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Howe Caverns

Address: 255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave, NY 12092
Phone Number: 518-296-8900
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Howes Cave
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Getting married
Owner description: At the great cave of the Northeast, an elevator takes you 156’below ground. The doors open into a...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Getting married
Owner description: 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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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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119 reviews 119 reviews
38 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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Dumont, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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 

Rochester, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We stopped here on our way to Corning. It was a blustery and cold day but was about 52 degrees in the caves. We really enjoyed the tour, and the guide was very informative. For $25 a person we thought it was a little expensive. It was also discouraging to see the man made aspects of this tour. Of course... More 

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

I am glad you enjoyed the tour. The brick pathways and lighting ensures the safety of our employees and guests to be able to enjoy the cave. Just about every commercial cave has some sort of material to make the walkways safe for visitors. More 

Ithaca, New York, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I brought my girlfriend to the caves on our anniversary. We went with the Sweetheart package, and got the lantern tour. I've been to the caves before, but this tour was definitely different from the standard tour. The guides knew a great deal about the cave, and really gave us an amazing tour. On the way back, the overwhelming darkness... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We love when guests come back to try out the different kinds of tours we have to offer. The Lantern Tour is definitely a different experience and I am glad you and your girlfriend enjoyed your tour. We hope you will be back to visit us again! More 

Cobleskill, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Howe Caverns isn't for me. It's no Mammoth Cave. I haven't done the other activities that are here. The boat ride in the Cave is neat. Maybe you'll like it better than I did.

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

While we may not be as large as Mammoth cave, since Mammoth Cave is the largest cave in the country, we are the largest cave in the Northeast and have our own unique features. A cave has many more features than size alone. We hope you were able to appreciate our cave and all its beauty. More 

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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Went with friends took the boat ride through the caverans so beautiful had alot of fun they have a great gift shop to

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

Thank you for your visit. I am glad you enjoyed the boat ride. Nothing like a nice relaxing boat ride through a beautiful cave! We hope to see you again soon! More 

East Brunswick, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is not what I expected. I had been to caverns in Pennsylvania when I was younger, but I didn't remember it being like this. First off, you drive up a large house to what looks like a mansion. Then, you take an elevator down over 150 feet to the caverns. The formations of the limestone cannot be described in... More 

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

Thank you for your visit and I am glad you had such a great time on your tour. The cave really is a gorgeous piece of nature. We do offer private tours and hope to see you again soon! More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My Father, Sister and I stayed at the Howe Caverns Motel under their "Tour and Stay" package. You cannot beat the package and the price!. The basic price for 2 people was $138.00 and it included 2 tickets to the Caverns, a night for 2 at the motel, a bag of gems that you mine yourself, and a very nice... More 

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

Thank you for your review. I am glad you had such a fantastic time on your visit. It sounds like you had a very enjoyable stay here and we look forward to your next visit. More 

Long Island, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Quite often you hear about the great tour guides and the impressive cavern, which are all true, however during our visit it was the young gentlemen on the maintance and grounds crew that truly made our experience a pleasure. After a great tour through the caverns, upon our departure we experience truck problems and were literally stranded in the parking... More 

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

Thank you for your visit, I am glad you had a good time. It warms my heart to read stories such as these. We pride ourselves on having the best staff members on property as our main goal always is to take care of our guests. We have a great maintenance and grounds crew and I will be sure to... More 

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