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Discovery Tour

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Address: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

A 45-minute hiking tour of Mammoth Cave.

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Neat short little tour

We originally had planned on taking the historic tour but we didn't realize that we needed to have a reservation and it was sold out for the day. We choose this self guided tour... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
Tracy F
Brownsville, Tennessee, United States
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Brownsville, Tennessee, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

We originally had planned on taking the historic tour but we didn't realize that we needed to have a reservation and it was sold out for the day. We choose this self guided tour as an alternate. You begin by walking down a huge steep incline then have to walk down about 150 steps into the cave. The cave itself... More 

Thank Tracy F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

A waterfall when you get down to the bottom. Then We had a great time walking around the caverns. The guides gave us great information. The formations are amazing to look at. A must see if you're in the area.

Thank Laureen G
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We did this tour because all of the others were sold out. You enter and exit the cave through the same entrance as the historic tour past the old mines, making a right on the trail next to the artifacts. Our tour was self-led, with a guide at several locations speaking on various topics of interest. We were able to... More 

Thank June C
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

I've been to Mammoth Cave, Carlsbad Caverns, Ruby Falls cave, and a half dozen smaller, privately owned caves. This one was by far the most boring cave tour I've ever had. Our guide would let us take 30 to 50 steps, then he would stop the group and talk for literally 10 minutes at every stop. His talk was not... More 

Thank LSUDad3
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This was a great tour for groups with younger kids. You have to climb down a number of stairs initially. However, that is the only strenuous part of the tour. The cave was dark and chilly (about 60 degrees) but it was not too scary for the kids. There are not any tight squeezes in this tour. Instead, everything is... More 

5 Thank Jennifer T
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Beware this tour is not available everyday. We really needed an on your own tour as I'm 8 months pregnant only to get there & be told its only offered Saturday. That would be fine if their website said that but it doesn't, very frustrating.

3 Thank Christy E
Salmiyah, Kuwait
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

This is a good tour for some background history on the cave and miners. There isn't any spectacular cave features on this tour. You will have to climb stairs in and out of the cave. If you are looking for dramatic cave scenery, try the Frozen Niagara Tour. Tickets sell out quickly for that one.

4 Thank mecorton7
Cabot, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2010

While on a three week trip with our 4 year old grandson we stooped by Mammoth Cave. Reluctantly we went on this tour all id can say is "WOW" even with a 4 year old.

9 Thank Geoark1946
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2008

This is a great tour for those short on time but who want to get a feel for the caves. You get to see a large room and other highlights to whet your appetite for another tour if you have the time.

2 Thank Dand978

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