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“Utterly Bonkers”
Review of Secret Caverns

Secret Caverns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 23, 2013

After the commercialism of Howe Caverns, this was a breath of fresh air. Well, maybe that's the wrong expression for the depths of the earth, but they had us laughing well before we even entered the caverns. If you don't get their sense of humor I pity you: the young lad who took us down was a well-trained, knowledgeable, total nutcase. In the nicest possible way. The stories had us in stitches and my nephew and I, encouraged by his secret passion, found purposely banging our heads on the jutting rocks alarmingly addictive. Try it! The caves are real caves - no concrete paths, signs or one way systems. The windy way was fabulous. And do visit the ladies' loos with the weird hand-paintings by one of the owners. The shop is halarious in its own right - absolutely nothing to buy unless you are under 5, and dreary, faded, bending postcards which looked as if they'd been there for 60 years or more. You've missed a trick there, chaps!

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

I did not think this is worth an 18 dollars adult admission price. We could not even hear our guide since we were in the back. Cavern was kind of cool but would only consider it an add on to Howe cavern since the whole thing took about an hour. Be sure to wear sneakers since there are a lot of stairs and it is wet!

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We headed for Howe Caverns, but after driving 2 hours were met with a 2 hour wait! In an attempt to curb the crushing disappointment our 3 year old was feeling, we headed to Secret Caverns with no idea what to expect. What we found was a perfect afternoon. The cave was smaller than Howe, but every bit as interesting, with a much more natural feel. The waterfall was a sight to behold, and my son loved that he could touch everything. The staff was was beyond amazing. They gave my son a free juice box, and told us the t-shirts they sell are painted on-site. If you're in the area, it's well worth the visit. :)

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

This place is very different than Howe Caverns. It is less commercialized and more laid back. It's the kind of place that you want to sit and have a beer with the guys when you are done with your tour and listen to all of their stories. Our tour guide was weird but knowledgeable. The prices are very fair and the cave was awesome.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

This would be my second visit, the first visit not very impressive. Since I was at Hoew Cavern, decided to Secret a second chance.

A visiter won't see stalacties or stalagmites. Mostly a winding pathway. The tour is about 45 minutes , compared to Howes 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Where Hoew's guide said NO TOUCHING, our guige said 'Touch anything you want, I don't care'.

While Secret Caverns is no Howes, the cavern does have a few interesting areas worth looking into. These are a 15 foot rock formation of an alligator, an under ground pond, withvery small stalactites, the Suspended Ceiling and the Wishing Well. The cavern's best feature is a 100 foot waterfall. With different colored lights, the fall is something to photograph & watch.

I noticed I shot more digital photos at Secret than at Howes. If your digital camera says 'Raise Flash', raise the flash. The camera's play back screen may look ok, but when printed out , the photos will be on the dark side. A flash may wash out the photo somewhat, but a washout is better than a dark photo.

A visiter should not plan a trip is a heavy rain has fallen in the last three days. The night before, a heavy windy rain fell. The next morning water wasstiil dripping on our heads as we walked down the begnning steps and pathway. The pathway was wet, slippery and muddy. If a person does visit after a rain, wear a water proof hat. The best type of foot ware is a pair of hiking or work boots.About 200 yards in, the pathway starts to dry out. The guide told us most of the pathway is made from the cavern's walls.

A medium jacket is best to wear, as the temperature is 50F.

Overall I don't belive the admission price of $16.00 is worth the time. A person can visit the cavern's website to print out a $2.00 off coupon. The cavern would be ok as a starter cavern. A small gift is available. On Caverns Road, there is a large sign directing a visiter toward the cavern.

Jack L., Syracuse, New York.

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