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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. Put Fantastic Caverns on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Springfield tour planner.
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  • I always take out of town guests to this attraction as it is informative about the caves in Missouri, a cool place to go in the heat of summer when most guests visit and an attraction you can ride thr...  more »
  • For years my family has wanted to visit Fantastic Caverns. The place advertises all over the state of Missouri and it just sounds cool to take a jeep ride into a cave. We finally did last weekend. We ...  more »
  • this was fantastic, great to see what nature can make, history of underground,you could ride through the cave, plenty of things to buy must see cool 60  more »
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  • 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.
  • Jared did an awesome job letting us know great details during the trip into the cavern. And his entertaining skills were very much appreciated. thanks, Tim
  • Loved the history of the caverns and so pretty. Loved the gift shop with the artifacts. Definitely a place to visit
  • Liked it as a kid, took my daughter - both enjoyed ourselves! Yes, it's (what I consider) a 'short' drive, but it is cool and we like to visit lots of caves, so it's another one off of our list visited! It IS ideal for anyone who cannot make a trek, even a paved trek - some open-to-the-public caves can be difficult for really little kids, someone with limited mobility, or older folks. Our experience with the tour guides has been fantastic! Pleasant, helpful, and funny - plus, educational. The caves are easy to find -UNTIL you hit some 'back roads' - these aren't too bad when using a navigational system - and signs are there to help guide you. Tickets can be easily purchased online or at the visitor center. The visitor center has a gift shop, bathrooms, and maps - because, besides the cavern, there are some trails.