A Visit to Florida Caverns State Park

Florida Caverns State Park is certainly a different view of the Sunshine State!  After all, most people associate caves with Virginia, Kentucky or the desert Southwest.  Nevertheless, Florida does have caves — you just need to know where to find them!

And in the Panhandle, that somewhere is a place called Florida Caverns State Park.  It’s the only place in the state that has public cave tours.

David and I ventured into this hobbit hole a couple of years back, and I’ve got photos to share with you.

Where Are the Caves?

Florida Caverns is located in the Panhandle off of US 90, near a town called Marianna.  Roughly an hour to hour and a half from Pensacola or the Destin area, it’s well worth a trip.  The park (and the approach to the park) is well marked with signs.  The actual park address is 3345 Caverns Road, Marianna, Florida 32446.

Although it’s not a huge set of caves like you might find further north, they are pretty decently sized.

The cave tours are lead by the park rangers, and there is a fee to help with the upkeep.  If you have your heart set on a tour on a particular day, your best bet is to contact the park and make sure they will be offering tours that day — days and hours change throughout the year.

Now just a word of warning.  If you are physically challenged with walking, this is not the tour for you.  While you might be able to get by if you just need a cane for minor support, you definitely won’t be able to use a walker or wheelchair.  By the same token, baby strollers won’t work either.

The reason?  There are parts of the tour where you have to bend over to make it through a passage, and the ground can be uneven and slippery at times.

Oh, and while it’s usually dry enough to avoid water, be aware that you might run into muddy spots on the tour.  Do not wear shoes that can’t handle a bit of mud!

Photos of Florida Caverns State Park

I was trying to come up with just a few photos for this post, then realized that you probably wanted to see more than a couple.  So, I’ve put together this slideshow for you, so you can see what the caverns look like.  Hope you enjoy it!

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