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!
Located three miles north of Marianna on State Road 166.Get directions
$8 (Over 13)
$5 (Ages 3 to 12)
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!
They sell concessions and food within the state park
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
There is a gift shop where you can pick up great merchandise and gifts, but it's closed Tuesday and Wednesdays
Picnicking is a popular activity, so why not bring your own lunch and enjoy it under the sun!
The cavern tour is moderately strenuous, so if you have special needs just phone ahead to ensure it's okay for you
Its worth noting that the park itself has additional fees for vehicles, from $2, or $2 for pedestrians.