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Howe Caverns

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Address: 255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave, NY 12092
Phone Number: 518-296-8900
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Getting married
Description: At the great cave of the Northeast, an elevator takes you 156’below...
At the great cave of the Northeast, an elevator takes you 156’below ground. The doors open into a prehistoric underground cavern 6,000,000 years in the making! Trained tour guides help negotiate the cave and teach about its magnificent natural features. Back on the surface, mine for gemstones at Howe Caverns Mining Co. Beginning summer 2011, enjoy the first phase of Howe High Adventures—featuring ropes courses, climbing walls, zip lines and more!
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So glad that my husband and I decided to go to Howe Caverns today while just driving through the town. We had an excellent time. Our tour guide Nick was absolutely wonderful. He... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

So glad that my husband and I decided to go to Howe Caverns today while just driving through the town. We had an excellent time. Our tour guide Nick was absolutely wonderful. He made it such a great experience and was very knowledgeable about the history of the cave. It was all very interesting. This is something everyone can enjoy.... More 

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April I, Manager at Howe Caverns, responded to this review

We are also very glad you took the time to stop on your way through town to visit us! I am delighted that you enjoyed your tour and will be sure Nick knows how much you appreciated his knowledge of our great cave. Come back and see us again! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Absolutely loved the experience of going down into a cave over 150ft below the earth's surface. It was absolutely stunning.

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April I, Manager at Howe Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. We are so glad you enjoyed the cave tour and hope you will come back and see us again! More 

Amsterdam, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I hadn't been in many years, went with my daughter. It's not a cheap outing, but to put a parking fee (for a field, basically, with no other options, being out in the middle of nowhere) in place just seems like gouging - I felt like I had gone to the bank. Not a good way to start an experience.... More 

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Wantagh, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The Howe Caverns have been open for many years. I believe I went as a kid 35 years ago. Went with friends in February 2015 and enjoyed the tour. A tour guides you through the cave and gives a history. It was fun and killed 2 hours in an area that has not much else to do.

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April I, Manager at Howe Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. It sounds like you enjoyed your tour. We hope you will visit us again! More 

Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

So a farmer notices that his cows are all standing at the top of a hill on very Hot day, when it happens again and again - he goes up to inspect the reason why... when comes to an opening that is omitting a cool breeze up... thus the Howe cavern was discovered!!! Must see to believe - an elevator... More 

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April I, Manager at Howe Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. We are so glad you enjoyed the tour. Come back and see us again! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

From the phone call for reservations until the day we left, the employees were super-terrific! Our wedding was small but will always be memorable! The kindness displayed by staff made our special Valentines wedding even that much better. We felt very welcomed and all accommodations were perfect. Special thanks to Sparky, Emily, and the rest of the wonderful staff working!... More 

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April I, Manager at Howe Caverns, responded to this review

We are honored that you chose to share your special day with us. There truly is something special about exchanging wedding vows with the one you love on our magical calcite heart. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! Congratulations! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My husband and I took a much anticipated trip to the caverns, as neither of us had ever been. It was a great way to spend a day when it was frigid outside! We felt the prices were a bit steep for the standard tour, but it was enjoyable. Would have been nice to have gotten to take it without... More 

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April I, Manager at Howe Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. I am glad you enjoyed your tour and got to eat a delicious lunch in our dining room overlooking the beautiful Helderberg Plateau . We hope you are able to visit us again and just in case you would like, Private Tours are available by reservation. More 

Kinnelon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We stumbled onto this find while out to see Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame! We took this tour. It was amazing! They take you down in elevators...had I known that when we went in i would have backed out....but it was amazing; including a small boat tour through the caverns. Very nice tour! The location is breathtaking...took many pics!

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April I, Manager at Howe Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit! I am so glad you decided to brave the elevators and got to explore the cave. It sounds like you took a lot of great pictures and if you are ever in the area again, we hope to see you! More 

Dumont, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This really is a legendary place if you live in the Capital District region, and you'd have to look pretty hard to find someone who hasn't been here at least once on a school field trip. It's well run and maintained, and the caverns themselves are lovely. The tour guides have the patter down to a science, and the kids... More 

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April I, Manager at Howe Caverns, responded to this review

I am glad you enjoyed your experience at Howe Caverns. And we thank our guests for being understanding that our price is the cost of properly maintaining the cave, grounds, and staff. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

First I would like to declare that I visited the Caverns during the Holidays, which seems to be their low season. The cavern did not have that many people, which it worked for us because the tour group was small and more intimate. Also, I have to point out that this was not my first tour of a cavern system(i.e.... More 

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April I, Manager at Howe Caverns, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. It sounds like you and your traveling companions enjoyed your tour. The winter season is a great time to visit as we do have smaller more intimate tours. Every cave is unique in its own way and I am glad you got to experience our underground boat ride. We hope you will visit us again... More 

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