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Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower in Branson, MO

5586 W Highway 76Branson, MO 65616  
Inspiration Tower sits atop one of the highest points in Southwest Missouri. Visitors travel 230' up in a glass elevator to step out in to a commanding 360 degree view ranging from the splendor of the Ozark Hills, all of Branson and even as far as the Arkansas ridge of hills.

During the holidays the Tower is transformed into the area's largest Christmas tree, which acts as the stunning finale to the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.

Don't miss this historic landmark!

Tower hours of operations change throughout the year and is open every day weather permitting.

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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: TripAdvisor user rating 4.00 out of 5
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Friday, Feb 5, 2016

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Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

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Overview

A colossal 230-foot structure situated in The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, the Inspiration Tower is a must-see attraction for visitors to Branson, open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tower contains two glass elevators, an enclosed observation deck, a gift shop, and a snack bar. Guests can also enjoy panoramic views of the area as far as 90 miles away on clear days.

Highlights

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • 230' High with 360 degree views.
  • On a clear day, you can see over 90 miles.
  • Vigilante ZipRider departs from top of Inspiration Tower.
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Good To Know

from Amy, our Branson Market Manager
  • Vigilante ZipRider departs from top of Inspiration Tower.
  • Located at Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead.
  • Built in 1989 to commemorate 100th anniversary of Harold Bell Wright's Shepherd of the Hills novel.
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Description

from Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower
Inspiration Tower sits atop one of the highest points in Southwest Missouri. Visitors travel 230' up in a glass elevator to step out in to a commanding 360 degree view ranging from the splendor of the Ozark Hills, all of Branson and even as far as the Arkansas ridge of hills.

During the holidays the Tower is transformed into the area's largest Christmas tree, which acts as the stunning finale to the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.

Don't miss this historic landmark!

Tower hours of operations change throughout the year and is open every day weather permitting.

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Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower in Branson, Missouri
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Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

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leeann gonzales houston, TX
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful views"
Reviewed March, 2015
We visited the tower on our last day in Branson, and I couldnt think of a better ending to our trip. The views are spectacular! Make sure to take quarters with you for the machines, we didnt think about it and the change machine was out of order! Kind of a bummer, but the scenery really made up for it!

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Martin M. Orwell, OH
7 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Best View in Branson!"
Reviewed February, 2015
What a view! Watch the zipriders take off from the tower.

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Jodie Robinson Belleville, IL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Awesome point of view"
Reviewed February, 2015
I went with my teenage daughter. I thought she would think it was lame and boring, but she didn't. She loved the views and reading what we were looking at and how far we could see. We went early evening and had the place to ourselves. The elevator ride scared me, but I'm not a fan of heights.
Tip: Teenagers will like it too.

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William Keen Verona, WI
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Nice view"
Reviewed February, 2015
Great scenery but the windows could have been cleaner

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Chel G

North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

"Trail of Lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2016 NEW

Its cute for what it is. A bunch of lights over 2.5 miles. It's slow based of how many cars are going through as well. We had fun laughing at all the different scenes that were displayed. Would I do this again.. probably not but at least I can say that I've experienced the lights in Branson. It could be nice for smaller children who enjoy christmas lights as well. A little pricey but we purchased discount tickets on reservebranson.com.

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jasonsF6157MS


"OK but little pricey for what you see"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 03, 2016

$35 for a car load of 5 people. It was a neat attraction but by the end it seemed like it was never going to end. Definitely older and didn't seem to have any updates in the last 10 years. At that point you see an alien Christmas display. The observation tower had a great view.

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samanthandtravismom

Kenora, Canada

"Read the book before you come"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2016

The tour is great if you have read the book. You see Old Matt's cabin and Inspiration Point, the guide knows all about the history associated with the book. We also did the zip line - so much fun, an easy glide from the top of Inspiration tower. The shooting gallery was lots of fun and not expensive. The play is also more meaningful if you have read the book. For those who have not it will be boring and amateurish. We loved it but you need to read the book before you come!

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MKTBE

Topeka, Kansas

"Trail of Lights - Nice, Expensive, Dated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2016

We enjoyed the Shepherd of the Hills 'Trail of Lights' Christmas light display. It is very expensive though. There is a per person charge as opposed to a car charge. $12 per adult and $6 per child. That adds up for a car full of people! It is a nice drive-through display, but some of the displays look old and worn. We really enjoyed the Christmas music that was playing along the 2 plus mile drive. Nice, but expensive!

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DallasRdWarrior

Dallas, Texas

"Trail of Lights - disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2015

We wouldn't do it again that's for sure. We went on Christmas Eve with a big group and they gave us the tour in a tram they drove. It was painfully slow and took almost 1.5 hours to go 2+ miles. The music is choppy around the tour at some displays but would be much nicer if IMHO if they played in on their own FM Broadcast throughout the park so you could hear music the entire time instead of with big breaks in between. Lots of the displays had many lights out or sections that weren't working. Most of our kids and adults couldn't wait for it to be over.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower

Is the tower wheelchair accessible?
Yes, they offer two glass elevators that will take you to the enclosed part of the tower. 

Is there a restroom at the tower?
Yes, on the ground floor.

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