Just about an hour west of Tallahassee in the town of Marianna, a gem to explore can be found. This rare find in the state is called the Florida Caverns. The area, once completely under water thousands and thousands of years ago, is worth the trip. The tours last about 45 minutes and the cavern itself is about half a mile.
On a hot Florida day, it is the ideal place to be. The temperature stays a nice 65 degrees all the time. The cavern was discovered at the height of the Great Depression in the 1930’s, and provided a great job for anyone willing to help dig.
The pay was a $1 a day with most of the money earned being sent back home to the worker’s family. The tour guides are wonderful and educate you on the history and everything you see inside.
Since the caverns were at one point completely underwater, sea fossils and shells can be seen throughout. As you walk through the cavern you will find drip formations that have taken thousands of years to create. Stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstone can also be seen. Residing in the caverns are blind crawfish, bats and although rarely seen- snakes. An interesting area in the cavern is a small pool that appears to be a sheet of glass when you shine light on it. This pool of water is in the shape of South America.
Outside the cave there are beautiful trails to explore, as well as canoe rentals, fishing and a campground providing you more than just a day to explore this truly spectacular piece of mother nature.
To learn more about the park visit their website https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Florida-Caverns