Before the dinner and show, I took the Zip Line ride from the Inspiration Tower in the park. It was the first zip line I have ever taken and the half mile ride was a blast, reaching speeds of 50 miles per hour.
While visiting with Doug and Cindy in KC they told us to see any show that was playing at the Sight and Sound Theater while we were in Branson. Then our neighbor in the RV park told us the same thing. We had never heard of it but we are so glad we attended a show there. They put on Christian Bible based productions, the one playing this year is entitled "Jesus".
The story of Christ performed on a huge 200-degree stage with over 50 actors and numerous live animals, from camels to real flying birds. Even if you are not a religious person you should see this show just for the sets, visual effects and outstanding performers. It is one of the best productions we have ever seen. It is one of the most popular shows in Branson and sells out almost every night in season and on the weekends the rest of the year.
One evening we took the Branson Scenic Railroad Dinner Train. We sat in one of the dome cars and as we ate a very nice dinner of fish and prime rib, we took in the sights as we went over the lake, through a couple of tunnels and over a 100-foot high trestle.
There are hundreds of places to eat and we had some really nice meals. But the best one we had was at The College Of the Ozarks Culinary School. The students prepare and serve the meals which are outstanding. I had seen the sign for the College of The Ozarks on my way to the golf course and was amused by their slogan "Hard Work U." Come to find out the highest rated restaurant on Travel Advisor in Branson was their culinary school restaurant.
The Legends Show, where we were entertained by tributes to Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, The Blues Brothers, Pat Benatar and of course Elvis. I had purchased VIP tickets for this show so we would have a table to ourselves in the front row of the balcony. There were 24 tables in this area and it turned out we were the only ones there, very weird.
Our neighbors in the RV Park told us that their favorite show was The Haygoods, a family of 5 brothers and their sister. All of their night shows were sold out but we were able to get tickets to their Sunday afternoon show, which sold out also. If you come to Branson, make sure this is one of the shows you see. This family has been performing here in Branson since they were children, over 30 years.
I played the newest course first, Payne's Valley, named after golfer Payne Stewart who was from nearby Springfield, Missouri. The course was designed by the Tiger Woods Design Group. There is a 19th hole island green with a waterfall behind it. After you play this hole, you drive your cart right up the cliff face using 8 or 9 switchbacks and going over and behind the waterfall.
The Buffalo Ridge Springs course features a herd of Buffalo that graze alongside a few of the holes.
The course also had with many waterfalls, scenic lakes and covered bridges.
The Ozark National Course followed the ridge tops out and back from the clubhouse. There was a scenic view of the Branson Valley below on almost every hole. Some greens were built right on the edge of the ridge and if you went over the green you were toast.