Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Tour in Branson
Here is a free activity to give your wallet a breather while in Branson. Our family has done this several times over the years.
Tour of the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
483 Hatchery Road
Branson, MO 65616
Located right below the Table Rock Lake Dam.
This is a great stop that will take 30 - 60 minutes. You can feed all sizes of trout (this does cost $.25 for a handful of fish food) and tour the inside. The hatchery produces between 350,000 and 400,000 pounds of rainbow and brown trout each year!
September - June: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Memorial Day - Labor Day: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed all state holidays.
They offer free guided hatchery tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. weekdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Take self-guided tours are always available when open.
Facility and exhibits
Staffed visitor center with exhibits and displays of snakes, spiders, fish, and more!
Pavilion and picnic tables
Wildlife-viewing blind and tower
Boat ramp with several fishing access points along Lake Taneycomo, where trout fishing is allowed year-round
Want more? Hike nearly 3 miles of trails (easy to moderate) through forests and glades.
Branson Restaurant Coupons
We gathered over 40 coupons and discounts for Branson restaurants and posted them on our website. You can see them here. You should be able to just show them on your phone at the restaurant or print them off and take them with you. We hope this helps you save a little money while in Branson!
If you found this page by coming directly to this blog post, please note that we have several vacation rental condos in Branson that we rent on a regular basis. If you're still looking for a place to stay while in Branson, please give us a try!
The Champions Condos at Thousand Hills are located just off Green Mountain Drive in Branson, just five minutes or less from highway 76 (The Strip). Green Mountain Drive is the Yellow traffic relief route so getting to and from Branson attractions and restaurants is much easier. Its central location makes it a popular location.
The Champions has nice grounds, an outdoor pool, tennis court, and small playground. There is a clubhouse between the pool and tennis court that has public restrooms available to both swimmers & tennis players. The complex also offers several community charcoal grills that are available to both permanent and nightly guests.
The complex has 69 condos in 5 buildings. Building 1 overlooks the Thousand Hills golf course. Buildings 2 through 5 overlook the the first building, the tennis court, pool, and playground. There are studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom, and 4 bedroom units at The Champions. All units have glassed / screened in decks.
There are many restaurants, theaters, and attractions located within two miles of this complex.
The Thousand Hills Golf Course is a public course so it is open to guests of The Champions condo guests for a fee.
The central location, the size of the condos, the amenities, and the well kept appearance have made The Champions condos in Branson a popular complex for both nightly rentals and some full time residents.
The Greens Condos at Thousand Hills are located on Green Mountain Drive in Branson. Green Mountain Drive is the Yellow traffic relief route so getting to and from Branson attractions and restaurants is much easier. They are just two blocks off of highway 76 (The Branson Strip) behind The Grand Palace Theater. It's close to many Branson attractions yet still a quiet complex.
The complex is over 20 years old but is very well kept. It has nice grounds, a nice entrance, and a private heated pool. There is a clubhouse next to the pool that has public restrooms (two bathrooms) for swimmers. The clubhouse is currently rented out to a Pilates studio so that part is unavailable to guests.
The complex has 80 condos in 15 buildings. The first ten buildings overlook the Thousand Hills golf course. All units have covered decks. Buildings 11 through 15 overlook the the first row of buildings and the parking lot. All of the condos are 2 bedroom, 2 bath units with 1220 square feet.
Florentina's italian restaurant is next door to the complex and The Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon is approximately 1/4 block away.
The Thousand Hills Golf Course is a public course so it is open to guests of The Greens condos.
The central location, the size of the condos, and the well kept appearance have made The Greens condos in Branson a popular complex for both nightly rentals and some full time residents.
Traffic on highway 76 can be very slow at times. The worst times are when the shows are starting (7:00 ish) and over (10:00 ish). Over the years they have built traffic relief routes so tourists and locals can avoid this. However, a lot of tourists probably aren't aware of where they are or don't figure it out until it's time to go home.
The traffic relief routes are color coded on this map and there are signs around Branson marking the roads. The colors are red, blue, and yellow. Our Branson condos are located on the Yellow route (Green Mountain Drive) which parallels highway 76 most of the way around. Use this route to avoid heavy traffic. There are many places to cut back to highway 76 to get where you are going.
If you have never been to Branson then it's worth driving down highway 76 (The Strip) at least once. There is a lot to look at and you might find something to do that you were not aware of.
Click on the map below to print it. Also, there are Branson maps in most lobbies of restaurants, grocery stores, and Walmart that are free.
Ballparks of America has it first tournaments scheduled for the summer of 2016. They are converting the old Red Roof Mall into replica ballparks: Busch Stadium, Wrigley Field, Tiger Stadium, Fenway Park, and Ebbets Field. See their website here - http://www.ballparksofamerica.com/.
Our Branson condos are just 2 miles from the complex, so if you are coming for a tournament please give us a try!
Yet another new attraction coming to Branson. Sounds like fun and great for thrill seekers! Will be located on highway 165. Suppose to be ready in 2016. See the story here. 7/19/16 Update: The Runaway Mountain Coaster of Branson is scheduled to open the end of this month!
The ferris wheel from the Navy Pier in Chicago will be in Branson soon! It was disassembled and shipped to Branson and is in the process of being reassembled now. It will be located on the The Strip in Branson. See the whole story here.
We have had a website since we bought our first Branson condo in 2003, but it had become outdated, plus it wouldn't allow us to post our availability calendars. So we spent the time needed to develop this new site and we went live with it last week.
Guests can now see if a condo is available and can even book / reserve online if they prefer. We aren't trying to discourage phone calls though, feel free to call us anytime at 1-877-836-6745!