The cities of Northwest Arkansas are unlike any other and Berryville is home to a particularly unique and fun attraction for visitors of all ages: Cosmic Cavern.
As Arkansas’ largest privately-owned show cave, Cosmic Cavern is an experience no visitor will want to miss. While the cave was discovered in 1845, the owners continued to find new sections. The most recently-discovered portion of the cave is the Silent Splendor, located in 1993. Featuring perfectly white soda straws and formations–many of which seem transparent–Silent Splendor will leave visitors speechless. Remarkably, Cosmic Cavern continues to grow–though very slowly–at a rate of about one inch every 100 years.
Visitors can take a guided tour, which is approximately one-third of a mile and takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. This family-friendly activity features a year-round temperature of 64 degrees, which will feel cozy during the winter and refreshing during the warmer months.
Explorers who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty can opt for the Wild Cave Tour to access more exclusive areas of the cave. Led by a staff member, participants crawl and climb through the cave’s hidden passages and vast chambers. This tour, however, is reserved for visitors 16 and older. Be sure to read the Wild Cave Tour requirements and reserve your spot 24 hours in advance.
While the pictures you’ll take inside Cosmic Cavern are worth a thousand words, you can also take some magic back home. Along with T-shirts and other souvenirs, the gift shop also features a collection of rocks and gems for purchase. You can also grab a snack and enjoy various old-fashioned candies, treats, snacks and sodas. Then, browse the exhibits in the Visitor Center, which showcase historic artifacts and fossils from the Ozark Mountain region.
Don’t leave without panning for gems in the authentic sluice outside the Visitor Center. You never know what you’ll find in your pan – Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Pumice and everyone’s favorite: Fool’s Gold. This activity is fun for visitors of all ages and always offers a surprise!
Whenever you find yourself in Berryville, don’t miss this one-of-a-kind attraction in Northwest Arkansas. Cosmic Cavern offers a fun adventure for explorers of all ages!
For more information visit www.cosmiccavern.com