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Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower in Branson, MO

5586 W Highway 76Branson, MO 65616
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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.


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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.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

8 Reviews
Annette Donlon
1 Review
August, 2016
Had tickets for the tower and stopped to enjoy the view on our way out of town. There was a car show going on, and we were stopped going to the parking lot by a man who said we had to pay $13.00 even though we already had tickets for the tower and had no intention of going to the car show. I suggested that he double check since he was obviously not in charge. He walked away and came back only to confirm that we would indeed have to pay the money. Now, we have a classic car and the participants pay to show their vehicles but people coming to see the cars do not so I found that part shocking anyway, but was quite upset that those people were so insistent that we pay again. We did not pay and did not see the tower. Seems like everyone wants to milk the tourists.

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Kerri Bingaman
Conway, AR
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Scary but fun"
June, 2016
My daughter doesn't like heights but this was very fun and it was thrilling. :3
Tip: 1. They have ziplines too. 2. It is very thrilling.

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Reserve Branson Customer
Healdton, OK
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"What a treat!"
April, 2016
We visited the Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower this weekend and it was truly a treat. The view is breath-taking! We were even able to watch a couple of people zip-line from the top. This is an inexpensive attraction and well worth your time.

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Monica Dreiling
Hays, KS
18 Reviews
"Worth the stop!"
February, 2016
We really enjoyed seeing Branson from above. A short elevator ride takes you to the top. Try it at night and during the day!
Tip: Remember to take some quarters so that you can look through the "view finders".

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leeann gonzales
houston, TX
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful views"
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!"
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"
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"
February, 2015
Great scenery but the windows could have been cleaner

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Amy M
"Family Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2017 NEW
I'm so happy this show opened back up! It truly is the heart of Branson! I love the outdoor theatre. The cast is wonderful and there's such a great message in the shows dialogue.
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bill z
Kansas City, Missouri
"Watching American History-Ozark Style"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2017 NEW
This is one of the most iconic locations in America and am sure glad that it has been reopened. The site includes authentic buildings of the 1880-1910 era. Very well preserved and in their original locations. The play is like watching American History with a focus on the Ozarks. I first saw this play in the 1960's and have enjoyed it many times since. Each time it seems to be a little better. Tourist to the Branson area should visit this site and attend the play to enjoy history.
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Adrian, Missouri
"Back open and excellent"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2017 NEW
We love going to the Shepherd of the Hills play. You can tell they just changed owners and they are in the process of updating and changing buildings. They are also adding some new attractions. I can't wait until they get their restaurant open so we can eat before the play. The play is excellent in it's own right and we really enjoyed it (again). I seem to catch something different each time I see the play. We'll be back next year!
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Ciera G
"Very Cute"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2017 NEW
This show is a very cute and quaint production worth seeing. Very family friendly and is interactive for the whole family! The shop was a little disappointing, but I hope the new owners will take care of that.
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Sheryl H
Neosho, Missouri
"Treated unfairly and disrespectable "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2017 NEW
The employees were very very helpful, the show was fun, but I have a complaint. I have a disability and cannot climb stairs. We were dropped off at the bottom of the theater which was so helpful so that I only had to climb a few stairs. I had my children and grandchildren with me so after the show was over we waited in line for the tram to pick us up. While we were waiting we were just getting ready to get on the tram when an employee stopped us and said we need to let these people on first. We had been waiting in line, and I was in a lot of pain and an employee basically shoved us back for someone behind us. I did not feel that we were treated fairly and respectfully by one employee. It was a bad ending to an enjoyable show and I will pass the word around how I was treated.

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.