A Visit to Indiana Caverns (spoiler alert- it involves an underground boat ride!)

Indiana Caverns
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.

Indiana Caverns

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.

Indiana Caverns

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.

The Details

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!

10 Reasons To Visit Fort Wayne This Summer!

Fort Wayne
There is so much family fun waiting for you to discover in Fort Wayne. It’s one of my favorite midwest cities and I never miss a chance to visit! The zoo, science museum, baseball games, great food and more always draw us back to this fabulous city. Here’s 10 reasons you’ll want to visit Fort Wayne this summer!

10 REASONS TO VISIT FORT WAYNE THIS SUMMER

1. It’s home to the #1 and #2 “Indiana Summer Gotta Dos”

Voted on by travelers across the state, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and TinCaps Baseball were chosen as the #1 and #2 things that families “Gotta Do” this summer.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo offers over 1,500 amazing animals alongside rides and activities in every part of the zoo. Tickle your toes in the treetops on the Sky Safari, cool off on an Australian log ride, come nose-to-nose with a lion, and spend a day they’ll never forget! It’s no wonder the zoo has been named “One of the Top Ten Zoos for Kids!”

TinCaps Baseball has been named the “#1 Fan Experience in Minor League Sports,” and with an awesome downtown ballpark, great family fun, food, and tickets starting at just $5, you won’t want to miss the action!
We’re home to the #1 and #2 “Indiana Summer Gotta Dos”

2. Fort Wayne Loves To Party

Headwaters Park, our downtown festival plaza, is home to a different festival every weekend of the summer. From unique ethnic festivals, to outstanding celebrations of the arts, we’re throwing a party this weekend – and you’re invited. Check out our calendar of events.

3. Find Your Favorite

This May, we installed 50 new pieces of public art that are also bike racks! You’ll love seeing these cool sculptural bike racks on every corner – be sure to take a picture with your favorite!

4. It’s Affordable – Really

Not only are we a “one-tank trip,” but we offer amazing hotel packages and affordable admissions, too! Discover great coupons, packages, and deals on our website: www.VisitFortWayne.com/deals.

5. Science On A Sphere

Science Central is home to the new Science on a Sphere – a three-dimensional globe that teaches earth and space systems in a whole new dimension! The first of its kind in Indiana, and a real WOW for your science enthusiast!

6. The City of Restaurants

There’s a reason they call Fort Wayne the City of Restaurants! From local favorites, to your favorite national chain, they’ve got hundreds of great dining options that your family will love.

7. Catch These Beauties Before They’re Gone!

Our butterfly exhibit is back. Walk among these beauties from around the world (and maybe even let one land on your finger!) as butterflies invade our downtown Botanical Conservatory. Be sure to catch this exhibit before it flies away July 6th!

8. Get Ready to Light Up the Night!

Summer evenings are delightful in Fort Wayne! From fireworks at the TinCaps baseball games – to free outdoor movies at Foellinger Theatre – to free live music at Jefferson Pointe’s Friday Nites Live concert series – we make evenings magical.

9. Bring your Bikes and Trek the Trails!

Fort Wayne offers over 81 miles of biking, hiking, and even kayaking trails. We offer safe, fun places to get outdoors with the family – and our trails connect you to our parks, attractions, downtown and more!

Find the trail that’s right for you at www.visitfortwayne.com/trails.

10. They Make It Easy!

One visit to VisitFortWayne.com and your family getaway will be planned! We offer itinerary suggestions, hotel packages, maps, coupons, and more. So what are you waiting for? Start planning a getaway they’ll love at www.VisitFortWayne.com!