Having been to Howes Cavern as a kid, it was fun to go back with my own children. Apparently, they sold off part of the area but the current explorable portion is still fun. Its an easy walk 150 feet under the ground. We went on April and crowds were low which is nice cause at times I lagged behind group and was able to capture images of an empty cavern. The surrounding area would be very pretty during the fall. Its a one time trip not a repeated journey. They now offer a "Dirty" Spelunking tour but not sure if $100 per person for 2 hours is worth it.