This was a lot of fun for everyone in our group. We had 5 kids (ranging in ages of 5-11) and 4 adults (40-60s). We started off our afternoon with a quick picnic near the visitors center.
Then, we went for our tour. All the adults had been to some type of cave before, but this was the first cave experience for all of the kids. Everyone thought the boat ride was very neat. While I agree there weren't as many formation as other caves, there were enough here to keep the kids interested and the boat ride was a great way to ease the kids into exploring caves. The only thing I would have wished was for the tour guide to provide more info as we went along rather than constantly asking us for questions. We shouldn't have to create our own tour through our questions (especially since we didn't know what to ask). There should be a more involved script for the tour guides to follow if this is a continuous problem. The steep hill going down was difficult for 1 adult in our group and the steep going back up was a bit difficult for the oldest in our group. The kids managed both without much difficulty.
After our cavern tour, 3 of the kids did the Gemstone Mine and loved it. They got quite a few gems and it offered a good 15min of additional entertainment for them. We had a quick snack and then drove up to the picnic area/parking lot near the entrance. Here we walked the the 1/2 mile hike around the sinkhole. It was ok, but not anything to go out of your way for. There were a few hills that were difficult for the oldest in our group, but it wasn't as steep as the hill coming out of the caverns. Overall, it took us about 10-15min to complete the circle hike and get back to our cars before leaving for the day.
Overall, we spent right at 3hrs at Bluespring Caverns doing everything we could do there and really enjoyed ourselves. The kids have asked to go again! Next time, we'll probably skip the picnic and hike and just focus on the Caverns and gem mining (which would take about 1.5 hrs, depending on wait time for the trip).
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