We live in San Antonio and decided to take a trip a couple hours up I35 to San Marcos to visit Wonder World. I had not visited the park for 34 years and my daughter and wife have never visited. My son said he had been through the cave. We printed the $3 off coupon from the Wonder World website and headed north to Wonder World. The coupon is good for $3 off if you arrive at the park before 11 AM. Otherwise it's $2 off. We arrived around 10 AM and we bought our tickets. Total cost for four adults with the coupon was $86 and some change. The park opened at 9 AM and I think we were the first guests to arrive. The cool and very foggy morning may have had something to do with us being the first. We were told the first tour would start in 15-20 minutes and to look around the gift shop. The gift shop was well stocked with all the normal items one could find in a normal gift shop and also had some items associated with caves, animals, and Texas. The first thing we toured was the animal park. Before we left to see the animals we bought a small bag of deer food pellets at the gift shop's outdoor window to feed the deer. The park transports you in a train-looking tired trolley across the street through the Mystery Mountain tunnel to the animal park. The animals in the park were deer, turkeys, goats, llamas, a crow, roosters and chickens, emus, and maybe some others. At first no animals seem willing to approach the trolley for food, but after the trolley stopped for a few minutes a couple of deer came over and ate. One ate out of our hands and the other was a bit shy and would only eat the pellets if they were thrown on the ground. A couple more deer came over along with two emus. The emus weren't shy at all about eating out of our hands. All through this our driver/guide was informative and entertaining. The animal habitat was mostly a rocky landscape and was not particularly pleasing to the eye. The place needed plants and some sprucing up. After about 20 minutes or so feeding the four deer and the two emus we were driven back across the street to begin the cave tour. The cave tour begins with a walk down some steep steps. We were duly warned to use the hand rails and to watch our heads. I recommend wearing a good pair of shoes with nonslip soles. The cave was formed millions of years ago by an earthquake. It is not a growing cave - it is essentially a dry cave. But with that said, the rocks along the fault line of the cave are awesome. Bedrock, flint stone, fossilized formations, huge overhead boulders, all lined this earthquake formed cave. The lowest point in the cave is about one-hundred feet down and it is all by foot. It is not handicapped accessible. Luckily, there is an elevator at the end of the cave tour which takes you up topside and then continues up to the observation tower. The tower gives you a good view of the coastal plains on one side and then the hill country on the other. The last attraction on the tour was the antigravity house where balls seemingly roll up hill and water does the same. All in all it was an enjoyable day and worth a ride from San Antonio. Kudos to our tour guide, Amando. He kept the tour light, funny, and informative. Plus we had several children on the tour and he was great with the kids. Allow about an hour and a half for the full tour. You should have fun.
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