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“Decent cave tour”

Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave
Ranked #3 of 31 things to do in Hannibal
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We visited Mark Twain cave. We would have liked to also visit Cameron Cave, but it has a limited operating schedule due to hibernating bats. Mark Twain cave itself is a little different from other caves I have visited. If you just look at a map of it, it looks almost as if it were man made via some type of mining operation as there are passages throughout the cave in a almost grid-like pattern. However, once you get in the cave, it is obviously completely natural. The guide was quite young, but very knowledgeable about the history of the cave. One very unique feature of this cave is that since it is one of missouri's oldest show caves, there is a tremendous amount of "graffiti" on the walls, mostly in the form of signatures. Up until about 1972, visitors were encouraged to leave their signature somewhere in the cave but in about 1972, the cave became federally protected so it became a pretty significant crime to mark on the walls. The cave seemed to be very dry with very little water and only a couple cave formations. My guess is that the signatures have survived through all the years because of the very dry nature of the cave. The tour guide ties in various elements of the Tom Sawyer story at points throughout the tour. My only real complaint is that I think they include too many people on a single tour. Most passages are smallish and allow you to be lined up single file at most points along the tour. We could hear the guide fine, but we were towards the end of the line most of the time and while we could hear him fine, if he pointed out something with his flashlight, we were unable to see what he was pointing at. As far as price goes, it was typical for a show cave tour. If you are interested in "all things Mark Twain" and you find yourself in the area, it is worth a visit.

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MarkTwainCave E, Public Relations Manager at Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

Thank you for such a well written review! We are glad you enjoyed your tour with us, if you keep your receipt from the Mark Twain Cave Tour and turn it in on your next visit we can get you the 2 Cave Discount for seeing both caves. The Cameron Cave is open Memorial Day - Labor Day (and the tour sizes are much smaller). We hope to see you again sometime!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

On a terribly rainy day, we sought shelter in a Mark Twain cave tour where it was warmer inside than out. A lot of people had the same idea, which was unfortunate because it made our tour group too big. We started at the front of the tour so we heard everything, but when people in the back pushed forward to pass us, we ended up in the back and could hardly hear, and in some cases, could not hear at all. It didn't help that a woman stopped constantly to take pictures, delaying the back even further. The guide continued along until a second guide pointed out others were behind. So, if you go, ask about the tour size. What we did hear was interesting. The cave is not a beautiful one with the stalactites and stalagmites, but it has history. The guides assume you know something of Tom Sawyer and Mark Twain, but it is not necessary to know the story, just helpful. When we heard our tour guide we enjoyed the stories and walking through the cave. As we left we spotted a little bat in the hallway leading to the gift shop. It was hanging quietly minding its own business.

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MarkTwainCave E, Public Relations Manager at Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Thank you for writing a review! We appreciate the feedback and we are currently taking steps to correct it. We want to make sure everyone who comes through is able to hear and enjoy the tour equally. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Friendly, knowledgeable guide Emma. We’ve been to other caves with more dramatic stalactites and stalagmites so it’s really the story-telling, historical and literary significance that sets this cave apart. Also appreciated the generosity of the staff who let us charge the Tesla at the employee garage/shop!

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MarkTwainCave E, Public Relations Manager at Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

Thank you for leaving a review! We appreciate you taking the time to do so!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I visited the cave today. It was interesting but a bit cheesy. Including tax it was about $21 per person. Also we thought the first tour would leave upon opening but it didn't start till 10:30.

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MarkTwainCave E, Public Relations Manager at Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

Thank you for your review!

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

This was my first cave trip and it was super fun! There is so much history inside this cave and our tour guide was excellent in providing it. One of the coolest things was seeing all the old signatures people have left behind, including Jesse James although we were able to see it at the time. Defintiely worth the visit!

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MarkTwainCave E, Public Relations Manager at Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

That is so neat to hear! Thank you Ariel, and thank you for taking the time to write a review! We hope we get to see you again sometime in the future.

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