Talking Rocks Cavern in Branson, MO

423 Fairy Cave LaneBranson West, MO 65737
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Overview

An exciting family adventure open year-round in Branson West, Missouri, Talking Rocks Cavern is ideal for adventurers who long to explore. This unique natural wonder is a comfortable 63 degrees all year long and features educational tours of a spectacular vertical cave, two SpeleoBox crawl mazes, nature trails, a lookout tower, picnic areas, gemstone mining, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson West Travel Experts
  • View the beauty of Missouri--underground!
  • Guided cave tour features numerous geological formations.
  • Nature trails and lookout tower on-site.
  • Wear slip resistant shoes as there are areas a bit slippery. Sandals and Flip Flops are not recommended.
  • The guided tour is an hour long.
  • The temperature is a cool 62 degrees.
  • Missouri is the cave state.

Description

from Talking Rocks Cavern
Talking Rocks Cavern is open year round. Talking Rocks Cavern is vertical in nature, and has concrete handrails and steps throughout the cave. People of all ages go into our cave on a regular basis where they can enjoy the comfortable 63-degree cave air.

The hour-long tour of Talking Rocks Cavern is what we call "edutainment." This means that the cave guides focus on education, as well as entertainment. You will learn about the caves discovery and related history, as well as learn about the mineral deposits and other geological information. Our cave guides are ready to answer your questions and can find answers to those questions they may not already know.

Talking Rocks Cavern was first named "Fairy Cave" by the early cave developer Turman Powell after he first explored the cave. His comment was that it looked like "a subterranean fairyland". The caves name was changed to Talking Rocks Cavern in 1969 when Silver Dollar City purchased the cave. They chose to change the name based on a quote from Waldo Powell, son of Turman Powell. Waldo would spend a lot of time looking at the rocks and mineral deposits in the cave, and noted that the physical evidence in the cave would tell him a story about how it formed. Thus, it was an inspiration for the new name "Talking Rocks Cavern."

After your cave tour, check out our 4,000 square foot Rock & Gift Shop. Other above-ground activities include Cave Country Miniature Golf and gemstone panning. The nature trail, lookout tower, shaded picnic areas, new Kid's Play Area, large outdoor checkerboard and two SpeleoBox crawl mazes are FREE for our guests!

Tickets are valid any day of travel. One hour guided tours depart frequently all day.

Tripster Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Tripster Customer
Plainfield, IL
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Unique experience"
October 2018
This cave provided very cool views. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. There were a decent amount of stairs, and the railings have wide gaps, so I would keep that in mind if traveling with small children. Very close to Silver Dollar City, too, so it is convenient to pair the two together into one day.
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Tip: The caves are chilly, and the stairs can be slippery, so dress appropriately

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Tania Harvey
Camden, AR
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Not for fear of heights"
November 2015
It was too dangerous for my 2 year old and my husband had to take her back to the top. Very entertaining and guide was knowledgeable. Would not go here if you have a fear of heights. The special part of the tour was fun.
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Tripster Customer
Beardstown, IL
7 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"BEAUTIFUL"
April 2015
One of the best caves I have experienced and our guide was wonderful!
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Tip: If you are afraid of heights or tight places, this is not for you.

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Sana Johnson
Rogers, AR
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"You should go there."
April 2015
This is probably one of the best experiences we had while in Branson. The staff is very professional and knowledgeable.
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Tip: Make sure you wear tennis shoes and have a jacket or a coat.

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Jason H.
Axtell, KS
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Kansas Couple"
March 2015
My husband and I went and had a blast. The formations and history where outstanding.
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Tip: You might get a little wet. Leave your purse in the car and have something to cover your camera in between shots.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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SoDakFamily
Brandon, South Dakota
"Fun visit "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
It was a rainy day in Branson so we were looking for something indoors to do with our 2 boys 8 & 10. The cave was busy but the 45 minute wait for a tour went fast with an interesting gift shop and various activities to keep the kids busy. The cave tour itself was a little under an hour and Hannah did a great job telling the story of the cave and lots of fun facts too. She was very patient with the kids’ questions. I thought the $20 for adults and $10 for kids was one of the better values in the Branson area. There are stairs to climb but not difficult at all
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Dr_Xaos
Palatine, Illinois
"Terrific Tour Guide / Awesome Cavern Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2019 NEW
Visited Talking Rocks Cavern with wife and two daughters. We aren't "cave connoisseurs" but do enjoy visiting a cave or two on most of our family vacations. Heard good things about this location, so wanted to give it a try. We were very pleased with our experience, and I'd highly recommend to others! The cave tour takes about an hour from start to finish. The cavern itself isn't as large as some of the other locations that we've visited, but the sights and structures within the cave are both beautiful and impressive. As soon as we walked through the front entrance to the cavern, we were impressed with how awesome the place is. Our tour guide, John, was equally awesome with his knowledge and presentation. Our group had multiple families with younger kids, and he was patient, polite, and friendly throughout the entire hour. Cave is impressive, but John made the tour especially memorable. In addition to the cavern tour, the location has some extra activities available. There's the standard gift shop that most places have, although their selection of wares were good quality. Outside the building they had a playground where kids could climb and slide. They have a small mini-golf course as well, although we didn't have time to play during our visit. Probably the most impressive thing was the speleo-box, where kids can climb through the large wooden structure that mimics winding through a maze-like cavern. All of that said, the one and only critique that I'd want to point out to others is that the walk/climb through the cave was one of the more difficult ones that we've done. The cavern is very vertical, so there's a lot of stairs going up-and-down. There's also a number of areas where you're climb over and between cave formations, which can make for unsure footing or tighter squeezes. Nothing terrible, but a warning to those with difficulty with mobility or having to handling herding smaller kids through the walk.
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Anita B
Palm Bay, Florida, United States
"Love Caves!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2019 NEW
Smaller Cave, but I love caves, they are all different. If you can do steps, it's worth the walk through this cave.
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pellis99
Branson, Missouri
"Awesome cave adventure!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 25, 2019
Highly recommend this cave tour. The cave is awesome and still active. Tour guide was very informative. Lots of steps tho. Cool souvenir shop and super nice staff to help you out. Great place for kids! They have an "indoor" cave inside the gift shop that kids can crawl thru. There is also one outside, along with miniature golf. A nice patio to sit and relax that is also shaded. Grandkids loved this place and didn't want to leave.
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Redbird12
Toronto Ontario
"Vertical monuments"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 20, 2019
We went on a rainy morning. The tour was informative and fun. We were in a large group and care was taken to ensure everyone coulod see and hear. The cave iw lqrgely vertical and you go down lots of ses to the bottom. Very impressive features which were well explained by our amiable guide Josh
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Frequently Asked Questions about Talking Rocks Cavern

How often do tours depart?
They depart about every hour.

How long is the tour?
Each guided tour is an hour long.

What is the temperature in the cavern?
It is a comfortable 62 degrees of cave air.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes.

What is included in my admission ticket?
It includes a guided admission into the cavern, SpeleoBox Maze, the Nature trail and lookout tower.

How long are the nature trails?
The Springhouse Trail” is .2 miles in length and takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The Stone Pancakes” is .4 miles in length and takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. The “Lookout Tower” trail is another of the moderately difficult trails. It is .5 miles in length and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Your destination on this trail will take you to the 40 foot Lookout Tower. Be sure and climb to the top for a one of a kind view before you head back to the cave. The most difficult of the 4 trails is known as “The Waterfalls”. This trail is .8 miles long and takes 45 minutes to complete. Although this is the longest of our 4 trails it provides you with a visit to Lookout Tower and then down by the waterfalls.

What is Gem Mining?
You have a choice of 3 sizes of gem bags: Small bag-$5.99; Large bag-$8.99 and Emerald bag-$10.99. Should you choose the small or large bag you are guaranteed to find any one of a variety of semi-precious gems. If your choice is the Emerald Bag then your treasure will definitely include a piece of emerald. Upon purchase of your gem bag you will be given a Gem Identification Card to help you identify the type of gemstone you discover. Now you will proceed out to the sluicing troughs. Empty some of your mining rough into a screened sluice box, dip the box in the water and mine those gems! Remember sluicing is fun no matter what age you are.

Is the Mini Golf included in my admission ticket?
No, this costs extra. The Mini Golf tickets can only be purchased at the Cavern.