Fantastic Caverns – The Only Ride-In Caverns in US!
The Fantastic Caverns, located in Springfield, Missouri is known as the only Ride-In Caverns in the U.S. Out of the 6,000 caves in the Missouri area, these caverns are one of 19 open to the public.
The Fantastic Caverns were discovered in 1867 and were traveled on foot until they were made accessible by vehicle. The caverns have been made ride through only to ensure the beauty, integrity and magnitude of the area. However, the ride through caves and caverns has many benefits to visitors. Small children are accommodated in every group due to nature of the ride; they are able to sit right along with the adults! Also, this twenty to thirty minute tour is comfortable for all guests. The temperature in the Fantastic Caverns is around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Season passes are available to visit the caverns as well as daily rates. You can also book your tour with many different options on the Branson vacation packages. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for discounted admission to the caverns.
Relatively close to the Fantastic Caverns is another gem of Missouri cave system. Meramec Caverns, the largest commercial cave in Missouri, is located in Stanton, two-hour drive northeast on I-44. Unlike the drive through caverns, this walk through tour of the underground gives visitors and opportunity to discover rocks, fossils and maybe even a bat or two! Both of these cavern options are great depending on the needs of your family.
Finding the perfect Branson Missouri lodging is a great asset to your vacation while in Missouri. Staying in Branson will give visitors a variety of options to their vacation activities, while staying close to the caverns.