Please be aware our cave tours can sell out. Call Florida Caverns Gift Shop at 850-526-2650 to inquire about ticket availability.
Experience the wonder of the limestone cave system as tour guides take you on a journey through time to see formations that have grown slowly over thousands of years.
- Off-season cavern tickets from Labor Day (September) to Memorial Day (end of May) are offered five days a week, Thursday through Monday.
- Off-season tours are not available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Guided cavern tour tickets can be purchased, in person, on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of tour at the Florida Caverns Gift Shop. A limited number of online reservations may be made at Florida Caverns Gift Shop. For more information, contact the Florida Caverns Gift Shop or call 850-526-2650.
- Parking is limited.
- Arrive early; cave tickets can sell out in advance, especially on weekends and holidays.
- Children 2 and under: No fee.
- Ages 3 to 12: $8 per person.
- Ages 13 and up: $15 per person.
What to Expect
Before the tour, visitors learn about safety precautions that are needed to participate. These include stooping many times to pass through areas with a ceiling height of 4.5 feet for distances as far as 15 feet; narrow passages; 50 descending steps (possibly 50 ascending if the tour is modified due to high water conditions); slippery walkways; and the importance of not touching anything inside the fragile cave environment.
Visitors will walk 350 feet to the cave entrance and down 35 steps using a handrail. When entering the caverns, it will take a few moments to become acclimated to the dimly lit environment and year-round 65-degree temperature.
The tour moves at a leisurely pace through a dozen cave rooms where visitors learn about the cave's history, early uses, and interesting geological formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, columns and flowstones.
Visitors may occasionally encounter animals that inhabit the cave such as bats, mice, cave crickets, salamanders, cave spiders and the occasional snake or frog.
As the tour concludes, visitors ascend a 15-degree walkway to emerge into a hardwood forest and enjoy a self-paced walk back to the visitor center.
A video of the cave tour and hiking trails before Hurricane Michael are offered in the museum of the visitors center for those who would rather enjoy the tour from the comfort of the theater.