When I first heard about this cavern in the Florida panhandle I could not believe it, normally caverns are found among mountain ranges and as we all know Florida certainly does not have any of those!Therefore I knew then I had to discover this hidden Florida gem, since it’s truly one of a kind!
Important things to know before going to the cavern
1) No tours on Tuesdays or Wednesday! Make sure that you go Thursday thru Monday because if not you will miss the opportunity to tour the cave. (Not to mention be upset you drove all this way)
2) No touching! Oils on your finger stick to the formation and that kills them.With that being said they do allow you to touch one part of the cavern before leaving! (See picture below)
3) No strollers! So if you have little ones I would keep in mind that they are either walking or you’re carrying them. (There is no way around this)
4)Tours are about 45 mins long but I would plan on spending an hour and thirty mins here, between waiting on the next tour to start and exploring
the park before or after this should give you enough time to experience it all!
5) This destination has their own Camping ground, so if you are wanting to make this a weekend trip you can easily stay here and embrace the full experience! Reservations for camping can be made at 800-326-3521 make sure to make them in advance.
6) No food or gum or drinks of any kind! This is simply for the protection of maintaining the cavern as unaltered by mankind as possible.
The park has a spring you can swim in or rent a canoe! Therefore after you’re hot and sweaty from exploring the cave, and you are in need of cooling off… all you have to do is go to the swimming pier and you will be good to go!
(You can also partake in other activities such as boating,fishing,hiking,horse trails,bird sighting,etc.)
The cavern has certain areas covered in algae due to the lights they have added for the tours for us to be able to see inside of the caverns. These light are the only man-made modifications in the cavern and the light creates algae around the areas the light hits. Once a year volunteers carefully scrub the algae off with tooth brushes.Any volunteers?
Why must you visit the cavern?
Not only is it the only one in the state of Florida, but its truly a magical experience to explore a unique cage such as this one.. its an opportunity you can't let pass you by! This cage was discovered accidentally, and its the definition of magical piece of Florida history that must not be neglected!
If you’re coming from southern Florida you’re going to take 75 for the majority of the way up the state, then you will merge to I-10W which leads you towards the Florida panhandle. If you aren’t see what highway will lead you to I-10W, and that will lead you all the way there.
Address: 3345 Caverns Rd, Marianna, FL 32446
Phone: (850) 482-1228
Our Rating: 5
Cost: The entrance fee for a vehicle ranges from $4-$10 and they charge you $2 for each additional passenger. You also pay $8 per person for the tour of the cavern, which is very reasonable!