Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours offers thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime eco-adventures. Three large zip lines that span great lengths and substantial changes in elevation allow visitors to experience the beauty and altitude of southern Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. A variety of packages are available, ranging from the Flying Prospector Canopy Tour which features 4 zip line rides for about $70, to the Canopy Adventure Combo, which provides a person with access to every zip line experience that the location has to offer for about $130. This includes the less-speedy Canopy Tour, where visitors can slide back and fourth between the tops of large of trees that form the forest canopy.
Parking is always available only steps from the main entrance to the facilities, which are immaculate and modern. The staff is informative and friendly, spending the first ten or fifteen minutes of each tour thoroughly explaining the functions and usages of the equipment, to minimize the potential for danger and maximize peace of mind.
Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours is open daily at 8 am from March 1st to December 31st. Reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. Family reunion packages are available for folks who want to add some adventure and action to their next large gathering. Guests have access to the spacious Prospector Pavilion, which features park-style BBQ grills and an abundance of picnic tables.
Visitors to Branson, Missouri can see the town’s sights from a unique vantage point, a “Ride the Ducks” vehicle equally at home on land or water. The hour-long ride includes 25 minutes on the water.
Ride the Ducks Branson has two routes. The Table Rock Lake Experience begins at 2320 W Hwy 76, west of Wal-Mart, in the heart of Branson’s strip. The Lake Taneycomo Experience begins at Branson Landing near Arvest Bank. Ticketing is next to Famous Dave’s BBQ. The Table Rock route includes Branson’s entertainment district, Table Rock Dam, Baird Mountain (seasonal) and “splashdown” into Table Rock Lake. This tour operates from early March through mid-December. Highlights of the Lake Taneycomo excursion include downtown Branson, College of the Ozarks, and splashdown into Lake Taneycomo. It runs late May to early September.
A family four pack costs $54 plus tax when purchased online. Tickets can be purchased on the tour line’s website, through their toll-free “duck line” at 877-887-8225 or at the ticketing kiosks, where each tour begins. People can bring food and beverages on board but no alcohol. Be aware the ducks have no rest rooms on board.
Ride the Ducks, an amphibious sightseeing company, has been making and operating its vehicles for more than 33 years. The vehicles are based on a World War II amphibious design, which was particularly invaluable during the invasion of Normandy.
Branson has been providing memorable family vacations for over a century, and is in no way prepared to slow down. Folks have had a blast boating, shopping, sight-seeing and going to shows in the Missouri hot spot in droves every summer. One special attraction that came along just over fifty years ago is Silver Dollar City.
Silver Dollar City is a theme park just off Highway 76 in Branson that provides wholesome, though exciting entertainment for families. The show has captured the national imagination since its opening on May 1, 1960, with its on-site shows, demonstrations, attractions and rides. Park favorites include the American Plunge and the Big Swing. In addition to the rides, Silver Dollar City hosts bluegrass, crafts, southern gospel music, and even Christmas festivals.
Travelers are sure to work up an appetite experiencing the over 60 unique craft shops, numerous live demonstrations, 40 live shows and 30 rides that Silver Dollar City has to offer. Luckily, there are more than twelve family restaurants on-site to recharge a tired out bunch. Additionally, for the more ambitious diner, there are culinary craft classes where visitors can take part in preparing their own meals and treats.
There are extraordinary amounts of package deals to Silver Dollar City and its surrounding attractions, such as White Water Park, online. For an all-ages vacation experience, Silver Dollar City is an affordable and enjoyable option.
White Water rapture
White Water features an array of water-based rides and attractions for children, families, and adults. Intrepid visitors can body slide at up to 40 mph at Kalani Towers, which is 7.5 stories tall or plunge in the dark at Bermuda Triangle, a fully-enclosed water feature. Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay is the park’s newest and longest ride; it is mostly gentle and themed for families. Children have their own areas, themed and sized for them.
Hungry and tired after all that sliding and splashing? Snacks, salads, pizza, subs, and ice cream are available from the park’s five concession stands and cafes. Need a place to rest? Public areas are available, as are rental “cool cabanas,” with shade, chairs, some privacy, TV, and a personal locker.
June hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. The park is open seven days a week for the first two weeks of August and weekends only the rest of the month and Labor Day weekend, after which the season ends. Three day tickets for both White Water and Silver Dollar City are $90 plus tax for adults; $70 for children ages 4-11. One-day White Water admission is $38 plus tax for adults; $32 for children ages 4-11 and $27 for seniors age 62 and up. The next day is free for people arriving after 3 p.m.
The Titanic Branson exhibit is a great museum that has something for every member of the family. The exhibit includes interactive displays for children, historical documents and archives for adults, and a great combination of visual and audio tours for everyone to learn about this tragic event in history. The Titanic Branson exhibit is open year-round from 9am to 9pm and is a must-see for any visitors to this Missouri town.
The Titanic Museum in Branson is located in the heart of Branson’s main attractions off of Highway 165. Parking is available on-site for no charge. Adult tickets cost $22.47 plus tax, children ages 5-12 cost $10.77 plus tax, and children under 5 enter the museum for free. These ticket prices also include an audio tour, which visitors use to help guide them through the exhibits and learn more about each display. Generally, the tour takes around 2-3 hours, although guests are welcome to stay as long as they wish. To purchase tickets, visit their website at http://www.titanicattraction.com/. It is recommended that you purchase tickets online in advance of your visit because they tend to sell out, especially on weekends.
The Titanic Branson exhibit also has a retail store where souvenirs may be purchased. The retail shop includes items such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, antique porcelain dishes that replicate those on the ship, and more.