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Meramec Caverns

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Address: I-44 W, exit 230, Stanton, MO 63079
Phone Number: +1 800-676-6105

Discovered in 1716 and later used as a hideout for the notorious Jesse...

Discovered in 1716 and later used as a hideout for the notorious Jesse James, this large cavern contains five floors of unusual formations.

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Needed more time

Unfortunately we didn't have time to do a full tour of the cavern. If you visit you need to give yourself a few hours. Tours weren't cheap. What we saw of the cavern and the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Second visit in 3 decades but not much different. Certainly feel the $20+ admission is too high. Guests should know they will be walking more than a mile and that there is one flight of 58 steps. No tight squeeze passages but some low ceilings. Knowledgeable guides.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we didn't have time to do a full tour of the cavern. If you visit you need to give yourself a few hours. Tours weren't cheap. What we saw of the cavern and the history it seemed interesting. There is a restaurant on site for food.

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Western Springs, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Driving from Chicago to Tulsa, we stopped at the caverns on a whim and it was SUCH a great decision! I have an 11 year old girl and 9 year old boy and they were in complete awe! (I was too!) Definitely make sure you go to the bathroom before starting the tour, tho :) our tour guide Jeremy was... More 

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Saint James, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pack a picnic and have a great day trip with the kids one sunny day. I budgeted $200 for the cavern experience. We got a deal for two on the zipline with an internet coupon. Two on the boat tour of the Meramec River. Paid entry fee for four people for the fabulous tour. Amazing! Worth it just to be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sadly we didn't have time to do this attraction justice as we were covering the entirety of Route 66 and had to continue our journey. Having said that this is an amazing place and not to be missed.

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Naples, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This cavern was about 1 hour away from St Louis and it seemed to have more employees than visitors. The place is owned privately not by a park service although the employees uniform mimic that of a park ranger. The young lady who was our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable but there were few cave formations to see. Also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Not only very informative but very safe so therefore great to take young children. Jerry took good care and we appreciated his great sense of humour. The gift shop is well stocked catering for all taste, I recommend that you try the homemade fudge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We were looking for some interesting places what could open a nature's creation in a whole beauty . I have seen on my own eyes what are that stalactites and stalagmites and Dolomites at last and as this process is ...on the weak ground rocks ... i had never any caver's excursion before so it was first and I really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Went with my family consisting of myself, mu husband, sister-in-law, nephew, and my 4 year old daughter. My husband and 11 year old nephew thought it was amazing. My 4 year old? Not so much. It was kind of expensive, especially considering we couldn't even take half of the tour. It was pretty and we got great pictures though

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Wiscasset, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The price was a little on the high side for what you get out of the tour but being privately owned the up keep can't come cheap. The walking was fine for myself but for others might seem challenging. If you 6ft you'll be ducking through most of the tour. The paths aren't level and I found myself catching my... More 

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