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Meramec Caverns, Stanton

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The largest commercial cave in the state, Meramec Caverns shows how an ancient limestone wine table and seven-story mansion were built underground. Trained rangers lead guided tours along the well-lit, wheelchair-accessible pathways through the caverns, which previously served as a hideout for the notorious outlaw Jesse James. The tour ends with a light-and-music show in a theater inside the caverns. After your tour, cruise the river by boat; zipline over it; rent a canoe; or pan for fool’s gold, fossils, and gemstones. Put Meramec Caverns on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Stanton tour itinerary maker app.
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  • If you love seeing caves, this is another great one to check out. The light show near the end is spectacular. 
    If you love seeing caves, this is another great one to check out. The light show near the end is spectacular.  more »
  • Four seniors traveling Route 66 stopped here to visit the caverns. Being a veteran, I received a discount for all four of us, as long as I purchased them. The tour was very informative and we saw... 
    Four seniors traveling Route 66 stopped here to visit the caverns. Being a veteran, I received a discount for all four of us, as long as I purchased them. The tour was very informative and we saw...  more »
  • Have been floating here since I was a little girl with my family. Now as an adult with a family of my own we have carried on the tradition. Very easy to book and staff is wonderful. The float is... 
    Have been floating here since I was a little girl with my family. Now as an adult with a family of my own we have carried on the tradition. Very easy to book and staff is wonderful. The float is...  more »
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  • This was great! Very well put together tour. Our guide, Mia, was amazing and very knowledgeable. She made it so much fun! I loved learning about the history of the cave and seeing all the formations. Mia was able to answer so many questions and knew her stuff! So happy we got her as our guide. Can’t wait to go back!
  • Meramac Caverns was so much fun! We had a blast. The ropes course was great. Fear inducing and strength building. The caverns were a little more touristy than we normally like. Lots of concrete and bars but the jungle and upper chamber were worth the money. Our tour guide was wonderful and funny. Five Stars All Day 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • LOVELY EXPERIENCE. NEXT TIME...We MIGHT bring the Kids 🀷😁. Plenty to Explore. Food available. Cave Tours NOT Child Friendly, Minimal Handicap Accessibility. Staff VERY friendly. ESPECIALLY our "Gentle Giant" Tour Guide. His Mannerism and Enthusiasm for the Caves..... His Voice speaking IN the Cave... Makes the Experience That much more Worthwhile. THANKS 🀩. Hubby and I REALLY ENJOYED!!
  • Since we went during the week, there were a lot of parking spaces, and there was no line to sign up for the tour. I have to say that the cave tour experience may depend a lot on the tour guide. Ours was a very engaging and witty storyteller who made us appreciate the history and stories associated with the cave. The beginning sections are mostly paved but the whole walk trail around the caves have been equipped with handle bars. The store and restaurant were decent and offer enough food, snack, drinks, and gifts. There are also other activities you can pay/sign up for outside, e.g. zip lining, kayaking, and boat tour. It's definitely a family-friendly place to visit!
  • We stayed for 2 nights in July. The park itself provides a ton of activities. The cave tour was so much fun. The campsite was decent enough. All paved. Our site was on the river which was cool. There was trash in our fireplace when we arrived. The camp staff and cave staff were all very friendly and professional. You must try the cotton candy ice cream!

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