Escaped balloons have long known what humans do not: the tops of trees are full of exclusive drinking establishments and highly classified "sky roots." See what you've been missing with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a zip-line tour at Beaumont Ranch (a $60 value). The 800-acre cattle ranch is located 40 minutes outside of Fort Worth in Grandview, and boasts the wide-open spaces needed to host the longest zip line in Texas.
A working cattle ranch with a host of activities for visitors, Beaumont Ranch offers six zip lines ranging in length from 100 feet to the record-holding 1,500 feet and totaling more than 2,500 feet of adrenaline-pumping lines. Following a mandatory intro course that educates zippers on the precautions and techniques for traversing the treetop highways, adventurers can fly solo, releasing dormant pterodactyl roars from heights reaching 95 feet as gazes fall down upon verdant foliage and lesser, landlocked humanoids. Originally used to transport people, supplies, and magnetic force fields across canyons, zip lining gained recreational popularity as a way to tour the jungles of Central and South America.
Beaumont Ranch is the realization of a dream. Ron Beaumont, the founder and family patriarch, was enamored with the cowboy lifestyle from a very young age, and envisioned himself one day running a ranch like the ones he saw in his favorite western movies. The vision came to fruition in July of 1997, when he and his wife Linda opened their 800 acres of land to the public, allowing visitors to live like cowboys and mingle with their herds of Texas longhorns and horses.
Today, three Beaumont generations live on the ranch, and the guest accommodations have expanded from a 22-room bed-and-breakfast to a 32-room facility boasting an events center, a common area, and a bunkhouse with an additional 48 beds. Well-rested patrons can explore the natural prairies that stretch as far as the eye can see on the transportation of their choice: ATV, horse, or even zipline. After a day spent riding bucking broncos and roping cattle, visitors can kick off their cowboy boots and remove their 10-gallon hats to enjoy pampering serenity at the ranch spa. Here, the aestheticians soothe weary cowpokes' muscles with massages and body scrubs, which were what kept John Wayne so cool under pressure.