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Speleological Experiences in Texas: 7 Wonders in 7 Caves

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The temperature might be rising outside, but underground it’s considerably cooler, and with Texas boasting several cave experiences which are regularly open to the general public, this might be a great time to go. With a certain set of youngsters that may have recently finished school and yet somehow have the words “there’s nothing to do…” ready to roll off their lips, a speleological experience might be just the ticket.

Speleological Experiences in Texas: Seven Wonders in Seven Caves

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Cascade Caverns, located near Boerne in the Texas Hill Country, is synonymous with just such an experience. Famed for its 68-degree temperature and underground pathways, Cascade Caverns also features a campground, which allows parents and grandparents to make the trip a full-on summer vacation! Also located within the same area is the Cave Without a Name, which can boast such amazing show cave examples as “soda straw” and “cave bacon” formations.

Speleological Experiences in Texas: Seven Wonders in Seven Caves

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Natural Bridge Caverns, situated between New Braunfels and San Antonio is considered the largest of such cave experiences in the state of Texas. Drawing its name from the 60-foot natural limestone bridge which spans the cavern’s amphitheater setting at its entrance, this attraction features not only the cave component but also a canopy challenge and a maze experience! They also have food service on site, a mining/educational experience for the younger set, and plenty of souvenirs available.

Speleological Experiences in Texas: Seven Wonders in Seven Caves

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The Caverns of Sonora, located off I-10 in West Texas, has provided visitors the stunning experience of viewing its delicate helictites. Named a National Natural Landmark, a sure sign that your experience is well worth it is the quote by Bill Stephenson on the caverns’ main page: “Its Beauty Can Not be Exaggerated, Even by Texans.” Speaking of amazing beauty, Wonder Cave is one of the few tectonic caves located in Texas, formed along a section of the Balcones Fault at San Marcos during an earthquake. Known as the first show cave in the Lone Star State, visitors to the area have enjoyed touring it for more than a century, and now it consists of a park facility with many other attractions for family-friendly fun.

Speleological Experiences in Texas: Seven Wonders in Seven Caves
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