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LaJoe 04-17-2018 07:17 AM

Day trips from Branson
 
My wife and I have started planning at least one day trip to a somewhere easily drivable from Branson during our annual fall vacation.We did a trip to Jasper, AR, ate at Cliff House and saw the elk a couple of years ago.

We love small towns with interesting shops, or mountain streams and maybe even a place where I could throw a small spinner in the creek, but it needs to be somewhere close to a good place to eat.

Anyone have good ideas we should consider?

DalmatianDad 04-17-2018 07:51 AM

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Originally Posted by LaJoe (Post 917149)
My wife and I have started planning at least one day trip to a somewhere easily drivable from Branson during our annual fall vacation.We did a trip to Jasper, AR, ate at Cliff House and saw the elk a couple of years ago.

We love small towns with interesting shops, or mountain streams and maybe even a place where I could throw a small spinner in the creek, but it needs to be somewhere close to a good place to eat.

Anyone have good ideas we should consider?

Have you been to Crystal Bridges in Bentonville?

Chittlins 04-17-2018 09:26 AM

Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville and it can be combined with several things like War Eagle Mill, Eureka Springs Pea Ridge National Battlefield and a whole host local eateries.

If it is a Sat. I'd get up and hit the Fayetteville Farmer's Market around 10 am eat at Hugo or other local place, drive north to Crystal Bridges and spend the afternoon and eat at a local place on the north end especially around the Bentonville Square.

Suselit 04-17-2018 09:32 AM

And even closer to Branson is Springfield for the Wonders of Wildlife at the big Bass Pro and you might take in a Springfield Cardinals Minor League game.

Suselit 04-17-2018 09:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Chittlins (Post 917153)
Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville and it can be combined with several things like War Eagle Mill, Eureka Springs Pea Ridge National Battlefield and a whole host local eateries.

If it is a Sat. I'd get up and hit the Fayetteville Farmer's Market around 10 am eat at Hugo or other local place, drive north to Crystal Bridges and spend the afternoon and eat at a local place on the north end especially around the Bentonville Square.

The Walton Museum (first Sam Walton's Store and the birthplace of Walmart) is free and on the Bentonville Square.
You can eat at an old fashioned ice cream parlor at the end of the tour.

LaJoe 04-17-2018 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by DalmatianDad (Post 917151)
Have you been to Crystal Bridges in Bentonville?

No. Will look it up.

LaJoe 04-17-2018 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Suselit (Post 917154)
And even closer to Branson is Springfield for the Wonders of Wildlife at the big Bass Pro and you might take in a Springfield Cardinals Minor League game.

Thanks! It has been several years since we went to Springfield Bass Pro. I have been thinking that might be fun. Lots new since we were there. We come in October, or else we would make regular trips to see the Springfield Cardinals. I have been a Cardinals fan for most of my 62 years.

LaJoe 04-17-2018 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Suselit (Post 917157)
The Walton Museum (first Sam Walton's Store and the birthplace of Walmart) is free and on the Bentonville Square.
You can eat at an old fashioned ice cream parlor at the end of the tour.

Thanks, Suse!

ggh 04-17-2018 06:04 PM

You might enjoy fishing at Bennett Springs - I would suggest lunch/dinner at Cornerstone Pizza. You won't go wrong regardless what you order, pizza, calazone or a Sub on homemade bread.

I second the suggestion to visit the Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium at BPS in Springfield, and the NRA archery and gun museums

Alley Spring, Van Buren MO

Hardy Arkansas

TJefferson 04-17-2018 10:48 PM

Go to Mountain View Arkansas on a Sat. Coolest place on earth. Music, music, music. FREE

LaJoe 04-18-2018 05:55 AM

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Originally Posted by NotJLB (Post 917175)
I'm sure you've been there, but for others tuning in, Eureka Springs, with the Kings River at Berryville.

Crane Creek @ Crane, MO>>>Take the back way back, and eat at Flat Creek in Cape Fair.

https://mdc.mo.gov/conmag/2000/01/rainbows-crane-creek

James River @ Hootentown and eat at Double E Burger in Highlandville.

Depending on when, you could come catch my google-eye. They have a pretty limited window.

I have heard great things about Double E.

LaJoe 04-18-2018 05:57 AM

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Originally Posted by TJefferson (Post 917199)
Go to Mountain View Arkansas on a Sat. Coolest place on earth. Music, music, music. FREE

It is a very cool place. We have been several times. Will definitely go back sometime.

LaJoe 04-18-2018 06:02 AM

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Originally Posted by ggh (Post 917189)
You might enjoy fishing at Bennett Springs - I would suggest lunch/dinner at Cornerstone Pizza. You won't go wrong regardless what you order, pizza, calazone or a Sub on homemade bread.

I second the suggestion to visit the Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium at BPS in Springfield, and the NRA archery and gun museums

Alley Spring, Van Buren MO

Hardy Arkansas

I will look into Bennett Springs. I went to Roaring River many years ago. Is Bennett Springs similar?

ggh 04-18-2018 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by LaJoe (Post 917204)
I will look into Bennett Springs. I went to Roaring River many years ago. Is Bennett Springs similar?

They are similar, if you enjoyed RR, you will like Bennett.

ggh 04-18-2018 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by LaJoe (Post 917230)
The James River interests me. Looks like it might make a pretty place for a float trip in October.

There are LOTS Of places in SW Missouri to take a float trip - The James River might interest you if you want to fish and float SLOW, and don't mind paddling.

If you are interested in a float trip, check out Buffalo River, Current River, Jack's Fork, Eleven Point, North Fork, Akers Ferry, or the Niangua, there are LOTS of places for a fun float trip

DalmatianDad 04-18-2018 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by LaJoe (Post 917158)
No. Will look it up.


https://crystalbridges.org

Just wanted to mention the restaurant at Crystal Bridges. Inside a glass enclosed peninsula (for lack of a better term) and it is definitely a neat experience. The best tables are next to the windows, so don't accept anything else. We ate there about 2 years ago and the food was crazy good. However, I have to say the food last fall was just OK. Good for sure, but not like the first time.

LaJoe 04-19-2018 02:29 PM

That whole thing looks very nice. How is the drive down there and back?

leftsaidted 04-24-2018 05:21 PM

Quoted: "If you are interested in a float trip, check out Buffalo River, Current River, Jack's Fork, Eleven Point, North Fork, Akers Ferry, or the Niangua, there are LOTS of places for a fun float trip"

GGH...shhhshhhh....don't tell anyone about Jacks Fork....it's too good of an "almost private" float/fishing spot....:)

Showlover 04-24-2018 06:21 PM

Daytrips from Branson
 
We are from central Illinois and frequent visitors to Branson. Wonders of Wildlife museum and Aquarium did not disappoint. I have been to several aquariums and I have to say both the museum and aquarium are awesome experiences. On our last trip we visited the Ozark Heritage museum at Top of the Rock. Another incredible experience and I enjoyed the Native American exhibits.

Chittlins 04-25-2018 10:34 AM

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Originally Posted by LaJoe (Post 917282)
That whole thing looks very nice. How is the drive down there and back?

Depends on the route, there are several including going through Eureka Springs, that would run you close to Beaver Lake Dam and Pea Ridge Military Park. You could route in War Eagle Mill as well or a host of other ways.

I'd do this. Leave Branson, eat breakfast at Granny's in Huntsville Ar, arrive at Fayettevilla Townn Square around 10:30 to 11:00. Eat Lunch at Hugo's or other area restaurant, there's plenty of local options. Drive through the Uof A campus, take Ark 112 to I-49 and head up to Bentonville. Spend the afternoon at Crystal Bridges, head to Eureka Springs and eat supper at Emilios or other local place and back to Branson

LaJoe 05-01-2018 08:52 PM

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Chittlins (Post 917470)
Depends on the route, there are several including going through Eureka Springs, that would run you close to Beaver Lake Dam and Pea Ridge Military Park. You could route in War Eagle Mill as well or a host of other ways.

I'd do this. Leave Branson, eat breakfast at Granny's in Huntsville Ar, arrive at Fayettevilla Townn Square around 10:30 to 11:00. Eat Lunch at Hugo's or other area restaurant, there's plenty of local options. Drive through the Uof A campus, take Ark 112 to I-49 and head up to Bentonville. Spend the afternoon at Crystal Bridges, head to Eureka Springs and eat supper at Emilios or other local place and back to Branson


LaJoe 05-30-2018 02:04 PM

Looks good!

Suselit 06-19-2018 07:41 AM

https://www.longcreekherbs.com/virtual-tour/

Just past Blue Eye, MO.
Reservations recommended
A fabulous place if you are interested in herbs and learning more about them.

LaJoe 06-19-2018 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Suselit (Post 919363)
https://www.longcreekherbs.com/virtual-tour/

Just past Blue Eye, MO.
Reservations recommended
A fabulous place if you are interested in herbs and learning more about them.

Very interesting. But pretty much just a warm-season option, correct?


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