Monday, August 20, 2012

Summertime in Branson

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 Branson way back in our childfree days. 

A few months ago my work had a fundraiser and I bid on and 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 coming to an end. J had to work 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. He 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 got ready and went to the Branson Landing for dinner. 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!

Saturday was Silver Dollar City and we were all so excited about it. 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 and went to dinner and then Ben got to play 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 were made and then got to try one fresh off the line.

After the sugary donuts we made our way 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. You can see 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 on the way home 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 the Lake of the Ozark's. We played games, rode the bumper cars, and Ben convinced him to ride the Ferris Wheel.

Branson was so much fun 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 "Summertime in Branson "
  1. Wow, Ben is getting really tall! Looks like you all had a great time.