Called Branson's 'Landmark on the Horizon', the Inspiration Tower is an enormous 230-foot-tall structure located on Inspiration Point in The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.
Two glass elevators transport visitors to the large, enclosed observation deck. After ascending to the top, you'll be able to see up to 90 miles around you for an amazing 360 view of the Ozarks! You can also walk a few steps down to the open-air deck. The panoramic views available from both decks are absolutely phenomenal, in any season. There's also a specialty gift shop, snack bar, and restrooms on the ground level. There 's also plenty of other stuff in the area.
History of the Tower
The tower's opening in 1989 commemorated the 100th anniversary of Harold Bell Wright's first visit to the area. The tower costed approximately $1.5 million to build! It contains over 92,000 pounds of structural steel and can combat a constant wind of 172 mph or gusts of up to 224 MPH. Fourty- three concrete trucks filled the tower foundation, which contains five miles worth of rebar weighing a total of 34.5 tons. The tower also contains over 4,400 square feet of glass - enough to cover a third of a football field! With all of this combined, the tower weighs about 3 million pounds.
- What is included in the admission price?
The price includes admittance to the top of the tower.
- For what ages is the tour appropriate?
It is appropriate for all ages.
- Is photography / video recording allowed on the Inspiration Tower?
Of course! Don't forget your camera.
- Is it handicap accessible?
Yes. There are two elevators.