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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
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... more » 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! « less
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Rochester, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

While the caverns were interesting and worth seeing once, I expected more for the $25/person fee. The guided tour lasted about 90 minutes but felt somewhat rushed, especially on the way back. The young tour guide was difficult to hear due to the size of the tour party and the narrow passage ways of the caverns. The lighting was adequate... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Can't understand what the few people complaining on this are talking about?! Obviously they just enjoy a moan! I came over from Scotland and visited this attraction and loved it! I felt that the caves were a decent temp too as I'm pretty used to that sort of temp. Our tour guide was only in her first season and did... More

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Marysville
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129 reviews 129 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We came on Saturday at about 1 pm but got on a tour in 10 minutes. It really is a site one should see. It is cool down there so you should bring a jacket or sweatshirt. The tour is about an hour and a half. The boat tour seems a bit much and does not add much to the... 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. We try to keep our pricing as affordable as possible for our guests. We hope to see you again. More

West Falls, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had both been here a long time ago when we were kids. Today we brought our 2 year old and 6 year old. They both loved it. The basic tour lasts about 1.5 hrs, but it did not seem long or too short. Our 6 year old was a little nervous in the gloom since we... More

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

Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your tour. Our grounds staff will be delighted at how much you enjoyed their hard work. They pride themselves on keeping the property beautiful! More

Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The tour guide was amazing she had only been there for a couple weeks and with her knowledge if seemed like she had been there for years. She was wonderful with my daughter. The cave was amazing and the boat ride was fun. overall I would say it is a must see. Just don't go during rainy season the cave... 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 wonderful time on the tour and it sounds like you got one of our great new tour guides. Just to elaborate on your rainy season concern, the cave only has flooding in short periods of immense rain or snow melt. We usually have a close the cave 1... More

Burgaw, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My family camped in the Adirondacks each summer when I was a child, and every year I saw brochures for Howe's Cavern and wished we could go there. It never happened, sadly, but I finally made it back to NY as an adult. Howe's Cavern was a wonderful place to visit on a hot summer's day, and well worth waiting... More

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

You made it!! I am so glad you finally got to visit us and had such a wonderful time. Come back and see us again anytime! More

CONNECTICUT
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

took the lantern tour of the caverns. Time well spent. Amazed at how different the caves look under candle light. if you have the chance, do attend, but it is an adult only tour.

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

Thank you for your review. Our Lantern Tour is my personal favorite! It is definitely a different and unique experience to be able to explore the cave by candlelight. Thank you for visiting! More

West Babylon, New York, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Came back for a nostalgic visit after 40 years and what a GREAT experience it was !! The tour was fun and the guide very informative. I would say that it is best to go on your tour either early morning or later in the afternoon - we went at 9:30 am and there were only 7 in our group... More

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

Thank you for your review, it sounds like you had a great time. I am glad you were able to enjoy the tour and the gemstone mining along with the outdoor Adventure Park. We hope you have the opportunity to visit us again in the future! More

new york
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It was a very interesting attraction. It's not every day you get to go underground and experience something incredible. The caves were great to see. Our tour guide did her best.. The boat ride was really a waste at least for me. Then you have stupid visitors that start asking questions like what would happen if there was an earthquake..When... More

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

I am glad you enjoyed the tour. Maybe next time you visit you could try our Lantern Tour which is on Friday and Saturday night and consists of a smaller group of all adults. Another interesting fact for you about earthquakes: we actually have a seismograph in the cave that has picked up earthquakes all over the world. It is... More

Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stopped in to the Caverns as a way to break up our 6-hour drive home from vacation. The caverns are great; crazy to think the man who discovered them lowered himself by rope down a 100-foot hole back in the 1850's! Wasn't keen on the fact that they charged $2 to park, and the way the lines of people... More

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

Thank you for your review all of our constructive criticism is taken under careful review. It is our goal to make our guests' visit as memorable as possible. I am glad you enjoyed your tour and hope you can visit us again sometime. More

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