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A natural wonder!

We were a bit skeptical as we followed the signs to the attraction as they're a throwback (or... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Vernon, Connecticut

I'm embarrassed to admit that I've lived in NY state for decades and had never heard of Howe... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
New York City, New York
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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
255 Discovery Dr, Howes Cave, NY 12092-2311
+1 518-296-8900
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 19, 2005

I took my 4 year old son to the caverns last weekend. It was, in a word, FANTASTIC. The attraction is very well maintained - clean and spotless buildings, and with extremely helpful and friendly staff. The tour guide was knowledgeable. The caverns themselves are...More

11  Thank TravelingRich
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Reviewed March 29, 2015

I hadn't been in many years, went with my daughter. It's not a cheap outing, but to put a parking fee (for a field, basically, with no other options, being out in the middle of nowhere) in place just seems like gouging - I felt...More

14  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

We were a bit skeptical as we followed the signs to the attraction as they're a throwback (or probably original) to the 1960s. The area where you purchase the tickets could also use an update but there was a nice display of history about the...More

1  Thank RitaC321
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Having previously visited Bridal Cave and Fantastic Caverns in Missouri, we were curious to see how Caverns close to home would fair. Our guide did not seem enthusiastic (Sam) like the guides we had in Missouri and unless you were right up front when he...More

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Reviewed September 30, 2018

I'm embarrassed to admit that I've lived in NY state for decades and had never heard of Howe Caverns. Just visited with my husband and 10 year old and we all loved it. The caves are pretty incredible, the tour guides are young enthusiastic students,...More

Thank RuthNYNY
Reviewed September 26, 2018

We had a very nice time, the tour guide was good, all of the employees were very nice. I think there should be more than one bench in the "vestibule" - that's the reason for only 4 stars.

Thank GettysGirl
Reviewed September 21, 2018

I saw a brochure and my sister & I decided to check it out on a rainy day. Great find! A brief history of it's discovery in 1842, then an elevator ride into the cave, a guide walked us through giving more history as we...More

Thank kafiagirl
Reviewed September 20, 2018

Are you kidding me I thought it was a JOKE. I was told there is a $2.00 parking fee to park on rocks (NOT in a real parking lot). The place was expensive enough why they charging more when you get there. PUT THEM on...More

Thank TomRIUSA
Reviewed September 15, 2018

We returned to Howe Caverns recently during our summer vacation. We had visited a few times when the kids were younger, but it had been 10 years since then. The caverns have developed a lot since then into a tourist destination. The parking lot is...More

1  Thank Chris B
Reviewed September 10, 2018

We've lived in Albany for over 13 years, and throughout our visit to the caverns we kept asking, "Why did we wait so long to come here??" It's truly awesome - reasonably priced and stunningly beautiful. Perfect for families (with kids who can leisurely walk...More

Thank eric s
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed learning about the cave and the history. The tour is $25.00 for 1 1/2 hours. It includes a short boat ride. Fun day trip for the family. We had a great tour guide nice if you can tip them in the end. Many...More

1  Thank Anlisa
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

On the way home from niagra falls we pit stop at howes cavern. I didnt know what to expect. It was great. Good for couples singles and families. I reccomend

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September 15, 2018|
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Response from Tecla M | Reviewed this property |
I would say no longer than a minute.
July 15, 2018|
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Response from Sue S | Reviewed this property |
I would allow at least 2 hours.
June 16, 2018|
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Response from Susan F | Reviewed this property |
Yes there was outside seating and I believe some tables over by motel (which is right next door)