Exploring a state park can certainly be fun but nothing beats visiting somewhere that's made history. An underwater mine in Missouri did just that, after being named "the world's largest freshwater dive resort." That's right, not only can you explore the natural historic site above the water, you can also go scuba diving there for a truly unique underwater experience.
Bonne Terre Mine has been around since the 1900s and is located in Bonne Terre, Missouri. It can be visited seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during their summer season for underwater walking and boat tours.
These tours normally last an hour, though it does depend on the group size, and includes a half-mile walk plus a 65 step staircase in and out of the mine.
The walking and boat tours are $27 for adults and $20 for kids that are 11 years old and younger.
Groups that are coming with less than 10 people don't have to make reservations, though if your group is any larger you might want to call ahead.
For those that are interested in going scuba diving here, you're in for a real treat. You must meet some requirements before going diving, however, which can be found here.
Whichever tour you choose to take, we know you'll be amazed by the wonders of this mine.
The Billion Gallon Lake that scuba divers will be exploring is illuminated with over 500,000 watts of lighting to ensure you can see almost every inch of what's around you.
You'll be diving as deep as 40 to 60 feet underwater for one of the most exciting activities of your life.
If you're not from around Bonne Terre and don't want to make a long trip back home after a day of adventure, spending the night nearby is no problem.
There's a bed and breakfast nearby that you can stay at, owned by the same people that own the mine.
Start planning your trip today!
Bonne Terre Mine
Address: 185 Park Ave., Bonne Terre, MO
Why You Need To Go: The history from this place is truly overwhelming, just like its beauty.
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