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Branson's Wild World, Branson

2.8
#6 of 11 in Zoos & Aquariums in Missouri
Touch and feed the wild residents of Branson's Wild World. Visit wolves or feed bull sharks, or stroll past tanks of creepy crawlers and small reptiles (some tanks are low to the ground and opened on top to allow you to reach in and touch the inhabitants). The site provides the food for you to give some of the bigger animals, including sharks. Floor-to-ceiling blacklight images of jungles and forests decorate the walls of the indoor, 3-D mini-golf course on site. Admission to the arcade is free with your ticket to the mini-golf course. See Branson's Wild World and all Branson has to offer by arranging your trip with our Branson vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The facilities are in poor condition in my opinon. Some of the tanks had water so dirty you couldn't see through them. There was peeling paint and raw patches that just made the place look rundown. Al...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We had a great time here. Don't believe the naysayers in the comments. Th these animals are treated good and look very content. There is a lot to see, even the mini golf course had animals on display.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    So it was poorly lit, in the process of small renovations, and could use some cleaning, but it was worth it. You can see a whole wolf pack, go in the cage with dingos, look at sharks and a GIANT Sea t...  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    Not what you would expect. Very small, pricey to get in. Very few aquatic animals. The sea turtle is really the only exciting animal there, few alligators, and a couple of sharks. Honestly not worth the money they charge. Also they do offer a pirate theme mini golf course inside, that they charge you for, and definitely not worth the price. We passed it twice looking for it, so not easily seen from the road. One of the better aquariums​ is located in Chicago called Ripley's Aquarium. That is well worth the money and can spend an entire day there.
  • May 31, 2017
    First off, i will start by saying i agree with majority of the negative reviews on here. The animals are not in cages big enough for the most part but the cages just need to be cleaned! There must not be a cleaning person here but they sure need one, the fish water is so foggy and the shark tank is so dirty on the bottom it made me sad. :( same with the snakes laying in their shredded skin. Some animals like the sting rays also seemed very hungry jumping up on the sides of the water and it made me concerned that they aren't being fed enough. Other than that, i had a really great day here, it was very different to be able to interact with so many animals, i went in the dingo exhibit and that was really a special experience to me, so cute. I loved petting the animals and being so close to a lot of them, this is something i will never forget. As for the staff, there isn't much and Wild Valley (the second location) but the staff there was extremely friendly and knowledgeable in the info on the exhibits to come && it was interesting to hear what is up and coming. Overall, this place has a ton of potential && if the animal spaces were clean then i would have no complaints.
  • May 12, 2017
    Overall the facility was very nice, clean and well managed. There was a lot of variety and different types of animals to see. However upon walking into the wolf and cougar exhibits, my grandmother and I both burst into tears. If you have never heard of the term "zoochosis" please look it up. When you see animals pacing back and forth in their enclosures this is a tell tale sign of stress. The enclosures were far too small with virtually no room for recreation. I do understand that both the wolves and the cougar were in the process of being transferred to a sanctuary, however I believe there needs to be a bigger sense of urgency for this as the animals are stressed. I figure once the wolves are gone this loses the facility an entire exhibit and selling point... other enclosures for some of the other animals were also a little disturbing. I understand that the upkeep and expenses for a place like this are difficult to maintain and sometimes the owners have to be realistic about what they are able to afford. I give this place the benefit of the doubt and am sure that they are doing whatever they can as far as conservation goes. I guess it's to be expected that any place that involves captive animals may have it's downsides for the guests. We did have a good time though and the staff was very knowledgeable and more than willing to address our concerns and answer questions. It's a fun place to go for a couple of hours, just be prepared to see things that may make you sad (as with any zoo). Personally I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It's expensive and the enclosures are simply not adequate for a happy animal.
  • July 2, 2017
    Our kids loved seeing the variety of sea creatures, reptiles and mammals. They loved being able to touch some sea creatures and pet the animals in the petting area. We all had fun playing in the arcade and mini golf. A great day of fun!
  • July 8, 2017
    We had a wonderful time touring the place, feeding some of the animals, playing mini-golf, experiencing the 3D theater and playing in the arcade. It was a little pricy, but over all our family enjoy it, and that's what counts! My kids especially loved feeding the sharks and stingrays, and petting the dingos! (For an extra fee, of course!)

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Packed with good-value motel rooms, Branson offers decent accommodations at affordable prices even during the height of the tourist season. If you've come to enjoy the views of the Ozarks, look for vacation rental cabins, many of which are available on a nightly basis. A short drive out of town, most two- or three-bedroom cabins offer free Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchens, along with access to enclosed yards ideal for hosting small parties. To stay in town without breaking the bank, look for mid-range hotels near Highway 76.
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