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January 7, 2010
From journal Arizona
by Andi woody
January 9, 2008
From journal Family Getaway
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
September 8, 2007
From journal One Last Trip Before the End of Summer Vacation
August 24, 2007
As part of the admission price to Silver Dollar City you may take a tour of Marvel Cave, the entrance is located just inside the gates into the City. The tour takes about an hour with the first one leaving, I believe about 9:30am. I really couldn’t tell if tours left every hour but I think they were only 20 minutes apart. At 5:30pm there is a lantern light tour, it cost an extra $10 for adults, $5 for children, and the only difference I could gather was that everyone carries a lantern.
The main thing to keep in mind is this is pretty much steady walking for an hour. I read somewhere that it is 600 steps down, nothing was mentioned about the 10 stories back up. The good news is that for the last ½ mile ascent you ride in a cable tram, installed in the 1950s. The tour guide warns strongly, before starting, that anyone with health, knee, or back problems or pregnant should not attempt this trip. If after all the warnings you decide to continue the tour you are in for a delight.
The first stop is in the Cathedral Room which is the largest cave entrance room in the U.S. When you complete the descent to the bottom of this room each individual party is photographed, these may then be purchased at the end of the tour. I’m not sure of the cost, it was a nice picture but I had already bought two pictures that day so decided to skip this one. During the brief stops in the rooms throughout the cave the guide told us the history of the cave from its discovery until it was opened to the public in 1894. It was originally called Marble Cave, because it was thought to contain a large amount of marble, turned out there was no marble. What was discovered was bat dung, which was mined for use in the manufacture of numerous everyday products. At one point the guide told us the room we were standing in was once completely full of the bat leavings.
Near the bottom, the cave contained a beautiful water fall cascading over the natural wall formations. After boarding the cable train the ride up was only four minutes and felt like it was almost straight up. We went on a week day and after 3pm (so we could get back into Silver Dollar City the next day free) our wait to begin the tour was only about 10 minutes and it was not crowded. The interesting history and beautiful formations of this cave made the hour long hike well worth it. Unfortunately the pictures I took inside did not turn out due to the low light but this could be an awesome picture opportunity.
August 15, 2007
From journal Family Weekend Trek to Branson
April 2, 2007
From journal Spring Break 2007
March 21, 2007
From journal Branson Entertainment
January 7, 2007
From journal First Family Vacation Ever
June 22, 2006
From journal Summer trip to Branson
New Edinburg, Arkansas
May 12, 2006
From journal Family Friendly Branson