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“Cool Experience”
Review of Marengo Cave

Marengo Cave
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Marengo
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Owner description: Amazing visitors since its discovery in 1883, Marengo Cave offers a wide variety of fun activities! Take a leisurely tour through our spectacular Crystal Palace or Dripstone Trail, pan for gemstones, twist and crawl through our cave simulator, or explore an undeveloped natural cave. You're certain to enjoy your stay!
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Cool Experience”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

My husband and I took our boys ages 15 and 11 to Marengo Cave on a summer Saturday afternoon. It was crowded but we only waited approx 7 minutes to go on our tour. We chose the Crystal Palace tour. It was really cool and our boys enjoyed it as well. It cost $46 for the four of us. We used the online coupon that we printed up at home. You get a discount if you by the combined ticket for both tours but since we were limited on time, we only did the 40 minute Crystal Palace tour. The Dripstone Trail tour is an additional hour. The guide was very knowledgeable and professional. Our tour group consisted of about 20 people, all families of all ages. The tour guide was explaining things and a lot of times it was hard to hear her over the crying baby and 6-7 year old boy that kept talking & running around. There were other small children on the tour as well but they were not disrupting the tour or making it difficult for the others on the tour to hear the guide. I would not recommend people to bring their babies on the tour. Small children are okay if they know how to act on a guided tour. The cave was unique and worth the money to see despite the disruptions.

Visited July 2013
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MarengoCave, Manager at Marengo Cave, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Glad you had a "cool" time at the Marengo Cave. The cave is something that the teenagers enjoy also. That is what makes it a choice for families of all ages. In our training of the guides we do instruct them on how to handling a crying baby. Come back to see the Dripstone Trail when your in the area again. Check out our underground trips too. Thanks for coming.
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Carmel
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“Interresting adventure!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We did both tours and they were both great! Each one was a bit diffrent which made it fun! Our kids (7, 12) loved it! Lots of walking but a great time!

Visited July 2013
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MarengoCave, Manager at Marengo Cave, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Glad you came and did both tours with us. There is a lot of walking but it is easy to do. Come back anytime to see us.Thanks,
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“excellent!”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Great tour guides, great tours, amazing sites.... I highly recommend! Don't let the price scare you, it is totally worth it. You will remember this tour the rest of your life. Beautiful formations in the caves, a nice pace of tour and lots of stops with info. They seem to keep saying how cold it is before you go but don't worry temp inside on a hot summer day is very nice and there is no breeze down there so it feels good.

Visited July 2013
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MarengoCave, Manager at Marengo Cave, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Thanks for coming to visit Marengo Cave. Glad it was worth the trip and money. The nice thing about the temperature in the cave 52 decrees in the summer time you can take a tour to cool off. In the winter you take the tour to warm up. Come back to see us the next time your in the area
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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“Beautiful cave - go for Dripstone though, not Crystal Palace”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We have been in about a dozen or so show caves over the last few years (my husband likes them and I have 2 boys ages 10 and 12) - so we have some experience looking at caves. I purchased the internet combo special for $66 for all 4 of us to do both tours - Dripstone Trail and Crystal Palace. A 2 hr total tour. (You actually go on 2 separate tours though when you get there.) We went on Dripstone first, and it was beautiful! Lots of interesting and unique formations, some we haven't seen at caves that we have been to before. The only gripe about the Dripstone tour (and I guess about both tours in general) was that there wasn't very much history provided about the cave. We like learning about how the cave was found, its history through the years, etc. Not much was given about this on the tour. The tour guide was ok, but she didn't give very much information like this, and was vague with some of the questions we asked.

The Crystal Palace tour was much shorter, and it did have a few nice areas, but didn't compare to the Dripstone. To me, it looks like this could be one long tour (maybe an hour fifteen, or hour and a half), but to make more money, they split it up into two different tours. If I wouldn't have gotten the internet combo deal, I definitely would have skipped the Crystal Palace tour. We ended up spending about 3 hours here between the 2 tours, gift shop, and just walking around taking photos of the signs, etc.

Visited July 2013
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MarengoCave, Manager at Marengo Cave, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Glad you you came to see our Beautiful Marengo cave. We do have a few new guides this summer. We train them, then work with them to give a tour with a lot of information. Sorry the guide didn't tell about the history of the cave. We divide the cave into two tours because some people only have time for one side. The formations on the Crystal Palace side are a lot larger and this is entrance where the two children discovered the cave. We have a nice gift shop and setting area out side. Thanks, for coming.
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
Level 4 Contributor
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“Marengo Cave”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

The cave is a very nice one and an easy walk. They have divided the cave so they can charge twice. As caves go it was nice but a little expensive. We only went on one of the tours (Crystal Palace Tour) because of cost. it was about 30 min. tour. The cave is privately owned. There is also the Dripstone Trail Tour and you can do a cave crawl

Visited June 2013
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Thank Ellen P
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MarengoCave, Manager at Marengo Cave, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
We are so glad you liked the Marengo Cave. It is one cave. but each side looks totally different. We divided into two tours, because some people only have time for one side. It makes it easier for younger children and older adults to break up the tours in two parts. Then they can rest between the the tours. We do offer $6.00 off what the two tours would be separately for adults. We have some coupons on our web site that helps with the cost also. Thanks for stopping by, if you are back in the area again stop and see the Dripstone Trail.
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