Sunday, July 1, 2012

Branson Landing

Branson Landing, situated between US 65 and Lake Taneycomo in the city of Branson, Missouri, is one of the nation's most attractive and dynamic mixed-use developments. This $400 million, master-planned project offers the only retail, restaurant and waterfront entertainment district in the region. So, naturally, I wanted to see and experience it. This morning, my schedule permitted me to do just that!

Branson Landing occupies 95 acres and boasts nearly 450,000 square feet of retail shopping, anchored by Bass Pro Shop and Belk Department Store. 

Additionally, there is the 220,000-square-foot Branson Convention Center and Branson Tourism Center, a flagged four-star, 260-room convention hotel, a 100-room boutique hotel, 140 waterfront luxury condominiums and penthouses and marina.

Branson Landing features a scenic boardwalk that stretches along the 1.5-mile Taneycomo lakefront. At the heart of The Landing is a beautifully landscaped town square that terraces down to a spectacular water attraction. The $7.5 million fountains are the first-ever merging of water, fire, light and music. At times, the fountains come alive, shooting 120-foot geysers and fire cannons blasting, all choreographed to light and music.

The water and fire spectacle was created by Wet Design, the producers of world-class shows for Downtown Disney marketplace in Orlando, Universal City Walk in California and the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Visitors here will also walk past the docking facilities of Branson Landing Cruises, the home port of the Branson Landing Princess and the riverboat replica, Lake Queen.

Branson Landing also features a cross section of eateries — from fine dining on the waterfront with spectacular views to casual fare for shoppers on the go. 

I opted to drop in at Famous Dave's, a lively place near the water that boasts award-winning barbecue. The place and its decor looked familiar; they reminded me of barbecue restaurants back home in Texas.

I ordered the chicken wings, which were smothered in the restaurant's signature sweet-and-tangy sauce. It was a good choice; the wings were simply delicious!

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