax Museum. I’ve included photos of many of the famous actors there, and most of them looked pretty good.  My son kept wanting to get his picture taken with the figures, so the ones I cropped appear narrower than the others.  You can click any photo in this gallery to view a larger image with the ability to go forward or backward to view the others, if you prefer that option to scanning over them all.

 

SIX

We saw the SIX musical show, which is an a cappella singing group of 6 Knudsen brothers. They perform for two hours and there are no instruments, but everything you hear is just their voices. They even performed the sound tracks that accompanied several movie clips with lots of action, car chases, crashes, and other sound effects and you wouldn’t believe it’s just their voices making all the sounds.

 

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