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Natural Bridge Caverns, San Antonio

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Cave Geologic Formation
A natural limestone bridge leads into caves at Natural Bridge Caverns. The cavity houses the largest commercial caves in the United States--viewed as a living cave system because of the active growth of formations. Prior to opening to the public, the cave revealed evidence of ancient human remains dating back to 5,000 BCE. The caverns are part of a drive-through safari park, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. For Natural Bridge Caverns and beyond, use our San Antonio vacation builder to get the most from your San Antonio vacation.
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  • Enjoyed the Discovery Tour, although it's wet and slippery and you need to take caution during all steps. Don't recommend very small children/infants. Enjoyable though considering I had a fall. lol :-...  more »
  • Great time. We were vacationing in Austin and decided to give this a try. With crazy traffic, it was a bit far, but we're still glad we went. The cave is really neat. My kids both enjoyed it(saying a ...  more »
  • My family and I really enjoyed this wonderful tour! Nice gift shop. Very knowledgeable staff. It's a hike, but not too bad and you can stop almost any time. Just don't touch anything!  more »
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  • Showed up around 9:30 on a Saturday and managed to avoid long lines. We did the combo hidden passages and discovery tour and found both very interesting. Hidden passages guides you through a number of rooms with very interesting formations. Seeing the original shaft that started it all was also fascinating. The discovery tour was very good as well and was more at your own pace, though they prefer you to follow along. The canyons are so impressive. Things are a much bigger scale here though I feel like people were breaking rules more frequently on this one. Easy walk through and a very good place to see caves overall. I wish they had more water fountains but I can understand they want to sell more drinks.
  • My husband took me on a date to these caverns, and to be honest I wasn't convinced it would be all that amazing. But, i was wrong. It was actually interesting to see the rock formations as most of them are actually quite impressive. The really amazing part happened after the cavern tour closed. The Bat Conservation owns a cave down the road from the Natural Bridge Caverns and if you purchase the Bracken Discovery tour you get a tour of the Natural Bridge Caverns and a sunset view of the largest bat concentration in the world. There are hardly words for how breath taking it was to watch these creatures exit the cave in wild waves avoiding snakes and hawks. I would recommend both adventures to families and couples alike. Just keep an open mind!
  • Impressive what nature can do. These caverns make one feel "small" when you learn that they grew at a pace of an ice cube per 100 years. Tour guides could speak more slowly and $25 was not exactly cheap for the one hour I spent there. Would still recommend you check it out though.
  • There caverns themselves are amazing and beautiful, however, I think the tour guides all memorized their lines and whenever anyone in our group asked questions, the tour guide for the main Discovery tour did not know the answers. With that said, the hidden passage tour was great, less people for our group but that's not always the case. I'd suggest go early, or there are going to be too many people.
  • The caverns are beautiful! I recommend buying the combo and enjoy both caverns. Hidden passages is gorgeous while discover is very interesting. Make sure you wear good walking shoes, you will need them.

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