Bucket list time! Got yours handy? If not, you’ll definitely want to pull it out, and add Meramec Caverns in Missouri. Yep, the popular destination in Missouri recently made a pretty impressive list – USA Today’s Bucket List of the 60 things you have to do in America before you die. Is it on your bucket list yet? (Even if you’ve already visited, maybe it’s time for another tour?)
Sat along Route 66 in Stanton, Meramec Caverns draw upwards of 100,000 visitors from Missouri and around the globe each year.
The limestone caverns, which date back an estimated 400 million years, boast an impressive history, one reason Meramec Caverns made USA Today’s list. That history includes serving as Jesse James’ hideout when he was running from the law.
In a state that’s home to more than 6,000 caves, Meramec Caverns stands out as the largest commercial cave. It’s also an ideal day trip destination, offering tours all year ’round.
Embark on a guided tour, led by a seasoned ranger, of the caverns that stand about seven stories high. The tour follows a lighted walkway and provides plenty of opportunities to snap photos.
Wear comfortable walking shoes, as the tour covers approximately 1.25 miles in nearly an hour and a half. If you’re traveling with a group, you can request a shorter 45-minute tour.
Meramec Caverns welcomes guests daily, except on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Times, however, vary depending on the season.
Admission to Meramec Caverns, as of January 2020, is $22.99 for adults and $12 for kids between five and 11. (Kiddos four and younger are free.)
The fun doesn’t stop when the tour does, especially if you’re visiting during the warmer months. Meramec Caverns features a full menu of family-friendly activities, including ziplining tours (March-October), riverboat rides (April-September), and canoe floats as the weather allows.
Regardless of when you visit, stop by the gift shop to peruse the selection of souvenirs. You can also grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant.
Meramec Cavern is located at 1135 Hwy W, Sullivan Missouri. More information can be found by clicking here.