Fantastic Caverns

★★★★☆
  • 4872 N Farm Road 125

    Springfield, MO 65803

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  • 417-833-2010

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Daily 8am-8pm

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Fantastic Caverns provides a safe, easy, and scare-free way for children to be introduced to caves. As everyone rides in trams, parents don't have to worry about their children wandering off and they don't have to carry their children throughout the cave if they get tired.The cave is well-lit which helps children who might be afraid of the dark feel better. The tour guides are friendly and informative and their is a place on the ceiling where people are allowed to touch to feel the mineral water. The gift shop is pleasant and not as extravagantly priced as others we've been too. The park area outside the cave is pretty and well-taken-care-of.

the staff was very friendly and informative.The road was a hilly but it like a rollert coaster. drive safe it worth it to go visit the caverns.

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Fantastic Caverns provides a safe, easy, and scare-free way for children to be introduced to caves. As everyone rides in trams, parents don't have to worry about their children wandering off and they don't have to carry their children throughout the cave if they get tired.The cave is well-lit which helps children who might be afraid of the dark feel better. The tour guides are friendly and informative and their is a place on the ceiling where people are allowed to touch to feel the mineral water. The gift shop is pleasant and not as extravagantly priced as others we've been too. The park area outside the cave is pretty and well-taken-care-of.

the staff was very friendly and informative.The road was a hilly but it like a rollert coaster. drive safe it worth it to go visit the caverns.

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This is a great way to spend an afternoon. We love to go on short trips to do fun things that are indiginous to the area and we found Fantastic Caverns doing just that. Its slightly outside of Springfield so you don't have to drive very far to get there. It is pretty pricey at upwards of $18 per person, however, it is worth it to save up and go. My seven year old loves it. You actually ride through the cave instead of walking and it takes about an hour. There is a gift shop and small museum with pictures and misc.

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★★★★☆

This is a great way to spend an afternoon. We love to go on short trips to do fun things that are indiginous to the area and we found Fantastic Caverns doing just that. Its slightly outside of Springfield so you don't have to drive very far to get there. It is pretty pricey at upwards of $18 per person, however, it is worth it to save up and go. My seven year old loves it. You actually ride through the cave instead of walking and it takes about an hour. There is a gift shop and small museum with pictures and misc.

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Fantastic Caverns is not a walk-through cave tour. Instead, visitors ride in wagons (or trams) with seats pulled by a clean-burning propane-powered jeep. This serves a dual purpose in that it keeps people's hands away from doing more damage to the cavern walls as well as making it easy for those who can't walk that well and who have young children to go on the tour.

Fantastic Caverns was discovered in 1862 by a farmer's dog. He waited five years before he told anyone about it, fearing that the location of the caves could be of strategic value during the Civil War. At that time, he put an ad in the paper looking for explorers and twelve women from Springfield volunteered. Their names are still inscribed on the cavern walls to this day. There is a darker history to the caverns as well as the KKK used it as a meeting place in the 1920's.

I was fascinated to hear that during the 1950's and 1960's Fantastic Caverns was once a place where people gathered to hear country music because of the excellent acoustics. Unfortunately, this human encroachment did a lot of damage to some of the interior portions of Fantastic Caverns.

Our tour guide was excellent. We sat in the wagon and he would stop from time to time and give us highlights of various features of the caverns. There are motion-detector lights in the cavern, so as we moved through the cavern in the jeep it would light ahead of us. At one point he turned off all of the illumination and we saw complete darkness. Yes, he checked with us first so that anyone who was afraid of the dark would be warned.

The formations in the flowstone are absolutely beautiful as well as colorful. There were plenty of undamaged stalagmites and stalactites to view. Pools of water reflect the formations like a mirror. Wildlife also lives in the cavern although we didn't see any.

The tour lasts about fifty minutes. I found it to be entertaining and fun. It was comfortable as the temperature inside the cavern remains at 60

PROS: no walking, fascinating history
CONS: human damage to cavern apparent, quality of guide influences experience

4
★★★★☆

Fantastic Caverns is not a walk-through cave tour. Instead, visitors ride in wagons (or trams) with seats pulled by a clean-burning propane-powered jeep. This serves a dual purpose in that it keeps people's hands away from doing more damage to the cavern walls as well as making it easy for those who can't walk that well and who have young children to go on the tour.

Fantastic Caverns was discovered in 1862 by a farmer's dog. He waited five years before he told anyone about it, fearing that the location of the caves could be of strategic value during the Civil War. At that time, he put an ad in the paper looking for explorers and twelve women from Springfield volunteered. Their names are still inscribed on the cavern walls to this day. There is a darker history to the caverns as well as the KKK used it as a meeting place in the 1920's.

I was fascinated to hear that during the 1950's and 1960's Fantastic Caverns was once a place where people gathered to hear country music because of the excellent acoustics. Unfortunately, this human encroachment did a lot of damage to some of the interior portions of Fantastic Caverns.

Our tour guide was excellent. We sat in the wagon and he would stop from time to time and give us highlights of various features of the caverns. There are motion-detector lights in the cavern, so as we moved through the cavern in the jeep it would light ahead of us. At one point he turned off all of the illumination and we saw complete darkness. Yes, he checked with us first so that anyone who was afraid of the dark would be warned.

The formations in the flowstone are absolutely beautiful as well as colorful. There were plenty of undamaged stalagmites and stalactites to view. Pools of water reflect the formations like a mirror. Wildlife also lives in the cavern although we didn't see any.

The tour lasts about fifty minutes. I found it to be entertaining and fun. It was comfortable as the temperature inside the cavern remains at 60

PROS: no walking, fascinating history
CONS: human damage to cavern apparent, quality of guide influences experience

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This is the only ride-through cave in the country! They have guided tours that follow an ancient underground riverbed filled with amazing cave formations.

The cave stays a cool 60F year-round, so it's a great summer afternoon jaunt. In addition, you ride and never walk, so it's especially great for parents with small children, seniors and handicapped visitors.

There is an admission charge but it's worth it because this cave is great to see, and it's even better that you don't have to hike through it!

4
★★★★☆

This is the only ride-through cave in the country! They have guided tours that follow an ancient underground riverbed filled with amazing cave formations.

The cave stays a cool 60F year-round, so it's a great summer afternoon jaunt. In addition, you ride and never walk, so it's especially great for parents with small children, seniors and handicapped visitors.

There is an admission charge but it's worth it because this cave is great to see, and it's even better that you don't have to hike through it!

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This is America's only drive-through cavern tour. It is 50 minutes long, and you get to see so many fantastic sites. They will even allow you to touch the ceiling over your head when you first enter the cave, so that you are less likely to touch other parts of the cave where things are more delicate. If you live in the area see if your school will do a field trip here, they offer a classes down in the cave where the kids get to experience some history first hand. They have some really wonderous thing in the caves and in the gift shop, it is really a wonderful place to visit even if you live in the area.

PROS: educational
CONS: chilly in the cave

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★★★★★

This is America's only drive-through cavern tour. It is 50 minutes long, and you get to see so many fantastic sites. They will even allow you to touch the ceiling over your head when you first enter the cave, so that you are less likely to touch other parts of the cave where things are more delicate. If you live in the area see if your school will do a field trip here, they offer a classes down in the cave where the kids get to experience some history first hand. They have some really wonderous thing in the caves and in the gift shop, it is really a wonderful place to visit even if you live in the area.

PROS: educational
CONS: chilly in the cave

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