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!

Enjoy!

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!

Right?

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!

Kick Off Summer!

May 21st, 2015

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

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and you know what that means!

SCHOOL’S (ALMOST) OUT FOR SUMMER!

Branson is the perfect place for you and your family to kick off summer. Whether it’s your first time to Branson or you come every year, you will find plenty to entertain the entire family. Click here for tried and true, as well as new, suggestions for big fun this weekend!

Now for one of my own suggestions . . .

Your Memorial Day Weekend visit to Branson will be even better with a visit to The Track.

And your visit to The Track will be even better with the 2015 School’s Out Go-Card!

Why? Well, the 2015 School’s Out Go-Card is an amped up version of the already-great-for-families Go-Card.

The Go-Card is normally loaded with 160 credits for the price of 130 – a fabulous deal! But, when you purchase the 2015 School’s Out Go-Card, you will also receive 20 BONUS credits for a total of 180 credits! That’s a lot of free credits!

That’s great news, but do you know what the even better news is?

The Go-Card give you access to lots of freebies and discounts with other Branson attractions, shows, lodging, and restaurants. You can check those deals out here. The Go-Card also allows you to buy HALF-PRICE credits valid on go-karts, rides, batting cages, laser tag, mini golf, and arcade games (excludes Skycoaster) until December 31, 2015. Although the half-price buying power ends December 31, 2015, the credits on the Go-Card never expire.

Do you know what this means?

It means that whether you come to The Track on Memorial Day Weekend or later this year, this is a great deal for you!

But hurry! This is an internet only special offer that ends May 24, 2015 (that’s Sunday!).

As we plan our Memorial Day Weekend activities, let’s take a moment to remember all those who have served our country in the military, especially those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Thank you for your service!

Now, let’s get out there and kick off summer!

Spring Break, Here We Come!

March 10th, 2015

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

Spring weather has come to the Ozarks just in time for Spring Break!

If you haven’t heard, Branson is a really great place to visit for Spring Break.  Everyone in town has been hustling and bustling to get ready for the 2015 guest season and is READY FOR YOU!

Of course, you have a lot of options when you visit our little town, so I want to spend a little time reminding you why planning to visit The Track is a win-win for the entire family!

Are you ready?  Here we go . . .

Top Five Reasons The Track is a Win-Win Destination for Spring Break 2015:

1) Money-Saving Deals (do I have your attention now?!) = More Fun! – Check out our web-only special, the Spring Break Track Card. The card entitles you to 4 awesome Track experiences of your choice: go-karts, bumper rides, mini golf, laser tag (duplicate, mix and match – whatever your little heart desires!) for $26.  That’s up to 30% off . . . that’s a win-win!

2) Goofy Pictures = Chance to Win a $100 Track Card! – So, if you have ridden Heavy Metal High Rise in the past, you might have a picture something like this.  I have no words for these expressions:

Well, if you come to The Track this Spring Break season, it’s time to take another one at this prime picture spot or anywhere during your visit to The Track. Share your photo to our Facebook page or tag #BransonTracks and @BransonTracks on Instagram or Twitter and you just might be named the next “Fan of the Week”!  Besides the very hip title, you will also receive a $100 Track Card.  Fun photos and the chance to win . . . that’s a win-win!

3) Young Christians’ Weekend = Great Group Rates! – Silver Dollar City will host Young Christians’ Weekend on March 27-29.  When your group is finished enjoying everything Silver Dollar City has to offer, those crazy kids will probably still have some fun left in them! The Track is a perfect place to let the kids loose to burn off the last of their energy. Click here to check out some of what The Track can offer groups (call for specific rates!) . . . this is a win-win!

4) Track 5’s Laser Maze Challenge – NEW! – The first of two great indoor additions to Track 5 in 2015, the Laser Maze Challenge is a web of lasers that you navigate through (or bust through if you prefer!) as fast as you can. Feeling a little competitive?  See who in your family can clock the fastest time!  Big fun and a little friendly competition . . . a win-win!

5)  Track 5’s Route 76 Glow Golf - NEW! – I got to go check this out the other night, and I was WOWED!  One of the greatest things about this project is that the murals on each wall were designed and painted by one of The Track’s long-time workers, a local college student.  She did an amazing job creating this Branson-themed, black-light golf experience!  Awesome art plus black-light mini golf . . . definitely a win-win!

As cool as this picture is, trust me that it doesn’t do this golf-course justice! You’ll have to come check it out to see for yourself!

So . . . are you convinced yet to make The Track a part of your Spring Break this year?  I hope so!

Stuff Those Stockings!

December 11th, 2014

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

If you are like me, you are starting to feel mildly panicked.  Christmas is coming soon . . . VERY soon!

I really thought I was ahead of the game this year.  Yeah, not so much.

When I face this reality, I start thinking . . . I need to find some really great gifts, and I need them FAST!  But I don’t just need them to arrive quickly, I need to them to be AWESOME.  I want these gifts to produce squeals and shouts of approval.

Over the past few years, our family has shifted somewhat in our gift-giving.  Though we still exchange “stuff,” we have discovered that what we really enjoy giving is “experience.”  These gifts don’t get shoved under the bed, grown out of, or ignored when the next best thing comes along.  These gifts of “experience” promise time spent together, which is really what I want most for Christmas.

So, how about taking advantage of giving the gift of “experience” this season.  Check out these great specials from The Track:

1)  Track Stocking Stuffers – Order these online at $12 per stuffer – that’s up to $7 off and you get FREE standard shipping. Each stuffer is good for TWO rides/activities at any Track location in Branson (Excludes Skycoaster).  Hurry! Orders must be in by December 14 (that’s in 3 days!) to be received by mail.

2)  Pre-Order Your 2015 Go-Card – Make your plans to come to Branson in 2015!  When you pre-order this card online, you receive 20 BONUS credits!  Remember that this card is the BEST way to go for families.  The pre-ordered Go-Card comes with 180 credits and the ability to purchase additional credits at half price for all of 2015.

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Fall is Here!

October 24th, 2014

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.  Consider this a suggested itinerary for your fall visit:

1)  GO-KARTING!  Yes, I know this is not a surprise.  But, it is a great time of year to enjoy The Track’s wide variety of go-kart tracks.  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 Track-or-Treat Card, which gets you two rides or rounds on any attraction (excluding Skycoaster and arcade games) for $12 . . . that’s $7 off the retail price!  This 2-ride card includes wooden high-rise and classic go-kart tracks, bumper boats / cars, laser tag, or mini golf.

2)  FALL FOOD AND DRINK!  Yep, I’m definitely a “foodie.”  Once you taste these two fall treats, though, you’ll understand my passion:

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!

Yes, that’s the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  There are 3 Starbucks locations in Branson – one by the Branson Landing, one inside the Target off of Branson Hills Expressway, and one inside Country Mart on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway – so you are never far from this tasty bev!

3)  FALL COLORS!  So, I didn’t grow up in a part of the country that had any semblance of “fall color.”  But, I sure do now!!  In fact, the fall color along Lake Taneycomo has been recognized by CNN Travel as some of the most beautiful in the country!

For a special treat, book a Main Street Lake Cruise while you’re here and enjoy a boat cruise up and down the beautiful Lake Taneycomo.  Or, if you prefer to stay on shore, consider one of these Fall Foliage Driving Tours . . . beauty awaits you!

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.  And, as if that weren’t enough, they start celebrating Christmas on November 1!  If you have never visited Silver Dollar City’s “An Old Time Christmas” festival, you are missing an amazing experience!

5)  SHOPPING! – The fall is the perfect time to shop (yes, we could really say this about any season, but let’s run with this!).  Planners are already thinking about their holiday shopping and probably have shopping on their Branson visit’s itinerary – Tanger Outlet Mall, Branson Landing, Grand Village Shops.  Shoppers of the “more-last-minute” variety, listen up!  While you are in town, get a jump on your holiday shopping . . . you’ll be glad you did!

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!

End-of-Summer Block Party!

August 12th, 2014

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

This Friday, The Track is hosting an event that screams summer (end-of-summer, that is!).

If your kids have already started back to school, this is the perfect event to prolong that summer vibe.  If your kids are headed back in a week or two, this is also the perfect event to end your summer fun!

So, what is this event?

The End-of-Summer Block Party at Track 4!!

Check it out . . .

Here are the top five reasons to add this to your Friday night plans:

  1. There will be a great live band . . . Prince Ivan! Check them out on their Facebook page here.
  2. You can ride go-karts, bumper boats, and bumper cars and play mini-golf with live music in the background.  That’s double the entertainment!
  3. You can make an entire night of it . . . dinner at Pizza World, dessert at Andy’s Frozen Custard, and then lots of fun at The Track!
  4. It doesn’t start until 10:00 p.m.  Wait!  I know that some of you have just checked out.  But, just think how impressed your kids will be that you are out this late :-)
  5. It will be a great end-of-summer memory for your family!  Now, that’s worth it!

So, if you’re close by, come on out to Track 4 (next to Andy’s) this Friday.  You won’t be sorry!