Trekaroo.com included DeSoto Caverns, along with Cathedral and Sequoyah caverns, at number two on its list of “Discover Alabama’s Caves.” Trekaroo.com reviews kid-friendly activities and travel trips for families.
DeSoto Caverns Park is the site of the historic DeSoto Caverns just east of Childersburg on Alabama 76. The caverns have been a tourist attraction since the 1960s and over the past 25 years has added a growing family oriented theme park.
According to The Historical Marker Database, DeSoto Caverns is the first recorded cave in the United States, and served as a shelter for Native Americans for centuries. The caverns served as a Confederate gunpowder mining site during the War Between the States.
Tours of the caverns feature a 12-story high main cave that is larger than a football field, and has some of the most concentrated accumulations of onyx-marble stalagmites and stalactites in America.
Groups of 20 or more can reserve the cavern for overnight stays. Scouts can earn “Adventure” badges and primitive camping is available.
Schools can take advantage of the historical significance and geological features by scheduling school field trips. A variety of packages are offered, including admission to the fun-theme park.
Families can tour the caverns and also enjoy 25 “wacky” attractions that include a Lost Trail maze, Panning for Gemstones, Wacky Water Golf, and many other attractions.
"We are glad to have an attraction that is family oriented, and we are glad to be recognized as one of the top family attractions in Alabama through this list on Trekaroo.com, as well as on Oprah Winfrey's list of Wacky Family Attractions," park president Tim Lacy said.
Source: The Daily Home