Natural Bridge Caverns

#11 in Best Things To Do in San Antonio
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26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd

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Natural Wonders Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
3.3

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  • 3.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

The Natural Bridge Caverns are home to the biggest commercial cave system in Texas. Above-ground adventures include zip lining, a rope course, a maze, gem mining, shopping and dining. But the primary reason to visit the caverns is to partake in one of the five underground tour options, which include tours lit by only lanterns and others that explore the caverns' hidden passages.

Recent visitors particularly enjoyed the area's cavern tours. That said, many travelers recommend skipping the rope course and zip line, saying that the offerings underwhelmed them.

The caverns sit about 25 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio. Public transit doesn't service the area, so travelers will need a rental car or a taxi to reach the attraction. Nearly all of the Natural Bridge Caverns attractions open at 9 a.m. (with the exception of the high ropes course, which opens at 10 a.m.) but their closing times vary by activity. Check the Natural Bridge Caverns website for specific hours and pricing, which can vary daily.

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