We love to have fun here at the Bungalows and the experience we would like to highlight this season is the hot air balloon flight offered by Branson Balloon.
If riding in a hot air balloon is on your bucket list, we highly recommend that you go for it while visiting the Ozarks!
Branson Balloon pilot, Rodney Williams, has been flying for 30 years. He and his team offer flights within southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas with early morning and evening departures.
It’s not an amusement park ride—This is the real deal. Soar 500 to 1,000 feet above the rolling hills and lakes. Embrace the breathtaking views!
You may even wish to schedule an in-fight celebration. The crew has hosted many special occasions including engagements, birthdays, anniversaries, elopements and celebrations of life.
What to expect:
First, you will arrive at a meeting point. Once the party is present, the takeoff location will be disclosed. The group will rendezvous there, and the team will begin to unload and assemble the balloon. Lend a hand if you like!
Once the basket and balloon are connected, the balloon is inflated. This process only takes a few minutes, and it is breathtaking, so be sure to grab some photos!
Next up, you’ll be directed to board the craft. Photos are not to be taken during liftoff—It’s the perfect moment to find yourself in the present moment.
While airborne, you’ll see the world from a whole new perspective. You may be surprised at the quiet calm you discover.
If you’re popping the question, feel free to proceed. Rodney will try to give you the privacy you need for your special moment!
Grab a selfie with Taneycomo winding through the valleys behind you.
Flights are roughly an hour long. Rodney carefully calculates his desired landing location and communicates with the chase team. At the end of the trip, expect a graceful landing.
Now it’s time to pack up and celebrate with the Balloonist’s Prayer. Learn a bit of hot air balloon history, toast to a safe landing and sip champagne (or a non-alcoholic version) from your new souvenir cup!
Let Branson Balloon take your adventures a NEW level!
The cost is $295 per person Monday through Thursday, and $350 per person Friday through Sunday (morning flights). Evening flights are $500 per person. A $50 deposit per person is required to reserve your flight.
Visit www.bransonballoon.com for more information.
Call 1-417-336-6060 for availability.
When it's too hot to cook...
It's summer, and let's be honest, no matter how much we all love the reward of our time tending the BBQ grill, sometimes it's just TOO hot to endure! We have put together a list of some of our favorite area restaurants to lighten your summertime cooking load!
Close to Home | Omaha & Ridgedale
Arnie's Barn is one of our favorite spots to dine at Big Cedar. It’s just a few minutes down the road in Ridgedale, MO and the NEXT nearest to The Bungalows! The restaurant, which is situated overlooking the Top of the Rock golf course, offers contemporary Mexican cuisine. Lunch is served daily & you can plan for dinner on Friday or Saturday nights. Check out their menu for more information!
Buzzard Bar is another Big Cedar property. Enjoy bar food and live music pretty much any evening! View their hours and more here.
A more traditional Mexican restaurant, Casa Fuentes, is one of our all-time favorites! Located just off Hwy 65 at the beginning of the 76 Strip you can slip in for a quick bite or easily grab takeout. They also offer online ordering!
Branson's Center Stage Grille & Kaffee Haus is a local restaurant with chef-inspired dishes. They serve breakfast and have amazing specials. We highly recommend the Smoked Prime Rib! Check out their extensive menu here.
If you're craving something more exotic, find your way to Mo Mo Sushi & Grill located across from The Landing in downtown Branson. Their Box Combos are our favorite! Call ahead & bring your order back to the cabin for a nice evening in. 1-417-320-6125
Tallgrass is our TOP Harrison pick! This little restaurant/bar/coffee shop adjoins a health food store and is definitely a hidden gem! Their organically and locally-sourced ingredients make this option stand out amongst dozens of fast-food chains. Find them on Facebook for more info on daily specials, etc.
Jamie's Local Flavor is another great locally-owned and operated restaurant in Harrison. If you're into pork, try the Deep Fried Bacon appetizer or the famed Bigger Than the Bun Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. The menu is extensive and the portions will leave you begging for a box. Find them on Facebook!