Thursday, June 30, 2016

Frugal Daytripping: The Florida Caverns State Park

Good Morning my Stalagmites and Stalactites! I am bringing you another frugal and fun day trip idea for the Summer. 

Florida Caverns State Park is an awesome day trip, if you are looking for something fun, educational, and just plain beautiful. For my Chris August fans, I guarantee that the lyrics of The Maker will pop into your head...."Everything that you have made is beautiful. Oh, my God, I can't believe my eyes." The views of the Caverns are that spectacular.

The Cavern tours do cost extra but worth every bit that you pay for. They have tour guides that walk you through all portions of the Caverns and tell you how they were exactly made, the Geology behind such beautiful creations from our Lord, history of the park, and so much more! I suggest as a frugal souvenir of your day adventure to let your kiddos purchase some rocks from the gift shop to remember trip. My girls loved picking theirs out and then going home to identify what type of rock they purchased.

If you are from Dothan, you can even check out a Rocks and Minerals set from the main branch (well, when I return In this set you will find books, DVD, rocks, and a rock identifying game. It's FREE to check out and would be perfect to accompany this day trip.

Another educational aspect of this trip, was how this park came about. I have been fascinated learning about Civilian Conservation Corps. Around 1933 they were established by President Roosevelt to provide jobs for men during the Great Depression. Pretty interesting reading if you have time and a History Buff, like myself. I was excited to visit a park that had been built by the CCC, their buildings made by rock are pretty amazing.

There's also walking trails for a more scenic look at the park. Lilly Rose found herself a walking stick on the trail.

Another great perk to going to the park for the day is the absolutely GORGEOUS playground and picnic area! We enjoyed ourselves so much. There is something about Florida tree moss that I love. We packed a basket of block cheese, wheat crackers, fruit, juice, and water. Something simple but would make it if our ice melted. We all joined in on swinging on the swings and just enjoying being out in the sun.

If you are interested in making a day trip down to the Caverns here is a list of prices and all the information you will need:

3345 Caverns Road
Marianna, FL 32446
(850) 482-1228

Cave tours are CLOSED on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week.
Cost to get in the state park: 5.00 Per Vehicle
Cave tour fees: 8.00 for those 13 years and older, 5.00 for those 3-12, and all other ages free.

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