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“Fun and FREE!”

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Ranked #10 of 172 things to do in Branson
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

We had a few hours to kill on our last trip to Branson, and we didn't want to spend a lot of money, so we headed for the Fish Hatchery with our two boys, ages 4 and 5. What a gem! There is a small nature center where you can watch a 12-minute video about how trout are raised and some aquariums with snakes (both venomous and non-venomous), a tarantula, centipede, alligator snapping turtle, and more. It's completely free and a great way to spend an hour or two with the kids. The staff was super friendly and knowledgable and took time to answer everyone's questions. After exploring inside, we headed outside and there are rows upon rows of trout, ranging from tiny ones to full-grown. There are machines where you can buy fish food for a quarter, and the boys loved watching the trout go crazy every time they threw some food in the water. We spent about 30 min. inside and then another 45 min. outside looking at and feeding the trout. Very educational and you can't go wrong when it's free!

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Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

It was free and the kids loved it. Worth a stop. The fish arnt fancy but there are tons of them. Bring money to feed the fish.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

this is my 3 year old grandson's second trip to the hatchery. we stop here first before going into town. he loves to feed the fish (have some quarters with you) and watching the fish, and the nature area inside the building.

Thank theoktravler
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Great low key place to go without spending a lot of money and the kids love it. Some of the fish inside are huge. And it is great fun feeding the ones outside (which is the only reason you would spend money). They all swarm to the food like they haven't been fed in days.

Thank ArenJo
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

If you are in the area vacationing this is worth the trip to see. My husband & I enjoyed the movie on the trout breeding program and felt it was very informative. The staff there were fun to talk to about local flora & fauna. They helped us identify photos of spiders & birds that were on our camera. It's cool seeing all those fish together in one place.

Thank wolfgirl A
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