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“Zip lines are a joke”

Natural Bridge Caverns
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Natural Bridge Caverns Underground Walking Tour
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San Antonio Explorer Pass
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.)
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 20, 2013

18 dollars for about 350 feet and about 50 feet high.Once we got thru the lines {30 min} the zip line lasted about 5 min.
The caverns are worth the money great sites alot of up and downs a good work out.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Our family, parents in their 40's with an elementary school aged child, had fun at this stop. Our son loved the caves and the rock shop at the end. It was somewhat crowded because of Spring Break, but not too bad. There are some amazing formations in these caves, and they are well worth a look. However, be warned to take heed of the tour guides instructions. It can be a strenuous walk for some. The original Discovery Tour was not too bad and due to the volume of visitors for Spring Break they were allowing you to go through at your own pass with a guide stationed in each "room" of the cave to give you information. Some of the guides were more helpful and friendly than others. They could work on making sure that there is a more uniformly friendly and information experiance in that regard. However, the natural wonders of the place were great. The second tour that we took, Hidden Passages, was more strenuous and involved some time in total darkness. If you are not in decent shape or have any fear of the dark or closed in spaces, you might not want to go on this tour. However, our guide was great and we did all have fun. Wear shoes with good traction, hold the hand rails at all times and be prepared for high humidity!

Thank Linda D
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We had a very interesting cave "exploration" experience at the Natural Bridge Caverns. Although we are not young (both over 70), it was not too rigorous if you are reasonably fit. The descent and ascent were gradual enough for seniors and children, and the pathways were well-paved with plenty of accessible handrails. (Children should be able to walk well, and strollers are not allowed in the caverns themselves.) There are benches to rest on at strategic intervals if you want a break. The caves themselves, and their many features, were fascinating and beautiful. We did the general introductory visit, but there are other (guided) tours available as well, including some that are more rigorous. For the introductory visit, rather than a guided tour with a group, you move through at your own pace and there were young guides stationed at frequent intervals who gave set speeches as clusters of people accumulated in their area. The guides in general were one of the weak points of the experience. A few were good, but most did not speak well -- too high, too fast, too "rote" in their presentation. They need better training in public speaking, and perhaps better training in the science and geology of the caves. Some used flashlights to point out features, and many of the flashlights were too dim to see what they were trying to point out. If you go, I'd recommend bring your own flashlight, not because it's hard to see the pathway but because you would be able to illuminate places which are not lit and therefore see a lot more. As others have pointed out, the caves aren't the only attraction, but we didn't try out the climbing apparatus or zipline so can't comment on those except to say that there were a lot of kids who seemed to be having a great time!

There's typical junk/fast food available for sale, but it might be better to bring your own and picnic on the grounds.

Thank pemquid
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Wow! This was an unplanned stop on the way to San Antonio. I've never been there before, and I'm so glad we stopped! It's right off I-35 and easy to find. Take the left entrance for the caverns. The right is for the wildlife park. We arrived around 1:30 and there were lots of people milling about and in line for tickets, but the wait wasn't long. There are two tours- hidden passages which was sold out already so those must be booked/planned ahead! And discovery tour where you go at your own pace. There's also a package of a tour and ziplines/challenge course! You've got active kids and more time? Then do that because it looked fun!!! We did the discovery tour. Make sure you have your camera, tennis shoes, and dress comfy for slightly warm temps and high humidity below! It's NOT a cold cave! If you have ANY balance issues or claustrophobia, then either skip this tour or go very slowly! It's mostly open with handrails, BUT there are some low ceilings and a few inclines/declines/turns with no handrail. There ARE places to sit and enjoy the beauty, docents at every major formation, and it's not crowded in the caverns! They were very good about spreading out the groups so that you aren't all on top of each other. I have a 7 year old and there wasn't really any spot where I feared she could plunge into the cavern! Ticket price a bit high, but if it helps preserve the park then OK! Gift shop, restrooms, and food located in the main entry area. Enjoy this natural beauty!

Thank Scarlett001
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is a very fun and exciting attraction, something different to do for kids and adults. There is a zip line and suspended obstacle course that you are allotted 30 minutes to complete. You are always attached to a harness so it is completely safe. Well worth the price, helpful hint is you do not have to purchase a cavern tour to do the canopy challenge, tickets are sold separately at the entrance of the canopy challenge behind the main building so no need to wait in the long cavern tours line.

Thank LGT777
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