Visitors on travel board all over the country had two things to share about Crystal Cave in Springfield. The first was a near-unanimous enthusiasm for the exhibit followed by the warning to call first. Although the Crystal Cave is only 5 miles from Highway 44, it is still disappointing to arrive and find that the cave is closed for the day. The number to call the cave is 417-833-9599.
The reason to call ahead is that the cave is a privately owned operation. Run by just two people, the cave is exhibited in its natural state during a limited set of hours which can vary. Typically, tours run 80 minutes, and happen in the mornings. Group tours can be arranged by called the cave number.
The Crystal Cave has been shown continuously by the family owning the land since 1893. It is not a steep climbing experience, but there are a few tight spots to bend around and claustrophobics are warned in advance. However, inside the cave there are many areas that are quite roomy and photographs inside are encouraged.
The interior of the cave has a number of unique geological features. Along with the underground waterfalls, stalagmites and stalactites, the cave has an upside down well, fossil crinoids, and a multi-hued rainbow falls. There are also climbable areas for truly unique views of the formations. As it is a smaller operation, the owners know the lay of the land intimately and can recommend good shots and places to walk for the best views and photos.
The cave stays 59 degrees all the time, so visitors may want a jacket to stave off a chill. Lights will be provided, and the cave is state inspected and approved for safety. Admission for children is about half that of adults. There is a gift shop along with the museum that has a number of items that were found in the cave and in the area to collect as souvenirs of the trip.
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