When we passed a sign for Talking Rocks Cavern on our way to check into our vacation rental, I knew we had to check it out! I have never been in a cave before and honestly, wasn't sure what to expect but I was excited to check it out!
If you are going to be in the area I highly recommend this cavern! The staff are super friendly, knowledgeable, and handle screaming babies well! How would I know? Let's just say when my teething baby girl realized how loud her voice was in the cavern, and there wasn't much I could do to keep her quiet! Our guide didn't let that stop her though! She talked over Anna and didn't seem to get annoyed at all. In fact, in the end, my 2 yr old decided to sit down and pout in the middle of the gift shop and the guide sat down and had one with her! It was cute, and Lexi decided there were more fun things to do there than sit on the floor and pout about rock candy!
When we arrived the kids played in this cave maze that they have built into the wall! Check out the pics below. It was a great way to pass the time while waiting for the next tour to start.
Then after a brief history of the cavern itself, the guide started our tour, which took us down 100 feet (I am afraid of heights but did ok), and I think about 243 stairs! It was amazing. I can honestly say I have never seen anything more amazing in my life (other than the birth of my children of course!). The formations are so strange and interesting! The formations look so soft, they reminded me of wax. Anyway, as much as you would like to touch them, you can't. The guide said that the oil from our skin can cause the formations to die (don't quote me on that, she may have said stunt their growth. You have to cut me a little slack, I had a screaming baby in my arms).
Check out these amazing formations we took pictures of:
This cavern was truly breathtaking! I hope to go back the next time we are in Branson and visit the cavern during a rainstorm! They still give tours and the guide said it is a completely different experience! I think my favorite part of the tour was when the guide turned out the lights. It was fun trying to imagine what it must have been like for the first explorer' s who went in with nothing more than a rope seat and a candle!
After the tour, we played Mini-Golf and did some mining! We bought an Emerald Bag and the kids and I had a blast finding our treasures!
I love Talking Rocks Cavern because it's a fun and education place to take the kids, that won't cost you an arm and a leg!
Talking Rocks Cavern is open from 9:30 - 6:00 daily. Visit their site HERE to learn more!
The tour is $16.95 (13+) , $8.95 (4-12). and FREE for ages 3 and under!& Mini Golf is $3.00 for adults and $1.50 for children (That is a GREAT deal!).
Mini Golf is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children (without taking the tour)
The mining bags start at $5.99 - We bought one large bag for $7.99 and split it between 3 kids!
My travel tips:
- Get there early! There is a lot more to do there than we realized. If we would have gotten there at 9:30 am the girls wouldn't have been so tired at the end and we could have pulled off another game of mini-golf :). Oh, and Anna may not have been so noisy, during the tour!
- Bring a front carrier for little ones, I carried Anna through the cave and was fine, but having the carrier would have been nice!. They don't recommend back carriers.
- Buy the picture! How often do you have family photo's taken? Be prepared to spend $10 on a family photo! It also supports a good cause because $5 of that helps fund bat research!
- Bring a jacket. It wasn't too cool (it's August) but does get much cooler in the cavern, so if you get cold easily pack a light jacket or blanket for little ones.
I would love to hear your thoughts! Have you ever explored a cavern?
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