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.
Whilst the Caverns are found underground and might be hard to direct you to those, we can direct you to the above ground location! Just make it to 2210 East State Route 245 in West Liberty, and you'll be pretty close to finding the caverns!Get directions
Tours vary around $20 to $30 per tour
Ages 5 to 12: Tours vary around $10 to $15 per tour
Tour combination tickets available. / Annual passes available.
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 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.
It's a good idea to take bottled water with you
The Limestone Tour is specially designed for those with limited mobility, and it's free for you! The entire tour is wheelchair friendly.
The Natural Wonder Tour is available all year round. The Historic Tour is only available April 1 - Oct 31.