Texas has so much beauty and splendor above ground, we often forget that there’s more than meets the eye in our state. Texas has a world of wonders, both natural and man-made, below the surface that will blow your mind. Check out these 10 awesome underground places our state has to offer and get in touch with the adventurer in you!
1. Dallas Tunnels and Sky Bridge
I bet you didn't know that Dallas has a three-mile underground tunnel and sky bridge system full of shops and restaurants! Definitely something to explore next time you're there.
2. Natural Bridge Caverns
You're probably familiar with this hill country attraction, but that doesn't make it any less magnificent. Amazing rock formations will hook your gaze as you're guided through one of five tours: the Aquifer Tour, Adventure Tour (does squeezing through tight passages and repelling down the sides of rocks sound appealing?), Lantern Tour, Hidden Passages Tour, or the Discovery Tour.
3. Superconducting Supercollider
Yet another example of everything being bigger in Texas. This massive underground structure was intended to be the world's most energetic particle accelerator. Construction began in the early 1990s, but had to be halted because Congress cut off funding for the project. Although work on it was abandoned, you can still venture into the 14 miles of tunnels below the surface if you can find the adjoining buildings. Cool, right?
4. Longhorn Caverns
In these caves in Burnet, you'll embark on a 1.5 hour guided tour and encounter sites like the famous Crystal City and the mysterious Queen's Watch Dog!
5. Caverns of Sonora
Thought to be the most beautiful caverns in the state and some of the most beautiful in the world, seeing them during your lifetime is obligatory. Nice and cool at 155 feet below the surface, you'll get to see how the intricate underground river system works. One of the cave's most noteworthy attractions is Moon Milk Falls, where one river spills from a rock to tumble down into another river at the cavern's lowest point, kind of like a waterfall.
6. Inner Space Cavern
These caverns are some of the most well-preserved in Texas. You can choose from three tours: the Adventure Tour, Hidden Passages Tour, or if you're feeling really brave, the Wild Cave Tour (I'll leave it up to your imagination what that entails).
7. Houston Underground
Originally constructed to connect two downtown movie theaters but now geared towards the large office population of the city, the 6 miles of tunnels include restaurants, retail, and more. Direct entrances can be found at Wells Fargo Plaza and McKinney Garage.
8. Kickapoo Caverns
If the funny name isn't reason enough to visit these caves in Bracketville, this rock formation should win you over. You'll see many others like it during your tour, which must be something special because they're only offered on Saturdays by reservation.
9. Cave Without a Name
This cavern has an interesting backstory. It was used by bootleggers during the Prohibition, not opening as a tourist attraction until 1939, the name chosen by a boy who proclaimed that the caves were too beautiful for a name. The history along with the breathtaking formations throughout the tour definitely make it worth a visit.
10. Devil's Sinkhole
This is the largest single-chamber cavern in the state, boasting a diameter of 320 feet. It's also home to the largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in Texas, so plan your trip at night to catch a glimpse!
Wow…the beauty of Texas in its entirety, above and below ground, never ceases to amaze me. Have you visited any of these underground places? Are there any I missed that are worth a mention? Share your thoughts below!