Natural Bridge Caverns, San Antonio

Natural Bridge Caverns IS an amazing network of caverns in the Texas Hill Country just north of San Antonio, but it’s SO much more than that!  They have also built an adventure park, zip lines and much more, there is something here for the entire family!

Check out my Mommy Tips for making the most of your visit!

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1. Know Before You Go

You can save money by purchasing tickets online.

Wear close-toed shoes with a good grip.

Natural Bridge Caverns offers several dining options, or you can bring your own ice chest for picnics or use one of the grills in the parking lot to cook your own dinner.

My Readers Save $2 off an Adult and $1 off a Child’s Discovery Tour ticket. Valid only on the Discovery Tour, cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit 6 per coupon.   Click HERE for coupon!  

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2.   Learn

I love that while it may feel like we are at an amusement park, my kids are actually learning about the geology and history of the area!

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3.   The Caverns

The caverns, which were discovered in 1960, take you into an amazing world under our feet!  You will actually walk down into the cavern, and there once inside there are some steep steps, so be sure and wear appropriate shoes!

There are several different cavern tours available.  The most popular is the Discovery Tour, which last approximately 75 minutes and is about 3/4 of a mile in length, but you are walking downhill 180 ft., and then back up!

We’ve done the Discovery Tour numerous times, and each time I see something for the first time!

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Tours usually consist of about 20-30 people, and I always like to be at the head of the group.

Remember it’s not necessary to rush through the tour, and take your time to take pictures.  The formations look completely different with a flash and without, and it’s a fun place to play with your camera settings.

The caverns have 99% humidity, and quickly fog up cameras, phones and glasses.  It helps to bring something to wipe them off.

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4.  Hidden Passages and Lantern Tour

For a more adventurous visit, try the Hidden Passages tour, or arrive right at 9am in the morning for the Lantern Tour!   The Lantern Tour is only offered at 9am.

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5.  Adventure Tours 

Natural Bridge Caverns offers 2 Wild Cave tours which take approximately 3-4 hours.  Participants will crawl, climb and slide through obstacles and water.  Prepare to get dirty and have a great time doing it!

Bring a waterproof camera.

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7.   Canopy Challenge

The Canopy Explorer Adventure Course is a 4 story course with over 40 different obstacles!  Participants are given 30 minutes to work their way to the top.

Children must be 42″ with an adult, or 48″ without.

The Canopy Zip Lines are a rush!  Children must be 60 lbs.

Children under 48″ can try the Canopy Kids Course, and must be supervised at all times.

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The zip lines

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Younger children can stay closer to the ground, but still participate in the fun obstacles, too!

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8.   Big Daddy’s 

Purchase food, drinks, gifts and more at Big Daddy’s.  You can also pan for gems in a running sluice at the Trading Post!

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9. AMAZE’n Ranch Roundup

Find your way through this fun maze, or race your friends!

10. Christmas in the Caverns

For 14 nights, Natural Bridge Caverns are decorated for the holidays with twinkling lights, a nativity scene, carolers, hayrides and much more!

11. Save! 

My Readers Save $2 off an Adult and $1 off a Child’s Discovery Tour ticket. Valid only on the Discovery Tour, cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit 6 per coupon.   Click HERE for coupon!  

12. Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Located next door to Natural Bridge Caverns is a drive thru wildlife park, with a children’s barnyard and much more.  To visit their website, click HERE.

Things To Do in San Antonio

Play

Check out the amazing bats at Bracken Bat Flight!  Click HERE to visit their website.

The Tejas Rodeo is a fun night for the entire family!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Hollow Tree Ranch offers fun horse trail rides.  Click HERE to read more.

Eat

Beefy’s Backyard has terrific burgers!  Click HERE to see their menu

Stay

The J W Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa has a terrific pool, slides and waterpark to keep the kids busy all day!  Click HERE to visit their website.


 Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns Rd., San Antonio

(210) 651-6101

Click HERE to visit their website


 

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Michelle 

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