Sleep Inn Medical District
233 E Camino Alto
Springfield, MO 65810
Phone: (417) 886-2464
Fax: (417) 886-4121
If the kids are bored with the video games and are yearning for something far from the ordinary, travel 35 minutes north of Branson to this spectacular underground chamber. Discovered in 1862 by a farmer's dog, these huge caverns are filled with stalactites and stalagmites. All tours take place on a guided jeep-pulled tram in order to preserve the natural features and each tour lasts about an hour. The underground temperature remains at or near 60 degrees, so dress appropriately.
The Sky Surfer attraction in Branson is an interesting, one-of-a-kind contraption that allows riders to stand atop a high-strength aluminum plank braced on lines, similar to a zip-line and zoom around at a speed of 20 miles per hour. However, this is not a zip-line, because here guests can lay on their belly and "fly like Superman", sit like a scaredy-cat or surf like that silver dude in the comics. In addition to zipping around on the plank, Sky Surfer has also teamed up with Xtreme Racing Center, so when you're done surfing, you can jump into a go-kart to continue the thrills. For prices, reservations and other information, check out the website.
In a town that promotes sitting and watching, this backcountry mountain bike trail serves as a welcome break for active people. Located in the Mark Twain National Forest just six miles south of Chadwick (15 minutes northeast of Branson), Devreaux Ridge offers riders an eleven-mile loop that satisfies both beginners and experts. The double-track trail requires very little technical maneuvers other than knowing how to brake. Splashing through Garrison Branch provides a nice water diversion. Time it in the spring for a spectacular show of white from the blooming dogwood trees. The trail is well marked on County Road H.
This zipline company is one of the best in the U.S. and its location in the Ozarks is unparalleled. There are three different tours, the Ozarks Xplorer, the Flying Prospector and the Blue Streak. Each one allows for zipline adventure and the Blue Streak lets you take a 100-foot free fall! The first two tours have ten and seven suspension bridges respectively, and each tour is based on time, so make sure to arrive at the correct hour. If you're coming in a group or would like to host a special event, call for discount rates. For more information on schedule and packages, check website.