My son, Joseph, and his family took us along on a trip to the Florida Caverns State Park about an hour and a half East of where we live at Eglin Air Force Base. Altogether, it was about a six-hour trip, which included waiting at the visitor center.
Joseph paid the entrance fee to the park and the cave tour fees. It wasn’t expensive and it pays for the employees and the park upkeep.
The park is in Northwest Florida, relatively near the small city of Marianna. Except for the caverns, it’s almost all forest land.
There are other things to do besides cave tours. You can go camping or canoeing or both. The fees for those activities are a little more expensive.
Joseph and his wife, Diann, had discussed stopping at the Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, within the tiny town of Ponce de Leon, on the way back. We were all pretty wiped out from the tour in the caverns, so they decided to skip it.
I’m not a spelunker but I’ll usually try anything once. I had to crouch down too often and I spent way more time than I wanted to in those caverns. The year-round temperature of about 64 degrees Fahrenheit didn’t bother me but the high humidity inside the caverns bothered me a lot.
If you get your kicks out of looking at stalagmites, stalactites and limestone formations, spelunking should be right up your alley. I think I’m more suited to bigger caves.
The park was interesting but not interesting enough for me to want to ever return there. I’ve been to caves elsewhere but for the life of me, I can’t remember where they were. I do remember that I didn’t have to crouch down even once at any of them.