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Marvel Cave, Branson

4.7
#4 of 103 in Nature in Missouri
Marvel Cave

First discovered by Osage Indians in the 16th Century, it was known as “The Devil’s Den” for the strange noises coming from inside. In 1869 explorers believed the cave to be filled with riches, including marble, and gave it the name Marble Cave. With no mineral deposits being found, the cave instead was used to mine bat guano later in the 1880s. As a tourist destination, the cave’s history is also rich. It far outdates the City as an attraction, with tours first beginning in 1894 conducted by William Henry Lynch and his two daughters, Miriam and Genevieve. During their ownership the name was changed to Marvel Cave to describe its beauty and majesty. Leased by the Herschend Family in 1950, the cave was modernized and in 1960 Silver Dollar City, an 1880s Ozark Mountain Village, opened above it. The new park evolved around the entrance to Marvel Cave, one of nature's greatest wonders, and harkened back to the original mining town that sat on the site above the massive cavern.
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  • Kevin led our 12:30 tour on July 30, 2019 ——amazing!!!! So fun, so informational and beyond memorable for our families. Thank you for your awesome and entertaining tour!!  more »
  • The highlight of the trip for me and my 13 year old twins. Wonderful guide who had the right balance of information and entertainment. I am a bit scared of heights so the initial part of the tour took...  more »
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  • You have to pay to enter Silver Dollar City and then the cave tour will be free from there. Totally worth it! I have been in caves all over the US and Mexico and while this is certainly a shorter tour, I know you won't regret going. It's super fun with some great touches that I was not expecting. Definitely well worth the hour. There is quite a bit of descending to get to the bottom but the good part is there is a cable train (in photo) that was built in the 1950's that will take you back to the top. There is limited space so make sure you get there early to reserve your spot in the tour.
  • Best way to spend an hour!! This cave is soooo awesome and our guide was super nice and funny. (Her name is Vivian... I think). The cave was super cool and really deep. It got really dark when she shut off the lights and blew out the candles. The tour was really informative and fun!! 10/10 would recommend.

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