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. All you have to do is pick a natural wonder to explore. Be sure to pack a jacket because these caves are known to be chilly!
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.
Admission: $12 for children ages 3-15 and $20 for adults.
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.
Admission: $12 for children ages 4-11, $22 for adults ages 12-59, $20 for seniors 60+, Children under 4 free
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!
Admission: $10-$13 for children ages 4-12 and $18-$22 for adults 13+, depending on the tour
1267 Green Acres Drive SW, Corydon, IN 47112
Explore the Midwest’s longest cave! Families can learn about the cave’s history during the walking tour, explore the cave on a more in-depth adventure tour (which includes kayaking in the cave!), enjoy a little gemstone mining, ride the Bat Chaser roller coaster, and more.
Admission: Varies greatly based on desired activities.
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway Mammoth Cave, KY 42259
Though not in Indiana, the largest cave in the world is 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 National Park.
Rates vary based on desired tour.