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Bats on the ceiling.
Bats on the ceiling.

Only Gypsum Show Cave in the U.S.

Field review by the editors.

Freedom, Oklahoma

Set in a 200-acre state park, Alabaster Caverns is, in fact, made of alabaster, a rare form of gypsum. It's the only gypsum show cave in the U.S. and the largest natural gypsum cave in the world open to the public.

Steep steps lead into a hole in the ground; guides lead you on a three-quarter-mile tour enhanced with five species of bats -- the cave was originally called Bat Cat -- translucent sheets of selenite rock, and colorful lighting designed by a guy from the National Air and Space Museum. Outside, there's a good stick-your-head-here-and-be-a-cave-bat photo-op.

Only Gypsum Show Cave in the U.S.

Alabaster Caverns State Park

Address:
217036 State Highway 50A, Freedom, OK
Directions:
On OK-50 either 19 miles north of US-412 in Mooreland or 8.5 miles south of US-64 in Freedom. From OK-50 turn east onto OK-50A at the Alabaster Caverns State Park sign. Drive a half-mile to the Caverns parking lot on the left.
Hours:
Tours daily 9-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
580-621-3381
Admission:
Adults $10.
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