Fantastic Caverns
Fantastic Caverns
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Discover the timeless beauty of Fantastic Caverns, one of the earth's rarest treasures. There are only four of its' kind in the entire world, and only one in North America. Here, you'll discover one of the world's most beautiful natural wonders; giant columns stretching from floor to ceiling, delicate soda straws glistening with minerals, tiny cave pearls hidden in crystal-clear water. And best of all, you'll see it close-up from the comfort of a Jeep-drawn tram!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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VanEsq12
Dallas, TX2,367 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Therd are only two drive-thru caverns in the world, and only one in the United States. This attraction is PERFECT for families with small children or individuals with mobility issues. The tour is given by riding on a flatbed with bench seats. This gives everyone the ability to see and hear everything well. The caverns are beautiful, and seeing them this way is a unique and fun experience. HINT: Heavy rains can flood the caverns and stop the tours. If it's raining while you are in the area, call ahead to confirm tours are operational.
Written 2 February 2023
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Patricia S
Hyattsville, MD3 contributions
Jan 2023
My sister Laura and I stopped here on the way to Branson and were so glad we did! Our guide Larry was amiable, professional and knowledgeable…he made learning fun. He told us about the discovery of the cavern, the history and even showed the various lighting utilized over the years for exploration and tours. I have been to a few caverns over the years but this was my first drive through one, especially good for those with mobility issues. If in the area I highly recommend and be sure to ask for Larry.
Written 31 January 2023
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Christine S
Big Lake, AK2 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
The cave is beautiful and a must see! Not only do you get to see an amazing creation of nature but learn some history as well. Frank did a great job on the tour and is very engaging.
Written 30 January 2023
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D8T
15 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
Took my 5 year old daughter. She wanted a daddy daughter day and this was our last stop. If you want to hang with dad you might do some dad stuff. We walk in and she immediately heads to the gift shop. I might have told her there would be stuffed animals. There are NO stuffed animals in the gift shop. 😕 The good news is they have some cheap jewelry with colorful stones. So she gave me a pass on the no stuffed animals. Bough my ticket. $30 per adult and kids under 6 are free. They tell you where to wait and when the next tour will start. We had a 20 min wait. The guide comes up the ramp and lets everyone it’s time to head to the tram. The tram is bench seating. One bench running the length of the tram on each side with the middle being open. The jeep also has seats for 4 people. We head into the cave and Kevin our tour guide is speaking loud enough so we can hear him, but is also making some jokes and making it a good time. The cave is bigger than I expected. Kevin tells us about how stuff in the cave is formed. My kid is eating it all up. She’s laughing at his jokes. Answering his questions. You go to the back of the cave and watch a video. You make your way back to the mouth of the cave all the while Kevin is stopping here and there to tell us about the history of the cave. It was very interesting for both me and my kid. We come out of the cave and Kevin says we got a picture of everyone in the cave and they are FREE! He passes them out to everyone. They have some trails you can walk and some other things outside you do. All in all I loved it. My 5 year loved it. She told anyone she saw all about the cave. The first explorers in the cave were all women. That did not go unnoticed by my little girl. The part of the cave you tour is only the top part of the cave. The bottom part of the cave where all the critters are is off limits due to how hard it is to get to and a couple of the critters are endangered. So don’t show up thinking it’s a cave safari. You get to see cool cave formations and learn about the history of the cave. The keep is powered by clean burning propane. I did not notice any fumes or smells from the jeep. I had fun with my kid. Simple as that.
Written 29 January 2023
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Kristina C
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Family
The tour guide, Larry was so informative and fun! He answered all of our questions and kept it very interesting! We had ages 9-42 and we ALl had a great time and learned so much!
Written 29 January 2023
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Kelly
Butler, MO1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Family
Our grandchildren are ages 13, two 10 year olds and a 6 year old. For Christmas 2022, we decided to give them and their parents the gift of family time. They don’t need anything so we decided as part of their Christmas we would go to Springfield and tour Fantastic Caverns.
We made it into a day trip. We were so pleased with our tour guide, Fred. He went out of his way to make our trip enjoyable. He was very knowledgeable about the beautiful cave but he added laughter to it too.
The kids loved the gift shop and we all had an extremely great time. Made great memories. I would highly recommend it to someone who hasn’t visited it before. Being able to ride through it was a major plus since my husband is scheduled for a knee replacement next month.
Written 28 January 2023
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Brenda
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Family
Mark was our tour guide and he was well educated about the cave. He also made the tour fun. We will be going back in the future.
Written 28 January 2023
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Mikayela
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Couples
Our tour guide Fred was awesome! He knew every answer we asked and made our first time cave experience so enjoyable and fun! Get this man a cashapp so he can be tipped!
Written 23 January 2023
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Dave Begley
24 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
Fred was my tour guide, and he was absolutely passionate about making sure I had the best experience.
Written 22 January 2023
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Heather P
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Family
Had a great time today at fantastic Caverns. Our guide Larry was very informative and very nice. I give this 5 stars because he made all the kids feel comfortable and was very pleasant.
Written 16 January 2023
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Fantastic Caverns is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM