37 North Expeditions Enters Branson with Plethora of Outdoor Excursions for Tourists

Submitter: 

Danny Collins at [email protected].

Publish Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Just in time for summer, 37 North Expeditions is launching fulltime in the Branson market. The outdoor adventure company will offer regular excursions from Branson around the Ozarks. The business is owned by husband and wife Danny Collins and Cristina Bustamante and they offer an array of activities from horseback riding, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. Their motto is “Get Sweaty – Get Connected – and Get Happy.” Tours are scheduled Monday through Friday, Memorial Day through Labor Day, and meet at Landshark on the Branson Landing. Trips depart at 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The concept is simple: customers meet at Landshark and are then shuttled to an outdoor destination. 37 North often pairs nature with a food or drink element, such as stopping at a farm or winery, which helps promote local businesses.

For example, the 2 p.m., Friday tour includes a hike to Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, followed by a tasting at Copper Run Distillery, the first legal distillery in the Ozarks Mountains since prohibition.

Tours are intimate and limited to 12 people. Prices vary based on the excursion but range from $39-$62 with the majority in the $39 price range. The goal of the company is to make the outdoors accessible to everyone, promote nature and conservation, and for customers to meet likeminded people and have a blast, says Collins. 37 North Expeditions has traditionally offered full-day tours, but Collins says the half-day tours are more flexible and give tourists a chance to get a taste of the Ozarks without committing a full vacation day.

“Our research is people come to Branson and they want to do a lot of things so we don’t want to suck up an entire day. So, come see a lavender farm or a cave for half a day and then go play mini golf,” he says.

There are two trips offered each day during operation, except Wednesday which will feature one full-day excursion. Trips are all family-friendly and some are tailored specifically to families, such as the Tuesday afternoon outing where families can hike to Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area, which boasts one of the largest natural bridges in the Ozarks. Then they meander through the windy Ozarks to the quaint town of Jasper, Ark., where they can gobble up hand-dipped ice cream at Blue Mountain Cafe.

“Branson is an amazing place. You can fill up your vacation with a variety of things to do and this is one to include in that itinerary. We are very excited about it,” says Collins.

ABOUT THE OWNERS

Based in Springfield, Mo., 37 North Expeditions is owned by Danny Collins and his wife Cristina Bustamante.  He is a Missouri native, she’s from Ecuador,  and the two met at Drury University while obtaining their Master of Architecture degrees.  He also has a MBA and she has a Masters in Urban Design from Columbia University. After Drury, they  moved to New York where he landed a side job as an outdoor guide and fell in love with it.  Eventually they moved to Ecuador where he led expeditions for National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. They returned to Springfield when his father was diagnosed with cancer. Both outdoor enthusiasts, they were struck by the beauty of the Ozarks and were inspired to help people explore it. They founded 37 North Expeditions in early 2018 and it has rapidly expanded into Branson and Arkansas. The company has excellent online reviews.

Online: www.37northexpeditions.com