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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Branson Travel Reviews: Part 2

Branson Landing is a nice outdoor shopping strip along Lake Taneycomo.  We went during the evening when it was a little cooler.  There are all sorts of retail stores, restaurants, a small playground and fountains synchronized to music.  It would be a great place to go on a date.

RideMakerz is the Build-A-Bear Workshop for kids that prefer hot rods.  You pick out the model of your car and tires for a flat fee.  Then for small upgrades you can add all sorts of things to customize your vehicle like lights, mufflers, sound effects, remote control, and so, so much more.  

Preston decided on a black mustang.  Then, he had to head over to the "workshop" to start adding tires and attaching the body to the casing.

He was so excited to do some of the mechanics himself.

Preston decided to add stickers to his car.  He also got sound effects to make it sound like a police car.

The finished car.  This is Preston's second RideMakerz car and he can't get enough of them.  It's such a cool place, especially for a boy that's obsessed with cars.  I hope one opens up close to us soon.

Lego Store
There was a Lego Store on the Landing that is for play only.  There's nothing for sale, but lots of different Lego stations where kids can build and play as long as they want.  Preston built a Lego car (of course) and got to race it on the ramp.

Preston's peeking at me through the blocks.

There were some amazing Lego statues.

Kaitlyn bought another pillow pet at Justice and then we ate dinner at Garfield's Restaurant and Pub.  Great food and we had a great view of the lake from our table.

Ride The Ducks
We've heard about this so many times and finally decided to do it.  This boat travels on land and then floats in the water.  It was so much fun, our tour guide was hilarious, and Preston kept asking to go again.

Everyone was given a "Quacker Whistle" as they boarded.  It got pretty annoying very quickly!

We went up into the mountains into a secluded place that only the "Ducks" are allowed to go.  This mountain is where they blew up rock and sediment to form the Table Rock Dam (no, we didn't take the dam tour).  These are old army vehicles that used to frequent the area.

We had great views from land and water.

Our tour guide asked for volunteers to drive the boat and Preston AND Craig volunteered.

It was actually a very informative tour and Preston could repeat a lot of it back to us later that day. Well worth the time and money.

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