Although I have been to Fantastic Caverns, my husband and children hadn't. On a recent trip to Springfield, we decided to visit.
It was a cold, snowy, blustery day. The long walk from the parking lot to the visitor's center froze our toes, and made the welcome center feel even more welcome. We walked around the gift shop full of cave delights, and purchased hot raspberry coffee and hot chocolate before purchasing our tickets. We then wandered through the center, seeing the antiques and learning about the history of the cave.
Once our tour began, we loaded into the tram. Because my Yorkie was along, we boarded first, and got to sit up front with the driver. That was a great experience! The ride from the visitor's center to the cave was very cold, but overlooking the beautifully snow covered Ozarks was worth the chill. Once we drove into the cave, though, we enjoyed the beautiful, consistent, 60* temperature.
You read that right...we drove into the cave. Fantastic Caverns is the only cave in North America that has a drive through experience.
Our guide was knowledgeable about both the human history and the natural history of the cave. It was fascinating to see how the cave has progressed and changed, while still becoming what a cave becomes, with the beautiful columns, stalagmites and stalagtites. The auditoreum, with the movie about the cave, was also very interesting. We all loved it, even my dog!
The tour lasted roughly an hour. It is well worth the price of admission. Should you find yourself in Springfield, definitely take time for Fantastic Caverns.
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