Natural Bridge Caverns
Natural Bridge Caverns
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Natural Bridge Caverns is one of Texas’ largest underground attractions that is best explored on a guided tour. The Discovery Tour takes you through the most spectacular part of the caverns 180 feet underground, whilst the Hidden Passages tour shows you a system of huge underground chambers—or experience both on a combo tour. Otherwise, navigate the outdoor Twisted Trails rope course, find your way out of the AMAZEn’ Ranch Roundup maze, and pan for fossils at the Mining Company. Don’t miss the festivities during the holidays, which include the light-ups and a cozy campfire. For additional discounts, book your tickets online in advance. – Tripadvisor
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  • REW
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best cave tour ever
    We did both caverns (Discovery and Hidden Passages) on Saturday, July 8, 2023. They are stupendous. I’m talking really amazing. Also, the facilities are clean, well organized, and well maintained. The staff is friendly and well spoken So with that said, here are the major negatives. 1. The caverns are steep and in some places slippery. Strength and agility are necessary. 2. Expensive. Prices are high. 3. In most cases, the staff is not too knowledgeable about geology nor these particular caverns. 4. These caverns are advertised as being in San Antonio. However, they are well north of San Antonio. It took us 45 minutes to get there.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Cindy
    Centerville, Texas11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Five star visit ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    We visited July 12, 2023. Let me just begin by saying, I was extremely impressed upon our arrival. I didn’t realize this place had so many things to do! I wish we would have arrived earlier so we could do more exploring. The bathrooms were clean, the gift shop was adorable. Our discovery tour was amazing and our tour guide Ben was phenomenal! He was very informative, funny, and most importantly he kept my children entertained the whole time (ages 9, 6, and 4). We plan on coming back someday to do more exploring!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Lisa C
    106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    It’s definitely a tourist location, but they do a decent job of keeping the cave maintained and protected while still allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of this place. We were quite impressed with the formations inside the cave and our tour guide was great. We also did the maze afterwards which was fun. We ate pizza afterwards at their cafe and they have a nice gift shop. The bathroom facilities were clean and large. Highly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Tucker75
    Mississauga, Canada63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip
    Very cool to see the caverns and good relief from the heat. The maze and zipline ride are at an extra cost. There is a small restaurant that serves pizza, ice cream and drinks (and other food) and fast food in the main building. They stagger the tour times so it never feels overcrowded.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Alexandria T
    Denton, Texas3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family friendly and educational
    I absolutely loved my experience! The Hidden Wonders Tour was beautiful and riding the B.A.T. out of the cave was pretty cool. The tour guide on our tour was very personable and knowledgeable. The maze is also a great place to bond with friends and family while trying to find the objects and navigate out. I went on a Sunday afternoon, and it wasn't overly crowded. The total experience was unforgettable.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Rowena C
    Royse City, Texas25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Discovery Tour was amazing
    My niece and I went to the Combo Tour which composed of the Discovery Tour and the Hidden Wonders Tour. We both enjoyed the Discovery Tour with our knowledgeable and professional guide Nathaniel. The rock formations are all natural and amazing. Conquering to go down 180 feet was amazing. There were photo ops spots and rest periods. The Hidden Wonders Tour was much shorter and less natural than the Discovery Tour. If you only have a budget and energy for one tour, just do the Discovery Tour and you will be wowed by the experience. The BAT ride on the Hidden Wonders are long and slow and it did require strong legs and good balance. Don’t ride the BAT, if you have doubts you have strong legs and good balance. I recommend to do the Discovery Tour Vs. The Hidden Wonders Tour.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Alex C.
    Humble, Texas162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day trip; Day fun
    Day trip to NB Caverns on a Wed. The overall experience there was great. Booked both a Twisted Trails and the Discovery tour online, total cost for 3 adults, approx $180. Online, the price for the cave was $26.25x3, but at the gate, it was approx $50. The Twisted Trails cost: $26.99x3. If you're military, try ITT center, it might be better. On their FAQ's pg, it states there's a 10% military discount (at the gate only not online), but the online price is, obviously, way better. Also, if you're visiting San Antonio & and you're doing the Rio San Antonio River Cruises, they have discounted deals for the Caverns, too. Not sure how good they are, but might be worth a try if you're in the area. Had loads of fun a Ben, our cave tour guide was great and knowledge. The food prices were set to be expected. Bonus, they serve canned beer and wine. And you have to try their lemonade, it was fantastic and refreshing. Spent about 40 bucks for 2 beers, 1 wine, bag of popcorn, 3 lemonades. I know, a bit pricey but when on holiday... Hope this helps, you can really spend a good day there full of activities.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Mason H
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING CAVERNS
    OMG, This cavern was AMAZING! period. The views were so historical and cool! Very cool history and more! And the tour guide David was amazing too! He was so nice very informative speeches and he would be happy to answer your questions! If your ever here just let you… Have a very amazing experience just like I did!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • cscherry416
    Broken Arrow, Oklahoma13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See if You Like Caves
    We chose to do both tours and were very happy that we did! Each cave is absolutely stunning and has a unique personality! Both have a wide variety of formations and are beautiful in their own right! We loved the way the tour path takes you up close and personal and that you have ample time to fully appreciate each area. Both guides were very personable and knowledgeable. These caves were by far the best I've ever experienced and so is their popcorn from the snack bar! I seriously considered asking my husband to drive back by to get more.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Rachel G
    Bulverde, Texas212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, informative, and exquisite views of natural caverns
    As a couple, we took a trip to the Natural Bridge Caverns comprised of Texas Cave trails with indescribable beauty of discovery below your walking feet of inquisitive subterranean showcases. We experienced both Cave trails package deals with private tour guides. We took many photos of diverse sites. I do recommend this Texas Cave Trail with family and friends. Also, much walking, many steps within the cavern, and inclines. The grand finale for us was in the Discovery Cavern tour of the ballroom with lights plus the beautiful cavern view synchronized with music and diverse lights. Wow!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
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Mark D
Weatherford, TX632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This spotless facility is very well run and well worth the trip. They offer a variety of entertainment packages, and tickets are cheaper if purchased ahead of time. They do offer military discounts, but you may need assistance getting it if buying tickets online. Plenty of free parking. Tickets are for specific times and if you're late, you may be out of luck. The trip through the caverns is well worthwhile. Make sure you wear comfortable rubber-souled shoes. The cavern tours are open regardless of weather. The outside entertainment will likely shut down for inclement weather. Easy to get there from Highway 281 or I35. Some fun things in the gift shop.
Written June 5, 2021
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Julia A
Wesley Chapel, FL14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
My husband and I are staying in San Antonio from Florida on vacation. we attended an early morning tour this morning with only my husband and myself alongside another couple which was perfect so we were able to take tons of pictures and hear the tour guide clearly and move at a steady pace without being crowded. The cave views were stunning and we learned so much. Our Tour guide Jonathan was extremely professional and patient with all of our questions. He did a great job of explaining all of the formations and history about the cave. I highly recommend people in San Antonio to book a tour and request Johnathan. We had a Great time!
Written September 3, 2020
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volcanogirl
Houston, TX15,821 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We were visiting San Antonio during a rainy week, so we decided to visit Natural Bridge Caverns which was about 35 miles away. We bought our tickets ahead of time online and saved a bit of money by doing that. We chose the Discovery Tour because it seemed to focus on the larger formations that we were interested in seeing. Parking is easy and plentiful on site. When we arrived they sent us to the ticket office to have our tickets scanned so we ended up standing in line despite purchasing ahead of time. After you purchase tickets or have them scanned, they have you wait in a nice, covered pavilion until your guide joins you at your appointed time. We had Jarod as our guide, and he was fantastic - fun, informative, interesting; we thought he did a great job. The caverns were beautiful with amazing formations, some of them quite large, and there were gorgeous underground ice blue lakes as well. We learned all about the history of the caves, how they were formed, and how they were discovered. The entire tour took a little over an hour and was fairly easy with a few steep areas, particularly toward the end, some stairs, etc. It was wet and slick inside so be sure to wear closed toe shoes with good traction. There were handrails and paved paths throughout, and everyone was required to wear a mask. There was never any hurry to be in a rush, and our guide told everyone just to take their time and go at their own pace. It's really impressive the way they were able to develop the inside of the caverns while maintaining their natural beauty. The only thing we weren't fans of is that they had everyone remove their masks inside the cave to have photos taken; photos were then available for purchase. Probably not great for people who aren't immunized yet. In addition to the caves, there are a lot of onsite activities like zipining, a ropes course, panning for gems, little shops, and a snack bar. We loved spending the day here and thought it was the perfect rainy day activity.
Written April 30, 2021
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,622 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
About 30 miles outside of San Antonio, the caverns are in the middle of a small amusement park, obviously built to separate you from a few more dollars after visiting the caverns (a business has to make money to survive). It is also near the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (which we didn’t visit). The entry roads to both parks were multiple lanes, suggesting that these attractions can be mighty crowded in high season. We went in February, which is not high season (thankfully). We had booked tickets for the standard tour online, and those vouchers need to be exchanged for real tickets when you get there. The tours go every half hour. The caverns are pretty impressive. We have been to many such sites during our travels, and these caverns are in the top 10. A witty (or less than witty…depending on the luck of the draw) employee guides you through the caverns turning lights on/off for effect. Several rooms in these caverns are enormous, and the rock formations are very cool. The tour is mildly strenuous in some parts. People with dodgy hearts or bad legs should probably pass on this. There is no wheelchair access. Tour takes about 30 minutes, and is worth the visit. The rest of the park has attractions that cater to the kids. Force them to learn a little science, then they can go on the rope challenge. Recommended
Written March 17, 2022
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MelissaWP
Shorewood, IL482 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We booked a tour in advance on Groupon to save some money. Our tour was for a Tuesday at 1:00. We arrived at 12:00 because we miscalculated how long it would take us to check out of our hotel that morning and how long it would take to get there. Upon arriving, I detected the sound of Christian rock music blaring from the speakers outside as we walked in (later, our tour guide mentioned that the place is owned by a Christian group or family or something...). I walked up to the counter, presented my Groupon, and asked if we could get in on an earlier tour at 12:20 (they run every 20 minutes). I was told "no, the time is the time." I asked again because I didn't understand what the big deal was. She said no again. Well, wow, that is NOT very Christian now is it?! The craziest thing is that the 12:20 group that we saw leaving for the tour was VERY small so we could've easily fit in whereas our 1:00 group was somewhat large. So, it definitely made no sense at all. We then had to sit around an wait for an entire hour....literally, we just sat outside in the shade doing absolutely nothing. This was aggravating and already set our mood for the day. In fact, had it not been for that employee's lack of customer service and refusing to accommodate a polite request for no apparent reason, I would have rated this experience as "very good" but they get one star/point less for that. Our tour guide was extremely young (maybe college age if that) and seemed somewhat inexperienced because there were some basic questions for which he did not know the answer. Otherwise, overall, the caverns tour itself and the sights we saw were cool. We are glad we did it but wish we had a better customer service experience and more experienced tour guide.
Written May 21, 2022
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frankg_2011
Chino Hills, CA129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I found the Natural Bridge Caverns while researching for things to do in San Antonio while on a business trip for two weeks, and it was totally worth it. The weather in the Texas hill country was a bit cooler than San Antonio city center, but the 99% humidity made it a damp experience. The stalactites, stalagmite, and flowstone formations were beautiful, more so in the Discovery Passages tour than the Hidden Passages. But since you're there already, might as well sign up for both. It's best to purchase your ticket(s) ahead of time as the prices can fluctuate and it does get more crowded later in the day. Be aware that there are a lot of stairs and inclines (deepest section is 180 feet down) and surface is wet and slippery so good footwear is recommended.
Written July 18, 2022
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Kimberly D
San Antonio, TX47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a nice place to visit on a weekend with your family. Couple of recommendations though, if you're military you can get a discount, but only when buying tickets on site. Also, it's HOT in the caverns and it's challenging walking. Wear good gripping shoes, and if it's cold outside, dress in layers. You want to be in t-shirts and shorts for this workout. We were so hot and sweaty by the end of it that we drank two bottles of water instantly and could've kept going! The price for this is kind of high considering you are doing an awful lot of work yourself to see the inside. There's a path but after a good rain it's got water nonstop running down it and it becomes very slippery. You are encouraged to use the hand rails but there's not one hand sanitizer station anywhere. If you aren't in great shape, this is not the type of activity you want to be doing anyway. Also, kids just run all over and it seems their parents just let them even though they are tripping adults who are trying to hang on to keep from slipping. This may be an assessment on parenting these days, but it is a real concern especially for those with mobility issues and no employee tells the parents to make their kids stop so they are basically a constant tripping hazard. This would be an awesome experience if they had installed electric train cars to pull people through while we listened to the guide. Worrying about where you're walking when it's slick and dark doesn't leave a lot of opportunities to look around at the amazing formations in this cave. This would also prevent the kids from running around under elderly people's feet. There's plenty more to do outside after viewing the caverns and for that reason I think this was definitely worth it. The gift shops are extremely overpriced but it's nice to look at some of the unique things they have. They have good and snacks and playgrounds for kids. There's also fall type activities going on there now. Overall, it was a great experience and the cavern is obviously taken great care of. Just watch out for those little kids underfoot!
Written October 31, 2022
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Jennifer M
Houston, TX941 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
I have been coming here since I was a kid and this place keeps getting better. Know that the general discovery tour requires a lot of walking down steep declines as well as steep trails. With that being said they do warn you of the physicality of the adventure. They also have rails along the trail and benches as well as breaks. The staff is incredibly friendly. With this being during COVID they do require face masks to be worn at all times including in the cave. After the cavern they have a zip line zone, rock climbing, and a huge maze! All of these cost extra but they offer a discount when purchasing in addition to other tickets. These additions are great and very family friendly. They also had a man and woman duo singing family friendly songs and they were pretty good.
Written July 5, 2020
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LiLoLuvs2Travel
Bossier City, LA62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We went to Natural Bridge Caverns in 2013 but my son was too young to remember it so we decided to go back since we enjoyed it the first time. We booked the Hidden Passages/Discovery combo tour online. Last time we only went on the Discovery Tour. Just FYI...check to see if your hotel has discount tickets. Our hotel (Homewood Suites North) had discount tickets. Had I known about that, I would've gotten those. I don't know the specifics on those since I had already booked ours & I honestly didn't want to know how much I could've saved.
We arrived 30 minutes before the tour, which they recommend on their website. They have a covered area so you can sit and wait until it's time for the tour. Even though it wasn't hot the day we went, that would be very welcomed on a hot, scorching Texas afternoon. Anyway, we went on the Hidden Passages Tour first. Our tour guide was Sam. He did a great job & was very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the tour. It's an hour & 15 minutes or so but it didn't feel like it because there's so much to see! The rooms are more narrow and not as open as the Discovery Tour caves were but I'm still glad we went. In between tours we had about 45 minutes to just chill out. We got Icees which were $21 for 4. A little pricey but when you've been in a cave with 99% humidity for over an hour, you'll pay it!
Our tour guide for the Discovery Tour was Jesse. I'll admit, the group I was with was louder than the Hidden Passages Tour group so I couldn't really hear half of what he was saying. A majority of the rooms are absolutely huge! There's a lot to see on this tour as well. Lots of huge formations!! The King's Throne was one of my favorites. This tour is also about an hour & 15 minutes but it doesn't feel like it either.
A warning though, on both tours the floor is constantly wet and there's lots of steps and steep inclines so be very careful!
I honestly can't decide which tour was my favorite. They were both very cool in their own way. If you're trying to decide which tour to go on, I'd suggest going on both if you have slightly older kids. The Discovery Tour would be better with younger kids.
They're in the process of adding on to the Hidden Passages Tour so we might just have to come back a third time!!
Written June 29, 2021
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MCooper
Selmer, TN39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
The caverns are beautiful but I was not too impressed with the ladies working the ticket counter. I visited the cavern website before buying tickets to see what I needed to know since Covid. The website suggested buying tickets ahead of time and secure a time. I did so, as suggested. We arrived an hr early the day of the tour and asked if we could tour the caverns early if the spots wasn’t already filled. They informed us the spots weren’t filled but they would have to charge us more to tour the caverns bc it was before the time we selected. Which I think was crazy! I got my tickets cheaper by buying them in advance online. They are going to make sure they get all their money!
Written October 1, 2020
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