Caves and Mines
Diamond Caverns Park City
Where is it at?
1900 Mammoth Cave Parkway
Where are we going today?
For over 150 years, the Diamond Caverns in Kentucky has been giving families amazing tours of this incredible underground cave.
Discovered all the way back in 1859, they have been called the states most beautiful cave! The lighting around the cave really brings out the formations so you can see how amazing nature is.
The whole cavern is filled with intricate drapery deposits that create beautiful wonders including those famous stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones.
During the guided tour that will take you along 1/2 mile of underground adventure, you will hear all the stories and history of the cave and the surrounding area! It's a great learning experience for everyone.
These tours are available all year round, and the caverns remain at 58 degrees, so you always know what to expect. It also means it doesn't matter what the weather is, you can still enjoy this adventure!
The history of the caves is fascinating, so it's such a buzz for kids to hear all about it as they are actually in the caves (no better way to learn!) There is a whole history from the war with England in 1811, and an area that became to be known as Three Forks.
By 1859, Three Forks was a sleep village with only 75 inhabitants, and was a great departure point for trips to Mammoth Cave.
Then, a pit was discovered in the valley, and the name was born from the first visitor feeling like the sparkling calcite formations resembled diamonds.
And thus Diamond Caverns was born! (Well, they were formed over millions of years!)
Amazing underground adventure in Kentucky!
How much does it cost?
- Children$8 (Ages 4 to 12)
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
Every 20 - 30 minutes April to Labor Day. Daily through fall/winter
All year round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day
Educational school tours are available year-round and offer discounts too!.
There is drink and snack vending machines on premises. There are also food services nearby.
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you wear casual clothing, good walking shoes and your imagination are all that is required to visit the caverns. And a camera! No tripods / camera mounts / backpacks though.
Need a little extra help?
Diamond Caverns is not handicapped accessible. (Nature didn't make the cave accessible to mobility impaired visitors)..
Their bathroom facilities are somewhat older (1940's construction) with limited baby changing accommodations. Back mounted baby carriers are not permitted, only front.
Can I get one of those?
Rocks, souvenirs, t-shirts, local crafts and food items, books, videos and more are all available in the gift shop!.
The times vary across the year, from 9am/10am opening, to 4pm/5pm close..
What people are saying?
by Chasity Hall
This was a very nice tour and you see some very pretty formations. Be prepared for lots of steps and the steps are not the "normal" steps you think of, they are steep and oddly shaped.
Their prices are MORE than reasonable for the tour and I would love to go back! Our tour guide (McKenzie) told us at the end of the tour that she was new, but you would never know it.. she was amazing and so patient with those of us that were slow going back up the hella-steps! :)
by Victoria Hice
Really glad we took this tour! The cave was full of beautiful formations and our guide Chelsea was friendly and full of information. It's a cave, so expect some steep steps and tight places and dripping water, but nothing you shouldn't be able to handle if you're in moderately decent shape. I highly recommend it!
by Ray Fowler
Diamond Caves was a very nice cave, decorated with lots of formations. There are no big spaces and the steps were steep, but overall this was a great cave. Also has the nicest gift shop I've seen!
by Lola Biddle
I thought it was great. Our tour guide, Amber was wonderful and I enjoyed the history and the beauty. As far as people complaining about narrow stairs or having to duck along the trail.... you are in a cave, what were you expecting? Stop complaining! Just enjoy nature for what it is, majestic! Only complaint, let us get married there please! ;]
by BRANDY GABRYS
The cave itself was nice, but the tour was very rushed. We couldnt even enjoy ourselves, the guide would get so far ahead (we were first in our group) we would have to go faster then felt safe. Also we had to squeeze to one side to let other tours by that were on the way in, there was only one way in and out, the tour doubled back. Also there should be some warnings, if your taller then 5'7" or thick bodied there are many places you will have trouble. One point we had to squat turn sideways and squeeze through. They also have lots of uneven very...Read More
by BRANDY GABRYS
The cave itself was nice, but the tour was very rushed. We couldnt even enjoy ourselves, the guide would get so far ahead (we were first in our group) we would have to go faster then felt safe. Also we had to squeeze to one side to let other tours by that were on the way in, there was only one way in and out, the tour doubled back. Also there should be some warnings, if your taller then 5'7" or thick bodied there are many places you will have trouble. One point we had to squat turn sideways and squeeze through. They also have lots of uneven very small stairs. I wouldn't go back or recommend this cavern to anyone especially with so many in the area, don't waste your $16 per person.