- Published on Tuesday, April 16 2013 7:55 PM
Written by Klaire Howerton
Posted by Mark Ruda
Branson Ziplines: A New Way to See the Ozarks
Have you ever wanted to fly above the treetops of the beautiful Missouri Ozarks? Thanks to several new Branson ziplines, Red Tailed Hawks and Bald Eagles aren’t the only ones with a bird’s eye view anymore. A zipline craze is sweeping the nation, and four local businesses are rising to the occasion. In fact, they are some of the most popular hotspots in the Tri Lakes area!
Adventure Ziplines of Branson
Adventure Ziplines of Branson is the only high-up adventure tour with the city limits of Branson. It is just minutes from many of the area shows and stores – so when you are tired of shopping and ready for a thrilling adrenaline rush, Adventure Ziplines is the place to go! Adventure Ziplines features seven ziplines up to 2,000 feet long with speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Thrill seekers are harnessed securely as they travel along the dual cable system, making the ride as safe as it is enjoyable. All riders complete an orientation and training course prior to the tour. If you want to watch the stars as you fly above the trees, Adventure Ziplines offers a Zip at Night tour, showcasing the starry skies and city lights of Branson.
Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours at Wolfe Creek Preserve
Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours, located seven miles north of Branson directly off of Highway 65, is a world class eco-tour with a beautiful view. Opened in May of 2010, this four million dollar establishment has safely guided thousands of zipliners through the canopy of the Wolfe Creek Preserve. The entire zipline was designed and built with the best interests of the preserve in mind – helicopters were used to erect the zipline platforms instead of using bulldozers and heavy equipment that might have damaged the ecological elements. Riders often get the opportunity to see wildlife such as deer and bobcats on the trails below as they soar above the trees. Branson Zipline offers four different canopy tours, each with a different number of zip lines and suspension bridges, and ranging from 30 minutes to four hours: The Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour (a best seller), the Flying Prospector Canopy Tour (a good choice for family groups), the Blue Streak Fast Line and Free Fall Express (which includes a breathtaking, heart stopping 100 foot free fall) and the Canopy Adventure Combo (which includes the free fall and an entire canopy tour). The Xplorer and the Prospector tour are both available after dark for some serious nighttime thrills.
Indian Point Zipline Adventure Tours
The Indian Point Zipline Adventure Tour is a division of the Indian Point Family Fun Park. Soon to be joined by the Indian Point Hydro-Slides, this newer of the Branson ziplines is sure to be a family crowd pleaser. Featuring a secure sitting harness trolley system, this zipline is a good confidence booster for first time zip riders, without being too dull for more experienced zippers. Indian Point has six ziplines totaling 2,700 feet of line. Prices start at $36 per person and Indian Point accepts group reservations.
The Vigilante Extreme ZipRider
One of the highest ziplines in Missouri, the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider launches riders from the very top of the Inspiration Tower at Shepard of the Hills and sends them down a half mile long ride at 50 miles per hour for the best view of the Ozarks you will ever see! A special chair-style harness system makes your thrilling ride secure and comfortable as you soar 170 feet above the 160 acre historic homestead. On a clear day, zip liners can see clean across the state line into Arkansas. No training or orientation is needed for the Vigilante, due to the chair harness and the patented terminal brake at the end of the ride; folks of all ages can enjoy this zipline! Pricing is $29 per person.
So whether you are a thrill seeker, a nature buff, or simply wanting a fresh perspective on the Ozarks, any of these Branson ziplines are sure to soar above and beyond your expectations!