Please be aware our cave tours may sell out, so please call our Ranger Station at 850-482-1228 to ensure availability.
Guided tours of the cave are offered year round except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Tours leave from the Visitor Center, which opens at 9 a.m. each day. To ensure the safety of our guests, tour sizes are limited to 25. Cave Tours are offered on a first-come first-serve basis except for groups of 20 or more on Monday - Friday arranged a minimum of three weeks ahead. Please contact the Gift Shop at 850-526-2650 for group reservations.
- Ages 0-2: No fee
- Ages 3-12: $5 each
- Ages 13 and up $8 each
- Groups of 20 or more with prepaid reservations are $3.75, plus tax, per person (Monday - Friday only, weekends excluded)
What to Expect
Tours depart near the Visitor Center where visitors learn the safety precautions that are needed to participate, including having to stoop many times to pass through areas with a ceiling height of 4 1/2 feet for distances as far as 15 feet in length, 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 as there are not handrails for the 15 steps inside the cave.
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 the visitors are verbally guided through the cave's history, early uses, and interesting geological formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, columns and flowstone. Visitors may occasionally encounter some of the animals that call the cave home 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 dense hardwood forest and enjoy a self-paced walk back to the Visitor Center.
An audio-visual tour of the cave and nature trails is offered in the museum of the Visitors Center for those who would rather enjoy the tour from the comfort of the theater.