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History, legend and spectacular cave scenes come alive in our sixth annual Nighttime Lantern Tours. Embark on an 80-minute, guided tour of the caverns, by the light of hand-held lanterns.
Hear stories of determination, bravery, and exploration as characters recount their personal experiences of the caverns.
Visit our website or call for reservations. Tickets $25; ages 5-11, $12; younger than 5, free.
Offered on specified dates only. Space is limited.
The Lesters and Friends present the Easter Pagent with song, in the ballroom at Meramec Caverns.
We offer a wide variety of float trips on the Meramec River, from Onondaga Cave to Meramec Cavern. Float trips range from five to 15 miles in length. Whether you choose a raft, canoe or kayak, you will enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the Meramec River.
All of our floats include shuttle service, paddles and life jackets. We provide shuttle service. Excursions on the Meramec provide opportunities for floating, fishing and cave exploration. Gravel bars provide spots to picnic, swim and sunbathe.
We are one hour southwest of St. Louis, off of I-44, at exit 225; five miles south of Sullivan off Route D.
All necessary safety equipment is included.
Open March-October. Located at Meramec Caverns. Motel, campground, and canoe rental on-site.
Tickets: $49; younger than 12, $39.
Weight restrictions: 80-pound minimum; 270-pound maximum.
Minimum age: 10.
Reservations (required) should be made well in advance. See our website for details and reservations.
Enjoy a six-mile or an 11-mile float on the scenic Meramec River. Rentals are available April-September.
Our shuttle takes you up river; you float back to the parking lot.
Located at Meramec Caverns. Motel, campgrounds and a zipline thrill ride are on-site.
Canoe and raft rentals for floating on the Meramec River. No dogs or fishing allowed in rafts. One block south of I-44 on Route W.
Age restrictions: You must be 21 years old to rent equipment from us. Children younger than age 5 will not be allowed to float in our canoes; children younger than age 3 will not be allowed to float in our rafts; children younger than age 3 will not be allowed on any of our float trips.
The area consists of more than 6,000 acres of rugged forest terrain in prime Ozark country, plus sections of the Meramec River, Huzzah and Courtois creeks. Take a canoe or kayak to access these streams for a day of fishing and floating.
For hikers, the area includes six miles of the Ozark Trail. The Narrows, located in the extreme southwest portion of the area, is a narrow hogback ridge that features extremely steep topography and rapidly changing vegetation from ridge to creek bottom. Bear Cave and Bat Cave add to the site's geology.
Primitive campsites are open from September 15-May 15 only.
To reach the area, cross the Meramec River at the end of Route H at Onondaga Cave State Park; or go northeast of Steelville on Route E and cross the low-water bridge at Huzzah Creek.
Did Bob Ford really gun down Jesse James in 1882, or did Jesse live until 1951? You be the judge.
View a live film of Jesse James; examine the photographs; study the fascinating displays; observe the wax figures; and gaze at the $100,000 collection of vintage firearms and personal belongings of Jesse and his gang.
Located on old Route 66 (I-44; exit 230).
Admission: $7; ages 5-11, $3.
Go on a guided tour of this seven-level natural wonder, the possibly the oldest stop along historic Route 66. Tours are conducted along well-lighted walkways. Cavern tour takes one hour and twenty minutes, covering 1¼ miles. Meramec Caverns has been a tourist attraction since 1933. The cave is reputed to have been used by Jesse James and his gang as a hideout.
Facilities include: gift shop; a sluice; picnic areas; a candy store. Also on-site (see separate listings): Meramec Caverns Restaurant; Meramec Caverns Motel; Meramec Caverns Campground; Cavern Canoe and Raft Rentals; Jesse James Wax Museum; and Caveman Zipline.
Located off of I-44 at exit 230. Closed on Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.
Cave tours: $20; ages 5-11, $10; younger than 5, free.
The campground at Meramec Caverns includes: shaded riverfront camp sites; RV hookups; showers; restrooms; sheltered pavilions; barbecue pits; picnic areas; and a concession stand.
Canoe rentals, raft rentals and a zipline thrill ride are available on-site.
Motel has 32 guestrooms, each with two full-size beds. Four guestrooms have microwave and a small refrigerator.
The motel adjoins the famous Meramec Caverns. Canoe rental, raft rental and a zipline thrill ride are on-site.
Home-style cooking, soups and sandwiches, served Memorial Day-Labor Day.
Snack bar, with 28 flavors of ice cream, is open daily, March-December.
The restaurant seats 250. A private dining room and catering available for groups (by reservation).
Located inside the main building at Meramec Caverns.
Located on the Meramec River, across from Onondaga Cave State Park. Also, we have access to the Courtois and Huzzah creeks.
Our rustic cabins sleep eight. The condominium, with full kitchen, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, a great-room, porch, gas grill, heat and air, sleeps 20. Two motels on-site. More than 100 acres; large, primitive tent-camping sites (many are riverfront) and 125 RV sites.
Canoe, raft, kayak and tube rentals available. Paddler’s Grill Restaurant open seasonal weekends. Meeting and banquet space available. We have a country store; shower houses; outdoor swimming pool; volleyball courts; horseshoe pits; laundry; fire ring; picnic tables; and playgrounds.
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