When you plan your next San Antonio trip to play in the water at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, you should add another cool adventure to the itinerary. Head underground into the always cool air of the Natural Bridge Caverns where you’ll find its a comfortable 70 degrees.
Just 30 minutes North of downtown San Antonio, the Natural Bridge Caverns offers a wealth of underground beauty and adventure. With several tour options, and other activities on-site you’ll find just the combination for your whole family to have an experience they wont soon forget.
The Discovery Tour introduces you to an underground world of astonishing beauty as you trek 3/4 of a mile through the biggest commercial cave in Texas. Reaching a depth of 180 feet and viewing magnificent flowstone, stalactites, stalagmites and other fascinating formations on this 75 minute tour.
Choose the Hidden Passages Tour to visit the second cave where you experience complete darkness like you’ve never known when they temporarily turn out the lights. This 70 minute tour will take you 1/3 mile past soda straw formations, and incredible cave ribbons.
Those in search of a very authentic spelunking experience will find it on the Adventure Tour. Equipped with your helmet light, you are lowered by rope into the 160 foot shaft. You travel a mile; hiking, climbing and rappelling to explore down to 230′ below the earth’s surface and see the world’s longest soda straw formation – 14 feet! No concrete steps, no handrails… This tour is physically challenging, and you will get dirty, but it will be so worth it.
A few miles from Natural Bridge Caverns you can witness Bracken Bat Flight, the emergence of millions of Free-tailed Bats leaving their cave at dusk to spend the night consuming insects. The Bracken Bat Flight lets you view the largest colony of Free-tailed Bats in the world. Please remember to thank them for eating mosquitoes.
Other activities at the Natural Bridge Caverns include an opportunity to pan for gems, minerals, or arrowheads at their on-site sluice; Canopy Challenge and Zipline – a four tier adventure course where you can test your agility and strength on 47 obstacles. There is a Canopy Kids Course for toddlers and young ‘uns.
No matter which tour you choose, you are guaranteed to have a very cool day.