Ready for a cool way to beat the heat? I know I am.  That’s why this weekend I’m heading to the Bristol Caverns. An underground river carved expansive caverns under the mountains 400 million years ago, and left some of the most beautiful caverns this side of the Mississippi.  In the early 1700s, the Native Americans used it as a hideout when they attacked unsuspecting settlers. And today, you and your family can see the stalactites and stalagmites of Bristol Caverns just about any day of the week.

An interesting bit that you might not know is that these caves are also home to Mayor Preston’s Chambers. About 80 years ago the Mayor would use these chambers during the summer to beat the heat. And now you and your family can do the same!

Paved, well lighted walkways wind through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved these remarkable caverns from the hard core of the earth 200 to 400 million years ago.

Along the Underground River, you will be dazzled by dramatic displays of formations reflected in the streams waters.  You can also peer over Lover’s Leap, view the breathtaking Bridal Veil formation and stare in wonder at the dazzling formations of Entrance Hall.  Don’t forget to bring your camera!