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“Magical caverns with very little hype”

Natural Bridge Caverns
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Natural Bridge Caverns Underground Walking Tour
Ranked #8 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Come on down (way down) at the largest underground attraction in Texas! Daily guided tours allow guests to explore large underground chambers and see huge formations. The largest room is bigger than a football field. Above ground, discover rocks, minerals, and rough-cut gems at the Natural Bridge Mining Company Sluice. The Canopy Challenge will test your agility on over 40 different obstacles while you are on our 4 story, 60 foot high Adventure Course. Then you can fly across the scenic Texas Hill Country on our zip-lines! (Canopy Challenge is open daily but weather dependent.)
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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121 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Magical caverns with very little hype”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Spoiled by being early visitors to the pristine Kartchner Caverns in Arizona, we expected little from this trip because it isn't overly hyped. What we got, however, was an outstanding experience in two very beautiful caverns. Caveats first: you need a car to get there unless you are on a tour. It's about 25 miles out from the Riverwalk. You need to be physically capable of a steep climb - down and up - in humid conditions. That said, it is a great experience for the money and you should plan to do both the caverns - the Discovery Tour and the Hidden Caverns - as they are different and both amazing. It would take about 5 hours to do both. The caverns are very much alive and being carefully maintained. There are sealed entrances to both and they are dripping and moist with astounding numbers of soda straws, fried eggs, draperies, popcorn, bacon, stalagmites, stalactites, cavern lakes, rivers that sparkle..and more. Both of our guides were knowledgable, friendly and entertaining but the formations are so amazing that we couldn't take our eyes away. There is a decent snack bar and a nice little gift shop while you wait. A must do for cavern-lovers.

Visited November 2012
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Crowley, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Amazing formations in Natural Bridges Cavern...”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

The Natural Bridges Cavern was easy to find and easy to get to. It was a paved road all the way to the Main building. You enter a nicely appointed guest center and purchase tickets in this building. They have a great gift shop for those wanting souvineers. There is also a refreshment center to purchase food and drinks. The facilities were well kept and seemed to have ample staff. There is a huge waiting area and with comfortable seating. My tour guide Caleb seemed knowledgeable of the age and initial story of the cavern. There are some beautiful formations in this rather large cavern. They have one of the largest rooms in a cavern I have seen. The tour was a comfortable walk, and nearly an hour. The temperature in the cavern stays about 72 degrees or so. Very enjoyable tour... A must see if you are in the San Antonio area...

Visited December 2012
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Baton Rouge
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fun, but . . .”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

I was really looking forward to my first cavern experience. The place was busy, w/e between Christmas and New Years, so it was to be expected. The lines moved quite quckly and the people at the ticket counter knew their stuff, start times of the tours, recomend which tour is better for groups with kids, etc. So far so good,
We're told where to assemble for the start of the tour and this is where the experience loses it's 5rh star/rating.
Our guide, Melissa, starts out conjolling the group, talking AT us instead of TO us. She sounded bored when she repeated a stale script, constantly kept forgetting things, laughing and making excuses for it. The group was a little big and a mix of older and younger people of different physical abilities so we got spread out over the tour. The guide didn't wait for the whole group to get together before going into her monotone drone of her semi-memorized tour talk. We had a 4 y o with us so we were toward the end of the group and missed most of what she said. We heard her going on and on over the speaker but her regurgitated speach was unintelligible.. An older couple behind us asked her several times if she was speaking English. The were more entertaining than she was. I was thinking she was like a tape recorder, just repeating what she had learned but then thought, at least with a tape recorder you could hit Replay and hear what you missed.
Okay if you're still reading, I need to get to what made this a "very good" rated attraction. It is seriously cool! It's an underground cave!!! And while it was the first one I've ever been it, it was great! Almost everything you could have in a cavern like this, you have (animals not included, thank goodness) Stalactites, stalagmites and everything else. There's hand rails in the cave because it gets a little steep in places and it's quite humid so it can get a little slippery. (They have rubber matting of some kind on the path, so it's not too slipplery)
The cavern is well lit so you can definitely see in there, and wow, there is a lot to see! The formations inside the cavern are just incredible.
There are two main tours, the Discovery Tour, which is the one we went on (aprox 75 min) and the Hidden Images Tour (they said it's also about 75 mins)
Just a few tips/hings. the temp in the cave is about 70 degrees F and the humidity is around 90+% (their info, not mine, I didn't bring measuring equipment) so dress accordingly. We took our coats off and were still sweating. While the floor isn't slick, it can be slippery, so wear comfortable rubber soled shoes. Oh! and bring your cameral, you'll want to take lots of pics.
Bottom line, I really liked the Natural Bridge Cavern, I would definitely like to go again, providing Melissa isn't the guide. And next time I will bring my camera.

Visited December 2012
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erin_nbc, Manager at Natural Bridge Caverns, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Thank you for bringing your experience to our attention. I am sorry to hear that it was not a completely positive experience. We have talked with your tour guide and are confident that her presentation has improved. We do work hard to provide proper training to our guides and have high expectations of them. I do hope you will give us another try if you are in the area again so we can show you a 5 star experience.
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Dallas, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fun outting for the day”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

We took our group of 12, kids and adults to Natural Bridge Caverns for the day. Its not too far from San Antonio, off of 281 North about 35 minutes away. Tickets are a little pricey, but look for coupons on various web sites. We went on a weekend in December, so it was pretty crowded and we had to wait over an hour for our Discovery tour. The actual caverns are pretty warm, so wear light clothing or something you can take off and carry, as well as tennis shoes. There are stairs most the way down, and steep ramps most of the way up, so it is a little bit of a hike. The Discovery tour took about an hour and a half, and there is a short walk back to the main building. We did take the photo op that was offered, and the picture actually came out good, and was only $10.

Visited December 2012
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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Cool but a bit long”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Really amazing view of nature at work. The tour is worth the trip but I wish it was just a tad shorter.... Say 15-20 minutes less. Also the new canopy adventure course was AMAZING! We really loved it. Had great weather and it was an adventure of making memories for all of us! Kinda wished we would have just done the adventure course and skipped the caverns.

Visited December 2012
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