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Old 07-28-2017, 10:50 PM   #1
amy129
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Top of the Rock Review

We just got back from 5 fun days in Branson and I thought I would leave some reviews.

I don't know how long TOP of the ROCK has been around, but this is the first year we had heard of it. We enjoyed the golf cart tour and museum. The golf cart tour was amazing! I did not want that to end! My family enjoyed a 4 seater cart that was actually quite comfortable. The entire path was paved, making for a pretty smooth ride. The path wound around the scenic hills showing great views of Table Rock lake, interesting rock formations, cool caves, and breathtaking waterfalls! The views were spectacular! There were a few places to stop along the path to get out and take pictures. This was a self-guided tour and we could pretty much go at our own pace. I think we ended up taking about an hour.

Once this golf cart tour was finished, we took a shuttle to the museum. You can drive there, but it's valet parking only for $10. The shuttle is free. The first thing you see entering the museum is a wooly mammoth skeleton. My 14 year old was amazed by this. We looked around at the views of the lake, golf course, and sinkhole before going down to the museum. This museum is HUGE!!! It's all under ground and covers the history of the Ozarks... a lot of arrowheads, old pottery, photos, clothing... prehistoric animals, native americans, and civil war information with cannons, clothing, etc. There were some really neat old canoes made from trunks that were very very old. I think we spent about 1 1/2 in the museum... maybe a bit more. It is self-guided and you can browse at your own pace.

The tour and museum were both great, but we especially enjoyed the tour. We want to go back and do it again in the fall when the leaves are turning colors. The shuttle then took us back to where our car was parked. We then drove to the Big Cedar Lodge... and it was very beautiful with great views, but we found the resort to be very congested and hard to get around it. We were meeting people on a very narrow road. They were going the wrong way. I think if we had taken more time to hang around there, it may have been better. It looks like a beautiful place to stay though.
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