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Must-See Attractions and Shows Featuring Live Animals

A Destination Guide by Discover Branson


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When it comes to fun with the whole family, nothing beats a live animal show. Watching animals in their natural habitat is an unforgettable experience that brings wonder and joy to all ages. From the bright eyes of the little ones to the fond memories of grandparents, everyone can appreciate these breathtaking attractions.


Seeing wild animals performing tricks or interacting with their trainers allows for a unique bonding experience that your family is sure to remember for years to come. Feelings of awe and amazement are common when observing these majestic creatures up close, especially as they showcase their natural behaviors and instincts. Through live shows, visitors also gain insight into animal behavior in ways not possible through books or videos, making them more aware of why conservation and respect towards wild creatures is so important.



The possibilities are endless when it comes to seeing live animal shows; whether it’s watching crocodiles leap out of the water during feeding time or bears doing gymnastics on high wires there are so many kinds of shows to watch. With Discover Branson, we’ll familiarize you with Branson’s offerings of local zoos, attraction parks, and stages before visiting so you don’t miss any exciting attractions featuring live animals.


Branson, Missouri is a great place for families to come and experience a variety of live animal shows and attractions. Enjoy the action-packed fun of Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction, featuring a 32-horse stunt show with music, laughter, and four courses of delicious food.Those with an affinity for aquatic life will surely appreciate the chance to see the Showboat Branson Belle, which takes tourists on sightseeing cruises around Table Rock Lake while offering live entertainment performances. These are just some of the attractions, so read on for more—whether you are looking for some thrilling entertainment or educational experiences, Branson has the live animal shows you’ve ever wanted to see.



The Amazing Pets Shows in Branson


Discover the amazing pet shows that are taking place in Branson. Witness talented, skilled animals perform a variety of tricks. From cats leaping through hoops and birds dancing to music, to dogs executing complex agility courses and elephants balancing on beach balls, you’ll be dazzled and amazed by this incredible show. Enjoy family fun that is sure to please all ages. With exciting stunts, hilarious antics, and tons of audience participation, these shows are the perfect way to spend a day with loved ones. See your favorite creatures take center stage at the Amazing Pets Show in Branson.



Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery


The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is home to more than 20 species of fish, including trout, bass, crappie, and smallmouth buffalo. It is home to a variety of reptiles such as turtles and snakes. Guests have the opportunity to feed these animals up close in their own individual tanks. It’s easy to see why it is one of the most popular animal attractions in town.



The Promised Land Zoo in Branson


Take a step into the wonderful world of The Promised Land Zoo in Branson. This award-winning zoo features a wide variety of animals, like monkeys, tigers, and even white tigers. See them up close and experience their habitats as you wander through the zoo. Catch exciting animal shows like Sea Lion Splash or the Big Cat Encounter featuring exotic cats. Take part in interactive experiences such as feeding giraffes or touching stingrays. The Promised Land Zoo also offers fun activities like zip lining and mini golf, along with many educational programs for both children and adults. Whether you’re looking for an exciting adventure or a peaceful outing, come explore The Promised Land Zoo.



Branson's Wild World


Experience the exciting thrills of Branson's Wild World. This animal park has a lot to offer for its audience, from up-close encounters with exotic creatures to thrilling zipline rides. Get to know the animals at the petting zoo, or enjoy a safari adventure ride through the park. Observe majestic predators at feeding time, explore a tropical rainforest filled with reptiles and amphibians, and enjoy the bird aviary where you can get eye-to-eye with some of your feathered friends. Test your courage on any one of the park’s six awesome zip lines, then take it down a notch with interactive experiences like petting goats or participating in a nature scavenger hunt.



Aquarium at the Boardwalk


Aquarium at the Boardwalk brings its own brand of fun and excitement to Branson with its impressive collection of marine life. This underwater wonderland houses an array of exotic fish from around the world – including saltwater varieties such as Lionfish and Nurse Sharks – alongside eels, octopus, sea stars, and other fascinating creatures. You can even touch some of them.



Dogwood Canyon Nature Park


Dogwood Canyon Nature Park offers visitors an up close look at some amazing wildlife from around the region, including white-tailed deer, elk, bald eagles, hawks, red-tailed foxes, wild turkeys, river otters, and more. Guests can take guided tours through the park or embark on their own hiking excursions through lush meadows and tall bluffs, taking in incredible views of nature all around them while on their journey.



Dickerson Park Zoo


Let’s not forget one of Springfield, Missouri’s favorite attractions—the Dickerson Park Zoo. Here, visitors will find an array of exotic wildlife species like lemurs, tigers, and giraffes. There are also plenty of kid-friendly areas, such as petting zoos and playgrounds, perfect for little adventurers to let off some steam after their big day exploring all that this zoo has to offer.



Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure


This interactive exhibit takes guests on an adventure through a lush tropical rainforest filled with hundreds of colorful butterflies fluttering all around. In addition to learning about butterfly conservation efforts taking place here in Missouri, visitors will also have a chance to interact with friendly birds and iguanas throughout their journey inside this unique indoor environment - making it one of the best animal shows in town.

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