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Top Flying Adventures In The St. Louis Area

March 30, 2013 6:00 AM

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After sitting at your desk all week, get your feet off the ground and adrenaline pumping with any of these high-flying adventures near St. Louis. You can zip through the trees at Meramec Caverns, enjoy a hot air balloon flight, tour the St. Louis skyline or parasail above the Lake of the Ozarks. Each sky-high adventure delivers high-powered fun and moments you will never forget.

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Caveman Zipline At Meramec Caverns
1135 Highway W
Sullivan, MO 63080
(573) 468-9477
www.cavemanzipline.com

Fly through the trees at Meramec Caverns. In the safety harness, you will zip at speeds up to 50 mph on zip-lines from 200 to 1,250 feet long. The 90 minutes will zip by as you enjoy swinging sky bridges and four separate zip-lines. You do not need experience but zippers must be at least 10 years old and weigh at least 80 pounds. Caveman Zipline does require reservations, and if you just walk in, you may zipline if there is availability.

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Balloons Over The Rainbow
640 Gravois Road
High Ridge, MO 63049
(314) 402-8010
www.balloonsovertherainbow.com

Enjoy a hot air adventure with Balloons Over the Rainbow. There are two types of flights: standard, which is a group flight, accommodating up to eight passengers, and private, for only two passengers. The hot air balloon ride may launch in Jefferson City, Queeny Park in St. Louis County or Buder Park in Valley Park. Launch sites are dependent on wind direction. However, Balloons Over the Rainbow transports passengers from Gravois Road to the site. There is always an after party with sparkling juice, and flyers receive a fluted champagne glass, flight pin and flight certificate.

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Skydive Flying V Ranch‎
11101 Old U.S. 40
Montgomery City, MO 63361
(888) 866-8918
www.skydiveflyingvranch.com

Sky diving may be on your bucket list, but why wait? Skydive offers tandem jumping for beginners and offers experienced jumpers the choice of 5,000, 10,000 or 13,000 feet. Beginners experience 30 minutes of skydive training before ascending to 10,500 feet. The jump lasts five to seven breathtaking minutes as your soar through the sky.

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Gateway Helicopter Tours
50 N. Leonor K Sullivan Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 496-4494
www.gatewayhelicoptertours.com

Do you want the beauty of flying while securely seat belted in an aircraft? Gateway Helicopter offers tours and private flights. Tours include the Arch, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Anheuser-Busch and a deluxe tour that includes all three. All tours include flying high over the Mississippi and a grand view of the downtown skyline. No reservations are needed, however there is a two-passenger minimum. Kids under two fly free, sitting safely on the parents lap.

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Paradise Parasail
1100 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 365-6757
www.paradiseparasail.com

The fun and excitement of ocean parasailing is available at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. You can fly solo or in a group up to six. United States Coast Guard (USCG)-licensed captains provide a safe flight using Coast Guard-inspected vessels. Parasailers are harnessed into the smiley face chute. Once the vessel sets sail, you and/or your group fly 500 feet above the water, safely attached to a 600 to 1,200-foot line connecting you to the boat. While sailing, parasailers experience a variety of free falls and dips.

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Six Flags St. Louis
4900 Six Flags Road
Eureka, MO 63069
(636) 938-5300
www.sixflags.com

Maybe you want to fly all day for one price. Six Flags St. Louis features the Midwest’s most outrageous high-flying rides. Skyscreamer lifts you 276 feet into the air and swings you around at 43 mph. Pandemonium, inspired by Tony Hawk, elevates riders five stories, then hurls them through twists and turns at speeds up to 31 mph. Superman Tower of Power takes riders up 23 stories, pauses, then free falls at 60 mph. American Thunder begins with a 90-degree, eight-story drop and soars at 50 mph over 16 hills and turns. With so many choices, you can dive until you drop.

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Pennee Struckman is an accounting professional in St Louis, MO. She currently writes for Examiner.com on topics related to parenting teenagers and living well on a budget in St. Louis. She is also a professional financial management writer with articles and white papers published by a well-known information firm. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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