Missouri's Buried Treasure

Beneath the fertile rolling hills of the Meramec Valley, lies a complex of mineral formations and color as rare and unique as they are beautiful. These jewels of nature which took thousands of years to grow, are preserved in the spectacular sights of Meramec Caverns.

Guided tours by trained rangers are conducted along well-lighted walkways. Learn how an ancient limestone "Wine Table" and an entire 7-story mansion were formed... all underground. On tour you will see both the rarest and largest cave formations in the world.




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Unforgettable Adventures

ZIPLINE: Awaken your spirit of adventure! Soar through the tree tops and across the Meramec River on an hour-long adventure of a lifetime. Experience the bird's eye view from up above; take the chance and zipline today!
Open weekends in May & October. Open every day June through September.

PAN FOR GOLD: While parents shop at the Mine Store for beautiful rock gifts or homemade fudge, children can pan for fool's gold, fossils, and other gemstones in a 19th century setting.

Open weekends only through September, weather permitting.

CLIMBING WALL: Challenge yourself and conquer our climbing wall!  Defy gravity and master your ascent while enjoying some cliffside fun. Engaging for kids and adults alike, enjoy the dare of climbing and the fun of play.

Open during the summer months only.

Scenic River Excursions

BOAT: Enjoy a relaxing, history-filled, half-hour long excursion on the Meramec River aboard a canopy-topped riverboat. Cavern Queen I and Cavern Queen II can each hold 25 passengers. Open weekends only through September, dependent upon weather and river conditions. Group rates are available.

FLOAT: Take a six or eleven mile float on the scenic Meramec River. A shuttle bus will take you up river and you can float back to your car, here at the caverns. Reservations are required; please call 1-573-468-3166. Canoes, kayaks, and rafts are only available when weather permits.

Best. Vacation. Ever.

CAMPING: Meramec Caverns' LaJolla Natural Park/Campground holds a cache of scenic beauty and conveniences for visitors. Numerous trees shade the picnic area and river front campgrounds where trailer hookups, barbeque pits, sheltered pavilions, and a playground area are located. Showers, restrooms, and a concession stand are conveniently accessible to all. Open April 1st through October 31st.

MOTEL: The Meramec Caverns Motel, located in LaJolla Natural Park, offers guests quiet and comfortable lodging. Each room comes with double beds, shower, bathroom, and television.
Motel is open from April 1st through October 31st.

Children stay free. Reservations are required.
To make a reservation, call 573-468-4215. 

Pure Family Fun

Whether reliving childhood memories or sharing new ones with family, Meramec Caverns is a fun and affordable get-away for families of any size. For the better part of a century, nestled deep inside America's heartland, Meramec Caverns has offered fascinating and educational cavern tours for young and old alike. But that's not all- Meramec Caverns also offers a number of new and unique attractions, perfect for filling your day with wholesome family fun and memories that will last a lifetime.

While you're here, purchase quality and affordable souvenirs for the entire family in our well stocked shopping area. Enjoy home style cooking, a snack bar, and 28 flavors of ice cream. History enthusiasts can complete their trip with a visit to Jesse James Wax Museum!







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