Missouri is the cave state afterall, and Smallin Civil War Cave is an easy one to check off your list. The 1-hour tour is a family-friendly, ½-mile trek that takes guests deep into the cave to see the beautiful flowstones and petroglyphs that date back to the 1800s. There’s even a ladder carved into the cave’s largest flowstone that was made by Native Americans. If you’re looking for a longer tour that involves a helmet and a lantern, ask about the Wild Tour, but if you’ve got the family with you and would love to be able to push the crew along in the stroller, the regular 1-hour tour is for you. Whichever tour you go on, you’ll see the cave’s main attractions, which include the picturesque valley that houses the cave’s opening. During spring, this woodland comes to life with all kinds of seasonal blooms including wild pear and plum trees, red buds, May apples and dutchman's breeches.
What You Need: A jacket! It can be chilly in the cave.
Tip From A Local: “I like to tell people that if you want a cave that has more water in it, spring is the best time to come. If you want to see more of the moss and ferns, then come during the summer when the water level is lower.”—Wanetta Bright, co-owner