Florida State Park Caverns Tour ~ Our Day Trip Getaway
For Father’s Day Weekend we decided to take a day drive trip to the Florida State Parks Caverns. I personally, have never been in a cave but my husband has talked about how much he loves going on cave tours. I’m sure really he would enjoy just going to explore a cave without a tour.
We woke up Saturday morning and just decided to hit the road for the day. It was about a two and a half hour drive from us but, we had Mr. Z with us of course and he had to use the restroom about every rest stop we saw on the way. So, it took us a bit longer to get there than we thought to get there. We also decided to stop for lunch on our way.
On their website it does say to call if you are planning on coming just for the cave tours. Some days they fill up very fast so, just to make sure they have tours open call ahead to check. I called around 10am our time and they were booking for the 11am tour.
When you arrive you do have to pay $5 to get into the park. Cost for the cave tours are based on your age. We bought our tickets and then had to wait about an hour and a half before our tour time.
Above the Gift Shop is a small but cute museum to visit. It gave us some background information and the kids had a good time walking around. There was also a short video to watch but, it was out of order so we didn’t get to see it.
It was an extremely HOT day when we decided to visit. To cool off and to kill a bit of time we bought a treat for all of us from the gift shop.
Finally, after a rain shower it was our time to go into the cave. I was surprised at how tight it was inside. Not, that I had anything to compare it to. Like I said, I have never been inside a cave. It was like going into an old house tour. The rooms were small but, each had a story to tell.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. There was one rule. You cold not touch anything. Although, about half way through the tour there is one part of the cave they allow you to touch. I was amazing at how different the one part everyone was allowed to tough looked so different from the rest.
I know it may be hard to see in my pictures (I was just using my phone camera) but, the water down in the cave looked so pure! In the image above that is water towards the top in those grooves. I just wanted to drink it! lol But, I didn’t touch. 🙂 Kinda wish I did bring my good camera with me. Next, time I might.
You can choose to camp in the campgrounds in the park. I think if we had a camper right now we would have stayed at least for the weekend because this State Park offers many other activities to enjoy during your stay.
We had a good time and if you are every nearby I would recommend you go check out the cave.