Caves and Mines
Florida Caverns State Park Marianna
Where is it at?
Florida Caverns State Park
3345 Caverns Road
Where are we going today?
Did you know that the Florida Caverns State Park is the ONLY state park in Florida that allows you to enjoy cave tours? Crazy isn't it!?
Florida Caverns State Park has a host of fun, outdoor adventure for the whole family to enjoy, but the highlight of course are the Florida Caverns themselves.
This underground wonder has a host of dazzling formations that have been created over millions and millions of years. It's pretty quite amazing when you think about it! Some of the famous formations include the limestone stalactites, and stalagmites (kids, can you remember which cling to the roof and while rise from the ground?)
There are also the delicate soda straw, draperies and flowstones.
The best way to see the cavern is via the 45 minute guided tour that is offered Thursdays to Mondays. This moderately strenuous tour is a great way to not only learn about the cave itself, but also the surrounding area.
But don't forget you're in a state park, so there is that host of other adventures waiting to be had! The Chipola River and Blue Hole spring are a great source for you to get out with the canoe or boat, or even spend some time fishing.
The area itself is also really popular for horseback riding, hiking and camping, so why not really make an adventure out of it!
The visitor center is the best place to pick up any extra information about the Florida Caverns State Park, and don't forget with those little ones to check out the playground. A great way to work off all of that excitement!
Underground and overground adventures await!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$8 (Over 13)
- Children$5 (Ages 3 to 12)
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
Park 8am - sundown
Park open a 365 days a year. Cave tours closed Tues, Wed, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
They sell concessions and food within the state park.
Picnicking is a popular activity, so why not bring your own lunch and enjoy it under the sun!.
Any Top Tips?
The cave tours sometimes sell, out, so call the Ranger Station before you leave the house on the day that you want to visit to ensure there are spaces left.
Doing our bit
Parks & Rec really look after the park, as well as the natural wonder of the caverns. Remember the caverns are delicate, and take millions of years to form. Be careful and help them look after it for the future!.
Need a little extra help?
The cavern tour is moderately strenuous, so if you have special needs just phone ahead to ensure it's okay for you.
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop where you can pick up great merchandise and gifts, but it's closed Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Its worth noting that the park itself has additional fees for vehicles, from $2, or $2 for pedestrians. .
What people are saying?
by Phil Patterson Jr
I've gone twice, both times were fun. Both times we only went to do the cave tour. Tours are $8 and last 45-60 minutes. Something fun to do and experience. Would love to go back and walk/run the trails one day.
by melissa hutchins
Trip was horrible. Me and my husband came years ago and it was great. We wanted to take our kids but we were greeted by a very unfriendly employee. We asked about tours and she said they were booked untill 1:45 we decided to purchase the tour and leave and come back because it was 12:15 and raining. We got back at 1:00 and found that the attendees had given us the wrong time and would not fit us in to another time. We had to wait an additional hour for tour. I would not have waited but my children were so upset. No one apologized or even cared....Read More
by Frances Hokkanen
Cave and the tour were great. Ranger Ricky did a great job explaining the cave, its history, a little bit of lore and providing a touch of humor. The hiking trails are great and not too difficult for the average hiker. My only complaint would be that the Blue Hole swimming/picnicing area is way overgrown on the sloped part where is appears there may be a 'beach' type entrance to the water. The only way in is by jumping from the dock or down a slipper muddy slope. It's not small kid friendly as the pictures indicate.
by Crystal Smith
I have been here years ago with family and then recently in January 2014 with brother and his girlfriend. Always have a great time on the tour. We were on vacation at this time and it was really cold but didn't stop us from having a good time. Will come back again. The caves was awesome
by Karen Cordova
January 2014. Came here on vacation .. It was a great experience, I have to thank my boyfriend & his sister for such an awesome adventure. I don't care what others have to say. If it's not as good as other caves you've been too .. it's still well worth it for the price . Make sure to wear shoes & not flip flops ..
by melissa hutchins
Trip was horrible. Me and my husband came years ago and it was great. We wanted to take our kids but we were greeted by a very unfriendly employee. We asked about tours and she said they were booked untill 1:45 we decided to purchase the tour and leave and come back because it was 12:15 and raining. We got back at 1:00 and found that the attendees had given us the wrong time and would not fit us in to another time. We had to wait an additional hour for tour. I would not have waited but my children were so upset. No one apologized or even cared. I will never come back. I understand it was a mistake but the staff didn't handle the situation correctly.