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“Been Through Better Caverns”

Squire Boone Caverns
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Mauckport
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Squire Boone Caverns is a natural wonder attraction that provides guests a respite from their plugged-in, technology heavy lives. Squire Boone, American pioneer and legend, discovered the caverns in 1790 and soon built a thriving settlement centered around Boone's Mill, which is still operating today. Rich in history and geological wonders, guests to the Caverns will leave with plans to visit again and again. Along with the cave tour and Historic Boone's Mill, activities at the Caverns include: Indiana's Largest Rock Shop and Gem-Mining Sluice, the Soap Shop, Hannah Boone's Candle Shop, homemade sweets and savory lunch options at the kitchen and a nature trail to simply take some time out. For the adventurous, make a reservation for the Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventure. The tree-top canopy course is family-friendly (a smaller zipline course is available for those who may not meet the height requirements). The complete tour through the beautiful grounds at Squire Boone Caverns includes 6 canopy zip lines and a swinging suspension bridge. Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures is ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) certified for installation, maintenance and operation, so you can feel secure and concentrate on having fun!
Reviewed June 3, 2013

First of all the Spiral Staircase going down into the caverns WAS NOT FUN AT ALL and with being metal and damp I felt like they were a Real Hazard, an entrance that we could have just walked into the cavern would have been much better and less hazardous. The groups they take at a time are WAY TO BIG and the guide did not even have a microphone on and with the natural falls that are running through this cavern when he did talk about the caverns we could barely hear anything. The path we walked at some point you cannot go any farther and just have to turn around and come back the same way and he was talking some along the way but DO YOU THINK WE COULD HEAR ANYTHING. I felt like we were just walking along this path looking at some neat formations and not being able to hear any history. DEFINATELY WOULD NOT GO TO THIS CAVERN AGAIN. BEEN IN BETTER AND NOT WORTH THE MONEY.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

This is such a nice cavern! It is not as much walking and climbing as some, but be warned, there are about 100 steps that lead you down to the cavern. Not so bad going down, but it could take some huffing and puffing coming up if you are not in shape. You can stop for breaks and it really isn't bad. I am 50 pounds overweight and I do it fine. Interesting formations and a few surprises too! Excellent gift shop with reasonable prices. Also a small pioneer village with soap making, candle making and other demos during certain weekends. Highly recommend!

Thank phenry57
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Went on Memorial Day with my son and grandson. Grandson had been told we would go to Mammoth Cave some day, and was somehow convinced that Squire Boone Caverns would, by comparison, be "lame." (He's 6 -- go figure.) But SBC was much closer to Louisville, and we wanted him to get a good, basic cave experience before trying Mammoth Cave.

The ground had obviously been spruced up for the new season, and the staff were all attentive and helpful. (A few fumbles with working cash registers, but it was opening weekend.) The "passport" that lets you earn a free bag of rock candy requires you to visit each outpost -- stores, the grist mill, the rock shop, etc. -- which was savvy marketing. We spent more than we otherwise would, but all told, the touristy souvenirs and snacks were well above average.

The cave tour itself is quite good, and takes about 75 minutes. A spiral staircase (73 steps) and some other slightly slippery stairs make this a better tour for the young and spry than for others, but our motley group of tourists seemed to manage well.

All told, a wholesome experience -- later deemed "not lame" by my grandson. Mission accomplished.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

This was the second cave we went to during our two-day southern Indiana cave excursion. We loved the Squire Boone village/cavern portion and look forward to taking family when they visit from Canada. Our tour guide was superb. He was knowledgable and his demeanor was perfect. He did not try to entertain with dumb jokes and he knew exactly how to handle overly-rambunctious children

The cave is small, but absolutely beautiful and worth the trip. The area is packed with history and we are looking forward to a return trip. Yes there are quite a few steps, but anyone even moderately fit will be fine. I can't imagine how anyone would expect to enjoy a cave or cavern without some sort of descent/ascent.

Oh yes, the playful little goat was an unexpected bonus!

Thank wallarab
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Really nice cavern in IN. We decided to take a random day trip with some family and visit Indiana. We thought this would be neat for the adults and the kids. We had an excellent tour guide, and the kids absolutely loved it. There was a waterfall you could see in the cavern which I though was really neat. Definitely worth the money.

Thank Sara B
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