Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna

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In addition to featuring many outdoor activities, Florida Caverns State Park is the only park in the state where you can tour a cave system. Rock formations inside the limestone caverns include elaborate stalagmites, stalactites, flowstones, and draperies. The park organizes guided tours of the caves during which you can learn about their history and gain additional appreciation for these geological wonders. Additionally, the Chipola River that runs through the park offers opportunities for fishing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking. The park has a network of hiking and equestrian trails, a concession and a playground area, and a nine-hole golf course. Both full-facility and youth campsites can be booked in advance. Cave tours are very popular; it's a good idea to reserve your ticket. A visit to Florida Caverns State Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Marianna visit website to plot your vacation.
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  • We had a great time. Our tour guide Brooke was fabulous and fun. We will be back again. Well worth the price, the park is beautiful as well.  more »
  • We had no idea that there were caverns in Florida! We saw on FB where someone in our town had visited the Florida Caverns State Park and had written about it in the paper. My husband and I were on a G...  more »
  • Stopped with Jax the dog, 2 dog friendly trails around visitors center. 3/4 mike and 1/4 mile. Unpaved trails so be prepared. Robinson did a great job as tour guide on cave tour. About 45 minutes tour...  more »
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  • The tour guide, Eric, knew his information and was great at answering questions. He knew a lot about the history and was fun to have guide us in the cave system. Everything was on time and we spent an hour underground, even though it felt like 15 minutes. Turning the lights off was a great experience, and I enjoyed the random wild life encounters we had. The park itself is beautiful and the trails were fun to experience.
  • Visited in March and had a great time. Took a tour of the caverns and stayed overnight in our tent. The cave was impressive and there was some actual topography to the landscape (also impressive by Florida standards). Wild lilies were blooming across the flood plain, which was a beautiful sight. We visited the bat cave at dusk and the bats were very active. We went back to the bat cave the following day, while the critters were sleeping, so we could inspect the cave in more detail. Be warned that there are lots of mosquitoes at this time of year. Not an issue if you prepare in advance. Some "deep woods" rated bug spray and a canopy with a bug screen are recommended. If you forget the bug spray, don't worry, there is a gift shop with plenty, in addition to lots of great gifts and snacks/drinks. Also if you take the tour, make sure to say "hi" to Mr. Jingles.
  • The cave tour was great! Our guide (Konner) was especially awesome and very knowledgeable. She was also really great with my son. He had a total blast in the caves, which were pretty kid friendly. We enjoyed the Bluff hiking trail after the cave tour (it also has a small cave tunnel at the end). I would definitely go back!
  • Troop 218 stayed in the Youth area and it is nicely laid out. Short hike to the visitors center/museum/caves. Great hiking trails. Park Ranger Amanda was the best!!! She gave wonderful information and friendly. Highly recommended to visit. Lots of owls to be heard and a few bats in the evening. Watch out for the mosquitos though, but that's Florida for you.
  • Our tour guide, Eric, was a ROCK star. Incredibly knowledgeable, entertaining, and patient -- even with the herd of wild monkeys accompanying us on the tour. We would love an adults-only tour option, so we can actually hear our guide's entire spiel. But, we know it's no fault of his own, so no reduction in stars. Thank you for a great your!
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