Hello! This is my third post of our second Vacation Day in Springfield, Missouri. We crammed a lot into our week, because we'll probably never get back in that area again, so that's why I'm still talking about day one. AFTER our morning at the Springfield Botanical Gardens and Bass Pro Sports Shops, we took a drive into the country to see the Smallin Civil War Cave. Missouri is filled with caves, and we certainly had our pick of which one to tour, but we chose this one because a cousin recommended it. A year ago my husband and I took a trip to North Carolina and while there we also took a cave tour. That cave in North Carolina and this one in Missouri were so completely different. It was neat for us to see such a different type of cave than what we previously experienced, even though my son was disappointed that there were no stalagmites. The cave in North Carolina was very small and tight, and if you suffered at all from claustrophobia I wouldn't recommend going there, but it did have lots of stalagmites and was very beautiful. The Smallin Civil War Cave was large and open and we were told by our very entertaining tour guide that it had the second largest cave opening in Missouri. The first picture shows what the cave looks like when you first step in. I love the way the light looks through the large opening.