Fodor's Expert Review Crystal and Fantasy Caves
As far back as 1623, Captain John Smith (of Pocahontas fame) commented on the "vary strange, darke, and cumbersome" caverns that today are a popular attraction. Nevertheless, it came as a surprise when two boys, attempting to retrieve a lost ball, discovered Crystal Cave in 1907. The hole through which the boys descended is still visible. Inside, tour guides will lead you across a pontoon bridge that spans a 55-foot-deep subterranean lake. Look up to see stalactites dripping from the ceiling or down through the perfectly clear water to see stalagmites rising from the cave floor. Amateur spelunkers can also journey through geologic time at Crystal's smaller sister cave, Fantasy. Set aside 30 minutes to see one cave; 75 minutes if you plan to take in both. More than a few people have lost important items to the depths of the caves by accidentally dropping them over the edge. Keep items tucked away safely.