• Fantastic Caverns cave is a ride-thru cave attraction for Branson, Mo and Springfield, Mo

    America's Ride-Thru Cave

    Enjoy a tour in a Jeep-drawn tram

    • Follows an ancient underground riverbed
    • Filled with massive formations
    • Comfortable 60 degrees year-round
    • Group and Child Discounts
  • Branson and Springfield, Mo cave was first explored on February 14, 1862

    Sit and enjoy the tour

    inside a cave discovered in 1862

  • Come see the best limestone cave in Missouri for viewing stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, soda straws and columns and more.

    Beautiful natural cave formations

    formed over thousands of years

  • As a long-established tourist attraction, Fantastic Caverns stands out in the Springfield area

    Over 100,000 visitors

    every year visit our cave

  • Journey back in time as you ride all of the way through, and experience the magnitude, the stillness, and the splendor of Fantastic Caverns

    Travel back in Time

    Fit for people of all ages and capabilities

Visit Fantastic Caverns Springfield,Mo
Ride thru cave in the Ozarks


America's ride-thru cave

Fantastic Caverns is America's Ride-Thru Cave! It was discovered in 1862 by an Ozarks farmer - or more precisely, by his dog, who crawled through a small entrance in a hillside. It wasn't until five years later that the first exploration took place: twelve women from Springfield, answering a newspaper ad seeking explorers, ventured into the cave. Their names remain on a cave wall today.

Because the beauty of Fantastic Caverns is vulnerable, the cave is toured in Jeep-drawn trams. Since you ride all of the way through, you experience the magnitude, the stillness, and the splendor of Fantastic Caverns while preserving its natural features. Wise stewardship is integral. Preservation efforts ensure the cave will be available for future generations to explore.

Fantastic Caverns, just northwest of Springfield, Missouri, is one of more than 7,300 documented caves that dot the Missouri landscape, and more are still being discovered. It’s no wonder Missouri is known as “The Cave State.”

Branson vacation Must see!

Our sinkholes connect the toured portion of
Fantastic Caverns with the lower level of the cave system, which is a sanctuary for unique cave species.

Latest Blog Posts

The latest about our Missouri cave, and other Fantastic Caverns news.

Make Your Own Limestone Fossil Sugar Cookies
You can find fossilized remains of ancient creatures within the limestone of Fantastic Caverns. Create your own limestone-inspired fossils in the form of sugar cookies.
Create Your Own Cave in a Cup Activity
Create your own cave. As water flows beneath the Earth's surface it dissolves and erodes the rock, forming the cavities that become caves.
Health and Safety are top priorities at Fantastic Caverns
We have temporarily closed in an effort prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The underground fleet
Climb aboard the underground fleet at Fantastic Caverns and explore the world beneath your feet. Touring Fantastic Caverns by Jeep drawn trams helps preserve the cave. America's Ride Thru Cave may not be inhabited by humans but the cave system does have a thriving ecology of small critters that call it home.
America's ride thru cave
Missouri caves are well known as the most beautiful caves to see in North America and Fantastic Caverns ranks #1 by many. It's America's favorite ride-through cave attraction and uses their signature red Jeeps to drive you around through the cave.
Fantastic Caverns' Adventure Tour offers enrichment opportunities
Cub Scouts and participants of a new gifted outreach project got a sneak-peek of the upcoming art, science and history program coming to Fantastic Caverns called Adventure Tour. This was an opportunity for enrichment for the kids, and allowed the team at Fantastic Caverns to practice the program before its launch.
Fossilized limestone from Phenix Marble used in new construction
Phenix Marble Company mines block from the same Fossilized limestone deposit that also houses Fantastic Caverns. Stone from Phenix Marble Quarry to be used in grounds improvement projects at Fantastic Caverns.
Saturated grounds provide unique opportunities for visitors
Fantastic Caverns offers free walk-through of the Hall of Giants after extensive rainfall causes flooding.
Cave mapping our Missouri cave, Fantastic Caverns
Cave mapping a cave system is no easy task, but cave maps are useful to scientists and conservationists - and to our many visitors that come to see Fantastic Caverns. Learn how our Missouri cave system was mapped to show direction, length, width, and locations of many of the cave formations inside.
Summer Discovery, Fantastic Caverns' summertime program
Fantastic Caverns had the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield participate in their Summer Discovery program.
Missouri State University students filmed at Fantastic Caverns
Fantastic Caverns worked with Missouri State University (MSU) students on a new school film project titled, "What if it’s Poison".
What The Great Blue Hole and Fantastic Caverns have in common
What The Great Blue Hole, Richard Branson and Fantastic Caverns have in common. The same processes that created the limestone caves of the Ozarks, such as Fantastic Caverns, also created The Great Blue Hole.


"What an amazing adventure!
Such a cool sight to see and the stories the cave has produced are straight out of a movie.
To hear the stories and then see the 12 names on the cave wall signed by
the actual 12 female explorers from 151 years ago was the most surreal experience!"
Jaye Murray
"The tour guide was very knowledgeable and very
funny, with some of his stories about the history of
the caverns, and did a great job leading the tour."
Jeffrey Greene
"Being able to go inside the caverns was an amazing
experience. This is the only ride through cavern in the U.S and we loved hearing about all
the bands and past events that happened in there."
Samantha Nobles

Come visit us year-round

The year-round 60 degree temperatures inside Fantastic Caverns means the cave feels warm in the winter and cool in the summer. When summer fades into fall, Fantastic Caverns is still an ideal destination continuing into the holiday and winter travel season. The warm mood of the holidays extends inside America's Ride-Thru Cave where temperatures linger at 60 degrees all year. And as spring turns to summer, with temperatures rising outside, the cool comfortable 60 degrees of the cave becomes a welcomed respite.

Fantastic Caverns is Open 362 Days a Year

Fantastic Caverns is an all-weather, all-seasons natural attraction. Regardless of the weather outside, visitors can sit back, relax and get away from it all by boarding Jeep-drawn trams and experiencing the natural beauty of America’s Ride-Thru Cave.

All-Riding Cave Experience

Modern innovation opens the door to cave science and history. Jeep-drawn trams equipped with pull-out ramps make Fantastic Caverns a natural adventure accessible to all individuals, regardless of physical limitations. As visitors board a comfortable Jeep-drawn tram and tour America's Ride-Thru Cave, they begin a journey back in time. People are very recent additions to this picture. Human history adds up to little more than a few ticks on the geologic clock by which caves count their age.

Phone: 417-833-2010
Fax: (417) 833-2042
Fantastic Caverns
4872 N Farm Rd 125
Springfield, MO 65803
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