Summer is an ideal time to partake in some of these thrilling activities, so make your plans now and head out for an adventure that only the good-ol’ outdoors can provide.
1. Tour the lake in a kayak or on a paddleboard
Rent a standard kayak, fishing kayak or tandem kayak with White River Kayaking and Outdoors. Conveniently located in Downtown Branson at 214 S. Commercial St., this company makes it easy and affordable to rent a kayak, paddleboard, canoe or bicycle for the day (or weekend!) to explore one of the many lakes or trails in the Branson Area. White River Kayaking also offers Frisbee golf rentals! Call 417-335-2210 for more information and pricing or visit https://www.whiteriverkayaking.com/Home.html. If you’re not sure where to set out on your kayak, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/articles/TheBransonLakesAreaOffersYearRoundOutdoorRecreation.htm for more information about the Branson Lakes Area.
2. Sightsee up above with a parasail ride or down below with a scuba dive adventure
The State Park Marina, located at 380 State Park Dr., Branson, offers visitors the chance to ride on the wind above Table Rock Lake with 8-10 minute parasail rides, made possible by the most up-to-date and safe technology. The park also invites visitors to plunge below the surface and encounter aquatic wildlife like catfish, bass, freshwater jellyfish and more with scuba instruction from experienced trainer, Dick Dalager. For more information and pricing, visit http://www.stateparkmarina.com/index.php.
3. Get a bird’s eye view with Branson Helicopter Tours
Snap some breathtaking photos of Branson from up high in a helicopter during your 7, 12, 17, 22 or 30 minute helicopter ride! This unique experience offers a clear view of the cityscape, beautiful Ozark hills and a ride you will never forget. Visit Chopper Charters Branson Helicopter Tours at 2941 West HWY 76 Blvd Hollister, MO. For more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/ChopperChartersBransonHelicopterTours.cfm.
4. Spend an afternoon horseback riding
Visit Bear Creek Trail Rides just seven miles north of Branson off Highway 65 for a trail-riding adventure on horseback. Explore the Missouri hill sides and creeks while your trail guide narrates your trip through the wilderness. For more information and prices, call 417-337-7708 or visit the Bear Creek Trails Rides Facebook page:
5. Try a new thrill with ziplining
Branson has several opportunities for you to zipline, one being Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours, located at 2339 US Highway 65 Walnut Shade, MO. Soar through the trees while strapped in tight as your tour guide zips you through the trees of the Ozarks. There are several different family packages for riders ages 18 and up. Just check them out here for more details: http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/BransonZiplineandCanopyTours.cfm.
6. Go spelunking in one of the Ozark’s many caves
Branson brags a variety of cave tours for you and the whole family including Crystal Cave, Fantastic Caverns, Marvel Cave and Talking Rocks Cavern. This area is also home to many unmapped caves full of wonder and just waiting to be explored! For more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/articles/CaveToursInandAroundBransonMO.htm.
7. Pitch a tent and get up close and personal with nature
The Branson area is ripe with RV parks and campgrounds to pitch a tent for the night or weekend but if you’re looking for a more remote area to explore, try Busiek State Forest off of Highway 65. This park offers free camping, ample areas to hike, bike and explore and even a forgotten cemetery to find with headstones dating back to the Civil War! For more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/pointsOfInterest/BusiekStateForestnearBransonMo.htm.