I remember visiting a cavern/cave system in Texas when I was in middle school, and although I can’t remember every detail, it left a curious mark on me. I was fascinated by the underground world, beautiful cave structures, and constant climate.
Fast forward to early fall of this year. When I received an invite to Corydon, Indiana, and read that underground caverns were on the itinerary, I was on board. My first stop was to Indiana Caverns the largest cave system in Indiana. At present day, there’s over 40 miles of the Brinkley Cave system and it’s growing compliments of the continuous excavation and research.
The 80-minute tour shows visitors the amazing features of Indiana Caverns, including stalactites, stalagmites, and water sources. We walked by a waterfall, were shown animals indigenous to the cave system, and even took an underground boat ride. Yep, you read that correctly. The pontoon-style boat took us through parts of the cave system that would not be accessible unless we were in hip waders. given that the cave system maintains a constant temperature of 57 degrees year-round, water at that temperature is a bit too cold for me.
At one point, our knowledgeable tour guide cut all of the lights that give the cavern its only source of visibility and asked us all to remain silent for a few seconds to show what animals and even humans encountered when they entered the cave hundreds of years ago.
Speaking of animals, Indiana Caverns does a fab job of showing off their amazing collection of animal bones dating from the Ice Age including Peccary and Bison. An ongoing excavation is finding more discoveries with each session and if you’re the inquisitive cave type, you can actually join in on a Paleo dig with scientists. The Paleo dig is a separate cost from general tour admission, but the thrill would definitely outweigh the cost if you’re a cavern fan like I am.
Indiana Caverns offers guided tours year round from 9am-5pm, seven days a week. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, you’ve got 363 other days to choose from. Prices for visitors are $19 for adults, $10 for children 4-12. There are discounts for groups as well. Indiana Caverns is not handicap accessible but anyone that can walk up and down stairs with no issues will definitely enjoy the tour. I would happily return for a visit again and consider the underground boat ride a highlight of my autumn season.
Disclosure: I was hosted by Indiana Caverns for the purpose of giving you fine folks the scoop on my family’s fabulous time. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.
Karyn Locke is Trekaroo’s Marketing and Social Media Guroo and newly-appointed Mid-America Guroo. A former military brat who caught the travel bug at a very early age, Karyn loves road tripping with her family and writing about her travels from small town Ohio at Sand and Snow...and everywhere in between!