Caves and Mines in New York State with kids

Who said family fun had to be ABOVE ground! If you are looking for pretty awesome things to do with kids in New York, then let’s dig deep…literally!

Underground adventures are so much fun with children. It’s an experience that will introduce them to some of the most incredible wonders on earth, and formations they have never seen before.

Some underground experiences are perfect for family members of all ages and ability, but some require more active families as there are often steps involved.  Whatever you choose in The Empire State, you will experience something magical.

Underground experiences require you to join a tour, which is perfect for kids to learn all the fun facts about what they are seeing as they make their through the earth.  Sounds super fun!

Why have an above ground adventure in New York…when you can go UNDERGROUND! An exciting family day out for all!

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  • Howe Caverns

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    Howes Cave

    Discover the wonder and mystery deep underground, with Howe Caverns - and amazing natural wonder in New York State. Tours, zip lines, ropes course, and lots of adventure!

  • Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride

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    Lockport

    A fascinating and historic cave and boat tour in New York State, with mining history and geology as you explore the historic Erie Canal.

  • Secret Caverns

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    Howes Cave

    A fascinating journey into a prehistoric passageway that used to host American roadside travellers and explorers way back in 1928 and beyond! Tours available which finish at an 100ft waterfall!

  • Garnet Mine Tours

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    North River

    Kids can learn how to find their own Garnet gemstones, as well as learn all about the history and geology of the mine. Are you ready to hunt for treasures in New York State on your family day out!?

  • Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

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    Pottersville

    Explore the LARGEST cave entrance in the East, waterfalls, gorge, lighted caves, guided adventure tours with a cave float, gemstone mining, Frisbee golf, climbing walls, dino digs, crystal quest & ...

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  • Martin's Fantasy Island

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    Grand Island

    Thrill rides including the Silver Comet rated one of the top 45 wooden coasters and loads of family rides, plus water park featuring a wave pool, lazy river and the cannon bowl and shows.

  • Six Flags Great Escape

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    Queensbury

    Over 30 rides and attractions which will give the entire family those theme park thrills! Great New York family fun!

  • Seabreeze Amusement Park

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    Rochester

    A family fun amusement and watermark overlooking Lake Ontario filled with roller coasters, thrill rides, live shows and a whole waterpark for every one to enjoy.

  • Luna park at Coney Island

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    Brooklyn

    Boardwalks, beaches, rides....iconic Coney Island has something for the entire family!

  • Darien Lake

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    Darien Center

    Not only a huge theme park for all ages, but a water park too! Great family fun in New York State for the whole family, with some rides that break records!

  • Water Slide World

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    Lake George

    Cool down in New York at this fun water park, with over 35 water slides and attractions at Water Slide World!

  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari

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    Old Forge

    Enjoy New York's Largest Water Theme Park with a day of fun for the entire family! From splash-tacular water rides, to classic amusement rides, storybook characters, to even a circus!

  • Zoom Flume Water Park

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    East Durham

    A fun and family friendly day out in a natural setting, with rivers, slides and thrills all in the one fun New York water park - including the worlds longest water park zip line!

  • Splashdown Beach

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    Fishkill

    Waterpark fun in New York, great for all ages - especially those little ones! Amazing family fun for your day out to cool you down!

  • Splish Splash

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    Riverhead

    Splish Splash has 96 exciting acres of total fun for the whole family. Everywhere you turn, you discover another one-of-a-kind water attraction. Year after year, families come here for a summer like ...

  • Roseland Waterpark

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    Canandaigua

    3 fantastic and very different slides, a giant varying wave pool, whole family white water rafting, and a smaller kids' section with 6 smaller waterslides, a dozen water cannons and a 1,000 gallon ...

  • Queens Zoo Wildlife Center

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    Flushing

    Exhibit updates have given the Queens Zoo the feel of a national park - albeit a small one. The zoo perimeter is a pathway that leads visitors to pockets of wild habitats, from the Great Plains to ...

  • New York Aquarium

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    Coney Island

    With exhibits featuring over 8,000 animals, the Aquarium offers diversity, superb viewing, and world-renowned scientific expertise that assures a rewarding experience and the knowledge that people ...

  • Central Park Zoo

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    Manhattan

    From a steamy rain forest to an icy Antarctic penguin habitat encounter fascinating animals from all over the globe plus Tisch Children's Zoo lets little animal lovers meet gentle creatures up close.

  • Long Island Game Farm

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    Manorville

    The Long Island Game Farm Wildlife and Children's Zoo features hundreds of animals, including an 18-foot giraffe, red kangaroos, kinkajous, cougars, Barbados sheep, peacocks, and the only lemurs born ...

  • Atlantis Marine World

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    Riverhead

    Prepare for a voyage of undersea discovery at the only public Aquarium on Long Island, offering interactive fun, adventure, and education. Take a Shark Dive, snorkel with tropical fish, feed a ...

  • Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo

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    Rome

    The Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo is a special kind of zoo with a focus on children and fun. Everything we do here centers on the understanding that, for kids, passive observation of zoo ...

  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

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    Syracuse

    Looking to get the kids out of the house and away from the TV? For wild adventures and tons of fun, explore some of the wonderful events and programs that take place year 'round at the Rosamond ...

  • Aqua Zoo

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    Alexandria Bay

    America's only family owned and operated seasonal Aquarium! View over 50 sparkling clear exhibits of fresh and saltwater fish, coral and invertebrate from around the world! Touch live sea creatures! ...

  • Prospect Park Wildlife Center

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    Brooklyn

    Youngsters can meet prairie dogs nose-to-nose, and walk among wallabies. The Animal Lifestyles building's centerpiece is a spectacular habitat for baboons.

  • Bronx Zoo

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    Bronx

    The world's largest urban zoo features world-class exhibits featuring get you eye-to-eye with massive crocodiles, majestic tigers, and inquisitive gorillas.

  • Staten Island Zoo

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    Staten Island

    The Staten Island Zoo was the first zoo anywhere to exhibit all the 32 varieties of rattlesnakes known to occur in the United States. Through wildlife exhibitions, promotion of species conservation ...

  • White Post Animal Farm

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    Melville

    Animal fun, train rides, fun events, and a famous fall festival, all at this great family farm experience in New York State!

  • Seneca Park Zoo

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    Rochester

    An expansive zoo experience with a friendly local park feel, top exhibits include the penguin pool, the cougar viewing tunnel and the rare white rhinos.

  • Buffalo Zoo

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    Buffalo

    Fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and year round fun, adventure and history in Buffalo!

  • Aquarium of Niagara

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    Niagara Falls

    Explore all things ocean at the Aquarium of Niagara, with feedings, shows, and wonderful creatures of the ocean ready to be explored!

  • Hidden Valley Animal Adventure

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    Varysburg

    Tours, safaris and sleigh rides to take you over 2 miles of trails with new animals and unexpected sights at every turn. Unpredictable and exciting for children in New York State!

  • Adirondack Animal Land

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    Gloversville

    Visit the LARGEST zoo in upstate New York, with over 500 animals across 80 acres! Amazing animal fun for the whole family.

  • The Animal Farm Petting Zoo

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    Manorville

    Hundreds of animals, most from the rescue program, at this New York zoo, as well as playgrounds, puppet theater, a train AND a FREE pony ride!

  • New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

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    Watertown

    32 acres of beautiful, threatened or endangered animals, as well as the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State. A great day out for those animal loving families!