Caves and Mines
Cave Of The Mounds Blue Mounds
Where is it at?
Cave Of The Mounds
2975 Cave of the Mounds Road
Where are we going today?
Adventures can happen anywhere on this amazing planet - and underground is certainly one place that you can still have some amazing adventures!
Cave Of The Mounds has been giving families adventures and excitement for 75 years, and it's not stopping now! The whole family can explore these amazing feats of the natural world through guided tours. Paved, and lit walkways will take you through the spectacles of this geological wonder, every day of the year!
Kids will love the colorful crystals sparkling as they pass them. They will love seeing the crystallized rock formations and the reflective shimmering pools - a great way to learn about the history of this planet and how incredible it really can be!
There are a number of formations that you will experience as part of the Cave Of The Mounds tour - the colorful stalactites, and the majestic columns, and the stalagmites that come up from the ground. If you're a lover of caves, someone fascinated by geology, or just up for some adventure, these tours have something for you all!
But wait a minute...Caves Of The Mounds are so much MORE than caves! Kids can have a go themselves at trying to uncover some precious gems at the Quarry's Edge Mining Sluice! There's a Discovery Center with examples of cave formations and fossil specimens - great for learning!
There are even amazing hiking and biking trails in the area if you want to stretch your legs between those gemstone sessions, and beautiful gardens to explore with butterflies and birds, so kids can experience another style of environment.
Overground adventure, underground adventure…but certainly lots of family fun!
How much does it cost?
- Children$8.50 (Ages 4 - 12)
- Free Under: 3 years with a paid adult
When can we go?
Tour hours vary on the month
Tours all year round!
It's a classroom outside the classroom! They are happy to take group reservations and have a range of packages (guided and self-guided) for you to choose from.
There are snacks and drinks at the snack bar outside the visitor center, with chips, sandwiches, popcorn and ice cream! Open mid spring to November 1st. .
Why not bring your own lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables, and water is sold on site all times of the year. .
Any Top Tips?
The caves are always 50 degrees F, so make sure you dress for it - don't be deceived by the hot sun! .
Doing our bit
They are all about educating on this amazing wonder! With great kids activities to entertain, they will continue to protect this amazing wonder so they can continue in the future. .
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call to discuss the accessibility of the tours and activities. .
Can I get one of those?
It's almost worth a trip on it's own! The Museum Rock Shop has thousands of specimens you can pick from to take home as a souvenir! .
The tours depart rail, hail or shine! .
What people are saying?
by Malvika Bansal
Nice first time experience in a cave. The tour guide was very informative. Only downside was that the gift shop was expensive (even small souvenirs like magnet, pin etc cost $10 which weren't that great).
by Dawn Nugent
Beautiful! I loved it! So pretty in the caves. Our guide was a bit odd but didn't matter, we got the info we needed and had a giggle.
by Lucas Kuntz
Very educational. Went once when I was younger now daughter had as much enjoyment as I did.
by Carla Scholz
Eh... Marginal... Weird person who led us through. was pretty but nothing outstanding. Will never go back
by Nic Shoffner
As a resident of Missouri (the Cave State) and a frequent visitor to Mammoth Cave National Park, caves in other areas of the country have a lot to live up to. Cave of the Mounds is not the best cave ever but the hour long tour provides some great opportunities to snap some pictures of some beautiful formations that are unique only to this cave. The staff here was very friendly and the facility and grounds were extremely well-kept. If you’re in the area and need a break from the weather, the cave is a nice place to visit. The primary reason...Read More
by Nic Shoffner
As a resident of Missouri (the Cave State) and a frequent visitor to Mammoth Cave National Park, caves in other areas of the country have a lot to live up to. Cave of the Mounds is not the best cave ever but the hour long tour provides some great opportunities to snap some pictures of some beautiful formations that are unique only to this cave. The staff here was very friendly and the facility and grounds were extremely well-kept. If you’re in the area and need a break from the weather, the cave is a nice place to visit. The primary reason for lower than an excellent rating was the price of the cave tour. Seemed a little high.