I have been to a lot of places in my lifetime. To the Rocky Mountains, to the Atlantic Ocean, to the Midwest…. I’ve managed to cover a lot of ground. But that’s the thing, all these places have been on the ground, or rather, above ground. So this weekend I got to do something I’ve never done before: I went underground. DeSoto Caverns is actually the first time I’ve ever experienced going into a cave, and I have to say, it was pretty amazing.
In case you’ve never been (or don’t even know where it’s at), DeSoto Caverns is in Childersburg, Alabama, which is basically in between Birmingham and Auburn.
This particular cavern has a lot of history and it was interesting to learn about its many uses over the years, including being used as a speak-easy during Prohibition.
Another neat thing you can experience in the cave is a laser show. It explains how the caverns are formed and gave the story of Creation. To sit in the middle of the caverns and think about its formation was a memorable experience.
While the presentations and tour were excellent, just being there was mind-blowing. To look up and see stalactites looming high overhead, to walk by stalagmites that have stood for hundreds of years…. Even if you don’t have a love for geology, you can’t help but be amazed.
The great thing about DeSoto Caverns is that it’s basically a theme park built around the cave. It’s a great place for kids and adults, with something for everyone. Water balloon fights, a maze, and gem stone panning are just a few of the attractions for you to enjoy. Possibly my favorite activity, besides the cavern itself, was the archery.
While I’ve never picked up a bow in my life, I found a new love for the sport. I may just have to pursue this interest….
So if you’re ever in the area, or even if you’re not, DeSoto Caverns is a great place for people of all ages to come to have fun and explore.