Things To Do In West Plains

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While crossing most ranches on the great American plain, one might be saddled on a horse or particularly lively cow, but at Eagle Falls Ranch, guests strap into ziplines and enormous hamster balls before hurdling into the sunset. High bridges and platforms connect the six ziplines, which send riders on adrenalin-spiking soars past waterfalls, over fountains, and along the Jacks Fork River. This same sense of adventure permeates the ZORB ride, where two guests strap themselves to the inside wall of a giant inflatable ball before rolling and bouncing along a 500-foot downhill course. In addition to their daytime adventure courses, Eagle Falls Ranch also hosts night zipline rides, as well as campgrounds and cabins for guests who would like to start their mornings with an invigorating downhill rush instead of a murky cup of coffee.

HCR 1 Box 27
Eminence,
MO
US

The Arkansas State Parks fete vibrant visitors and loping locals alike with a dizzying array of landscapes, natural and cultural resources, and myriad learning opportunities at parks scattered throughout the state. Familial units with children 18 and under can flex their pass muscles multiple times throughout the year at a wide range of museums, gleaning valuable state knowledge while conversing with park guides or well-read white-tailed deer.

17 Highway 63 N
Mammoth Spring,
AR
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Amid Hardy's hardwood forests and rocky bluffs resides terrain that the Griffin family has called home for more than 60 years. Throughout the decades, the family has built Griffin Park into a destination to relax, play, and test the latest camouflage fashions amid the area's scenery and wildlife. In 2011, Gregg Griffin and his brothers overhauled the park, removing old fences and flood debris. Their cleanup efforts made way for new campsites, beaches, and a performance venue. Today, the melodies sung by artists such as Neal McCoy frequently fill the park, setting an upbeat mood for adventurous attractions including zipline and horseback rides. The Spring River passes through Griffin Park and carries canoes, kayaks, and tubes down its watery freeways. Fish such as smallmouth bass swim beneath the water's surface while more than 400 bird species sing and beat box overhead.

45 Griffin Road
Hardy,
AR
US

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.

2719 East State Highway 76
Branson,
MO
US

Ozarks Extreme Outdoors Kayak and Canoe Company invites guests to explore the Ozarks at their own pace. In all seasons, visitors enjoy breathtaking views as they paddle along the region's many lakes and rivers. Along the way, guests can scope out wildlife while anglers can make stops to reel in Ozark smallmouth bass.

87 Hilltop Lane
Branson,
MO
US

Chopper Charter Branson's flights range from aerial photography to scenic tours and hands-on instruction and training. Each student learns on the Robinson R44 helicopter, touted as the most popular helicopter in the world. The FAA-certified air carrier meticulously maintains their choppers, taking all safety precautions and plopping them onto a treadmill for at least 30 minutes, three to five times a week.

3005 West 76 Country Boulevard
Branson,
MO
US