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“Caverns in Florida? who Knew!”

Florida Caverns State Park
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Marianna
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Owner description: A cave complete with rock formations and bats.
florida
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47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Caverns in Florida? who Knew!”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Everyone was very nice. The tour inside the cavern took about 45 mins, there were several stairs but nothing an average person (im 48 and hubby is 51 and trust me we are not terribly athletic at all) couldn't handle. The ranger was very in depth about the history and "creation" of the cavern, allowed time for us to take pics. It wasn't too cold either. There were some areas were you had to bend down low to walk thru but maybe 2 yards at best. Some parts were a little slippery so wear a good pair of sneakers. You cannot touch the walls with your hands (ranger told us federal offense- you can damage the walls with the oils of our skin) but you really didnt need to. And Im klutzy and did ok. My kids loved it since they have never been to one, they took out their iphones and did panoramic shots.
We discovered this place on our way to Pensacola. Arrive at 9am as they allow only 21 people on each tour. We got there at 930am and went on the 10am tour. Look at their website I think Mondays and Tuesdays(?) there are no tours. There is no wheelchair access, or any other disability access that I could see. There was a lady on our tour (@30's) who had a cane and wore flipflops and she did fine.
The whole thing, took about 1.5 hrs including gift shop time....:)

Visited June 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Not enough time!!!”
Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

There was so much wonder and beauty at the caverns but we felt like we were rushed through each room of the caves. It all went so fast, too fast!!! For the price and the trip we wished we would have been able to look more. Also the older lady who sold tickets at the gift shop was very grumpy towards the children.

Visited June 2013
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Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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23 reviews
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“Underground beauty”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

We took our children here to see something that they have never seen before and the "oohh's and "aaaahhh's" were flying! We took the tour given by a park ranger or volunteer that leaves every 15 minutes Thursdays through Mondays. Price is $8 for adults. Well worth the price. The scenery and history was wonderful to see and our kids are still talking about this tour.

Visited June 2013
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LA MARQUE
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“I didn't know there are caves in Florida.”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

The guided tour was prompt, very interesting and humorous that lasted about a hour. Lots to see and historical. Priced for the whole family. Nice and cool!

Visited July 2012
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dade city, fl
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“Great camping trip!”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

My family and I just returned from a 3 night camping trip at the Florida Caverns State Park. What a great place to visit. The campsite was great...we were on #6 and it was shaded, very close to the bathroom and also a short walk to the Blue Hole swimming area. We took the flash light caverns tour. All the lights inside are off and you just use your own flashlights to view the formations. The formations are so beautiful! Quite an experience! He even let us all turn off our flash lights so we could experience total darkness. wow! It is the last tour of the day and is more informal. Since there is not a tour coming behind you, you can take your time and ask questions. We even got to go through a room that is not a usual part of the day time tour. Our guide, Billy, was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We also took the Bluff Trail hike and got to see openings to more caves. The next day we took out our canoe to the Chipola River. The put in is less than a mile from the campsite. We rented a 2nd canoe for the older kids and the lady that helped us informed us of a path of the river that goes through private land but since the water is public we could enter and it took us to a beautiful small set of springs with crystal clear water. There are a couple of underwater caves to explore as well. There is a trail to walk to the 2nd spring and the owners of the land are kind and allow people to walk on their land to get to the spring. They were actually out having a picnic when we arrived and were very nice! They have put up a rope swing to swing out into the water which my kids LOVED! A lot of people mentioned mosquitoes...maybe it was the time of year but we had no problem with them. I had come prepared but it never was an issue. My kids ages range from almost 3 to 19 years old and they all enjoyed this park! My one and only negative is that the playground was 2 miles away from the campsite. Just wished it was closer for convenience sake.

Visited May 2013
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