Branson, Mo. So you've been to Branson before and believe you've seen it all. Well, pack a bag and strap on your seat belt. There's some new shows and attractions in those Ozark hills that you just might want to check out.
- The World's Largest Treehouse, at Geyser Gulch in Silver Dollar City. This $2.5 million, interactive treetop playground features three mammoth towers, rope crawls, swinging bridges, tunnels, telescopes and hundreds of interactive gadgets. As visitors travel through the treehouse, gauges warn that pressure is building until finally the geyser erupts into a lake.
- Comedian Yakov Smirnoff's "What a Country!" theater. The multimedia variety show features magicians and international performers, such as Swedish jugglers, Italian singers, Czech gymnasts and Spanish dancers.
- Welk Resort Center. In addition to daily concerts, the center is holding three new festivals: Ballroom Dance Celebration, June 6-8; Square Dance Jamboree, July 11-13; and Dixieland Jazz Festival, Aug. 1-3. The annual polka festival is slated Friday through Monday.
- "Golden Girls USA ... Stand Up and Salute," a morning show at the Country Tonite Theatre. The show features World War II-era songs and dances and newsreels of that time.
- "Branson City Lights," at Remington Theater. This show tells Branson's history and traces its development with singers, dancers, ice skaters and stuntmen.
- 76 Music Hall, with headliners Pierce Arrow and comedian-singer Paul Harris. Pierce Arrow follows in the Oak Ridge Boys tradition with its country harmonies; its bass singer can sing 5 1/2 notes lower than a piano can play. Harris plays the Ozark bumpkin when emceeing and then surprises with a strong country solo.