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March 16, 2004
I would recommend trying to catch the first couple of tours of the day as they are often smaller and you will get a more personal narration. Our guide said some groups are over 50 people so those at the rear will have trouble hearing the commentary. The tour was 1 1/4 hours and remember you walk down a couple of hundred feet underground but you also have to walk back up so be prepared. Our photos taken in the cavern turned out quite well even with the low lighting and the camera flash.
From journal San Antonio, Austin & The Hill Country
St. Louis, Missouri
August 24, 2003
The cavern hours of operation are: Open every day but Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years from 9am-4pm and 9am-6pm June through Labor Day. Ticket prices: adults (13-64) $12; children (4-12) $7; seniors (65 and over) $10. Tours depart every 30 minutes.
As we stepped up to purchase our tickets the conversation went something like this! "Now Ma’am, it will be hot in the caverns," says the ticket seller.
"I thought caves were about 68 degrees year round," I said.
"Well, this is an active cave, still growing formations. The temperature is in the 70s, but the humidity is so high it will feel like 88-90 degrees."
Disliking hot temperatures, I frown, but I frankly don’t believe him. But . . . he was right . . . boy, was he right! I sweat through my hair so it looked like I’d been in a pool, but, oh, this is a beautiful cavern! It is about a one and a half hour tour and about 3/4 a mile in length. Of course there is a bunch of up and down as well which makes it a bit longer, but you don’t really notice with so much to see. The first major formation is after a series of switchback trails that takes you down 108 feet. It is called Pluto’s Anteroom. Down some more to 180 ft and you find Sherwood Forest (many stalagmites.) Further into the Cave you can see formations called "Castle of the White Giants", "Hall of the Mountain King", "The Chandelier", "The Wizard", "Fried Eggs", and so on. The cavern is very safe with paved walkways and handrails -- definitely kid friendly.
In addition to the cavern, there is an area where you can pan for gold or other semi-precious stones which occur naturally in the area. It wasn’t open when we were there in late winter, but it looked like a lot of fun. There is also an animal park, which you can drive through, but we didn’t have time for that. I’ve included some pictures below and would recommend this as a great adventure for young and old if you’re in the area.
Website: www.naturalbridgecaverns.com (coupons at website).
Directions: Located 8 miles west, off I-35 at exit #175.
From journal New Braunfels, Texas-Undiscovered Entertainment
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
May 30, 2003
It is always 70 degrees F with 99% humidity so it is a cool place to visit on those hot Texas days.
From journal Texas Hill Country
July 19, 2002
From journal Lounging near San Antonio Texas