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Marengo Park Cave
400 E. State Rd. 64
Marengo
IN
47140
Tel: 888 702-2837

Where are we going today?

Who said that family adventure needs to be ABOVE ground! At Marengo Park Cave, a US National Natural Landmark, the adventure begins when you go below the surface of the earth - and it's pretty special!

The cave was discovered all the way back in 1883, when two children overheard kids in the school yard making plans to go and check out a sink hole nearby, and decided to beat them to it!

They grabbed candles, found the sinkhole, and climbed right to the bottom. There, they heard water falling, and then discovered something amazing right in front of their eyes! Now - you can see the very same thing these two children saw over a century ago - the incredible works of nature!

There are a number of ways you can explore Marengo Cave. There are two walking tours if you want to take it a little more gently. The Crystal Palace tour is a lovely 40 minutes that takes you through formation-filled rooms, and the Dripstone Trail is an hour long, taking you one mile through the caverns, passing some amazing formations from the soda straws to the stalagmites!

If you want something a little more challenging, you can take on some cave exploring! They provide the gear, and then you get your hands and knees dirty as you make your way through the raw, natural caves that will show you areas not seen by many!

The adventure doesn't have to stop when you leave Marengo Cave. Above ground, you can enjoy canoeing, or kids can take on "The Crawl" - a maze that will take you on twists and turns - great fun for kids! 

Kids can even enjoy some gemstone mining, where they can pan for treasure as they sift through dirt and rock. And whatever they find - they keep! A true treasure!

So why not explore some pretty incredible natural wonders in Indiana, and head on down into Marengo Cave for an incredible experience!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsTours from $16
  • ChildrenTours from $9
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am open. 5pm - 6:30pm close.

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days

Teachers corner

They have discounted group rates, so why not give them a call and arrange for the students to have a great day out - with so much learning to be done!.

Any Top Tips?

You don't need to buy walking tour tickets in advance - you can just show up!.

Doing our bit

They know the ecosystem in a cave is delicate, so they set the temperature to a certain level, and keep the walkways in areas so they don't disturb the formations or wildlife that live down there.

Need a little extra help?

The cave unfortunately isn't accessible to wheelchairs because of steps and narrow passageways.

Baby Facilities

Strollers aren't permitted in the caves.

Can I get one of those?

There of course is a gift shop! They have gifts, educational items, and mementos for you to take home!.

More information

Kids of any age are welcome on the walking tours! They can be carried if they are too small to walk .

What people are saying?

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    What a great little place off the beaten path (and for that matter, not on most maps). This is one of the nicest cave tours - by boat - that I have taken. 1/2 mile long tour is one of the longest in the country. Cave is very nice with blind crawdads and cave fish visible. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Quite an interesting place. I highly recommend taking the tour.

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    Not too thrilling for an hour underground boatride. But the kids will love it. Use your $2 off coupons from other brochures to save money. I suggest bringing your on mag light to see better. The echo demo was cool. Would like to take canoe further in for better adventure.

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    The Blue spring caves are located in Bedford, IN. The cave tour is a 14$/person deal for 1 hour of cave guided tour. The highlight and the unique thing is that the tour is on a boat. Apart from that, I did not find anything spectacular on this tour. Though the tour guide made honest attempts to educate the visitors about the caves, there simply wasn't much to offer. We ended up seeing a bat and that's about it. A better bet will be Marengo caves or Mammoth caves which are much more informative and have a lot more to offer. In my honest opinion,...Read More

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    The guide was a 15 year old jack butt. He was very sure of himself. When my kids asked asked questions that he already stated he clearly had to call them out on it therefore making the tour more unenjoyable than it already was. The great part was the effect that he he made with slapping the seat cushion a.k.a. life preserver on the boat to make the echo sound even more than louder than his ever resonating than his orating voice. ugh! will never go back.

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    We did an overnight adventure with wild caving and a underground river tour with a group of Boy Scouts. I felt like the "guides" rushed us along at every step of the way from arrival to final departure. Based on the inexperience of most of the guides, I was not comfortable that they could have handled any emergency that would arise during the wild caving portion of the tour, as there were people along who had some serious issues with confined spaces and had to turn back. The wild caving is physically strenuous, very tight and will certainly let...Read More

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by Siddharth jain

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The Blue spring caves are located in Bedford, IN. The cave tour is a 14$/person deal for 1 hour of cave guided tour. The highlight and the unique thing is that the tour is on a boat. Apart from that, I did not find anything spectacular on this tour. Though the tour guide made honest attempts to educate the visitors about the caves, there simply wasn't much to offer. We ended up seeing a bat and that's about it. A better bet will be Marengo caves or Mammoth caves which are much more informative and have a lot more to offer. In my honest opinion, if you have never been to caves and are just nearby Bedford with time to kill, you might want to go and visit here. Else, plan a visit to Marengo caves or Mammoth caves.

by A Google User

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We did an overnight adventure with wild caving and a underground river tour with a group of Boy Scouts. I felt like the "guides" rushed us along at every step of the way from arrival to final departure. Based on the inexperience of most of the guides, I was not comfortable that they could have handled any emergency that would arise during the wild caving portion of the tour, as there were people along who had some serious issues with confined spaces and had to turn back. The wild caving is physically strenuous, very tight and will certainly let discover if you have any issues with clostrophobia. The literature doesn't let you know just how confined the spaces are; plan on a 20 foot "crawl" through a rock passage about 3 feet tall on the wild caving tour just to get to the place where you can turn around. There were a couple of older guides who did a fantastic job, but unfortunately they were overshadowed by some immature, unprepared workers.

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