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Ozarks Offer Families Extra Zip. The Ozarks, spanning Arkansas and Missouri, offer natural beauty mixed with energizing fun. For example, if an aerial adventure in the Ozarks is on your family’s bucket list, ziplining in may meet your needs. Choices are abundant with some catering to families with children as young as three. 

Here’s the scoop. Choices span the region each offering its own unique brand of eco adventures for families. There are aerial walkways, rope bridges, short zips, connecting zips, long zips, free fall options, and for those timid few who hate heights slow easy glides made effortless by friendly, often funny guides.

In the Ozarks it takes little effort for families to engage in a day’s aerial fun. According to several operators in the area ziplining is becoming a family reunion must. The screen-free adventure builds confidence in the young and not so young. It’s the perfect bonding adventure between generations. Kids get scree-free thrills and grandparents get bragging rights. Parents end up somewhere in between. 

Adventure Ziplines of BransonLaunching from a combination of elevated platforms and limestone cliffs, Ozark Mountain Ziplines in Eureka Springs, Arkansas treats participants to soaring thrills above the tree tops with some spans as long as 2000 feet long. The aerial trails weave through dense hardwood forest over undulating terrain. Typical tours provide hours of fun including a few thrills above 200 feet. 

Adventureworks in Hot Springs offers access to a thrilling aerial trail for families with children ages eight or older.  The rope ladders over the river is an extra bonus and for night owls they also offer a full moon night-time zip tour. 

Adventure Ziplines of Branson offers thrilling possibilities including summer night runs, harnessed tandem rides, and zipping upside for those who dare and it all happens between 35 and 70 feet above the earth at speeds of up to 50 mph. 

Least expensive is Indian Point’s zipline adventure which enables families to speed through the air with ease and conclude their day with the thrills of a hydro waterslide. 

76 FlyLines of BransonThe 76 Flylines guides lead participants between a series of platforms stationed within the hardwood forest which surrounds Branson and the iconic Navy Pier Ferris wheel provides a backdrop for one of the glides.  

Perhaps the quirkiest of spots is Branson Zipline at Wolfe Creek Preserve near Walnut Shade which offers guests combinations that include eight zip lines, 10 suspension bridges, and a 40-foot or a 100-foot simulated free fall option known as the blue steak and drop. The quirky part, they have the largest synthetic snow tubing hill in the U.S. Summer snow tubing, it’s a thing.

Content posted by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files. Images provided by 76 Flylines, and Adventure Ziplines of Branson. Copyright 2017.

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