Stanton, Missouri: Meramec Caverns (In Transition)
You don't even reach the mouth of this popular cave until you drive past the Meramec Caverns motel and RV park, and walk past the ice cream stand and huge gift shop. Cave currently closed for EPA cleanup; hopes to reopen tours Summer 2016. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Meramec Caverns
The caverns opened as a tourist attraction in September 1933. In 1946 singer Kate Smith visited. Since that time every tour of the cave has ended with an American flag projected on a cave wall while a scratchy record of Kate sings her signature tune, "God Bless America." Despite complaints from younger employees that no one knows who Kate Smith is any more, owner Lester Turilli Sr. has vowed to keep her as part of the tour -- although in a nod to changing times (and to celebrate the caverns' 80th birthday) the Kate vinyl record has been retired and replaced by a Kate CD.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 09/14/2013]
Beautiful cave with a lot of interesting history! The length of the tour varies depending on Meramec river flood levels.[Vanessa, 08/03/2010]
Meramec Caverns calls itself "Missouri's Buried Treasure" and is that hole-pocked state's largest commercial cave. In 2010 the attraction added an (above-ground) Caveman Zip Line.