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Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum

Kentucky, KY

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Address: 119 E Main St, Horse Cave, KY 42749, USA How do we get there? Number: 270 786-1466
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There are so many amazing places to visit on this planet ABOVE ground, but did you know that there are just as many fun adventures to be had BELOW ground?

If you visit Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum, you not only get to explore two floors of exhibits all about the history and geology of the caves, but then you get to descend 150ft underground and explore one of the largest and most scenic historic caves in the entire state of Kentucky!

Your first stop will be the American Cave Museum, where you can enjoy a self-guided tour through the exhibits. It's the feel of the Smithsonian in the heart of rural Kentucky! Here, kids can get an in-depth look at the amazing world of caves. The exhibits cover a range of topics, from the history of caving, and how archaeology is used to find out about the vast human history that has been associated with the caves.

Kids can learn about the variety of wildlife that can be found inside the caves, and learn about the unique issues and formations that show important links to the past! Amazing!

Then comes the next exciting part of your journey - the Hidden River Caves themselves! The public guided tours can show you wildlife, historic equipment, and all those amazing natural features that have formed within the caves. 

These historic tours last around 45 - 60 minutes, and give you a great introduction to the wonderful world of the underground!

For the more adventurous families, you can try out the Cave Adventure Tours - either 3 ot 5 hours. Here you get a great insight into wild caving, so prepared to get a little buddy!

Adventure hats at the ready? Then it's time to explore!

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How much does it cost?



Guided Tour $25.00 (+15 years old)



Guided Tour $12.00 (Ages 6 - 14)



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Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum FAQ’s

Check out the ziplining and rapelling too!

Bring that pocket money because there is a great gift shop where you can pick up fun items such as minerals, clothing and more!

If you do want to take the students on an exciting day out, give them a call!

It's a good idea to take bottled water and some healthy snacks in a small backpack in case those tummies start to rumble!

The tours aren't handicapped accessible as there are at least 230 steps in the public one, and you will need to crawl and climb on the Cave Adventures.

Wild cave tours need to be booked at leave 48 hours in advance, and there is a minimum person number to be met. Take sturdy boots! The guided tour is 1 hour long (can take up to 75 mins)

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