The guides at Moto-Zip of Branson show how to navigate the treetop canopies year-round. While zipping between platforms at speeds up to 50 miles per hour, guests get unique views of the surrounding Ozarks and the unsung puppeteers that control them. The secure lines use a backup-cable system that prevents accidents, ensuring trips along the 2-mile tracks occur without snags.
The Kirby VanBurch Magic Show wows all ages with eye-baffling disappearing acts, gut-busting comedy, toe-tapping dancing, and tons of illusory illusions. He's often joined by a menagerie of magical animals, including a unicorn, leopards, lions, and Royal White tigers. The Acrobats of China showcases more than 40 performers contorting, juggling, plate spinning, chair stacking, and motorcycling around the inside of a metal sphere at searing speeds, among many other daredevily doings and marvelous marvelings. Elaborate backdrops and state-of-the-art lighting give these fast-paced performances an epic scope that's lacking in most grade school productions of Lord of the Rings.
Each hole at LedgeStone Country Club Golf Course bears its own name: the par 4 first hole, for example, is called "The Slot," while No. 7 goes by "Sycamore" and No. 12 "Sidewinder." This sort of attention to detail can be found all over the par 71 course, from the practice putting green to the zoysia fairways, each maintained to a carpet-like thickness in case a weary golfer wants to take a mid-hole nap. Brought about by the Ozarks' extreme elevation swings and rocky outcroppings along Roark Creek, the course's challenge builds to a crescendo on the 18th hole, known as "Ambush." From the minuscule landing zone, players face down an approach shot onto a green framed by a large water hazard, a tranquil waterfall, and bridge that leads foursomes from the putting surface back to the safety of the clubhouse.
Course at a Glance
Elvis striking a pose behind a mic. A colorful jukebox. Vinyl records. Decades ago, these were all part of everyday life in America—and at Back to the 50s Mini Golf, they still are. Planted across from The Grand Palace Theater, the 18-hole course sends visitors putt-putting through the past with 1950s-themed decor peppered across its landscape. Although an appearance from the actual Elvis might be hard to come by, the facility resurrects The King and other iconic images in the form of obstacles and course features. After rounds, players can celebrate with a stop at the neighboring Cakes and Creams or by improvising a cheerful doo-wop about their winning club.
Inside most haunted attractions, guests are de facto spectators—willing victims for ghouls and monsters with no ability to fight back. No longer: Castle of Chaos topples that convention with a 5D, interactive experience in which you can strap into your seat, pick up an evil-obliterating weapon, and take aim at a flurry of monsters and undead antagonists. The drama plays out in a movie-theatre style space that immerses intrepid fighters amidst novel graphics and heart-pounding 3D visual effects. The game's top marksmen are displayed on the screen so everyone knows who would be the most valuable companion in the event of a zombie apocalypse or Furby uprising.
For more than 20 years, pilot Rodney Williams has shuttled guests on breathtaking excursions into the clouds aboard the gently swaying baskets of Branson Balloon's hot-air-propelled vessels. As balloons rise slowly into the stratosphere, passengers can enjoy views of the trees, valleys, lakes, and Sasquatch dwellings of the Ozarks stretch out underfoot. After the sojourn into the skies, Rodney leads clients through a post-flight champagne toast and the Balloonist's Prayer—ceremonial pleasantries that have helped Rodney maintain a perfect safety record throughout his entire career as a pilot.