Desoto Caverns Compliment - Desoto Caverns Visit
ALABAMA -- On 5/20/08, I visited Desoto Caverns with my fiance and a couple friends of hours. The couple had purchased tickets online but never received them. However, they contacted the manager and when we got to the Caverns, they kindly and easily pulled up our information.
I had gone online to see what the rates were and what attractions were added. We got a family pack which included 4 cave tours and a total of 18 attractions. (I had thought this meant 18 attractions each, but it meant 18 total so if all four of us wanted to do the same thing, that counted as 4 attractions.) This turned out not to be a problem however because we ended up with attractions left over. The best thing: If you have attractions left over, you have up to a year to redeem them.
Desoto caverns is easy to find with very well placed signs. We got there early enough that there were no lines anywhere. Most of the attractions are meant more for the kids but the adults can enjoy them as well if they so choose.
The first attraction we chose was the water gun maze. We were given super size water guns and shown how to use them. Since it was just the four of us, we were given an option to go in as teams or individually. We went individually. We were able to stay in the maze until we used up all of our water. It was a great way to cool off and to start the day as we were all laughing hysterically as we shot each other with water.
The next attraction we chose was the hamster wheel. It is literally a giant hamster wheel inside of which has four seats. We were buckled into the seats and then were told to rock back and forth after we were given a push. I am deathly afraid of heights and realized as I am up in the air that I was terrified. (I was not more than 8 feet off of the ground but as I have gotten older, my fear as escalated. However, I always try everything once. Seeing my fear, the ride attendant was able to slow the ride, let me get off and start over for everyone else.
Still shaking, we went to the next attraction which was a similar version to DisneyLand's teacup ride except you were higher up and it tilted. It was actually a good work out because you had to use your own upper arm strength to spin yourselves around.
We then walked up to the horizontal rock climb. You start on one end and have to climb sideways (without touching the ground) all the way to the end. You have three chances to get across and it is about 300 feet long. It is much harder than it looks! My friend made it all the way across in two shots, I got all of five feet across.
Though there were other activities (mining for gems, cave crawl, etc..), we chose to go on to the cave tour. They hold the cave tours once an hour throughout the day so can choose when you want to go.
The cave tour was by far the best attraction of them all. Once again, we were early enough to beat the crowd and our cave guide took just the four of us in. As we were walking in, our cave guide explained to us where we going, what route were taking, and the best places for taking pictures.
Because it was just the four of us, our cave guide allowed us more time to explore the accessible areas of the cave. She also explained the history of the cave and the different structures within the cave. She did this in intervals while allowing us to look around and take pictures. She was very knowledgeable and was able to answer any questions we asked without hesitation. She was also very friendly and easy to talk to.
The tour ended with us being able to experience total darkness and then a light show afterwards. Total darkness is what it sounds like. You can't see your hand in front of your face. The light show was a little cheesy but interesting to experience right after total darkness.
Even though the price of admission seemed a little high, the experience was fantastic. (It was $94 for the four of us but it included the cave tour and some activities) I would recommend this as a day trip to anyone who lives a couple hours away, as a field trip, or as something to do if you are going to be in the area.
I have now been to Desoto Caverns twice and both times very much enjoyed the experience each time.