Here Comes Fall, Y’all!

October 5th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Yes, it’s that time of year that I love so much . . . FALL!!

Things are a little quieter around Branson during this time of year, which makes it one of the best times to visit.  Most of the family attractions are still open with full schedules on the weekends, so there is plenty for your family to do!

Here are some of my favorite “can’t miss” things to do in Branson this fall:

1)  GO-KARTING!  Yes, I know this is not a surprise.  But, it is still a great activity to enjoy with your family!  Be sure to check out the operating schedule to see which tracks are open on the days you plan to visit.  And, check out this great special . . . the Happy Fall Y’all Card, which gets you four rides or rounds on any attraction for $26 . . . that’s up to 30% off the retail price!  This card can be used for wooden high-rise and classic go-kart tracks, bumper boats / cars, laser tag, or mini golf.

2)  FALL FOOD!  Once you taste this fall treat, you’ll understand why this is on the must-do list:

Yes, that is the Pumpkin Pie Concrete from Andy’s Frozen Custard.  You are looking at pure goodness.  Right there blended up in that yummy custard is an ENTIRE piece of pumpkin pie.  I’m not joking.  It’s worth skipping dinner and heading straight for dessert!

3)  FALL COLORS! The Ozarks has some of the most beautiful fall color in the country. Check out one of these “Best Fall Scenic Overlooks in Branson” to see the beauty at its best!

4)  SILVER DOLLAR CITY!  Really, what’s not to love about Silver Dollar City in the fall?  The weather is gorgeous, the food is delicious, the rides are fun.  Until October 31st, you can experience the National Harvest and Cowboy Festival. Be sure to check out the Wild West Show, which is back by popular demand!

Over 125 Visiting Craftsmen during Silver Dollar City

5)  SHOWS! – There is a new show in town that is fantastic . . . Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical right here in Branson. I had the pleasure of seeing it this summer, and wow, the talent is amazing! The show is inspired by the true story of the night that Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins were in the same recording studio. Don’t miss it!

I hope you and yours will find time to come on down, up, or over to Branson to take advantage of all that is fall in the Ozarks!  Enjoy!

Back-to-School Getaway

August 13th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

If your kids are not back in school yet . . . take advantage of your last days of summer and head to Branson this weekend for an almost-back-to-school getaway!

If your kids are already back in school . . . make their first in-school weekend special with a trip to Branson for an already-back-to-school getaway!

The Track has made it easy to to say “yes” to these getaways.


With the Back-to-School Card.

You can only buy this card online until August 16 (that’s Sunday!), so don’t wait! Each card costs $26 and is good for 4 rides / attractions including high-rise & classic go-kart tracks, bumper boats/cars, laser tag, or mini golf. Big fun!

Here’s some other great news . . . even if you can’t make it to Branson this weekend, you can stock up on the Back-to-School Cards and use them at a later date. Now, that’s a deal!

It’s That Time!

July 31st, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

It’s that time of year.

These past couple of weeks I have been bombarded with the reality that school is just around the corner . . . registration days, practice calendars, school supply lists!

Every year about this time I wonder if we’ve taken advantage of summer break like we had planned to. And every year about this time, I decide we need one last hurrah!

What about you? How about making your one last hurrah a trip to Branson?!

A trip to Branson before school starts is both functional and fun.

First, the functional. Branson has great shopping for all your back-to-school-needs (I’ll meet you there; my kids have about outgrown all of their clothes over the summer . . . when does this stop?!). While you’re shopping for your family, consider buying an extra pair of shoes for a child in need. You can drop them off at the any of the following stores at The Branson Landing: Belk, Finish Line, Bass Pro Shops, Payless Shoes, Famous Footwear, or Tradehome.

Now, here is where the fun comes in. For each pair of shoes you donate, you will receive 2 Test Driver Cards for The Track and a coupon for 1 free sundae from Andy’s Frozen Custard. Each Test Driver Card is good for one free ride or attraction at The Track, which includes high-rise and classic go-karts, bumper boats/cars, mini golf, laser tag, kids rides, and the NEW Route 76 Glow Golf and Wild Woody Mining Company.

It’s a win-win!

Drop off those shoes, then head on over to Track 4 for some fun . . . and some Andy’s Frozen Custard. You won’t be disappointed!

Now, here’s an idea for a great way to end your summer with a bang . . . walk back over to Track 4 and take a ride on the Skycoaster!

Now, that’s a great way to have an unforgettable last hurrah!

Escape the Heat!

July 17th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

After several weeks of cooler temperatures and rainy days, summer weather has officially arrived!

Frankly, it is just HOT!

Here are a few tips to escape from the heat and make the most of your vacation:

1)  When you visit The Track during the heat of the day, start by riding the bumper boats. Why? Well, the bumper boats are descriptively named “SuperSoaker” boats for a reason.  Each is equipped with a water cannon that is guaranteed to soak your fellow boaters. You will get wet! After you finish, head on over to your go-kart track of choice. When you start whizzing around the track, you are sure to cool off . . . wet clothes + breeze = built-in air conditioning!

2) When you’re all dried out, head inside to experience The Track’s indoor attractions. All locations have great arcades, but Track 5 has a few special indoor attractions. This location is where you can play Laser Tag, which is especially fun if you can get your whole family to play! New this year is the Laser Maze Challenge. Also new this year is Route 76 Glow Golf. This is an indoor, 9-hole, black-light mini-golf course that is truly a work of art (and fun to play!).  One of The Track’s very talented employees designed and painted the murals that surround the course. You have to see it!  The pictures don’t do it justice!

3) When you’re done playing at The Track, you might want to stay cool by going to one of these high-energy, family-friendly shows.  Each of these shows is unique, and each has captivated people of all ages in my family:

Prince Ivan (check out their Facebook page here) is a new show this year playing at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. We attended their CD release concert a few weeks ago and were so impressed with their music and the show production. Check it out!

Bucket N Boards is crazy, but oh so much fun!  The guys are so creative, silly, and entertaining.  You will laugh!

The Haygoods are one talented family. You will enjoy their energy, talent, and great mix of music . . . everyone in your family will hear something they enjoy!

I hope these suggestions help you escape the heat and make the most of your time in Branson . . . enjoy!

Your Track Questions . . . Answered!

July 10th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

When planning a visit to The Track, it’s normal to have questions.

As it turns out, most people have the same questions! So, I thought I would take some time here to answer the most common questions our guests have.

Are you ready?

Here we go . . .

The questions most people want to know . . .

1.  How many credits does it take per ride? Well, different rides take different numbers of credits.  And, there is quite a range.  And while there is not a simple way to answer this question, there is a simple way for you to find the answer to this question.  If you click on the “Map & Info” tab on the Track homepage, you can find a per facility listing of how many credit each activity takes.  All you have to do is scroll your mouse over each of the Track locations on the map, and you will be able to view that location’s list.  Check it out!

2.  How long does each ride last? Well, it depends on which attraction you are talking about.  If you’re talking about go-karts, bumper boats, or bumper cars, then your answer is . . . about 5 minutes.  If you’re talking about mini golf . . . it depends on how slow the group in front of you is!  If you’re talking about the Skycoaster at Track 4 . . . it depends on how scared you are to pull that rip cord!

3.  Is there a weight limit on the rides? Yes and no.  There is no weight limit on go-karts; however, the seat belt does have to be able to be buckled safely.  The Track does not have seat belt extenders since they are not approved for use by the manufacturer.  The weight limit for bumper boats is 275 pounds.

4.  Explain the Go-Card. A Go-Card comes pre-loaded with 160 credits (170 if you buy it online!) for the price of 130 credits. You only need one card per group. Are you ready for the best part? When you use up all those credits, you can purchase additional credits for half-price! Your half-price buying power is good until December 31, 2015, so you can use it now and on another trip to Branson later in the year (if you haven’t visited in the fall or for Christmas, you are missing out!). Bottom line . . . it’s the best deal, and you should definitely consider getting it!

5.  How long will 170 credits last? 170 credits, of course, if the number you will have when you buy the Go-Card online.  This is a tough question to answer because it’s different for every family.  It depends on which rides you are interested in, how many times you want to rides those, etc.  My best advice is to take a look at how many credits each ride takes (remember, you can click on the link in question #1 to find this info), decide which ones you definitely want to do, add up the credits, and see how far those credits will go for your family.  If you come up short, don’t forget that you can reload your Go-Card with HALF-PRICE credits until December 31, 2015!

And there you have it. I hope that helps!

Happy Fourth!

June 26th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Besides celebrating the birth of our great nation, the Fourth of July is a great excuse for a great deal at The Track . . .

Presenting the Firecracker 4-Ride Card!

This is an ONLINE special that you can purchase until July 9. The cards can be used anytime – no expiration date! Each card has 4 rides / attractions for $26 – up to 30% off!

So, if you’re coming to Branson soon, or even if you’re thinking about coming to Branson soon, this is a great deal for you!

Now, I know a lot of you are planning to come this way for the Fourth of July. Want fireworks? You’re in luck! There are multiple fireworks shows in the area starting this Sunday, June 28 at College of the Ozarks’ Honor America celebration. Click here for more details on this and all of the spectacular celebrations taking place this week!


Grandpas Gone Wild!

June 18th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

I just wish I would have been there.

Somehow I didn’t get the invite. But, I did get to see the pictures . . . the evidence!

My dad and a bunch of his neighbors descended on The Track, and, boy, did they prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to go-karting!

Let me introduce you to . . . the “grandpas gone wild”!

Fishtail Haydon

Daredevil Dennis

Lead Foot Lopez

Oil Can Ford

Pit Stop Gerety

Speedy Bruce

Two Cycle Steve

Yes, that is a camera on Two Cycle Steve’s head. Yes, they did capture their race on video. Yes, they did add sound effects. Yes, it is awesome. Yes, you can see it for yourself. Click on the link below to enjoy!

Grandpas Gone Wild 2015

I hope you’ve been inspired to grab the “grandpas” in your family and head on down to The Track!

Mappin’ It Out!

June 12th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Today I’m going to let you in on a little helpful advice for navigating your time at The Track.

If you haven’t been to Branson before, you may not know that The Track has three large facilities along Highway 76 (aka, “The Strip”) and a small one-track facility on Green Mountain Drive, which runs parallel with the Strip.

This means lots of fun to be had by your and your family. But, it can also be confusing. Which facility has the best rides for little kids? Which facility has mini-golf? Etc., etc.

Thankfully, I am here with a couple of time-saving resources that will help you maximize your time at The Track!

These little gems are found right on top of the website . . . the Map & Info button and the Operating Schedule button.

You may be wondering what is so special about something as simple as a Map and an Operating Schedule. Well, these are nothing ordinary.

Why? They are interactive!

Under the Map & Info button, you will find an map that shows the location of each Track facility. When you scroll over a facility, a list of all the attractions at that specific facility pops up under the map. This list also details any height or age requirements and how many credits you will need to enjoy each attraction.  How great is that?

So, why is the Operating Schedule so great? Well, under this button you will see two helpful resources, side by side. On the left is a calendar that shows which of the Track locations are scheduled to be open on any given day of the year. On the right is a list of what specific attractions are open at each facility right at this moment!

Are you wondering why some attractions would be open and some wouldn’t at the same facility? Well, lower crowd levels (particularly late at night) and weather can sometimes cause the facility operators to close certain attractions.

I hope these two little gems will help you to plan and to maximize your fun while you are at The Track!

Better Together Part 2

June 5th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

The beginning of summer is a time of re-acclimation to the new summer schedule. I must admit . . . I am not yet acclimated!  But, I am enjoying the relatively relaxed schedule.  I’ve even had some time to think about summer travel plans.  What about you?

Just in case you’re like me, last week I told you about some great vacation packages for your trip to Branson.

Well, guess what?

There are even more great deals to be had.  Listen up!

1.  The Track and Titanic Museum – Your entire family will enjoy a trip to the Titanic Museum.  Even if your littlest kids don’t grasp exactly what they are learning about, they will still enjoy the interactive exhibits . . . giving you time to soak in all of the incredible history preserved in this museum!

2.  The Track and Presleys Country Jubileee – The Presley show is one of the longest running shows in Branson . . . and for good reason! Don’t worry – there are plenty of sequins and hillbilly jokes. But, there is also great musical talent and hilarious comedians. It’s a great time!

3.  Branson Attractions Adventure Pass – This package offers your family lots of adventure . . . The Track, Titanic Museum, and Ride the Ducks!  I’ve already told you about the Titanic Museum, so let’s focus on Ride the Ducks.  If you’ve been to Branson before, you’ve probably seen (or heard – quack, quack!) people on the Ride the Ducks tour.  This is a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Ozarks. Each tour takes you through sights on land and then plunges into the lake. Don’t worry; the ducks can float as well as they can drive!  You’re family will love it!

There are so many great family attractions to choose from in Branson, but you certainly can’t go wrong pairing The Track with (at least!) one of these other experiences. Happy Summer!

Better Together

May 28th, 2015

Amy, a mom with the "inside track," and her daughters.

Some things just go better together . . . especially when getting them together means getting a great deal!


As you are thinking about planning your trip to Branson for the summer, consider these great packages that save you money at The Track and some of the best attractions in town!

1)  The Track and Silver Dollar City – From June 6 – July 19 you can experience the Star-Spangled Summer at Silver Dollar City including their newest show . . . The Harlem Globetrotters Experience and their newest family play area . . . Fireman’s Landing!

2)  The Track and Jonah – Presented by the Sight and Sound Theater, Jonah is a crowd-pleaser for all ages! The production tells the biblical story of Jonah and the whale with amazing sets and original music. There is so much going on in this production, even the littlest kids will be entertained! For extra fun during your visit to Branson, be on the lookout for the official Jonah vehicle. Hint . . . it looks like a whale!

3)  The Track and Dixie Stampede – Celebrate the spirit of America with a trip to Dixie Stampede!  This is one of those shows that you can go back to again and again.  The food is delicious (get ready to eat without utensils!), and the atmosphere is exciting. One of my favorite things to do is to leave enough time to stroll down the promenade where all the horses are kept.  In fact, when my girls were little, we would sometimes come over to see the horses when we were having “one of those afternoons” – anyone?

Stay tuned for information about more great packages.  Happy planning!