Need a break from the usual routine? Tired of walking everywhere? Missouri holds plenty of not-so-usual adventures, on the ground, on water and in the air.
In New Florence, see the world from an entirely different vantage point as you whoosh through the treetops on an Eco Zipline Tours. During this amazing experience, you reach speeds of more than 40 miles per hour as you travel through the forest canopy. Plus, what's fun for you is good for the planet: Eco Zipline Tour is 99 percent green. Don't forget to take a camera—it's not every day the whole family gets to zip through the trees, so you’ll want a record of the fun.
Want more? Zip Line USA, located in Reeds Spring (near Branson), involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 380 feet above the forest floor, traveling distances of 500-3,200 feet between platforms. They offer several choices, including a nighttime “lantern light” tour for ages 12 and older.
If your preferred method of transportation has hooves instead of wheels, Black River Traditions Ranch is the place for you. This idyllic Annapolis, Missouri, spot operates guided trail rides in the hills along the Black River. Take your horse or ride one of theirs. Overnight horse boarding is available. Take a private or semi-private lesson and hit the trail for a guided ride. Special rides can be customized for your family.
Enjoy the serenity of the Ozarks while floating on a cool, spring-fed stream. Akers Ferry Canoe Outfitters, located in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 21 miles south of Salem, has everything you need for trips of as short as two hours, to as long as several days. Canoe, kayak and tube rentals are available.
In St. Louis, have an exciting trip riding a Segway at Glide St. Louis Segway Tours. Never been on a Segway? Not to worry—each tour begins with a training session. Once aboard your personal transporter, prepare for an unforgettable two-three hour, guided tour. Operating April through October, three locations are available: Forest Park; downtown St. Louis; and the historic Soulard and Lafayette Square neighborhoods.
Prefer to relax and enjoy the scenery while letting someone else take care of the steering and navigation? Ambiance on the Water—Gondola Ride fits the bill perfectly (operating April-November). For years, visitors to the Country Club Plaza area in Kansas City have enjoyed this extraordinary trip where you feel all the magic and romance of Venice—only a bit closer to home. The Country Club Plaza is an outdoor shopping district with more than 150 shops, dozens of fine restaurants, and entertainment venues. It was the first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile.
You can get up-up-and-away at Air Lake Aviation, in Osage Beach, for an eagle’s eye look at the Lake of the Ozarks. Professional pilots out of the Grand Glaize Airport will plan a flight based upon what you want to see. Appointments are required.