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“Really Cool Caverns”

Florida Caverns State Park
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Marianna
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A cave complete with rock formations and bats.
Reviewed December 11, 2011

This was a nice experience that takes a couple of hours to fully enjoy. The park boasts REAL caverns complete with stalagmites and stalactites. The only way to see them is to pay the nominal fee for a tour which was offered every hour the day we visited. There is a gift shop, visitors center and rest rooms. The caves have several steps, uneven ground, moist or wet areas and areas with low ceiling in the caves, So wear your sneakers for sure. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes and once you start there is no going back as you are with a tour guide and he has the only light. We really enjoyed the stories our guide shared with us about the creation of the park and how the caves were made navigable for tours. It is the MUST SEE attraction at the park.

The park also has a couple of walking trails. My friend and I took one of the shorter ones and it was beautiful! The land is uneven with rock formations jetting out of the ground in some areas. There are areas that are not safe for young children as there are no fences along the trail and we found ourselves looking over the edge toward the ground about 15 feet below, but for adults with common sense its a great time with a lot to see. There is one cave to walk through on your own, which we did ... and both hit our heads due to a lack of light. If you have time, walk one of the trails.

The park also has a fresh water spring, however many times through the year it is closed due to algae. That was the case the day we visited. We did walk around the blue spring and it was pretty. Plenty of grassy area around to have a picnic and the kids to play, even if you can't go in the water. There are restrooms near the spring.

Overall, it was a great experience and I will probably go again when I am in the area. You NEED sneakers to enjoy this park. Also, bring a Camera because the picture opportunities are beautiful!

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Reviewed December 10, 2011

Viewing the Caverns at Florida Caverns State Park was very fun and truly amazing. Our guide, Robert, took us on a 45-minute walking tour of the many "rooms" within the Caverns, explaining the history and geology of every room. The stalagmites, stalactites and other formations are stunning to behold, creating shapes that were feasts for the eyes.

This tour also made me appreciate the achievements of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which helped convert the Caverns into an accessible attraction back in the 1930s and 1940s.

The surrounding grounds offer several hiking trails that one can explore before or after the tour.

Definitely worth the trip to Marianna!

1  Thank DiningOutinTampaBay
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

This historic part of old Florida is a little out of the way but so interesting for the whole family. I took a friend from Panama and she had never been in caverns. She loved it.

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Reviewed November 12, 2011

I never knew Florida had caverns! We were looking for something to do while in the Tallahassee area and came across the caverns. They're over an hour from Tallahassee, but worth the drive. Very reasonably priced. Call in advance to confirm the tour times, as they book up a few hours early – so you need to arrive a few hours before the last tour to ensure you can get a ticket for the tour. The tour was informative, but not too long. It was beautiful in the caverns, a unique experience. Surprisingly the pictures came out down in the dark caverns, so bring your camera. Not for someone who is claustrophobic, or for very young children who may get scared and not follow directions. The park had a small gift shop and lots of great hiking opportunities too.

1  Thank Luv2TalkTravel
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

Having just visited Mammoth Cave, this cave is very small (1 mile?), but it's packed with stalagmites, stalactites, and columns. It's perfect for children who get bored with a longer tour or someone who doesn't want to hike very far (though there is a lot of bending over for taller people).

It might not be the best cave I've ever seen, but it was very good. There's a $5 fee to

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