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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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  • This was a fascinating and easy way to explore a cavern. Our Guide, Sam, was so much fun and told us great stories and info about the cavern. It was incredibly beautiful inside. It’s nice to be pulled...  more »
  • My husband and I went on a cold Sat. afternoon and we are certainly glad we did. This cavern is wonderful and the guide was amazing! Yes its a bit pricey but you cannot see caverns like this every day...  more »
  • We actually got to ride in the Jeep with the driver instead of the cart in the back. It was a very informative and enjoyable experience. Learned quite a bit from tour guide/driver and she answered any...  more »
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  • Fantastic Caverns lives up to its namesake! Our guide, Miranda, was entertaining, knowledgeable, and very friendly. The price of admission was worth all the amazing natural wonder found underground, especially with the added free group picture. My entire family would recommend this for other families, groups, or even curious individuals. The next time you're around Springfield, MO, you should definitely make time for this excellent subterranean experience.
  • Historically & educationally interesting. Cant remember the reason but the tour guide guy asked a girl to sing. She did. What a voice & down there the acoustics were great. It made the tour memorable. Hats off the the antics, wisdom & comic relief of the guide.
  • This is a beautiful place, well-lit and well-presented, a very good tour, and a place that appropriately encourages children and parents to visit. It is also appropriate that parents and children pay attention and listen throughout. We were in a fairly large group with children who seemed to think they were on another amusement park ride, and parents who behaved only slightly better. I guess I think the Caverns share some of the blame in the way the billboards market it, with the cartoon caveman and more emphasis on the tram than the caves themselves. So yes, do go. Well worth the stop and the admission.
  • Our group included ages 5 through 86 and the Jeep tram allowed several of us to enjoy an experience we wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do. We each loved Fantastic Caverns! Friendly, helpful service from the ticket counter personnel, tour guide, gift shop ladies and we were thrilled to receive a souvenir photo as part of the tour. Fantastic!
  • Rick, our tour guide, was fantastic. He had so much information on this cavern as well as others in the area. He also made it fun. My friend and I liked that we didn't have to walk far since we both have back issues. I would recommend bringing something small to sit on in the cart. The seats are metal. Other caves are longer and many have more natural beauty but this one was a great introduction to caving. There's a gift store that has items from $1 up. There's also a drink coin operated drink machine. I thought the history was very interesting. It takes about an hour for the tour and there are plenty of natural walking and picnic areas to enjoy afterwards.
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