Cascade Caverns

Cascade Caverns, Boerne: Hours, Address, Cascade Caverns Reviews: 4.5/5

Cascade Caverns
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Cave attraction near Boerne, Texas (30 miles Northwest of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas).
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Very good

Kevin N Vivian M
Angleton, TX4 contributions
Dec 2020
We had a wonderful experience!
We went on a week day in early December. We pulled into the parking lot and didn’t see any other cars and wondered if it was closed. Walked into the gift shop and was warmly greeted by three people that appeared to be busy doing gift shop things. One of the young men introduced himself and as I was about to ask him to repeat his name, because I didn’t catch it, as it was a bit unusual sounding to my ears, said to just call him by his nickname of “Stingray”, everyone does, because, as he explained, it was easier than remembering his real name, assured us that they were open and that he would personally take us on a tour of the caverns.
“ Stingray’s” attitude from the get-go was upbeat. He started out with some light-hearted conversation and gave us a safety briefing before the tour. It was obvious that he was very knowledgeable about the caverns, it’s history, geological makeup, and the local ecology that surrounds the area.
This young man took just the two of us on an hour + tour of the caverns that was filled with education, great conversation and humor.
He answered all of our questions and interjected a few personal tidbits in his conversations that made the tour a wonderful experience.
Though it’s a smaller family-owned venue, we would highly recommend the Cascade Caverns tour for anyone that appreciates a more personable experience!
Written December 2, 2020
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Beaumont, TX30 contributions
Jun 2020
We went to Cascade Caverns and Campground last weekend with extended family and had an amazing time. The campground is surrounded by woods and the kids loved hiking and looking for deer, turkeys, lizards, etc. The cavern was super cool and definitely worth a tour. The gift shop had some really nice items that were very well priced. The only thing is that it was hot and I wish there was a pool or swimming hole. Other than that, this campground was great!
Written June 22, 2020
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1 contribution
May 2021 • Couples
If you only go to one cave in the area, go here. It feels like you are exploring a real cave. It isn’t as commercialized as some others; it is more of a “living cave.” We saw bats and salamanders! Our guide, Dylan, was very knowledgeable and really has a passion for what he does.
Written May 27, 2021
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Houston, TX21 contributions
Oct 2021
A beautiful, untouched, natural cave. It is not as big nor tourist-centric as others in the general area and, to me, this makes it a wonderful experience. Lighting is sufficient but it is kept to a minimum to preserve the cave and you are guided through with flashlights which enable you to see anything you want. Our tour guide was Ryan and he is very personable and knowledgeable. Ryan made sure we didn't miss out on a thing! He pointed out all the areas of interest, history of the cave, we found bats sleeping, salamanders, and even a snake while on the walk to the cave. If you are an explorer, check out this cave experience.
Written November 8, 2021
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1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
Super fun and cool experience, it’s a hidden gem which allows it to be so exclusive. Went as a date Hannah was our tour guide! She did amazing as it was just the 3 of us she was able to keeps the jokes rolling and make it a very informative tour at the same time. 10/10 highly recommend!
Written February 9, 2020
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Brianna S
3 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Had a great visit to the Cascade Caverns. We've been to the Natural Bridge Caverns before and it was refreshing to see a different site. The caverns are beautiful and our tour guide, Melissa, was great. She had a lot of great information to share and as a music minor, even sang to our group in the last room of the cavern. It was great! We went on a Friday afternoon in June and it wasn't too crowded. We were all given our own flashlights to use during the tour, which was a nice touch and made the cave discovery even more fun. We'll definitely return and recommend to friends and family!
Written June 6, 2020
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Donna, TX647 contributions
Aug 2020
At the ticket and gift shop I told the two girls behind the counter I wanted to view the cave and they said, “Before you buy a ticket, we must tell you there are 120 steps down to the entrance of the cave, which you will then have to come back up when the tour is done. There is also a section about 20-feet long that is only about four and a half feet tall. The cave is also wet and can be very slippery in some places. Do you still want to go?” I did, and it was worth it. This is not a handicap accessible site.

This is a living cave which means it is still developing. Water is still dripping through the ceiling and adding to various formations. The amazing thing about this place is that Boerne, TX. is 1405 feet above sea level but in the walls of the cave you can find seashells. This cave also has the remains of Mastodons from the ice age, but they are within the walls and can not be excavated because of the status of the cave.

The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the cave and it's inhabitants. If you are in the Texas Hill Country, and like caves, don't miss this one.
Written August 17, 2020
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Charlie R
1 contribution
Aug 2020
This place is a hidden treasure and is absolutely worthy of a visit if you have some free time, not to mention it is also a way to get out of the hot Texas sun.

Melisa (tour guide) will make you feel very welcome and make sure that everyone gets to experience the caverns in its full glory. She is eager to answer any questions from any of the guests and goes the extra mile so ensure everyone remains safe.

Cascade Caverns is a must for your bucket list!
Written August 15, 2020
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Dianne H
17 contributions
Aug 2020
We are rock hounds, so the rock store was a treat. We bought several beautiful specimens before we entered the cave. The vigorous walk to the cave entrance was worth it. This is a living cave, where the walls and ceiling drip water that has been filtered through the rock formations above it. Beautiful flow stone, a solid ceiling of tiny stalctites, each one with a sparkling drop of water on the tip, several green pools, and the occasional tiny bat sound asleep on the wall. We saw hollowed out bowl-like indentations on the high ceilings, evidence of the power of the water flowing through the cave eons ago. Our guide Melissa was well-informed and thoroughly entertaining.
Written August 21, 2020
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Chad Burnside
South Jordan, UT8 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Had a fun time exploring Cascade Caverns. We had tickets for some other caverns, but ended up here by mistake. (Wasn’t a bad mistake to make.) Luckily we were able to get a refund from the other caverns. The hiking tour lasted about an hour. Stingray was friendly and knowledgeable and threw in some “Dad joke” humor along the way. The hike wasn’t strenuous but there are stairs going in and out of the caverns and some low ceilings. The area looks fairly primitive and isn’t overly commercialized. You do drive through an RV park to get to these caverns, so don’t think you’re mapping system took you on the wrong road. Kids could have fun on this hike and learn about caverns and how they’re formed along the way.
Written November 8, 2020
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Chad- Thanks for visiting the oldest cave attraction in Texas. We may be one of the smaller Texas show caves but we are definitely the most unique in terms of human and natural history. Here is a list of just some of our unique qualities: # Description 1 Extremely biodiverse (Cascade Salamander, Cascade Amphipod, Cave Beetle, Tri-Colored Bats, etc.) 2 Wettest of the 7 Texas show caves (95%+ active) 3 101 camp-/RV sites (one of 3 campgrounds/RV parks in the Boerne area) 4 103.4 acre park with 2 nature trails, 50 picnic tables and a 2,000+ sq. ft. pavilion 5 Just 3 miles off IH-10 at Exit 543 (easiest San Antonio area cave to access by car) 6 Located at the Center of Hill Country (equidistant between Fredericksburg & New Braunfels) 7 Lowest spot in Kendall County (1,335 foot elevation) 8 1,670 feet (509.0 meters) long 9 190+ feet (58 meters) deep (2nd deepest Texas show cave) 10 Coldest Texas show cave (63.1 Degrees F˚ mean temperature throughout the year; 60-65 Degree range) 11 Cave formed on top of a coral reef dating back 140-200 million years (Cretaceous-Jurrasic Period) 12 Rooms (5): Cathedral Room, First Room, Imagination Room, Lake Room, Storm Canyon 13 Most unique cave entrance in Texas (Peep in the Deep) 14 Discovered by Lipan Apaches in the late 1700s and by Europeans in the 1840s 15 Father Hood / Jack Charles (Patrick Swayze) / Rex (1992 Disney movie filming location) 16 Hermit of the Cavern / Ein Verfehltes Leben / Dr. Benjamin Hester (1876, 1932) 17 Oldest Boerne Area Tourist Attraction 18 Oldest Texas show cave attraction (opened publicly in 1932; privately in 1876) 19 Texas Historical Site (1984); Three historic buildings: Gift Shop (1932), Ticket Booth (1932), Apartments (1942) 20 Texas Treasure Award (2018) 21 Bison, Mastodon and Smilodon (Sabre Tooth Tiger) fossils (25,000+ years old) 22 Formations: Diamond Ceiling, Giant Molar, Peep in the Deep, Solution Domes, Travertine Dam, Twin Sisters 23 15,000 visitors per year
Written November 20, 2020
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