Have you always wanted to get up close with animals, or is there an animal lover in your group? If so, here are some great ways to enjoy animals in Branson.
A fun variety show that kids will especially love is Amazing Pets at Grand Country Music Hall. This show stars an amazing troupe of furry creatures who will win your hearts as they perform for your love and laughter. In addition to dogs and cats doing what they like to do, you’ll see beautiful exotic birds and many other magical surprises. Many of the animals have been rescued from shelters and humane societies across the country, given a good home, and lovingly trained to put a smile on your face.
Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
This tropical encounter brings you face-to-face with thousands of live butterflies as they land on you and fly all around you while you leisurely stroll along the lush tropical plant-lined path. Feed the butterflies with a complimentary nectar flower. Also experience the Banyan Tree Adventure, Mirror Maze, Living Rainforest Science Center, and educational videos.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction offers an exciting dining adventure that is a favorite for animal lovers of all ages. From the moment you enter the arena, the magnificent horses and talented riders will engage you with their trick riding and competition. While being served a delicious four-course meal, you will be entertained with music, dancing, comedy, special effects and more animal fun. You’ll want to arrive early to meet the horses at the Horse Walk.
National Tiger Sanctuary
Celebrating it’s 20th year anniversary in 2021, the National Tiger Sanctuary, located a few miles north of Branson, is a non-profit rescue organization that provides a permanent home for exotic and domestic animals. As a visitor to the sanctuary you can take a guided walking tour to learn more about their mission and meet big cats. National Tiger Sanctuary also offers opportunities to feed the cats yourself or even go behind the scenes to learn more about animal care with different tour options.
Promised Land Zoo
Experience an up close, personal and fun encounter with unique animals at Promised Land Zoo. Regular admission includes their foot safari, parakeet paradise, and drive-thru safari which allow you to get closer to animals than you would normally at a regular zoo. For an extraordinary experience, ask about their VIP Adventure for exclusive behind the scenes animal encounters.
If you are a horse lover, one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery in and around Branson is by horseback riding. Branson offers several horseback riding tour and trail ride services to help you plan a fun day with your family. Dogwood Canyon Horseback Riding at Dogwood Canyon’s Little Indian Stables, Bear Creek Trail Rides just north of Branson in Walnut Shade, and Ozark Mountain Trail Rides at Shepherd of the Hills all offer wonderful opportunities to experience Happy Trails in Branson!