Monday, August 20, 2012

The Disney World of the Midwest

Or at least that's what I call Branson. If you've never been to Branson, MO you have to go. Young, old, kids, no kids. If for nothing else to at least say you've been.

I love Branson. I've gone several times with family and friends and always have a blast. In fact, Mrs. Bojangles and I took a few trips to good ole Branson way back in the day. Ahhh to be young, care free, and childless again. Or maybe not:) But I will always look back on those memories fondly.

A few months ago my work had a fundraiser and I won a Branson package in the silent auction. Ben was so excited to go on a little mini vacation and what better time since Summer is slowly coming to an end. J stayed behind to finish up some work and house projects so my parents tagged along and off we went.

We left Friday afternoon and made the nearly 4 hour car ride down to Branson. Ben was sooo good in the car. We watched the Lorax and took a little nap.

Before we knew it we arrived at the hotel and of course had to test out the swimming pool. 

After swimming we all got ready to head to the Branson Landing. The landing has shops, restaurants, and play areas for kids. It's all outside and only pedestrians are allowed to walk through the middle of it. It sits right along the river and is beautiful!

What a handsome stud!

Love him!

One of the play areas at the landing

Saturday morning was the day we were all so excited about, Silver Dollar City. Ben had been talking all week about how he wanted to ride the roller coasters.  Turns out he doesn't really like them after all. I pretty much forced him to ride the rides, which he was not thrilled about. Afterwards though all he could talk about was how cool or awesome the ride was.  Morale of the story? When you see the mom at the amusement park forcing her screaming child on the ride, don't judge. Maybe the child just needs a gentle push nudge to realize they might like it if they just try it. 

So excited after riding the raft water ride.

After SDC we got ready for dinner and Ben played mini golf for the first time. Mini golf went over much better than the roller coasters.

After packing up and checking out of the hotel Sunday morning, we made our first stop at Krispy Kreme donuts. We watched how the donuts are made and then got to try one fresh of the line.

After a little sugar we made our way over to the fish hatchery. The hatchery grows thousands and thousands of trout and releases them into the river.

Inside the hatchery were large aquariums. 

Outside were tanks full of fish that you could feed with food you bought at the hatchery. Notice the damn in the background?

I have never seen so many small fish in such a close space before. They created quite a splash when food was thrown in.

I love this picture of Ben and my dad.

We stopped at Lambert's for lunch since my parent's or Ben had never been. Lambert's is best known for their "throwed rolls." Just don't let your 3 year old catch one with his forearm. Those babies are hot!

They're also known for huge servings and salads the size of your head.

By this time we were missing J quite a bit. He decided to met us at a kids play place about an hour from where we live on our way home. We played games, rode the bumper cars, and Ben convinced him to ride the Ferris Wheel.

Branson was a success and it makes me even more excited for Disney this November. Here's to hoping Ben will grow to love roller coasters a little bit more before then!

1 comment on "The Disney World of the Midwest"
  1. Wow, Ben is getting really tall! Looks like you all had a great time.