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Meramec Caverns, Stanton

3.9
#7 of 61 in Nature in Missouri
Cave Nature / Park
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Meramec Caverns and many more Stanton attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Stanton trip builder.
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  • This was a must see in our route 66 guide. Apparently Jesse James hid there. I don't know why they couldn't find him, they had his name in 6 foot high letters outside! Anyway we parked and went in. Th...  more »
  • It had been easily 20+ years since I had been to Meramec Caverns and it still amazes me. The price is a little steep in my opinion but considering that this is a privately owned cave I gladly paid. Ou...  more »
  • We stopped here and there had been a lot of damage from a recent storm, like 50 ft of water, the guide told us. Lot of the area closed. Cavern was open but wet, and my husband has asthma and we though...  more »
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  • Informative and lively tour guide made the tour through the cave enjoyable for our whole family. The gift shop seemed to have something for everyone. The only negative thing I can say is that the restaurant was not serving their whole menu - they only had hot dogs, nachos, soda, and ice cream.
  • This place is so cool! The only thing is you have to walk through the whole tour and strollers aren't allowed so taking small babies and little kids isn't best idea if they are two and under, if you're pregnant you might want to wait until after your pegnancy. There's some steep inclines you go up for a little bit. But otherwise a great place to go see defiantly worth the price and time.
  • Fond memories of this place. I visited with my family right after graduating from Basic Training in Fort Leonard Wood and we loved it so much that we visited again when I left the Army four years later on my cross-country trip back home. The caves are beautiful and a must-see if you're passing through the area.
  • Arrived at the perfect time, only ones there in the afternoon and received a personal tour of the caves. Unexpected wow factor is the light show, you cannot pass this up! Highlight of our trip!
  • Cavern is good for all ages and it's not a long walk. You can avoid few stairs if you want but would be wise to take if your body permits as the light show up there is really cool. The gift shop has cool gifts and collectables.

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