Beneath Missouri, there are approximately 7,000 known caves. Each year more caves are discovered in the state.
No wonder Missouri is known as “The Cave State.”
Of the thousands of caves in Missouri, around 20 are open for visitation. These natural attractions, called show caves, tourist caves or commercial caves, allow visitors an opportunity to discover a world that lies out-of-sight and underfoot.
An estimated 20 million people have toured the caverns of Missouri since the inception of tourist caves in the state. In 2016, roughly 750,000 people visited Missouri show caves, an eight percent increase in statewide attendance over 2015.
Fantastic Caverns in Springfield saw a 10 percent increase in visitation in 2016 compared to the previous year.