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“The place where Branson began...”
Review of Marvel Cave

Marvel Cave
Ranked #12 of 172 things to do in Branson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A highlight of the Silver Dollar City theme park, this constantly evolving wet limestone cave under the Ozark Mountains, dating back to the 1500s, provides a one-hour tour of fascinating rooms and passageways. The cave's entryway is the largest in the U.S.
Reviewed March 12, 2012

For those who know the actual history of the area, there is no way you can NOT visit Marvel Cave. It was with the commercial use of the cave that the Branson area first became a tourist attraction. From there came Silver Dollar City, and from there exploded "the strip" as we see it today.

There are a couple of tour options, the regular cave tour and the lantern tour. For a first-timer, I'd recommend the regular tour. For someone who has been in it a number of times and is ready for a new experience, the lantern tour is an interesting, new look at an old (very old!) attraction.

The tour changes seasonally, as the water in the cave rises and makes some of the lower passages unpassable, so you are likely to have a different experience in one season than in another. If you have not had the opportunity to take the lower tour, I'd highly recommend it - just call and find out when this normally is, or you can always ask the helpful park staff inside the SDC gates.

There are some very tight passages, and I'm a bit claustrophobic, but I have been through it year after year and never regret my experience.

At the end, a pulley-system tram brings spelunkers back up to the sunlight and into the backside of the Marketplace.

As many have said, admission to the cave is included in your ticket to Silver Dollar City and the only way to see one of Southern Missouri's best caves. I highly recommend it!

3  Thank Kimberly R
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Part of the Silver Dollar City complex and included in the ticket price. Lots of stairs but worth the hike. Pay the extra and take the lantern tour, it is really fun.

1  Thank Out_of_Towner44926
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

We have visited a number of caves before by jeep, inner tube and boat, but this was our first lantern cave tour.

Caves are cool, but don't they all look somewhat the same after a while. Yes, some have very spectacular structures, but I like the lantern tour here at Marvel Cave. You won't see the huge rooms or the natural structures within the cave because its so dark. But that is what makes the tour so cool. It's all very dark and you go with a small group by lantern. Strange stories are told by the guides about the recent history in the cave. Parents with small children that are afraid of the dark should be cautioned. And those that need assistance walking should also be cautioned about the many steps going down. I think there are about 600+ downward steps on this tour.

If you want to see spectacular cave structures then you might be disappointed, but if you want to listen to some good stories and walk through caves in the dark, then the small fee is definitely worth it.

Regular tours for free are available with a Silver Dollar City pass, but you'll go in groups of up 60 people. At this time, I have not gone on a regular tour, but I do recommend this lantern tour. The tour lasts 90 minutes.

1  Thank Mark N
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

If you go to Silver Dollar City, you really owe yourself to take the time to go through the cave. The first room alone is worth the visit. It truly is amazing to see. The guide was very entertaining and took great enjoyment at trying to keep the kids on their toes (which I appreciate). It's neat to think about what is under our feet.

1  Thank ah15022002
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

Marvel cave is alway a must see/do when you go to Silver Dollar City. Be prepared to walk a lot of stairs! Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Only thing I wish they could do better is maybe make the tour sizes a little smaller (to help keep the group together) and to run tours maybe every 20 minutes (instead of 30).

1  Thank ajs2388
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