3.9
61 votes

Meramec State Park Shelter House

E Of Sullivan Off Mo 185, Sullivan, Missouri USA

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Reasonable
Closed Now
Opens Thu 9a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“largest commercial cave in the state of Missouri”

Beneath the fertile rolling hills of the Meramec Valley, lies a complex of mineral formations and color as rare and unique as they are beautiful. These jewels of nature which took thousands of years to grow, are preserved in the spectacular sights of Meramec Caverns.  Guided tours by trained rangers are conducted along well-lighted walkways. All cavern facilities are accessible to the disabled. Learn how an ancient limestone "Wine Table" and an entire 7-story mansion were built... all underground. On tour you will see both the rarest and largest cave formations in the world.  Meramec Caverns is the largest commercial cave in the state of Missouri. Missouri is also known as the Cave state, hosting home to more than 6,000 surveyed caves. Meramec Caverns is open year round and offers a fun, affordable vacation for all its visitors. The well-trained rangers can accommodate groups of any size.

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Reviewed by
MonicaSimonson

  • 17 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
March 26, 2015
Rated 4.0

Really amazingly beautiful! Worth the $20 per person. Just wish it wasn't such a long tour, I felt like it was super slow! But the sights were surely breathtaking!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 637 Helpful
September 07, 2014
Rated 2.0

I'm sad to say I had a terrible experience, which sucks, cause the caverns themselves are lovely. When I visited in August of 2014 with my 9-month-old son I was in a group that also included a woman in a wheelchair. Our tour guide was just incredibly insensitive.

We were the last tour of the day, and he acted like he'd rather be doing anything other than walking us around telling us about the history and geology of the caverns. He kept getting upset with me and the lady in the wheelchair because we couldn't walk as fast as the rest of the group. I had my kid in a bjorn.

I couldn't complete the tour, and feel like I wasted the cost of admission. Again, the caverns are beautiful, well-maintained and pretty rad. I just had a bad experience with the tour guide.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
annie.o.heath

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
June 19, 2015
Rated 2.0

Very touristy and way over priced.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kellyptx

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
May 23, 2014

So glad we stopped. Beautiful! Great place to escape the heat.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
EricNicholas

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 19, 2015
Rated 4.0

There's a lot of fun to be had here... For a price. The food is expensive and not very good, but the cave itself is a wonderful experience full of history and interesting facts.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
frank.seaburg

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 27, 2014
Rated 4.0

Awesome! Well worth the stop!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
grassychickennugget

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 03, 2017
Rated 4.0

We had the last tour of the day and I was worried that the tour guide would be burnt out, but he was awesome. Really beautiful. Definitely worth the price. Even my grumpy teenagers enjoyed this beauty and the stories that went along with the tour.

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Reviewed by
craftyk8e

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
February 20, 2017
Rated 4.0

We took our 3 and 4 year old and they enjoyed it. They did get a bit tired from the walking. But still had fun. It's a bit dated but I like to think that's part of the charm. And the bathrooms were clean. (High on the importance scale for us). The tour guide we had was nice and had lots of fun information about the cave.

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Reviewed by
destiny.boisvert

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
October 24, 2016
Rated 4.0

Beautiful caverns! The place is really commercialized but worth the stop.

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Meramec State Park Shelter House

E Of Sullivan Off Mo 185
Sullivan, Missouri
USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Private Parking
  • RV Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • Check-In
    • 3pm
  • Check-Out
    • 11am
  • Full Hookup
  • Tent Sites
  • Showers

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