If you want a family day out with a difference, then you might want to explore the incredible Blanchard Springs Caverns, hidden deep within the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas.
After all, who said kids adventure needed to be ABOVE ground!
Blanchard Springs Caverns are a living cave, and incredibly developed. Glistening formations such as the stalagmites and stalactites will greet you, and kids will be amazing at how incredible Mother Nature is!
What's even more incredible, is that the crystalline formations are still changing, as there is still dripping water in the caverns! Kids, if you want to know how that works, you will have to visit the caverns and find out!
The Blanchard Springs Caverns offers three different tours, each with differing difficulty, so you can pick which is right for your family!
The Dripstone Trail is the shorter, easier trail, which allows you to venture around 1/2 mile into the caverns. On this trail, you don't need to use any stairs too, so very accessible!
The Discovery Trail is only open from June to August, and is around 1.2 miles in length, so a little longer and more strenuous. With nearly 700 steps, it's certain a challenge as you explore the middle level of the caverns system!
And then for those families who love a bit of adventure, the Wild Cave Tour is a great introduction to off trail caving in a structured environment. Here, you can explore undeveloped sections of the middle level, and see things not many people have seen!
With constant temperatures of 58F, you will always know what to expect from these spectacular caverns in Arkansas! Lead the way!Suggest an edit
$10 for Dripstone / Discovery tours. Wild Cave $75
$5 (Ages 6 to 15)
Season passes available.
The Dripstone Trail is open daily from April to October, and closed Mondays and Tuesdays from November to March. The Discovery Trail is open June to August, and Wild Cave Tour is only available by reservation on Fridays to Sundays.
With a year round temperature of 58F, it's a good idea to bring a lightweight jackets, and nonslip, low-heeled shoes.
You can bring a picnic and enjoy it in the surrounding parklands before or after your adventure!
Healthy Eating It's a good idea to take bottled water with you, and some healthy snacks in a small backpack.
Blanchard Springs Caverns is located 15 miles northwest of Mountain View off Arkansas 14.
They have great group rates so why no bring the students for a history and geology lesson!
There is a gift shop where you can pick up some great mineral and historic related items and souvenirs!
The Dripstone Trail doesn't have steps, so can be negotiated by wheelchairs with assistance. All of the Visitor Center is fully accessible too.
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Tours 9:30am - 6pm, 7 days a week
All year round. Each trail has different opening months.
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