“amazing cave. we will be back!”
we picked this as a quick winter break trip since the caves are the same temp year round (once you are in them) and were not disappointed. the cave does not have as many cave formations as caves that are still forming, but the wonder of this cave is its sheer size! I was amazed at the size and the variety of formations. It also has an incredible history dating back to prehistoric man and before so it will not disappoint history buffs.
My first advice is to make advance reservations. The most popular tours sell out before the day of the tour, so buying same day tickets is a challenge as far as selection. we ordered ours in advance online and that strategy was easy and worked well. if you buy in advance, take your printed email confirmation and get in the regular ticket line to check in and get your physical tickets.
we started with the frozen Niagra tour. This tour was about an hour...the posted time seems to include bus transport to the entrance. it is a short and easy tour and most of the stairs are optional. that said, the stairs go to one of the most beautiful parts of the tour. This tour had many cool cave formations.
we ate onsite at the quick table service at the hotel. it had a limited selection and staff was nice but not overly friendly. I wouldn't seek it out for lunch, but it worked for not leaving the park for lunch.
we later took the Historic Tour. this one is 90-120 minutes and I enjoyed both the history and viewing the staggering size of the cave! there are lots of steps on this one if you can't do steps. It includes some incredible "rooms". which are neat due to their size and colorations. If you're going into this one only wanting to see stalactites and stalagmites and those types of formations, that isn't what this tour is about. if you want to see a cool, huge cave and learn a lot about its history and some about the geology, this is perfect.
(my sons, 6 and 8, did fine on both of these tours)
we also enjoyed the museum in the visitor's center, the boys completed the Junior Ranger program, and we will return to try more tours and the outdoor trails!
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