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“Great caving for famies” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY 42259
270 758 2180
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/air tour
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Owner description: A mysterious limestone cave that has fascinated people for 4,000 years.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Pittsburgh, United States
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“Great caving for famies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The Mammoth Passage tour piqued our interest, and was so easy even for our 5 year old we took a chance on the the New Entrance tour. It takes two hours and is labeled as moderately strenuous. While it was more active , it was far more exciting for all four of us. First travelers climb down hundreds of winding steps deep into the cave. We felt quite safe as most of the tour had sturdy, well maintained hand rails. We walked through narrow passageways and saw beautiful rock formations toward the end of the tour. We plan to return when the kids are old enough to do one of the more advanced caving tours.

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Saline, Michigan
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“Fun tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We took the historic tour - 2 hours of walking, sometimes through narrow, short passages. It was a great tour, even though I lost a contact lens about 45 minutes in, so I saw most of it with one eye. Many different rooms and formations. Not much in the way of color, but very interesting none the less. Our guide was very informative and I made sure to stay near him as I am hard of hearing. Out group was not huge, but large enough that I think I would have had trouble hearing him from the back of the pack.

Definitely take a sweatshirt or light jacket with you, it is cool even in the middle of summer. A fair number of stairs at the end, but they really aren't a problem.

Easy to get to right off the highway, I would definitely recommend this adventure.

Visited July 2013
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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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“Choice of tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

We have been meaning to visit for sometime - arriving at 10-30 we decided to take the "New Entrance Tour" - whilst waiting for the next one - my wife decided that the 500 steps (stairs) might just be to much for her, so we swapped to the less strenuous "Frozen Niagara Tour". We filled in our wait by attending a talk by ranger 'Joe', entitled "Mammoth Cave during the Civil War" - there were several other talks. At around 1-00, ranger "Steve" walked us to the bus that delivers you the short distance to the cave entrance, describing it as an easy walk to "the most fascinating cave system on earth". If you had seen the film and walked around the visitors centre exhibition - its likely you may have agreed with him. It might be an easy walk, but if you are claustrophobic, there is quite a narrow bit you will not enjoy. Nevertheless, the beauty is certainly very worth the effort.
Several other things to see and walks to enjoy.

Visited October 2013
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Nashville, TN USA
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“Great half day attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

The Mammonth Cave National Park is literally just off the I-65 exit. It was a no brainer to do this visit.
The park is nice, and the Visitors Center is very modern and well run.
We opted for the 2 hour Historic Tour which is 2 miles of the 400+ miles of caves. Very impressive.
The tour was challenging in terms of walking carefully and lots of steps and bending to not hit your head, but it was so interesting.
Tour group size was a bit more than I liked, so I rated the tour a 4. Otherwise a great time.

Visited November 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Other caves and tours have more to offer”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The basic tour of Mammoth Cave was $5/person for 1 hour 15 minutes. This tour was pretty short (didn't last the whole time allotted), and they basically take you a short distance down in the cave and then right back out. The most problematic thing about the tours is the large number of people on each tour with only 1 ranger. If you don't stick close to the front, you won't hear anything. Even though there wasn't a large group with us, the tour was pretty basic and short - thought we would get a lot more out of it.

Mammoth Cave is unique because of the size, but most of the features are pretty plain compared to other rock features found at places like Carlsbad. Going on the historic tour is double the price ($12/person), and some of the groups we saw had >50+ people on them. I don't really see how you could get a lot of of a tour with that large of a group.

There are some neat trails around the park, and the Visitor Center is nice.

Visited November 2013
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