Kayaker on Caddo Lake

Vacationing can have a profound effect on your physical and mental health and well-being. It’s why we look forward to time away. There are different types of vacations, though, and the adventure vacation lifestyle is growing in popularity for all the benefits it brings. Bring some adventure into your life today.

2 hot air balloons
  1. Balloon Adventures USA

    801 N. Second St., Longview, TX
    Contact by email    Website

  2. Have you ever dreamed of floating through the sky on a cloud? Take a flight on a hot air balloon in the balloon racing capital of Texas! Enjoy an encounter with tranquility, color, and grace.  
Barnwell Mountain motorcycles
  1. Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area

    6284 SH 155, Gilmer, TX
    903-797-4066     Website

  2. Bring your own off-road vehicle and find adventure for the whole family in a very unique and beautiful setting at Barnwell Mountain! To access the 1,850 acres of the park, all off-road vehicles must display a current Texas Parks and Wildlife OHV sticker while in the park. Located approximately 20 minutes north of Longview.

Big Cypress Tours
  1. Big Cypress Tours

    510 Cypress Dr., Karnack, TX
    903-570-3319  Website

  2. Let Big Cypress Tours take you on a tour of Caddo Lake, home of the world’s largest Bald Cypress forest, a watery wonderland unlike any other in the world. Guided tours of the incredible flora and fauna of the lake are provided aboard a 24-foot pontoon boat.

Kids trying zip lining at Billy Bob's Zipline, Carthage, Tx
  1. Billy Bob's Zipline

    4079 Hwy. 79 N., Carthage, TX
    903-720-6149     Website

  2. Over 3,800 feet of exciting ziplines along the Sabine River in the East Texas Pineywoods. The rides include expert guides who are knowledgeable about the area as well as being fully trained in safety.

Caddo Lake
  1. Captain Ron's Swamp Tours

    756 Pine Island, Karnack, TX        
    903-679-3020       Website
  2. Explore exotic Caddo Lake in nearby Karnack, approximately 55 minutes east of Longview. It's not just a boat ride, it is an experience as you explore the beauty of Texas' only natural lake.  Go aboard the 28-foot pontoon boat for an entertaining tour of Caddo Lake's unique and diverse ecosystem. 
Gator Zipline
  1. Gators & Friends: Exotic Petting Zoo and Adventure Park

    11441 US-80, Greenwood, LA 71033        
    318-938-1199       Website
  2. Located about 45 minutes east of Longview, this Exotic Animal Petting Zoo and Adventure Park lets you take a walk on the wild side. Spend the day in nature with various exotic animals, zipline over a gator habitat, or speed around curves on Gator Raceway in high performance go-karts. 
Gator Run
  1. Gator Run Offroad Park

    Co Rd 2211, Tatum, TX 75691        
    903-522-1901     Website
  2. Bring your own off-road vehicle to explore the one of the biggest off-road parks in Texas. Part of the park is wetlands and part is dry, which means a perfect combination of all the dirty, muddin' fun you can stand plus vast dry scenic trails, hill climbs, spring-fed creeks. Gator Run Offroad Park is located near the Sabine River in the small community of Easton, approximately 12 miles south of Longview.  

sporting clays
  1. Prairie Creek Sporting Clays

    15250 Co Rd 3111, Gladewater, TX        
    903-845-6431     Website
  2. Located south of Gladewater approximately 25 minutes from Longview, Prairie Creek Sporting Clays offers two courses, five-stand, tower shoots, wingshooting instruction, and more. Instruction also available. 
  1. Skydive East Texas

    1 Airport Rd., Gladewater, TX        
    903-845-5867      Website
  2. A full-service skydiving center located approximately 20 minutes west of Longview at the Gladewater Municipal Airport. The highly trained professional skydiving instructors provide a step-by-step personal instruction for first-timers jumping tandem or individuals looking to learn how to skydive alone.  

Thomas Falls
  1. Thomas Falls Zipline Challenge Course

    5543 US 259, Diana, TX        
    903-968-6924      Website
  2. Zip through the rolling hills and soaring pines of East Texas approximately 20 minutes north of Longview. Enjoy the large covered pavilion overlooking the 7-acre lake. Choose to stay dry zip-lining through the trees, or get wet on the twin zip-line water plunge or the water obstacle challenge.  Advanced reservations required. 
Firing Range
  1. Top Shot Indoor Range

    5685 SE Loop 281, Longview, TX        
    903-236-7468     Website
  2. Put your aim to the test at this indoor firing range with eight lanes of shooting. Individual and family memberships available.