Meramec Caverns

Sullivan, Missouri

MissouriOutdoor Activities

Meramec Caverns in Sullivan, Missouri is the collective name for the 4.6 mile cavern system that runs through the Ozarks near Stanton. At 400 million years old, it’s probably the oldest attraction in Missouri, though it has only been open as a tourist attraction since 1933. With around 150,000 annual visitors, Meramec Caverns is the most visited cave in Missouri.

A guided tour of the limestone caves takes around an hour and twenty minutes. A guide leads you through the breathtaking natural formations, which are intricately lit one room at a time, so you can appreciate their beauty. Stops include the large Ballroom used for dances, weddings, and community events; the Mirror Room with a stream of reflective water; and the Wine Room with a 6-foot tall onyx table.

The tour ends with the “Greatest Show Under the Earth,” a patriotic musical light show projected onto one of the cave walls.

On the tour you’ll also hear more about the history of the Missouri caves. One of the most popular pieces of trivia is that Meramec Caverns is reputed to have been used by Jesse James and his gang as a hideout.

Last modified: April 21, 2024
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Meramec Caverns in Sullivan, Missouri

Meramec Caverns

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1135 Hwy W, Sullivan, MO 63080

Open Daily, Seasonal Hours (See Official Website for Current Hours)

$27 (Adults), $24 (Military), $14 (Children $5-$11), Free (Children under 5)

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(573) 468-2283

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Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Meramec Caverns in Sullivan, Missouri, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Tours are offered throughout the day every 20-30 minutes. Reservations are not required and you shouldn’t have to wait long for your tour to start!
  • Yours of Meramec Caverns take approximately one hour and twenty minutes to complete, and cover 1 ¼ miles round trip along well-lighted walkways.
  • The caves offer group rates and seasonal passes.
  • Do to the natural terrain the tour is not accessible and strollers are not allowed.
  • The caves stay at a temperature of 58 degrees so bring a light jacket or sweater.

Where to Stay Near Meramec Caverns

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these Missouri hotels near Route 66.

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The Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Missouri is the oldest continually operated motel on Route 66. This iconic motel has offered lodging to travelers since 1938 and is now fully restored.

The Wildwood Hotel

The Wildwood Hotel is a quiet boutique hotel located near St. Louis in Wildwood Town Center. With a charming French chateau-style architecture and warm European country lodge ambiance, the property offer free daily continental breakfast, complimentary WiFi, and a heated indoor pool with hot tub.

St. Louis Union Station Hotel

An icon since 1894, the St. Louis Union Station is a vintage gem wrapped in elegant archways and décor. Admire the famous Grand Hall, experience all the on-site attractions, enjoy 3D light shows and a 100-foot waterfall, and access the fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. All just a mile from downtown St. Louis and a short drive to Meramec Caverns on Route 66.

Enhance your visit to the St. Louis area with a tour! Whether you love family-friendly adventures, landmarks, or nature there are plenty of options for everyone.

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