Caves and Mines
Mark Twain Cave Hannibal
Where is it at?
Mark Twain Cave
300 Cave Hollow Road
Where are we going today?
Did you know that you can have SHOW caves? You certainly can in Missouri! The Mark Twain Cave Complex actually has the country's oldest AND newest show cave - because it's the FIRST show cave!
Since 1866 families from all over the country have visited to experience these magical feats of nature. Your 55 minute adventure will see an experienced guide (who is wiling to answer any questions you may have!) take you through the Mark Twain Cave filled with smooth and level walkways, which means there aren't any steps!
The caves stays a lovely 52 degrees all year round, so no matter what the weather you know what you're expecting!
55 minute tour to fill a family day out? We wouldn't leave it at that! In the Mark Twain Cave Complex there is also the Cameron Cave, which takes you on an 80 minute experience through the caves that were discovered in 1925. The guides will be carrying lanterns, which will give the experience a whole new light (literally!)
Have the kids been inspired and excited by the idea of all those sparkly gems and formations? They can try and find their own with Sticks, Stones and Bones - and a sluice! Want to know what that is? That means kids of ANY age can pan for semi-precious gemstones of their own! There is also a lovely general store where you can find some lovely local produce.
Nice little keepsakes from your experience! If you wanted to extend your family day out to something longer, there is also a campground where you can set yourself up for a weekend.
Underground fun at Mark Twain Caves! An underground adventure for the whole family!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$15.95 Mark Twain tour. $18.95 Cameron Cave.
- Children$9.95 Mark Twain tour. $12.95 Cameron Cave. (Under 7's $3 / $5)
When can we go?
9am open except Nov - Mar (10am). Shuts between 4pm and 8pm seasonally.
Open 363 days a year.
There are group rates for school groups - and it's a great educational experience!.
The General Store has some delicious produce to buy from jams, sodas and jellies. .
Bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic at the caves! .
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you bring clothes for the cooler climate under the ground!.
Doing our bit
The staff really look after the caves to preserve them, so help them out by following any instructions they have for you! They also support the troops! .
Need a little extra help?
Whilst there aren't any steps, the caves aren't accessible. You can still participate in the above ground activities! .
Can I get one of those?
There is a general store where you can get some Missouri gifts to take home. There is also a gift shop in the visitor center. .
What people are saying?
by Grace Tobin
So much fun and a great experience! The cave is incredible. Prices are high and there isn't much else to do in Hannibal amymore but the cave complex was definitely worth the trip.
by Ray Fowler
If you like show caves and have never seen a "maze cave" before, you should definitely visit this area. There are very few formations of note, but the overall structure of the caves provides a different experience.
Cameron Cave is the more physically interesting of the caves. It is larger than the Mark Twain Cave with a longer tour. The Mark Twain Cave is smaller and covered in graffitti but has a very interesting backstory to it -- more interesting than all of the generic "Jesse James" stories that are sprinkled through so many other tours.
by Andi Chakravarti
1 hour tour. Friendly guide. As advertised, more focused on cave's connection to Mark Twain and his novels than geology. You can see soot and I think I smelled it as well, from thousands of lanterns and torches used in years past to illuminate the passageways.
I'd do it again.
by A Google User
by Matthew Annett