This summer, beat the heat and familiar lull of activities with a trip to one of these caves in Indiana! Caves and caverns are an affordable option for a summer day trip. All the caves below have tours designed for families, and safety is always the top priority. IC has a guide to help you pick a natural wonder to explore. Pack a jacket, because these cool caves in Indiana are known to be chilly!
Location: 1459 Bluespring Caverns Rd. Bedford, IN 47421
Below the Bolton Natural Areas lies the vast caverns of Bedford Indiana. The giant sinkhole and underground river are just a few of the unique parts of the Bluespring Cavern. The tours invite you to soak up the majesty of the natural wonder, by spotting a blind cavefish or listening to the rush of the river.
General Prices: $9 for children and $16 for adults.
Location: 100 Squire Boone Rd, Mauckport, IN 47142
As the story goes, Squire Boone and his brother, Daniel, discovered these caverns in 1790. Squire later escaped a band of hostile Indians by hiding in the caverns. Today, families can explore the cave and its rushing streams and underground waterfalls, both of which are rare wonders in caves.
General Prices: $9 for children and $17 for adults.
Location: 400 East State Road 64 Marengo, IN 47140
This U.S. National Landmark is definitely one to add to the bucket list! Marengo Cave has been giving tours since its discovery by schoolchildren in 1883. Today, they offer two tours, and both are fun for all ages. In addition to the cave tours, one of the most popular attractions is “The Crawl”, which allows kids to feel like they are discovering the cave for the first time!
General Prices: $9-$11 for children and $16-$19 for adults, depending on the tour.
Location: 1267 Green Acres Drive SW, Corydon, IN 47112
Explore Indiana’s longest cave! The cave has only recently received this title, as new parts of it are still being discovered. Families can learn about the history in the making with the Walking & Boat tour, and more adventurous explorers can embark in the dark during the Cave Exploring Trip. Indiana Caverns also offers “The Cavern of The Sabertooth”, a crawling adventure where kids seek out the “Sabertooth Lair”.
General Prices: $10.50 for children and $19.50 for adults.
Location: 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway Mammoth Cave, KY 42259
The largest cave in the world is certainly worth the hike to Kentucky. The cave sprawls for over 400 miles, so there are 16 different tours for all ages that cover different aspects of the natural wonder. If you are looking to make this more than a day trip, there are opportunities to camp and explore what lies above Mammoth Cave.
General Prices: $5-$19 for kids and $5-$26 for adults, depending on the tour.