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Howe Caverns

255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave, NY 12092
518-296-8900
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Howes Cave
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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Ithaca, New York, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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 

Bangalore
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Good adventure walk and very educative. The underground boat ride is awesome... somehow feel that tey should have left it in its original state without out making the walkway. Thats more city lubbers like me, but not fun

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

Thank you for your visit and I am glad you enjoyed your tour. I wish it was possible to leave the walkways out of the cave but unfortunately so many people would not be able to enjoy the cavern tour without them. Without the walkways there would be a lot of walking in the streambed and climbing over mounds of... More 

Enfield, Connecticut, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I went with a few friends and unfortunately The Adventure Tour wasn't in season. However, the cavern tour was amazing. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable and was able to answer any question thrown her way. The cavern itself was beyond amazing and the little boat ride added just the right amount of added adventure. I recommend getting your photo... More 

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

I am happy to hear you had such a great time on the tour. The boat ride is a fan favorite in our cave and definitely gives us a unique part of our tour. I am glad you took advantage of the cave photo. The Adventure Tour is available year round by advance reservation, so when you would like to... More 

Mississauga, Ontario Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The first time my husband and I came to this place, we were really impressed. One of the staff guided us with a group explained the history of the place and it was very interesting and informative. We loved and enjoyed the boat ride. This place was much better than Penn's Cave. We would certainly come back and explore the... More 

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

I am happy to hear you had a great time during your visit here. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Dansville, New York, United States
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13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We took our 5 and 7 year old grandchildren to Howe Caverns. At first the younger one was very hesitant but she ended enjoying it. The guide was excellent giving a mixture of historical facts and scientific knowledge in an easy to understand way. The boat ride added a lot to the experience. Our favorite part was the winding way.... More 

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

I am so glad you were able to experience the beauty of the cave with your grandchildren. The Winding Way is definitely a popular spot in the cave! Glad you had a good time and hope you will come see us again in the future. More 

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