Diamond Caverns
Diamond Caverns
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A cave with stone-decor: calcite drapery, eaves of stalactites, a fence of stalagmites, and flowstone. Open year round. Offering a one hour guided cave tour.
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Schep2014
Huntsville, AL499 contributions
May 2022
Wonderful "wet" cave with growing formations. There are many impressively large and diverse types of growths. Our guide was very personable and answered all questions.

They do warn you about the gazillion stairs before you buy your tickets so be realistic about your health and stamina. Sometime during the Covid lockdown I turned into an old lady and the last 12 steps out of the cave were literally painful.

However the formations are something very special and I am so glad I was over optimistic about my climbing abilities. This is a MUST SEE! (Thank you to our guide Ayden who never made me feel unwelcome.)
Written May 16, 2022
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We are very happy we were able to get you underground. Thank you for leaving us a review, this really helps our small privately owned business. The steps are intense but well worth the views!
Written August 11, 2022
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Julia Phillips
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited the Diamond cavern cave last week. This was a last minute trip for me and my family just a quick visit to Kentucky before the school year.

That being said me and my husband have been disappointed with the treatment of our children at many establishments that were not Diamond caverns. My oldest son is 7 years old and has severe Aspergers a disorder that puts him on the Autism spectrum and can make it very difficult for him to understand social Cues. Now I’m not saying that every place must be perfect with my child, autistic children offer their own sort of challenges many people will never understand. But we visited mammoth cave, the crystal cave as well as the Lost river cave in bowling green and were saddened every time by the guides treatment of my child that was just excited about the caves.

The final breakthrough awesome tour came from Diamond Caverns! We almost didn’t do it but decided on our way we would check it out, and we are so so glad we did. The tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. They do require masks for gift shop and tour, and had a very clean and family friendly environment. The gift shop staff was kind with all of our questions, but the real standing out factor was our tour guide. We were given a young guide named Elizabeth, she called for the tour with a smile (you could even see through a mask). My oldest son as well as 5 year old daughter started right out of the gate with questions before even entering the cave, we prepared for exasperation from the young guide but we’re pleasantly surprised with patience. Throughout the tour Elizabeth calmed us as she could already see our worried expressions, assuring us that his as well as our other children’s on going questions were not a problem. The cave was astonishingly beautiful, the formations cover the cave all over! She answered my children’s at least 5,000 questions with good solid answers you’d expect her to give to an adult. As well as making conversation as we moved through the cave with us as well as the other families. When my autistic son began to interrupt her despite our attempts, instead of being rude and short. She calming just assured him she’d get to his next questions once she was done talking about that section. She treated all of my children with the utmost respect (which was a pleasant switch from the other caves we visited)

Elizabeth maintained a professionalism I wouldn’t even expect from an adult, while still being fun and outgoing. When I asked if it was okay for her to tell us her age I expected her to be older but discovered she was 17!! She has maturity way beyond her years and was so knowledgeable about the cave and it’s lengthy history.

Diamond Caverns is one of the most gorgeous caves I have ever seen and have trained their staff right, they should be proud to have an establishment and guide like they do.
Written August 15, 2020
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Firstly we are so happy to hear that we stood out for your family in the best ways possible. Wish everywhere you had went had been such a great experience. Elizabeth is an amazing young women, we are so thankful to have her on our staff. We will be sure to tell her all the amazing and wonderful things you have said about her. Sounds like you have some future cavers on your hands! We love that your children were so excited and that they got so much out of the experience. Really hope it sticks with them a lifetime! Thank you for taking the time to leave this great review!
Written August 26, 2020
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Joshua A
Nashville, TN3 contributions
Jul 2020
This place is packed with formations to see. We were on the last tour of the day after getting pissed off about our entire experience inside Mammoth Cave National Park. We tried to salvage the day by seeing this one. So happy we did. The tour was filled with a..... colorful... group of people that made it very hard to enjoy and even harder for the tour guide. The young lady giving the tour did her absolute best but definitely let her frustrations show. She did a fantastic job but needs to remember that the world is full of all kinds of people from all kinds of different educational backgrounds. When people like this come to a place like this they are taking it upon themselves to see something amazing, experience and learn a little about something they most likely have never had the chance to experience before. What a great opportunity to share your passion and knowledge with them. Take advantage, make them leave ranting about how amazing the cave was. You are not just tour guides, you are educators and are blessed with the opportunity to inspire just by putting on the uniform. No you are not going to get tipped from many out their but most likely their will be people like myself and my partner who will see your struggle and try to make it right. Again, we loved the tour and the cave just recommend taking a moment to remember what you mean to those that come through.
Written July 15, 2020
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Thank you for leaving this wonderful review of encouragement. We are so happy we were able to make your day a bit more enjoyable, and to get you into a cave. For a lot of our guides this is their first job and they are still learning and growing as well. We will be sure to share you words of encouragement and speak with them about coping with frustration that can happen in the tour environment. We do hope you will come back to the caveland area again!
Written July 20, 2020
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Ernest R
Royston, GA376 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
This is one of the higher priced caves we have visited and one of the most rigid on enforcing and continually reminding you of the rules and regulations. Our guide Allison was robotic in voice and demeanor and was very stern and every few minutes during the tour repeated the governors orders for wearing a mask even though everyone was wearing one. At one point I was standing with my hands in my pockets and she looked at me and said “you can look but don’t touch”. It made no sense as my hands were in my pockets. The tour also stopped for a long time part way through to seemingly delay and make it last longer as if she was being purely paid by the hour. The group was wanting to move on but we stood and waited for a long time to proceed. The children in the group were very bored.
Written October 18, 2020
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Kim J
Vienna, IL60 contributions
Jul 2021
Enjoyed a tour of Diamond Caverns on our way to Mammoth Cave National Park. They opened at 9:00 am, we arrived at 9:05 and were able to get tickets for a tour at 9:10. The cave had beautiful formations and we had a great tour guide (I believe her name was Ali). The steps were quite an experience; may be difficult for some to navigate. All in all enjoyed this and since everything was booked at Mammoth Cave it was good we were able to go on a cave tour.
Written July 15, 2021
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Ali is a great guide! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experience at our cave. Glad we were able to get you underground!
Written July 22, 2021
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Jennifer N
Atlanta, GA8 contributions
Mar 2021
My mother and I visited Diamond Caverns, along with Mammoth Cave and Crystal Onyx Cave during our trip. We were very disappointed with our experience at Diamond Caverns. The cave is absolutely beautiful. However, the tour seemed very rushed the entire time. If you only want to take one picture of the scenery and quickly walk by, then it'd be fine for you, but if you want to look around, enjoy the scenery, and take some pictures of you and your family while in the cave, you will not have time for that. They advertise they allow flash photography....yet don't allow any time for pictures. All I wanted was to get a few photos of myself with my mother in the cave, and while attempting to take some photos the guide immediately told us we had to keep up with the group. No one else in our tour group cared to take any pictures, so us stopping for one picture was enough for the guide to tell us we had to keep up with the group. Of course being rushed, our photo turned out blurry, and we left without any decent pictures of us in the cave. I realize this may not be important for everyone, but it was important for us, and the fact that we couldn't even get one good photo of us in the cave was incredibly disappointing. We weren't looking to do a photoshoot, we simply only wanted to be able to get a few pictures, and make sure they turned out. At the beginning of the tour they warn you that you must keep up with the group....we didn't realize that the group walks so fast you can't even stop for one photo.

Later the same day we went to Crystal Onyx Cave, and had an amazing experience. The guides were extremely patient and let us take plenty of photos.

If you want any photos of you and your family in the cave, then I would not recommend Diamond Caverns, as you will be told to keep up as they rush you through the tour as fast as possible.
Written March 22, 2021
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Unfortunate to hear you felt rushed. Wish we had known on the day and time so we could talk to our guide and make sure they are keeping the pace as they were trained to do. For anyone else reading this, we offer a 1 hour guided tour. 350 stairs throughout and a 1/2 mile walk total.
Written March 29, 2021
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Jason P
Lansing, MI758 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Visited here after taking the extended historic cave tour at Mammoth Cave National Park. This cave is located just outside the park boundaries, if driving from Cave City or Park City, on on the way to the Mammoth Cave visitors center.

Mammoth Cave’s historic tour is a dry cave and Diamond Caverns is a wet cave, so you definitely get a contrast in cave styles by visiting both. The wet caves have the stalactites and stalagmites whereas Mammoth Cave has the giant passages. While Mammoth Cave is impressive, I personally find the wet caves more interesting.

A little expensive at $20/adult but kids are 1/2 priced at $10. The cave itself is gorgeous with tons of interesting and beautiful formations. Cave tour doesn’t loop, so you do have to go back the way you came but it is interesting to see the same formations from a different side.

There are a few sets of stairs during the tour but our five and eight year olds were able to manage. Worst part is the end when you have to climb about 50 stairs back up. Tour takes about an hour. Everyone was required to wear a mask during the tour due to Covid.
Written May 28, 2021
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Really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a wonderful review, thank you! All I can throw in is that as of June 11th the mask mandate was lifted. Mask are now suggested due to the enclosed nature of the cave tour. Very glad you enjoyed our wet and active cave.
Written June 17, 2021
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Michael J
8 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Beatiful formations.. Went during the middle of the week early afternoon our group consisted of just two couples. Which made it easy to hear and converse with our guide Courtney. She did an awesome job explaining the history and backstory to the Diamond Caverns also the federal law now in place to preserve and protect cave system.
Written August 19, 2022
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Williamhorn20
Marion, OH801 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
We decided to stop in here last minute, regrettable!

Everything started off ok. Paid for the tour and walked around the lobby.

Started the tour, well a little ways in, not even sure if we were half way or not I passed up a gentleman who I thought was just taking a break from the steps.

Continued through the narrow passage till we got to a clearing.

A lady from up front came back to me and my buddy who was in the back of the group asking if we had passed or seen her husband.

I responded I passed him up going up the steps.

So, my buddy turned around to check on him.

She took off also so I followed her to make sure she was ok.

We found him walking back he just said he couldn’t make it any farther.

When we all reached the end where the other group was, the lady apologized and asked the next tour guide if we could continue our tour with theirs.

She responded no very hatefully as she radioed our group and said the REJECTS were here and leaving.

The lady kept apologizing to us, tried to pay us for our tickets since the guides said we wasn’t allowed to continue with the other tour.

We declined and we just wanted to make sure her and her husband was ok.

There should be 2 guides with a group so in case of an emergency like that.

We shouldn’t have be bewildered and called rejects.

Very poor customer service and very unprofessional and unfriendly.

Pass this place up!!
Written July 29, 2021
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I do not think this is our location. We do not have radios like you are describing and there is no way for one tour group to communicate with another. Side-note you should NEVER leave your tour group despite anything happening around you. It doesn't sound like the guide was aware of you leaving. This is a huge issue. Our guides would not of asked if you could join another tour group while underground. This is another reason I do not believe this review is about our cave.
Written August 2, 2021
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Chris B
Billerica, MA307 contributions
Sep 2022
We had already seen Mammoth Cave, so this time through Kentucky we decided to see another cave. We tried to visit Lost River Cave, but they required reservations. So we went to Diamond Caverns.

Diamond Caverns is located near Mammoth Cave (and I think is inside or under the park). Our guide was John (with a beard, he said to mention :-) ) and he was great! Very informative and made sure we knew about the history, the formations, and where the low spots and "scalping rocks" were so we didn't bump our heads.

The cavern has many different types of formations: stalactites, stalagmites, flow stone, draperies, columns, popcorn. It is also an active system, so the formations are still growing. It can be a bit wet, as well, since water is dripping/flowing through the cave.

We also saw some wildlife: cave beetles and cave crickets, and 1 cave centipede. There are also blind fish deeper in the cave, but that section isn't open to the public. The temperature wasn't as cold as other caves. Maybe in the mid 60s, but very humid. No jacket necessary.

Lots of fun.
Written September 22, 2022
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