Over the Christmas break we visited my sister, who lives in Tallahassee. She had told us about Florida Caverns State Park a while back and we had been wanting to go check it out. So on this trip over, we made it happen!
Florida Caverns State Park is located an hour west of Tallahassee. It was a brisk morning, so I didn't know if it would be super cold in the caverns. Come to find out, they stay a comfortable temperature year-round, which was around 65 degrees. The cave tour there lasts around 30-40 minutes long and takes you all through a big cave. It was a wonderful tour! The kids were really into checking it out and learning about all the viarious formations they were seeing, and we really enjoyed it.
They had gotten a lot of rain in the days leading up to our visit, so there was one small part of the cave we couldn't go into, because it had too much water. But we did get to see the majority of it and I was completely satisfied. We even spotted a little bat on the ceiling in the cave. Bonus!
After our cave tour we took a hike. There are a couple of different hikes you can take there, with none of them being over a mile in length. We decided to take the one that leads along a flood plain, called the Bluff Trail, and has you go through a cave tunnel (the kids were super excited about that). This hike was about a mile long and was gorgeous! The views were absolutely beautiful, and the cave tunnel was neat. The hike has you elevated above the flood plain area, so you stay dry, but get a great view. Had it not been so close to lunch and we were all so hungry, we probably would have done the other short hikes as well. Just to note, you could not take a stroller or wheelchair on this hike or into the cave tour.
I highly recommend checking out Florida Caverns State Park if you will be anywhere near it. The cave tour and hike is wonderful and well worth the visit and admission fees. It's not every day that you can go into a cave, so it's a treat to get to tour this one. And I just loved the terrain and views on the hike we took there. This is a great family friendly spot where everyone can learn more about nature.
You can learn more about Florida Caverns State Park, including getting directions and fee information here.
Here are some pictures from our cave tour and hike at Florida Caverns State Park:
Cave tour pictures:
Bluff Hike pictures:
(pictured above: I'm taking a picture of my kids, husband, sister, and brother-in-law)
(pictured above: myself, my husband, and our two munchkins standing in front of the cave tunnel on the Bluff Hike)