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“If you've never been in a cavern” 4 of 5 stars
Review of King's Palace

King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
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Owner description: This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.
Galveston
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“If you've never been in a cavern”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

As 60-ish with mild mobility issues, I was able to do this tour with ease. (Elevator down, tour, elevator up.) Lots of info from our guide, and we were able to stop and sit a couple of times during tour. If you did the bat cave, or if you have been in other caverns, there is a good deal of repetition, but it is a fantastic opportunity to see this place.

Visited June 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great addition to self guided tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We started with the natural entrance hike and big room the first afternoon and returned in the morning for this guided tour. It was fantastic! The rooms you can see only on this tour are spectacular, and even my 15 year old daughter who hates guided tours said this was her highlight. The kids especially loved the blackout where they turn off the lights. If you go to the caverns you MUST do a guided tour, and this is the best easy one.

Visited June 2014
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Placitas, New Mexico, USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“An excellent add on”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The King's Palace tour is an excellent add on to any visit to Carlsbad Caverns. It is an extra fee tour, with some uphill walking and tight spaces, but well worth the extra cost and 1-1.5 hours. It takes you into a space not generally open to the public except by ranger guided tours, and the rangers have a wealth of information about the cave and this part of the cave system.

Visited May 2014
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Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Amazing Tour, Enjoy the total blackout”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We really enjoyed this tour. If you have time, take this tour. It's relatively low impact (less than the natural entrance) and you get to see things that were once open to the public. The King's Palace room was nice, but I think the Queen's Chamber is the highlight of the trip. The total blackout is awesome. Once again I was amazed at how people can't deal with true silence for more than a few seconds, but don't let that spoil the tour. At the end of the blackout the ranger lit a single old lantern to give us the feel for what early explorers have.

This is a must see/do!

Visited June 2014
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Nashville, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

There are several choices, so I can't talk about the others, but this one was spectacular! I wish now I had given more time to take another tour, too.

Visited May 2014
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