We looked at the various options for ziplines in the Branson area and after all was said and done we decided that this one looked like it would provide the experience we were looking for. There are a number of options to choose from. We chose the Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour which included 7 ziplines and 10 suspension bridges. Not the most expensive package, but not the cheapest neither. It took us a week to finally decide that we indeed wanted to do it and in that time the time slots for the day we wanted to do it on became booked and the day of the experience they were all pretty much booked. So book early. When we were there, there were people just showing up expecting to do it and were sadly disappointed that the only slots left were late in the evening and some had no slots at all, especially the most desierable packages.
The Drive from Branson took about 10 mins and while there is not a sign at the turnoff there is plenty of signage along the way to find it without any problems. Our group had 12 people (the max) of which we were two. Everyone else in our group knew each other. Not a big deal and we felt comfortable with them and out two guides. So after a short briefing we headed to gear up and then ride the military truck to the top. The equipment was easy to use and was in basically new condition. After some more instruction at the first tower we were off. It was really cool, we had never do it before so wasn't sure what to expect. About mid way through we caught up with another group of people that were doing a package the had less ziplines in it and we followed them through the rest of the ziplines. This caused some congestion on the tower platforms and it took awhile between ziplines due to the number of people. A little better method of scheduling would be suggested in order to make the experience better. I read other TA reviews that had similar comments. The weather was good, sunny and around 60F with a slight wind. The wind was a bit chilly on the towers. They say they go no matter the weather except for lightening. I can't imagine doing this in the rain, so keep that in mind. Hard to avoid since they sell out so far in advance. Its really a crap shoot I guess, the forcast was for rain this day, but we lucked out. As others have said, they really stress the no refund policy in case of bad weather. One other thing you should know is that they pretty much make you empty out your pockets before putting the harness on. They stress that you cannot take anything with you and this includes cell phones and cameras. SO this eliminates you taking any pictures of your experience and you must rely on the guides to take pictures (which they do). They use a small point and shoot so the quality is so so depending on the operator. Then they want to sell you various packages of pics. We bought the digital package, which is $10 per person in your group so it cost us $20. A little pricey for what we got. There were like 5 or 6 pics of us in the 50 or 60 we got because it included every pick from our group. There was a family of 5 with us and it would have been $50 for them to buy the same pics. The smaller the group the less they cost (read between the lines here, if you don't get my drift, reread what I wrote). Like I said, we got the pic and are glad we got some memories of a fun activity. All and all we were satisified with our experience. Is it pricey? Yes, but we will remember it for along time to come and most of all we had fun doing it together.
Mike in Tulsa
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