National Parks / Natural World
Ohio Caverns West Liberty
Where is it at?
2210 East State
Where are we going today?
Here's a quiz for you - what is considered "America's most colorful caverns", set on 35 acres of lovely park, and a steady 54 degrees all year round?
Give up? Ohio Caverns! These marvels of nature are set deep in the ground for you to enjoy through a variety of tours.
The popular Natural Wonder Tour takes you through the largest and most stunning of the Ohio Caverns. They have exquisite stalactite and stalagmite formations which are near perfection!
Do you know what the difference between a stalactite and stalagmite is? They formations have been formed over millions of years, and are constantly changing, so if you visit twice - you will be seeing newly changed wonders! (They change very very slowly though so you will have to have a keen eye to find what is new!)
The Historic Tour includes sections of the Caverns once viewed by visitors from 1897 - 1925. They have just re-opened this section, so you can be seeing what tourists 100 years ago experienced! Pretty cool!
There is the Limestone tour which is designed for those guests with limited mobility, with free admission, and for those who are a bit nervous getting underground, you can enjoy the Tree Tour which is a self-guided journey through the acres of beautiful park that the Caverns are surrounded by, and enjoy the various stunning trees - you will be an expert at identifying them by the time you have finished!
Once you are all toured out, or great for those not so keen on the Cavern tours, you can try your hand at mining for gems and fossils. Learn how to pan for these beautiful specimens, and understand how to identify them!
Get ready to see something truly spectacular! And great for the whole family.
How much does it cost?
- AdultsVary on tour. From $12
- ChildrenAges 5 - 12. Vary on tour. From $12
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
April 1 - Oct 31 9am - 5pm / Nov 1 - March 31 9am - 4pm.
Only closed two days a year - Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day!
The caves are a great way to introduce students to the beauty and intricacies of the natural world. The caverns offer school trips perfect to teach them about geology and history. .
Need a little extra help?
The Limestone Tour is specially designed for those with limited mobility, and it's free for you! The entire tour is wheelchair friendly. .
Can I get one of those?
Of course there is a gift shop! Make sure you pick up something nice to remember your trip by! (Just make sure it's nothing you take from inside the cave - they need to be left there for the next person!).
The Natural Wonder Tour is available all year round. The Historic Tour is only available April 1 - Oct 31. .
What people are saying?
by Jeff Smith
This is an amazing place to visit. I've been to Mammoth Caves and although they are equally impressive it's like comparing apples and oranges. The two are such different experiences that they should both be seen at least once. We went on both tours (Historic and Wonders) and I recommend doing the same. If you get there early and do the first tour, you will increase your chances of being the only ones there. The guides were also some of the best tour guides I've had.
by balaji Thiyagarajan
Its a great location, very friendly guides with good knowledge about the cavern, we took two guides tours "Historic Tour" and "Natural Wonders" both are good and excited to see writings of 19th century tourists during our "Historic Tours" the writings looks like written just yesterday. good place to visit.
by Brian B.
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Easy to walk to and in caverns. Year round caverns are 54 degrees F. T-shirt and shorts ok for most, Bring jackets for kids. Drips in cave can be cold but not bad. 2 tours offered. Natural wonders tour was great with impressive features and colors. We would do it agian and recommend it. $14 for adults, $9 for kids, 4yrs and under free. Discount if you do both tours. Overall very fun and a great value.
by Lynn Howard
Not as large & full of bats likes carlbad caverns, but more geological formation pack punch per square inch! I learned things I never knew & thus so did my kids
by Evan McIlvride
We had a wonderful time here. The gift shop was very reasonably priced and the tours were informative.