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Hooked on Caves Itinerary

After your visit to the granddaddy of them all, Mammoth Cave National Park, you’ll want to check out some of the “show caves” in the area. While most people think if you’ve seen one cave you’ve seen them all, locals know that every cave has its own personality, just like your children.

So make plans for an intensive cave adventure!

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You’ll feel like a real explorer with your helmet and lantern on your tour of beautiful Mammoth Onyx Cave at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo. We’re betting this is the only place in the world you can tour a gorgeous cave and pet a kangaroo! Located just off I-65 exit 58, this cave is easy to find. You’ll want to plan on at least a couple of hours so you can experience all the fun here.

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Just two miles off I-65 Exit 58 on Main Street in historic downtown Horse Cave, you’ll find the ultimate caving adventures at Hidden River Cave. This cave is formed by a river, so it’s very different from the others. There are no stalactites or stalagmites here. Your walking tour takes you along the banks of a subterranean river. Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can venture off trail on the Wild Cave Tour. (Reservations required for the Wild Cave Tour.) You can zip line across the mouth of the cave and rappel down the limestone face of the cave. Whew!

Above-ground cave fun? You can learn about caves in the area at the adjacent American Cave Museum and trace the cave beneath your feet along a sidewalk marked with the cave pathway on the award-winning Horse Cave Stories cell phone tour. We suggest adding a stop at nearby local pizza place, Turtlelini’s Pizza & Pasta, for great food and beverages as a reward for your day of adventure!

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If you’re up to venture off the beaten path a bit to visit a cave with spectacular rare formations, a trip to Cub Run Cave is for you! About 10 miles off I-65 exit 65, you’ll take a drive through lovely rural Hart County farmland to this treasure. This cave is very easy to navigate with only 14 steps in total along the cave’s elevated wooden walkways. Open Wednesday through Sunday March through October, the cave has limited hours. While you’re in the area, a must-see stop is Detweiler’s Country Store, a nearby Amish store where you can get a fresh-sliced sandwich and soft drink from the cooler to enjoy on the porch after you browse the merchandise.

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