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Howe Caverns Howes Cave

Where is it at?

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Howe Caverns
255 Discovery Drive
Howes Cave
NY
12092
Tel: 518 296-8900

Directions

The caves are about 30 minutes from Schenectady, and are located at 255 Discovery Drive in Howes Cave.

Where are we going today?

Feel like a great family adventure...DEEP underground? Why not! It's certainly a unique experience and once that the kids will never forget!

Howe Caverns have a range of tours for the family to explore this natural underground wonder. But that's not all - these caverns have something extra special. What's that we hear you ask? How about some super cool adventure in the form of Tower Zip Lines, or ropes courses, or even a rock wall? Pretty awesome!

Let's take you back 6 million years...or there abouts anyway. You see, scientists think that the caverns started formed long before creatures like the woolly mammoth roamed the earth. But there is something extra special about the Howe Caverns.  They happen to be one of the very small number of living limestone caves in the entire world!

Then, 20 years before the outbreak of the Civil War (history lovers, do you know what year that would have been?) the caves were discovered. Lucky they were, because otherwise there wouldn't be this amazing place for families and kids to have an incredible time!

To see the caverns, there are a number of amazing tours which you can enjoy, each one starting with a 156ft descent below the surface of the earth...are you ready! Winding through the limestone corridors, you will walk past traces of time gone by, from strange formations to hidden secrets in every turn.  The traditional tour is a fun 90 minute walking tour with a boat ride. The lantern tour is a very cool 2 hours every Friday and Saturday evening where you will go back to how it would have been in 1842! 

There is a fun family flashlight tour, as well as an adventure tour. Make sure you pick what is best for your family! 

Don’t forget about all that adventure to be had - but we’ll let you experience that for yourselves!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsTour prices vary. Traditional tour $25.
  • ChildrenTour prices vary. Traditional tour $21 (ages 12 - 15), and $13 (ages 5 - 11).
  • Free Under: 4 years of age
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Schedules are seasonal. Memorial Day to Labor Day 9am - 6pm.

All year round with seasonal hours.

Teachers corner

Of course they offer student tours! Just make sure you ask all about them, because you will have to reserve. The Cafe is always available for student tours. .

I'm Hungry!

There is a Sweet Shop at the Tudor style lodge where you can pick up some tasty treats! There is also the Howe Caverns Cafe with desserts, paninis, and other nice meal options. .

Healthy Eating!

The Howe Caverns Cafe has healthy foods such as homemade soups and salads. .

Any Top Tips?

You can have your birthday party in the caves - how amazing is that! There are 3 party packages to choose from, so ask them all about options to make your day super special! .

Doing our bit

The caverns do their best to preserve this natural wonder for all who visit, so do your best to help them and don't damage any of the formations. .

Need a little extra help?

Unfortunately the caves aren't handicapped accessible. Anyone with limited mobility are welcome to ride the elevator and get a glimpse if they want, as well as watching a video of the walking tour. .

More information

Make sure you check the opening times before you arrive, or book in advance to make sure you get the tour you want. Adventure tours are additional. Zip lines are $17, ropes course $11. .

What people are saying?

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    Fun for all ages. Got one of the 1st tours of the day, on a week day. Gave us time to walk a little slower and stop and take a bunch more pics. Being my 3rd time here with different family and friends I still found a few new things. Like they shut off all the lights at the end of the boat tour, witch normally they can't without messing up another tour. They have up graded things from 4yrs ago with some new outdoor attractions and a new shop, and I was told they have HUGE plans to upgrade a ton more in the years to come.

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    i was married there at the stone heart shaped alter in the cave. even though my marriage didnt work out it was still the best day of my life. we were the 136th couple to marry there since howes daughter was married there in 1895

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    I just want to tell everyone what a great time my son and I had going thru the new section of the caves with our guide Matt. He was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind tight places and getting dirty. It was a great day and well worth the money. Thanks to everyone at Howe's Caverns.

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    Came here with a group of 3. I am rating this cavern in respects to other that I've been to, namely Indian Echo Caverns and Luray Caverns. Giving this place 3 stars because the caverns was not that impressive. The only thing memorable/unique about this place was the boat ride and the "maze" like pathway towards the end of the tour. The other 2 caverns definitely do not have a boat ride.

    A reason for the average rating is that the caverns feels more like a little cave than a cavern. Didn't feel as massive or expansile as the other two. Another...Read More

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    My friends and I took the lantern tour and it's definitely worth the money. It begins with a regular tour then at the midpoint of the boat ride you light up the lanterns and the tour guides let you walk back on your own time. Such an awesome way to experience the cavern and I recommend it to all.

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Came here with a group of 3. I am rating this cavern in respects to other that I've been to, namely Indian Echo Caverns and Luray Caverns. Giving this place 3 stars because the caverns was not that impressive. The only thing memorable/unique about this place was the boat ride and the "maze" like pathway towards the end of the tour. The other 2 caverns definitely do not have a boat ride.

A reason for the average rating is that the caverns feels more like a little cave than a cavern. Didn't feel as massive or expansile as the other two. Another reason that the stalagmite, stalactites, flowstone, column, drapery, and straws were all very small. They were like baby versions of the ones I've seen at the other caverns. It also felt like this "cavern" was greatly more affected by us humans than the other two.

One interesting fact is that they age cheese down there. There is a separate room where they age cheese (sharp cheddar to be exact). We didn't get a chance to try it but I'm sure it tastes okay.

It is cold in the "cavern" so please bring a light jacket.

If I had to choose between the 3 caverns I mentioned, I would recommend the other 2 over this one. It's great that I got to see it but not as memorable as the others.

Parking is $2 which was not mentioned on their website. A little shady =P

They also did not have an issue with tripods. Just lag behind in your group and you'll be able to use your tripod =D

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