Lantern tours at the Lake's Bridal Cave offer a unique look back in time.
Daytrippers in southeast Missouri have the opportunity to explore Bridal Cave in Camdenton in an all new way, thanks to three years worth of planning and research performed by the cave’s management.
Bridal cave offers a regular rotation of tours throughout the day, leaving every few minutes and each one lasts about an hour. Patrons can journey alongside park interpreters who lead them and their families through rooms of mineral deposits and columns of stone. The cave is described by the organization as the result of “millions of years of struggle between water and rock.”
This summer patrons will be able to catch a glimpse of one small part of this history on a special 75 minute guided tour.
150 years ago, explorers journeyed through the cave’s corridors by the light of their lanterns, and locals will have the chance to do the same. While traveling underground, these latest explorers will be treated to the newly discovered history of the cave and the surrounding Lake of the Ozarks area. Your guide will give in-depth history of Bridal Cave, Lake of the Ozarks and cave exploration over the centuries
Custom LED lanterns were designed exclusively for this new program and will be provided to adults taking the tour. Children receive their own LED caver’s helmet to wear. While both of these use electric lights, they give patrons the opportunity to feel what it was like to explore the cave before the invention of electricity. Patrons on the lantern tour will be allowed to keep their helmets and lights as a souvenir of the experience, according to Bridal Cave’s website.
This particular cave tour is not recommended for children ages four and under, but cave management calls it “one of the most exhilarating cave explorations in the Ozarks.”
If you go:
Potential cave explorers can make reservations on Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. The tour is available on Saturday evenings and by reservation. Tickets are $26.37 per person, and for reservations less than 7 days in advance, you can call the Reservations Department at 573-346-2676.