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Meramec Caverns Stanton

Where is it at?

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Meramec Caverns
1135 State Highway W
Stanton
MO
63079
Tel: 573-468-3166

Directions

We're located off Interstate 44, Exit 230, in Stanton, Missouri, approximately 60 miles west of St. Louis.

Where are we going today?

Sometimes kids, you have to stop and wonder what is actually BELOW your feet - there are some treasures down there!

However, if you head out to Missouri and the Meramec Valley, you actually get a chance to see first hand what incredible sights there are deep underground - with Meramec Caverns!

Meramec Caverns are a complex of mineral formations and colors, that are very beautiful and very rare! These incredible formations and sights took thousands of years to form, and now luckily for you, they are open to the public for exploration!

The best way for the family to see Meramec Caverns are by guided tours, led by trained rangers. The cavern trails are well-lit walkways, and all of the cavern facilities are handicapped accessible, so the ENTIRE family really can go on an adventure!

A trip to these amazing caverns is also a great learning experience for the kids. They can learn about the history of the area, and geology - especially hope these ancient spectacles were formed.

Want to hear something really cool too? On the tour you will get to see both the largest AND the more rare cave formations in the entire WORLD! Pretty special!

If you want to extend your adventure in the area, there are also canoeing opportunities, as well as camping, so you can really make a fun adventure out of the day!

Are you excited and ready to get exploring? We certainly are!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$21
  • Children$11 (Ages 5 to 11)
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am open year round (8:30am July - Labor Day) / Close 4pm - 7:30pm pending month

Daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Teachers corner

They have group rates available for over 15 persons, so make sure you book in advance! The rates vary on the age of the students.

I'm Hungry!

There is home style cooking and ice cream available at the restaurant!.

Any Top Tips?

Check out the other fun activities whilst in the area, with panning for golf, and zip lines!.

Need a little extra help?

The first 50 minutes of the 80 minute tour are accessible, then the last 30 minutes there is one flight of steps. These can be by-passed with a ramp, but there needs to be assistance from a physically fit helper.

Can I get one of those?

The gift shop is a great end to the day, with great souvenirs and gifts to pick up, including rocks and minerals, shirts, clocks, toys and games!.

More information

The guided-walking tours depart every 20 - 30 minutes from 9am. The tour takes around 1 hr 20 mins to do the whole trip.

What people are saying?

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    Took my family on the tour, and being that we were in the middle of nowhere surrounded by banjo music, we we're certain imminent death was around every corner. The guides were a little too excited about their canned speech- the theater show from 1923 could be updated or deleted all together.
    The caves themselves are stunning- no doubt about it. The 'rules' are kinda a mood killer (no talking, breathing, touching of the cave walls, etc.) Not to say I am upset about the whole experience because I love caving, but maybe a self guided tour would...Read More

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    I went to the Meramac caves as a day trip, enjoyed my tour. Very family friendly, staff is well versed on history of the caves and surrounding area. Bought some pretty cool pink coasters made out of real stone.

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    Worst Cave tour I have ever been to (I have been to over 20 so far both part of the NCA and independently owned). To start the tour group was far too big, half the time we were walking in the dark, being stepped by others in the group, and the guide had the dimmest flashlight ever. When the lights did get turned on it was for just long enough for the guide to make the worst joke she could think of. With such a large group we were rushed through every part of the cave so we could watch a tacky light show. After half the group took a picture...Read More

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    Although the Meramec Caverns area and cave is very commercialized, this is a pretty good cave to tour. It's very tourist-friendly with wide, paved walkways and lots of well-placed and well-timed lighting to maximize the "ooh, ahh" effect when looking at their various formations. These guys definitely have presentation skills. There is even a "performance" of sorts with a light show at the end.

    In addition, there is a really nice museum of area near the gift shop which adds interest to the tour.

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    This is one of the best show caves I have been to.The Zip-line was awsome.

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by Adam Perkins

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Took my family on the tour, and being that we were in the middle of nowhere surrounded by banjo music, we we're certain imminent death was around every corner. The guides were a little too excited about their canned speech- the theater show from 1923 could be updated or deleted all together.
The caves themselves are stunning- no doubt about it. The 'rules' are kinda a mood killer (no talking, breathing, touching of the cave walls, etc.) Not to say I am upset about the whole experience because I love caving, but maybe a self guided tour would be more appropriate. The best part was leaving with our lives (and catching frogs on the way out)

by Scott Stevens

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0 Stars!!!

Worst Cave tour I have ever been to (I have been to over 20 so far both part of the NCA and independently owned). To start the tour group was far too big, half the time we were walking in the dark, being stepped by others in the group, and the guide had the dimmest flashlight ever. When the lights did get turned on it was for just long enough for the guide to make the worst joke she could think of. With such a large group we were rushed through every part of the cave so we could watch a tacky light show. After half the group took a picture of the dirt pile the guide then told everyone it is there so we could have a walkway and laughed... i wonder if she felt better about herself for making people feel stupid. The poster of Lassie was very poor taste. If this is the best that this cavern has to offer I feel that I have been ripped off. Most caverns charge half of what this cave does and give a tour that is twice as interesting and informative. Any review that rates this as five stars is by someone who does not know what a cave tour should be.

Avoid this cave!!! I cannot stress that enough.

Zip line is 4 Stars (if the price went down it would be 5)

The Weather

Wednesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 68° F / 20° C
Humidity: 83 %
Wind: NNW - 4 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 70° F / 21° C
Humidity: 70 %
Wind: NNW - 11 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 67° F / 19° C
Humidity: 78 %
Wind: NNW - 8 MPH

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