Arkansas Helicopters grants passengers an entirely new perspective of some of the state's most historic landmarks. During tours, flights cruise above such iconic sights as Razorback Stadium, Bud Walton Arena, and the Promenade Mall. Guests bask in the lush splendor of scenic views while they fly over Beaver Lake, the Ozark Mountains, and more. Flight instruction is also available to introduce beginners to the basics and help more experienced pilots gain commercial rating certifications.
Zip Line USA’s steel cables carve more than three miles of winding trails through Ozark Mountain treetops, all ripe for exploration by guests. Designed by the respected brains at Universal Zipline Technology, the ziplines soar higher than 350 feet in the air at some points—just high enough to make eye contact with low-flying spaceships—and are dissected into chunks as long as 3,250 feet. Between each section stands a sky bridge or platform, where guides securely hitch tourgoers to cables, which they inspect each morning. Patrons zoom through the open skies for up to two hours during the day or 90 minutes at night, when only the soft glow of lanterns beckons them to the next platform like a lightning-bug mother welcoming its family home at night.
The pilots of Hot Air Balloon Rides Kansas City have flown clients during some of the most important moments of their lives?getting engaged on Valentine's Day, conquering a fear of heights, and a vacation that left one family considering their pilot as an honorary member of the family. It's not surprising that clients find their experiences to be so memorable, as the up to four-hour excursions build plenty of anticipation before groups get to board the basket of an enchantingly colorful balloon. Upon takeoff, guests not only get to experience some of the purest quiet they've ever heard, but they see their surroundings from a completely different vantage point during the beautiful sunrise hours. Balloons can fit up to a dozen people, all of whom will have room at the basket's edge to take videos, pictures, or finely detailed crayon doodles of their trip.
Just off the historic Route 66, Summerside Vineyards welcomes visitors into its rustic winery and meadery. Regular tours of the winery and cellar elucidate the specifics of the wine- and mead-making processes and end in the cozy tasting room. Here, surrounded by a warm color palette and antique furniture, staff walk visitors through samplings of Summerside's various wines and meads. The bottles range from dry to dessert, and each are produced and bottled in the onsite cellar. In addition to tastings, Summerside holds seasonal wine-focused events.
As a member of the Ozarks Regional YMCA group, the YMCA of Springfield's locations have kept their doors open to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities for more than 122 years. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, a home-schooling program, and art classes. To help families grow and play together, the G. Pearson Ward branch offers family art nights and rock-climbing activities.