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Fantastic Caverns, Springfield

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Take an underground journey to see and touch the majestic geological features of Fantastic Caverns. Since its discovery in 1862, the cave has had a dynamic history. During prohibition it was used as a speakeasy, and later as a concert venue. Today it's a major attraction that draws more than 100,000 visitors every year. Taking a tour of the cave doesn't require any walking, making it especially convenient for small children and seniors. You can see the entire cave from the comfort of a jeep-drawn tram hosted by a tour guide. At certain spots, you are allowed to touch the stalactites. The temperature inside the cave is a steady 15 degrees C (60 degrees F) throughout the year, so you might want to bring a light jacket or a sweater. To visit Fantastic Caverns and get the most from your holiday in Springfield, create itinerary details personal to you using our Springfield road trip app .
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  • It’s a don’t miss in the Springfield area!! The only caverns you get to ride through in all of North America. Especially nice if you have handicap accessible needs. It’s an underground treasure of sta...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Michael was excellent, probably a function of the name. He took time to make frequent stops explain the what, why and when about the caverns and was personable. The cos...  more »
  • A bit over priced for the attraction. Guide was somewhat of a smartass when asked questions, the drive through was not very long and occasionally backtrack. The gift shop had some awesome deals and it...  more »
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  • If you're curious about caves, but dislike hiking, mud, or breaking a sweat, this is your tour. Price was rather steep for four adults, but standard for Branson/Ozarks tourism sites. Tour guide made sure to engage all ages of his audience, so there were factoids for kids as well as seasoned adults. (He seemed to genuinely enjoy his job, which really makes all the difference!) Other pluses: there are outdoor displays and plenty of space in the indoor gift shop to keep the groups cool and entertained while waiting for your tour. (Note: we were there in mid-June; crowds and waits get bigger during the later tourist season.)
  • Please!!!!! Add a changing table in the bathrooms for $150! I can even provide a link! It was the only part that sucked! Rest of review: Going in the expectation was a complete and utter tourist trap and I hate, hate hate those. With all the advertisements on the road, I figured they were trying to make up for what they had with quantity versus quality. We arrived and the staff was super helpful. Stood around for a little bit and jumped on the trailer. I read a review were a guy complains about the exhaust from the Jeeps.....he's an idiot. They are propane fueled which is clean burning and they seem to genuinely care about the cave and it's history. Super nice tour guide, not sure her name but she'd been there 16 years and liked her job which made it more enjoyable. I have four kids under 9 and was concerned about it keeping their attention, but they all really liked it even the 2 year old. You should go, no exaggeration - it was fantastic. Worth a stop!
  • I like caving and exploring. I've never done a guided tour, and certainly not via vehicle (the guide will tell you this is the only cavern tour via vehicle in North America). It was interesting and good for people that don't want to or can't walk through a cavern. I prefer the kind that I can walk (or crawl) around and explore. This was a little too touristy for me, but a good intro to caves for those new to the experience. The staff and facilities were nice. They really need to update their media, though! All of their brochures and advertisements used the same photo that looks like it's from the 80s or 90s. You get a video half-way through the tour and it looks like it was shot in the 70s.
  • We had a great experience on our trip with our dog. The ride was fun and informative. I hope everyone has a great time with this attraction.
  • Pretty sure our guide today was Jerry. Super friendly guy & knew his stuff! We came last month & the caves were beautiful (duh) but the guide was lack luster.

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