We took a trip down under! Not to Australia, but down under the ground, in a cave. If you are planning a trip to St. Louis, MO this is a must see!
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Just about an hour's drive out of the city is Meramec Caverns. If you are not a spelunker, but have always wanted to see the inside of a cave, this is for you! It's a commercial cave which means there are lights, stairs, ramps, walkways, and a tour guide. So, you don't have to leave any bread crumbs to find your way back out!
I have never seen anything this amazing before! 1 hour and 20 minutes of walking through an underground world full of history and strangely shaped mineral deposits. It gets a little chilly down there, but it's not too bad. They say it stays 58 degrees in the cave, however some areas seemed warmer than that. Pack a light jacket if you are worried about being cold!
If you have kids they will definitely love this! You can't take a stroller though, so if you have a baby make sure you have a baby carrier. My boys are 2 and 5, they didn't have a problem walking around in there. My oldest said the best part of the cave was "the thingies hanging from the top." (insert mom laugh here) The tour guide called them soda straws.
Our tour guide was nice. He was very patient with me lagging behind taking photos. Although, at one point the group was way ahead of me and he must have not seen that I was still there. He turned out the lights on me! That was a little scary being left alone, in the dark. Luckily I could see the lights up ahead where everyone else was. I quickly ran to catch up!
The tour ended in the Theater Room of the cave, where there is a 70 foot formation called the Stage Curtain. We got to sit and watch a short light show that was projected onto the formation. It was nice to get to rest a bit before heading back through the cave to the entrance.
Along with the cave tours, there are other activities to do there. Zip lines, river boat rides, canoes, float trips, and camping. Being March, some of the activities weren't open for us to do. It was a nice time to go because it wasn't busy, but if you are wanting to do other stuff while you're there, you should plan on going another time of the year. Summer is probably their busiest time. Check out their website for more info on their hours, prices and other activities. www.americascave.com.
See my photos from inside the cave here.
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