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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We haven't been to many caverns - this was small, but what you see is really beautiful and impressive. If you don't feel comfortable going up and down wet, small and sometimes tall cement stairs - don't do this cavern. HOWEVER, there is a solid cement railing that you can use, which makes it much easier to navigate the steps. Worth the price of admission.
It did not disappoint my husband and I are right at 30 and we loved it. Our group was small a family of 2 kids and 2 adults went with us. The kids fired some awesome questions at our guide and he knew stuff! If you hate heights this may it be for you. I had a hard time with that. There's a few tight squeezable spots and even with me being a "big" girl I managed to get through. We plan to go back before we leave to play the mini golf course and they have a setup to mine gems. They have a spot at the bottom to show you a beautiful light show and our guide even took our picture for us. I ant wait to have kids and bring them here! Thanks for the memories!
There was plenty of history in our guided tour of these caves. You better be sure footed as you meander throughout the nooks and crannies if this marvelous display of nature's beauty. Our tour guide was friendly and passionate of his treasure. It was a great experience for my wife and I. Thank you.
If you have week knees or have a hard time with steps you might not want to venture into the Cavern. But I can tell you this, if you are in just average health you will truly be impressed with this vertical cavern. You will be able to get a lot of good pictures to remember this unusual cavern. The guides are very knowledgable and fun to listen too. Gift shop is about the same as any other. Price is OK.
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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.