An exciting family adventure open year-round in Branson West, Missouri, Talking Rocks Cavern is ideal for adventurers who long to explore. This pleasantly cool wonder of nature is set at a comfortable 62 degrees all year long, and features educational tours of the breathtaking vertical caves, a SpeleoBox crawl maze, nature trails, a lookout tower, picnic areas, gemstone mining, and more.
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I personally love exploring caves and have visited many. My girlfriend and I choose this particular one based on location, cost and reviews. I am happy to say that this cave was worth the price of admission. Lucky for us we had a tiny group so we had extra time to learn about the caves history. The cave is smaller than I had thought it to be but not lacking anything at al. Our guide was really funny very knowledgeable. I suggest wearing comfortable clothing but jeans and tennis shoes might be ideal. The stairs are narrow in a few places and can get slippery from the dampness. However, it wasn't as cool in the cave as I had thought it to be, but I did bring a light weight jacket in case. The Gift shop was awesome and filled with lots of things for all ages. I would definitely recommend this cave to anyone who likes exploring and/or is interested in their history.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
It is a wonderful tour with a fabulous gift shop and nature trail. The tour guide was well informed and helpful, HOWEVER, through no fault of his, there was about 6 small children in our group. Their loud screams, squeals, whining an crying echoed throughout the cave and drowned out the poor guide. He tried very hard but many of us just lagged way behind in order to avoid the melee. A thought for the owners: Make sure parents are well informed and that they know the capabilities of their small children. It is a lot of walking, wet, dark and steep. Possibly keep children in a separate group each hour so they will be with other children and possibly not so frightened. Otherwise it is a delightful, otherworldy experience, just wish we could have heard more of the information being given.
Love this cave! By far one of my favorites. It's tight tight tight which gives you more of a really feeling of splunkin...not really, but just an idea. Chuck was our guide. He's full of knowledge. Oh and I should add, there are lots of steep steps so if you have bad knees then this is certainly not the cave for you. Great gift shop too and lots of activities to entertain your little ones while you wait for your tour.
We did this on our last day in Branson - a rainy day. This was a great activity. We have three boys, ages 7, 11, 13, and all three enjoyed traveling 100 feet down into the cave to see the many stalactites, stalagmites, and other structures throughout the cave. Several narrow passages on the way down, steps were wet in many areas. Wear tennis shoes, walk carefully, and bring very little to carry - you'll want your hands free for the rail and for balance, and anything you carry will bang in the narrow spots.
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How often do tours depart?
They depart about every hour.
How long is the tour?
Each guided tour is an hour long.
What is the temperature in the cavern?
It is a comfortable 62 degrees of cave air.
Can I bring my camera?
What is included in my admission ticket?
It includes a guided admission into the cavern, SpeleoBox Maze, the Nature trail and lookout tower.
How long are the nature trails?
The Springhouse Trail” is .2 miles in length and takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The Stone Pancakes” is .4 miles in length and takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. The “Lookout Tower” trail is another of the moderately difficult trails. It is .5 miles in length and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Your destination on this trail will take you to the 40 foot Lookout Tower. Be sure and climb to the top for a one of a kind view before you head back to the cave. The most difficult of the 4 trails is known as “The Waterfalls”. This trail is .8 miles long and takes 45 minutes to complete. Although this is the longest of our 4 trails it provides you with a visit to Lookout Tower and then down by the waterfalls.
What is Gem Mining?
You have a choice of 3 sizes of gem bags: Small bag-$5.99; Large bag-$8.99 and Emerald bag-$10.99. Should you choose the small or large bag you are guaranteed to find any one of a variety of semi-precious gems. If your choice is the Emerald Bag then your treasure will definitely include a piece of emerald. Upon purchase of your gem bag you will be given a Gem Identification Card to help you identify the type of gemstone you discover. Now you will proceed out to the sluicing troughs. Empty some of your mining rough into a screened sluice box, dip the box in the water and mine those gems! Remember sluicing is fun no matter what age you are.
Is the Mini Golf included in my admission ticket?
No, this costs extra. The Mini Golf tickets can only be purchased at the Cavern.
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