AAA Editor Notes
Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium is at 500 W. Sunshine St., next to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. The museum stresses the importance of conserving natural resources and explores the nation's hunting and fishing heritage. Interactive exhibits with computer simulators, 160 species of live animals and aquariums totaling 700,000 gallons of water illustrate our relationship with our natural surroundings.
At Walk in the Woods, visitors progress through a re-creation of an Ozark wooded setting along a suspended walkway complete with the sounds of geese, doves and quails. Galleries on the lower level feature a viewing window providing an underwater perspective of freshwater pond inhabitants. Take advantage of binoculars installed along the way for glimpses of waterfowl and game birds.
In the Ozark Hills habitat a waterfall cascades over a ledge amid limestone bluffs and caves surrounding a pond inhabited by beavers and freshwater fish, while otters frolic in their own pool.
Bats, salamanders and blind cavefish are some of the inhabitants of Tumbling Creek Cave, while freshwater habitats are the focus in the Rivers and Streams gallery. Other exhibits explain the role hunting and fishing play in the preservation of outdoor resources.
The 225,000-gallon tank in the Out to Sea Gallery has a ceiling-high window through which visitors can observe various marine creatures.
Note: The museum and aquarium, closed due to an expansion and renovation project, were tentatively scheduled to reopen at the end of 2016 or in early 2017. Phone ahead for updated information regarding the reopening date, hours and admission rates.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.