On The Road Again - Branson, Missouri and touring a cave - Talking Rocks Cavern with a Five-Year-Old

Talking Rocks Cavern - a stupid name for an awesome cave/cavern

It's been quiet here on CoffeeTalking because I've been on the road again.  Almost a week now and my latest stop is in Branson, Missouri.  Now, I've been here a number of times, as family lives in this area, but usually I'm busy with... visiting family.  And I don't do much sightseeing.  But this week I really wanted to get out and do something on Wednesday.  Hiking or a cave or something.  So, I turned to the internet to look for hiking trails and in the middle of researching trails, stumbled upon some reviews for a cavern tour called Talking Rocks Cavern.  

It just so happened one of the little family members didn't have preschool on Wednesday, so I made plans for a special day together.  Just him and me.

I thought the cost of the tour was a bit pricey - espcially for a not-all-that-big cavern in the middle of Missouri (compared to say, some of the larger caves and longer cave tours in other parts of the country).  But I did find coupons on their site for $2 off both adult and kids tickets.  With my $4 savings in hand we ran errands that morning and showed up at the cavern around 10:05 am.

I bought our tickets... and completely forgot about the coupon I had!  So, we paid full price and even though losing out on $4 off the total entrance price of $36 for the two of us would normally make me mentally kick myself, it ends up I think it was worth it.

We loved it.

Starting the tour!

The history of the cavern is part of the tour so I don't want to say too much about it but it's interesting, so I wanted to touch on it a bit.

The best way to do that is to take a smidgen of the cave information from their website.  If they feel this is a good overview without ruining the history part of the tour, then I guess I do too!

"Talking Rocks Cavern was first named “Fairy Cave” by the early cave developer, Truman Powell, after he first explored the cave. His comment was that it looked like “a subterranean fairy land”. The caves name was changed to Talking Rocks Cavern in 1969 when Silver Dollar City purchased the cave. They chose to change the name based on a quote from Waldo Powell, son of Truman Powell. Waldo would spend a lot of time looking at the rocks and mineral deposits in the cave, and noted that the physical evidence in the cave would tell him a story about how it formed…thus, it was inspiration for the new name “Talking Rocks Cavern.”

The hour long tour of Talking Rocks Cavern is what we refer to as “edutainment.” By this, I mean that we focus on education, as well as entertainment. It is educational in nature, as you will learn about the caves discovery and related history, as well as learn about the mineral deposits and other geological information while on your tour. The tour is also entertaining. Our cave guides are ready to answer questions that you may have, and can find answers to those questions that they may not already know.

Above ground activities are numerous! Play a round of Cave Country Mini-Golf on our mostly shaded miniature golf course. Purchase a bag of sluice, pan for gemstones, and take home all of the gems that you find!  Hike the nature trail to the lookout tower, conquer the indoor and outdoor SpeleoBox crawl mazes, and enjoy a break at one of the shaded picnic areas. Bring the kids (and grandkids!) and let them explore the expanded Kid’s Play Area."

We had people on our little tour of every age group and every body type. No one had any issues on the tour except one person who ignored the tour operators warning to watch your head walking through a passage way and he bumped his noggin.  His own fault though for not looking.  No one else had any issues.

I absolutely LOVE that this particular cave and tour are not so 'legal based safety scrubbed' that you might as well walk through a fake concrete man-made safe and dry cave at an amusement park.  This cave still has much of the original concrete and rails put in by the original family that owned and opened the cave in 1921. 

It's a living cave, which means it's still growing!  And caves grow by water.
Water is wet.
Wet is sometimes slippery.  Wet is sometimes... wet.  Wet is sometimes dripping on your head.  Wet makes you watch your step.  Wet makes things humid and... damp.

But stop complaining and enjoy nature!!!!!

My photos were not made for a website nor for any reason other than snapping a few on my cell phone as we toured.  As I mentioned, I had a 5 year old with me, so we enjoyed the moment, watched our steps and took pictures on my phone as I felt like it.

The thing about photos like this, is that they cannot truly capture the detail.  The beauty.  Or the size!  Some of these were massive but unless you look for a head, a body or people in the photo to judge by, you will probably under estimate the size. 

We had a just-turned-five-year-old on the tour as well as elderly visitors - so all ages.
No problem!
Now, I did choose to leave the 3 year old and the baby at home and not bring them. The 3 year old would not have understood or cared about anything being taught or looked at.  He would have been more content to play on the playground outside the entrance or on the built in play 'cave' for kids in the gift shop.  His five year old brother LOVED it and talked about some of the history facts the rest of the day (and night).  Especially "the rabbit" which you'll understand once you go on the tour!  :)

This is a great example of how you can't tell the height without something in the photo to judge it by.  This is the main "candlestick" stalagmite pillar and it's almost 90 feet tall!

Open Daily 9:30 - 5:00
The cave stays around 63 degrees year round so grab a long sleeve t-shirt
423 Fairy Cave Ln.
Branson West, MO 65737


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