My family and I made the 45 minute drive to Howe Caverns (and Secret Caverns) this past week. Howe Caverns was a hit! The cave tour was wonderful! It lasted about 1 1/2hrs, and began with a very cool and realistic looking animatronic "Lester Howe", that gave us a brief history of the cave. Our tour guide was a young lady who did a great job, was informative, professional and fun. She obviously loved her job and loved the cave. She interacted with everyone of all ages and made the tour fun and relaxing. Besides the tour, we purchased day passes to the newer attractions at the Caverns, called Howe High Adventure. The short lines moved quickly and we were able to enjoy an entire afternoon on the zip-line, ropes course and OGO ball. There were other things too, but my children and I stuck with those three. It was a huge hit for all of us. The zip line is nothing "extreme", but still very enjoyable. I actually saw ages from 8-80 enjoying it. The ropes course kept my daughter busy for quite a while, and the OGO ball kept us all wanting more. Myself and both of my children, 12 and 15, were all able to get in this giant water filled ball all together and roll down the front hill. It may appear slow moving while watching it roll, but when inside, it was a long, wet, fun ride, filled with laughter. The line for the OGO does move slow, so plan accordingly if you want to enjoy it more than one time. Cafe: For lunch we had a veggie wrap, a chicken panini with soup, and a hamburger with fries. All were outstanding! The burger was huge and perfectly cooked! The soup was homemade vegetable. I found out it was homemade after I asked about it because it was delicious, and was told that the Chefs make most of the foods offered in house. The wrap was filled with fresh veggies. All of the meals purchased were fresh and the serving size was quite large. The dining area was very nice and they actually had a person assigned to the area keeping the tables clean and the floor swept. It really seems as though the management/owners are doing a great job with the new growth. I came here as a kid and it was just a cave! It's clear that a lot of thought and money have been put into things. The grounds were beautiful, the view amazing and the employees were a cut above what you would normally find at any amusement park. Be it on the zip-line, the ropes course, the OGO ball or in the cafe, the employees actually talked with us, were friendly and pleasant. It is really NOT what I expected. I also see a few complaints about the $2.00 parking fee. Ummmm, two bucks!? And people are complaining? There was a young lady who greeted us in the lot with a smile, gave us a brochure, another who directed me to a parking spot, and yet another who took my dog to the kennel. It was worth more than $2.00! I've been to many places and the going rate is 5-10 times this with nothing offered in return. All in all we had a great day and created fun family memories.
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