Natural Bridge Caverns Major Expansion
Mar 17, 2014 | 1258 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

On March 7, 2014, the Wuest family opened Discovery Village as the new center of the attraction.  Discovery Village enhances the visitor experience, complete with a waterfall, landscaping and gardens constructed with stone and cedar from the property.   A large compass featuring Natural Bridge Cavern’s core values of discovery, adventure, wonder and nature greets visitors and reminds them of the naturally fun adventure that awaits them.

Included in Discovery Village are the Discovery Pavilion, a new gathering point for tours overlooking the historic natural bridge for which the Caverns are named, and Discovery Village Trading Post, reminiscent of an 1880s trading post, and offering one of the state’s best selections of rocks and minerals from all over the world. 

Also in Discovery Village is the AMAZEn' Ranch Roundup, one of the state's only year-round, outdoor mazes.  A fun challenge for individuals of all ages, the maze covers over 5,000 square feet with a viewing tower and a timed start and finish.  The new attraction tells a story commemorating family history and the site's ranch heritage. This story centers on Reggie Wuest and his horse Dandy as they search for a lost spotted calf and help guide visitors through the maze.


 Big Daddy's Sweets, Treats and Brew, an old-fashioned soda shop and general store named after Caverns founder and developer Harry Heidemann, who loved to cook and eat, especially sweets.  Big Daddy’s offers hand-dipped ice cream, specialty candy, coffees, beer, wine, décor, art, jewelry, western-themed merchandise, cowboy-style items, and much more.


Discovery Village is the new home of Natural Bridge Mining Company, which has been renovated and updated as the Discovery Village Mining Company.  Texas’ largest mining sluice, Discovery Village Mining Company offers visitors the chance to pan for gems, minerals and fossils.

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