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DeSoto Caverns, Childersburg

#13 of 63 in Nature in Alabama
DeSoto Caverns is one of the most beautiful and historic show caves in the US. Located just 36 miles southeast of Birmingham down Hwy 280, this historic caverns is open year-round with a comfortable cave temperature of 60 degrees year-round! The park offers a Cafe with delicious meals and treats, campgrounds, a Gift Shop, a scenic picnic area, and pavilions near waterfalls, streams, and ponds. A Light Show is included in every cavern tour, which all leave every hour on the half hour. There are also offer over 20 outside attractions that include a maze, gem panning, crystal find, wacky water golf, paddle boats, and more. Stop by today!
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  • We did not tour the cavern as we were too busy doing the activities at the park. They had water balloon toss, gyrosphere, etc. The only down fall was the activities were very expensive. We also stayed...  more »
  • I've always loved caverns and over the years I have visited a number of them. I have been to Carlsbad and Mammoth, and they are outstanding. But every one is different and this is one of the best smal...  more »
  • Our family had such a great time at DeSoto caverns! We went on a weekday so it was not crowded at all. The tour of the cave was great. It was interesting to experience total darkness, and we loved the laser light show. We had lunch at the cafe. The prices were not bad but the food was just okay, hence the 4 stars. I saw several people who brought their own food. We would probably do that next time. There are plenty of picnic tables. We did some of the attractions like panning for gemstones, train ride, archery, and paddle boats. The kids loved pretty much all of it. This was a really great and memorable summer day trip for our family!
  • We did not have high hopes this would be a really good experience, but we were WRONG! The cave tour was informative and fun. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and able to answer any questions that were asked. After doing the cave tour, we explored the rest of what Desoto Caverns had to offer. My two boys aged 6 and 3 absolutely loved panning for gems and the crystal dig! There was also putt putt, pedal karts, and other fun activities. We ate lunch at the cafe which was very reasonably priced. We finished off the day at a wooden pirate play ship. From start to end we were there about 4 hours. My only word of warning would be that older kids might not like the other activities outside of the cave as they are geared toward younger kids. I would definitely recommend this experience, it was a fun family trip!

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