USA Cave Tours

The United States is home to many caves and caverns and cave tours are a great activity for some (usually) inexpensive family fun! There are caves all across the country to explore but the following are some of the best caverns for kids to explore!

Keep in mind that not all kids will love caves because they can be dark and scary– and there are no stroller options so make sure you can keep your kids down in a cave for at least 60 minutes! Nobody wants to be holding a little one with a dirty diaper down in a cave, so it may be a better activity for kids that are past the baby or toddler stage.

Also, make sure you dress appropriately. Some caves can easily stay 50-60 degrees all year– even when it’s 90 degrees out so plan accordingly!

USA caves and cavern tours are a great way to spend a day– I still remember exploring a cave on vacation years ago with my own family!

Here are the best caves and caverns tours for families and kids to visit and explore in the USA:

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest-known cave system and offers a variety of tours suitable for different age groups. The Frozen Niagara Tour is particularly suitable for families, as it showcases beautiful formations, but there is a huge variety of tours to choose from.

There is no fee to enter Mammoth Cave National Park, but there are fees associated with tours. There are so many different tours and prices depending on the tour selected. Children under 5 are free. *You do need to take a tour to enter the actual caves, and can’t be self-guided*

For more information about Mammoth Cave National Park, please head here.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns is a stunning underground world with over 100 caves located in Southern New Mexico and is one of the most accessible caverns in the USA and one of the best-preserved caverns.

Admission is $15 for adults 16 and older, and kids under 16 are free.

For more information about Carlsbad Caverns National Park, please head here.

Luray Caverns, Virginia

Luray Caverns is one of the largest caves on the East Coast located in Luray, Virginia. It features breathtaking formations like the Great Stalacpipe Organ, which is the largest musical instrument in the world. There is also a museum, garden maze, and an adventure park on site.

Tickets to Luray Caverns are $32 for adults and $16 for kids 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Please note that the garden maze and adventure park are an additional cost.

For more information about Luray Caverns, please head here.

Natural Bridge Caverns, Texas

Located near San Antonio, Natural Bridge Caverns is the largest cavern in Texas and was discovered by college students in the 1960s. The Discovery Tour is popular for younger children, as it is an easy walk with impressive formations. There are also a variety of other attractions at Natural Bridge Caverns for families to enjoy!

Prices vary depending on demand, date, and tour. A ropes course, zip trail, climbing tower, and a maze are all available for an additional cost.

For more information about Natural Bridge Caverns, please visit here.

Oregon Caves National Monument, Oregon

The Oregon Caves are located in the Siskiyou Mountains and offer guided tours of the marble cave. The Paradise Lost Tour is a family-friendly option, providing an opportunity to explore the main part of the cave and learn about its geology and history.

There are a few different tours to choose from but most tours are $10/adult, $7 for youth 15 and under.

*Please note that children must be at least 42 inches tall to take the tour*

For more information about the Oregon Caves in Oregon, please visit here.

Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

Jewel Cave is the third longest cave in the world and it is still forming! There is a large variety of speleothems including stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, frostwork, flowstone, boxwork, and hydromagnesite balloons at Jewel Cave National Monument.

There is no entrance fee to Jewel Cave National Monument, but there is a fee for cave tours to enter the caves themselves. There are a few different tour options but tours start at $6/adult, but vary depending on the tour. Reservations are highly recommended.

For more information about Jewel Cave in South Dakota, please vist here.

Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

Wind Cave National Park is also a great cave to visit in South Dakota and is less than 20 miles to Jewel Cave. Wind Cave is known for its distinctive box work formations and is also a great national park to visit for wildlife viewing!

There is no entrance fee to Wind Cave National Park, but there is a fee for cave tours and the price varies depending on your tour selection. Reservations are recommended.

For more information on Wind Cave National Park, please visit here.

Howe Caverns, New York

Located in New York, Howe Caverns is a family-friendly cave that offers a variety of tours for all ages– just keep in mind that some spots are very narrow! There is also a river through the cave and a boat ride is taken partially through the cave for access, but it is included in the price of admission.

Also, Secret Caverns is just a few minutes away so you may want to visit them both to see what you like better! Secret Caverns is a little smaller, and less expensive, but is cash only.

Traditional 90-minute tours at Howe Caverns are $27 for adults and $17 for children 5-12.

For more information about Howe Caverns in New York, please visit here.

Kartchner Caverns State Park, Arizona

Located in Arizona, this cavern is home to a series of stunning caves that were discovered in the 1950s. The caves are home to a variety of cave formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, and columns.

Prices vary depending on the tour selected. Reservations are highly recommended.

For more information about Kartchner Caverns in Arizona, please head here.

information can change often. Remember to check with each cavern ahead of time for any age restrictions, tour availability, and guidelines.

Have you done cavern tours with your kids yet?

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