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12 Texas Caves and Caverns Every San Antonian Should Visit this Year 

Get out those flashlights and start exploring.
Cascade Caverns
226 Cascade Cavern, Boerne, cascadecaverns.com
Plan your visit to the Cascade Caverns, which lie beneath the Texas Hill Country in Boerne. Visitors can camp, take a 45 minute tour and explore the biology in the area.
Photo via Instagram, jvill29
Inner Space Cavern
4200 I-35, Georgetown, innerspacecavern.com
Hidden for over 10,000 years, the Inner Space Caverns are preserved caves located in Georgetown, which you can see on one of the cavern's several daily tours. Take the Adventure Tour of a guided experience down a lit path; the Hidden Passage Tour (ages 7+), which takes guests through delicate formations on a rugged, intimate tour of the cave; or the Wild Cave Tour (13+) — a 3.5-4 hour tour where guests can explore undeveloped sections of the cave.
Photo via Instagram, chloemariechamblee
Kicakpoo Cavern State Park
20939 RM 674, Brackettville, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/kickapoo-cavern
For $10 a tour, guests can explore the undeveloped state of Kickapoo Cavern and on Saturdays at 1 p.m. by reservation. The state park features 20 known caves, however Kickapoo is .25 miles in length and boasts impressive formations.
Photo via Instagram, tpsobo
Crystal Cave at Garner State Park
234 RR 1050, Concan, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/garner
Among the many things one can do at Garner State Park, hiking to Crystal Cave and checking out the rock formation is one of them. Sadly, the cave has been vandalized over the years.
Photo via Instagram, sistersthathike
Longhorn Cavern State Park
6211 Park Rd 4 S, Burnet, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/longhorn-cavern
One-and-a-half hours outside of Austin, Longhorn Caverns State Park offers a variety of cavern tours. Take a casual walking tour and learn about the cavern's geology and history; visit the less developed areas on the Wild Cave tour; get schooled during the geology program that explains what you'll find in Texas Hill Country; or bust your photography skills on a photography tour (by reservation).
Photo via Instagram, brooksthatkill
Wonder World Cave and Wildlife Park
1000 Prospect St., San Marcos, wonderworldpark.com
The theme park plays host to Balcones Fault Line Cave, which is an earthquake-formed cave that some scientist suggest occurred in 1873.
Photo via Instagram, firzanymokti
Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
Rocksprings, TX 78880, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/devils-sinkhole
You might not be able to walk inside the cave at Devil's Sinkhole, but the colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats make the trip worth it. The vertical cavern plays host to over 3 million bats, which visitors can see during the summer months.
Photo via Instagram, texasgov
Caverns of Sonora
1711 Pvt Rd 4468, Sonora, cavernsofsonora.com
The Caverns of Sonora, which is about 8 miles west of city the of Sonora, is a National Natural Landmark with an array of calcite crystal formations. Guests can tour the caverns and get a geology lesson during their visit.
Photo via Instagram, chloabar
Cave Without a Name
325 Kreutzberg Rd., Boerne, cavewithoutaname.com
Eleven miles Northeast of Boerne, Cave Without a Name is a living cavern that is open to visitors. In addition to touring the cave, guests can enjoy the walking trails, cut a geode and collect gemstones.
Photo via Instagram, lee_tor89
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Natural Bridge Caverns
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, naturalbridgecaverns.com
Recognized as the largest known commercial caverns in the U.S., Natural Bridge Caverns is open to an array of tours — discovery, latern, adventure, hidden passages — all year long and is a great source for learning about Texas' geology and sciences.
Photo via Instagram, noboditi
Colorado Bend State Park
Bend, TX, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/colorado-bend
You can explore beneath the canyon of Colorado Bend on a Wild Cave Tour, in which a guide will lead visitor through a adventure through caves where you crawl, slide, and climb through small spaces and into large chambers, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Photo via Instagram, morgannic0le
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Cascade Caverns
226 Cascade Cavern, Boerne, cascadecaverns.com
Plan your visit to the Cascade Caverns, which lie beneath the Texas Hill Country in Boerne. Visitors can camp, take a 45 minute tour and explore the biology in the area.
Photo via Instagram, jvill29
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