“America's only drive through cave!”
A small, family owned business, it was discovered in 1862 by an Ozarks farmer - or more precisely, by his dog, who crawled through an entrance. It wasn't until five years later that the first exploration took place: 12 women from Springfield, answering a newspaper ad seeking explorers, ventured into the cave. Their names remain on a cave wall today. Because the beauty of Fantastic Caverns is vulnerable, the Cave is toured in jeep-drawn trams. Since you ride all of the way through, you experience the magnitude, the stillness, and the splendor of Fantastic Caverns while preserving its natural features. Wise stewardship preserves this natural wonder for your children and grandchildren for decades to come.
Wonderful! We almost did not stop here because we were traveling with our dog. We called and found out that you ride in a jeep and dogs are welcome! This was such a cool place. We all enjoyed this, even the dog.
Dog friendly!!! They let us sit with our pup up in the front. Beautiful cavern! Lovely staff! It's a must see.
Fun stop! The tour is about $25 per person and very relaxing since you ride through the whole cave.
Friendly people who are also dog friendly! They invited our two golden retrievers to ride in the jeep with us!
Absolutely brilliant!! The tour guides are very personable, tell good stories about the place, and make you feel welcomed!
It's a tour on wheels, not on foot. Doesn't mean it's not interesting or worthwhile, just means it's a different way of doing things! It's still very interesting and saves the ecosystem of the cave from the people who aren't respectful !!!!
Worth the stop !!
After a disastrous trip to the Meramec Caverns, I was wary to try another cavern tour, but I'm so glad I did! The Fantastic Caverns are amazing! The tour is only about $25 and it's a very comfortable and very informative tram ride. So, since I had my 9-month old son with me that was very convenient. He wasn't too fussy since there was always something to look at.
Our tour guide was so nice and seemed to really be into the history of the cave and made it a really great experience. There's also a fantastic gift shop. Basically, everyone who works here is lovely and very sweet. The caves are beautiful and their history is pretty rad. I'll definitely come back on my next Route 66 road trip, when my son is a bit older so he can enjoy it himself.
Stopped here on our way beck home to Ma. Saw the Signs along the way and Coming upon the last exit We Said Why not. It was The Best Little Side Trip. Had A Great time Learned something New great Experience. If your looking for A Great place to Stop & Unwind and Cool Down and Learn Something Along the Way. Bring your kids & Have A good Time.
This was a great stop, and totally worth the price. You ride in a jeep/wagon through the cave and see a lot of different things. It's about 45 minutes-1 hour. My only issue was that there were a lot of small children on my tour (25 people per tour) and the children were so loud and whiney. I could mostly hear the guide over the kids, but the guide made no effort to quiet people down. I wish the guide had better control over the group or was more willing to remind people to be quiet as I would have enjoyed a quieter experience where I could completely hear the guide. Otherwise highly recommend! They have a cute gift shop with a popcorn machine (only $1 for a bag!).
Amazing!! Very informative and just awesome caves. Well worth the stop and admission price. Tour guides were very friendly and organised. Would love to go back one day.
Super dog friendly! Only reason we stopped. Enjoyed it very much. Miranda was a great tour guide.
If you are close this is a must. 1hr exploring and learning about an amazing natural cavern. The tram is smooth and easy to get into and out of. We had a very short wait for the next tram when we got there and there were people from all over the country on our trip. Great for everyone in the group! Sorry forgot it’s in the 60s year round which was nice on the 100 degree day we went!!
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