MARIANNA, Florida – The Florida Panhandle is the perfect weekend getaway filled with outdoor adventure.
Travel underground at Florida Caverns State Park to explore the otherworldly depths of North Florida’s limestone caves.
Enjoy mystifying stalagmites and illuminated rocks as you travel back in time to see formations that have grown slowly over millennia.
As you move between the large underground rooms, you can observe the many chisel marks made by civilian Conservation Corps staff from the 1930s.
These hardworking men enlarged the cave passages by hand so that visitors could stand upright during the tours.
When entering the caves, it takes a few moments to get used to the dimly lit surroundings and the year-round 65-degree temperature. The tour runs leisurely through a dozen cave rooms, where visitors learn about the cave’s history, early uses, and interesting geological formations.
Cave tours are available Friday through Monday and begin at 9:00 a.m. (local time) at the visitor center. Tour groups are limited to 10 visitors and face masks are required to ensure guest safety.
Click here for more information on caving tours. The park is located at 3345 Caverns Rd, Marianna, FL 32446.
Things to Remember:
- Cave tours are offered based on availability and tickets can be purchased on the day of.
- Parking is limited.
- Arrive early; Cave tickets can sell out in advance, especially on weekends.
- For information on group travel reservations, call the Florida Caverns Gift Shop Monday through Friday at 850-526-2650.
- Children under 2 years: no fee
- 3 to 12 years old: USD 5 per person
- 13+: $ 10.75 per person
- Park entry is $ 5 per vehicle
Falling Waters State Park
Only 30 minutes away, Falling Waters State Park offers travelers a quiet, peaceful stop on their journey.
This park features Florida’s tallest waterfall that flows into a 100-foot sinkhole. It is certainly a great place for a photo opportunity.
Falling Waters State Park is located at ADDRESS. The park is open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to sunset. Entry is $ 5 per vehicle.
For more information on Falling Waters State Park, click here. It is located at 1130 State Park Rd, Chipley, FL 32428.