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Bluff Dweller’s Cavern Review

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40

By: Kerri Young

IMG_8883I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for fun, family-friendly places to take our kids that might also provide an opportunity to learn or take in some of God’s magnificent creation. So, in the fall I purchased some discounted tickets on Living Social to Bluff Dweller’s Cavern in Noel, Missouri because it sounded like it might be a great homeschool field trip.

We had the opportunity to go check out Bluff Dweller’s Cavern today with some sweet friends who also homeschool. And, I am here to say that if you live anywhere near Northwest Arkansas or Southwest Missouri you should definitely go experience this spectacular cave for yourself.

All of our kids, even my extremely busy toddler who was confined to me in the moby wrap because I didn’t trust him to walk by himself and not get into trouble, ooohed and IMG_8882aaahed over the incredible formations and mineral deposits throughout the cavern.

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The tour, led by an extremely friendly and knowledgeable guide, took about 45 minutes and there weren’t any times during the trip through the cavern that our kids whined or complained about being bored or wanting to be done.

 

IMG_8890IMG_8885IMG_8902As a matter of fact, after leaving, my four year old repeated all afternoon that he wanted to go back to the cave tomorrow.

We got to see a few critters, like salamanders and hibernating bats (that were tiny and IMG_8892adorable and hanging in random places…sorry we couldn’t take any pictures of them with a flash, but trust me, even my 7 year old daughter thought they were cute and not scary) up close and personal.

IMG_8889At the end of the tour there is a museum and gift shop that are always free to the public and I would say the collection of rocks, fossils and antiques in there are almost worth the drive themselves.

IMG_8908It was a memorable way to spend the morning and I would say that even without the living social vouchers it would be worth the price of admission (which is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 4-11, and free for 3 and under). They do have a group discount and said they love it when homeschool groups come to visit.

March – October, Bluff Dweller’s Cavern is open daily from 9am to 5pm. November – February it’s open daily from 9am to 4pm.

Road-Map-to-CaveGo check it out and tell them Mosaic of Moms sent you!

 

 

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