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Meramec Caverns, Stanton
(3.9/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
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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  • amazing and spectacular place not to be missed and refuge of the Bandit Jessy James which ran through those caves
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  • This cavern was about 1 hour away from St Louis and it seemed to have more employees than visitors. The place is owned privately not by a park service although the employees uniform mimic that of a pa...  more »
  • Very organized, clean, with a green area on the outside where you can sit down for lunch, very clean bathrooms as well at the entrance before the cave is a very nice gift shop, the cave is very interesting, very nice guide, as well as all employees. A cool attraction for children. Worth knowing
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  • This place was an amazing experience for my whole family. We had an awesome time visiting the caverns. My one complaint about this place, and I can definitely say this was my only complaint, is that the entire tour was through this overly developed portion of the caverns and you really lost the sense that you were exploring something new and exciting. Now obviously this is not a huge deal it is simply something I found to be a tad disappointing. However, the overall experience I had at the Meramec Caverns was amazing.
  • Nice way to get out of the heat. The camping is good, not sure about the small hotel there though. The cave tour for right now is cut short because of a gas issue and it's $21/person which seems a bit high for me. Still an enjoyable way to get some family time in.
  • Very nice park and cool gift shop inside the cavern. Part of the cavern is closed due to a toxic gas in the lower level from a nearby landfill. Wondering if you'll make it out alive adds to the excited of the tour! The open portion features a lot of beautiful cave formations and a patiotic video on the rock wall.
  • AN ABSOLUTE FAVORITE! The cave tour is always a great get away from the cold or heat! Always a beautiful average of 65 degrees, great for family fun, or hanging out with friends, dont want to do the tour no problem, hang out by the river!
  • I went as a young teen. It was an experience I shall never forget. It was 57 years ago. It was an amazing maze of twists and turns into wonderous formations made by Mother Nature. It seemed as a child to have lasted for hours. I do remember at the time of my visit, it had many hazards along the way. It made my visit all that more exciting. I am sure that does not exist anymore. Oh I wish I could experience Meramec Caverns one more time. If you have a family who has teews or teens take them. They're minds will occasionally float back to that wonderful , life changing Meramec adventure.