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 have been on several cave trips, including Carlsbad (hiking off trail with a guide). It's hard to compare this cave to something like Carlsbad, but the staff makes the visit worthwhile. There are a LOT of stairs, wet stairs, so be prepared. The going is slow and the cave is small so we were kind of cramped at times. With all of the recent rains, the cave was very wet. A good stop if you have not been in larger caves, but if you are expecting a Carlsbad-like cavern visit, it will not meet your expectations.
Stevensville, Maryland, United States
This is a lovely cavern. One of many in MO and located an easy drive from Branson. There are concrete steps throughout but some can be steep and wet and there are a few tight squeezers if you are squeamish. There are about 256 steps up and down so also probably not a good idea for anyone with hip or knee problems. There are other cavers nearby that have a level walkway or even trams if you are so inclined. It averages 55-60 degrees inside and can be humid. Also can be very wet! We enjoyed our 55 minute guided tour!
Cape Coral, Florida
We went there on our last day and we were so pleased that we went! The staff was very informative and excited about their work. You can tell they enjoy doing what they do. In addition to the cave, they do have putt putt there (we did not do) but the grounds there are beautiful and the gift shop is wonderful (and great priced)
Great way to spend a dreary wet afternoon in Branson, and it's easy to find. We enjoyed visiting the cavern over our spring break in March of this year. The tour guide was interesting and there are some interesting formations in the cavern. But I have to agree with another reviewer, there is an area inside the cavern that is extremely tight with very steep steps going down. May sure and ask the tour guide about it before you buy your ticket. There is also a hiking area and golf, but we didn't have time to do any of that.
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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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