There's one sure-fire place to escape the unpredictable weather in Missouri ... a cave. Naturally climate-controlled show caves are abundant here in the Cave State:
GO NOW - Caves open year-round:
Bonne Terre Mine - Bonne Terre: the hour-long tour follows old mule trails through the mine on the two upper levels. Be aware, there is a 65-step staircase in and out.
Bluff Dwellers Cave - Noel: only 50 percent of this cave is developed and still the family-friendly tour is 45 minutes to an hour. Be sure to visit the on-site Browning Museum.
Fantastic Caverns - Springfield: America's only all-riding cave tour, following the path of an ancient underground river.
Bridal Cave - Camdenton: a setting for both romance and tragedy dating back to the 1800s and the scene of more than 3,000 weddings. Go on a tour and hear the legends.
Jacob's Cave - Versailles: explore the first commercialized cave in the Lake of the Ozarks area with what is believed to be the world's largest geode.
Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail - Ridgedale: tour the nature trail and four-story cave in an electric cart and enjoy the cascading waterfall and cave bar. Tour lasts 40-50 minutes.
Mark Twain Cave Complex - Hannibal: made famous by one of America's most famous authors. Enjoy a one-hour tour through crisscross patterned passages, no stairs and a constant 52 degrees.
Meramec Caverns - Stanton: explore seven levels of natural wonders along historic Route 66. The cave is reputed to have been used by Jesse James as a hideout.
Miller Cave - Ft. Leonard Wood: hike a short, steep, narrow trail to get to the only cave on Fort Leonard Wood open to the public. This is a wild cave with severe drop-offs in and around it.
Stark Caverns - Eldon: formerly Fantasy World Caverns, guests can enjoy an hour-long cave tour, pan for gems or fossils in their sluice or explore the grounds. For a truly unique experience, make a reservation to participate in "The Grimm Tale at Stark Caverns," a one-of-a-kind seasonal escape room in the cave.