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Address: 5181 Desoto Caverns Pkwy, Childersburg, AL 35044-5663
Phone Number:
+1 256-378-7252
09:00 - 17:30
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Sun 13:00 - 17:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Desoto Caverns Family Fun Park , one of Alabama's magnificent natural...

Desoto Caverns Family Fun Park , one of Alabama's magnificent natural wonders, rests in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Desoto Caverns was the first officially recorded cave of record in 1796, with a main room 12 stories high and 100 yards long. Today Desoto Caverns Family Fun Park is a popular attraction with rides, exhibits and outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy.

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cool cavern

This cavern is a lot of fun to tour. Unfortunately, it is very expensive now. They have also added a lot of attractions around the cave that cost extra money. I would go back... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
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Columbiana, Alabama
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great field trip for my first and second graders! My class has gone for several years running now. I always hear "best field trip ever"!

Thank Jeannie Curry L
Ashland, Alabama
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice place,very clean and well organized.Staff very knowledgeable of history and events that has happened here. Nice gift and souvenir shop. Fun they also have good food, lots for kids to do. They have cabins available for overnight stay if you want. Great place for family.

Thank Jeremy B
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64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Although it was forecast rainy, my family chose this site for a day trip. Never having taken a cavern tour, I didn't know what to expect. I was delightfully surprised. Desoto Caverns was very easy to find. It opened at 1:00 on Sunday which was a little inconvenient, but still worked for us. We did the cave tour first. It... More 

3 Thank Patty R
Lenexa, Kansas
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Great attraction and great people. The cavern has a rich history that has been dated back at least 2,000 years. Native Americans viewed the cavern as the "womb" of the Creek Nation. It was used in the Civil War by Confederate troops to mine nitrates for the manufacture of gunpowder. There are some fun and creative rides/activities for kids, including... More 

1 Thank TAS35
Statham, Georgia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The Environmental Club at my school took a group of 26 middle school students, 7 parents, 3 teachers to DeSoto Caverns yesterday. Everyone enjoyed it immensely. All of the staff there were extremely kind and accommodating. The Caverns, themselves are very impressive and the guided tour is very well done. The Park grounds are very well kept and the gift... More 

1 Thank mlpbs
Atlanta, Georgia
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89 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

My son and I visited the DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park as a part of the Cub Scouts/Boys Scouts trip. We spent the night inside the cave, which was a totally awesome experience. All of the kids did enjoy getting to play many of the entertainment experiences. However, as an adult I must say I was turned off that everything... More 

1 Thank SirJanos
Management response:

Hi Sir Janos, I am glad that you had an unforgettable experience spending the night in our caverns. I am sorry that you saw our facility as focused on money, because our core focus is Excellence, Teamwork, and Care while reaching hearts. I believe you will be happy to know that DeSoto Caverns is actively involved in giving to our... More 

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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

I was very impressed with this place. Although we only went through the caverns, it was well worth it. They were also plenty of attractions for children to so such as rides and mazes. Love was our guide for the cavern and we really enjoyed the stories and her knowledge of the cavern. We will go back!

Thank Belinda B
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We only went for the cavern tour this time and it was amazing. Our tour guide, Love, was great and made it very interesting. The light show was beautiful and inspiring. The nature aspect of it was something I have never seen here in Alabama before. We will be going back.

Thank Belinda B
Canton, GA
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81 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

I really appreciate a good cave tour, and was somewhat disappointed here. Basically, DeSoto Caverns is one huge room, which is impressive due to its size, but doesn't quite justify the steep price of admission. The "laser light show" didn't help, but at least they're trying to make it more interesting.

Thank JRusCanton
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51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This cavern is a lot of fun to tour. Unfortunately, it is very expensive now. They have also added a lot of attractions around the cave that cost extra money. I would go back more often if it were cheaper!

1 Thank FlorenceMississippi

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