Our time at Top of the Rock concluded with some drinks and snacks at Arnie’s Barn. The restaurant overlooks Table Rock Lake and offers up breathtaking views as well as some great food! We definitely recommend trying out the guacamole sampler where you get to pick three of the restaurants signature guacamole recipes, the bacon with roasted corn salsa was our favorite!
Driving back to Branson we took the route that would bring us past the main “strip,” as it is most often referred to as. There are countless theaters in Branson and shows fit for everyone’s taste. There are family focused variety shows, musical headliners, we even saw advertised several tribute shows with acts by cover artists including Fankie Valli and Four Seasons, Elton John, and the Beach Boys! There are also plenty of other attraction like miniature golf, go-karting, zip-lining and an outdoor flying adventure at Fritz’s Aerodium. For a less thrill-seeking option there are several museums including the Celebrity Car Museum where you can get up close and personal with over 100 iconic movie and T.V. show vehicles including a DeLorean and the Mystery Machine.
Juliet and I decided to explore the Titanic Museum. The building which houses the museum is nearly as impressive as the collection itself. Shaped like the bow of the ill-fated iconic luxury liner, complete with two of the vessel’s four smoke stacks, this impressive replica looms over the intersection of the main strip and is hard to miss. Inside you get to experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase of the Titanic while surrounded by more than 400 artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers. Your time in the museum is self-guided and will certainly leave an impression.
We returned to the Grand Village Shops to experience Mel’s Hard Luck Diner. This is definitely a dining extravaganza you do not want to miss when you come to Branson. Bringing a whole new definition to the expression: dinner and a show, the staff at Mel’s will in one minute be taking your order and the next grabbing the open mic to croon a song to the entire dining room! The diner, set up like a classic soda fountain shop offers delicious meals and even better entertainment. Oh, and did we mention the dessert!? Be sure to try their signature soda malts complete with a scoop of ice cream on top – your taste-buds will thank you.
To end our day we headed back to our resort – but the fun does not end there! Part of property at The Lodges at Timber Ridge is home to one of the largest theaters in Branson with seating for over 2,000 audience members! For the last three seasons The Welk Theater has presented the smash-hit, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, based on the Tony Award winning musical. Tonight was our chance to follow along with the events of one night that brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins under the same roof. This show will treat you to an experience that will have you dancing in the aisles and singing the songs of these musical legends long after the curtain falls.