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“Basic Cave”
Review of Laurel Caverns

Laurel Caverns
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Farmington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Cave with 2.8 miles of underground passages: great for viewing weird rock formations.
Albion, New York
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Basic Cave”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

This was my husbands first time on a cave tour - it was ok. We did the (1) hour family tour as neither of us was dressed appropriately to do the 3 hour tour - I spoke with one of the tour guides and was told that it would include lots of crawling/climbing. The (1) hour tour was very basic - good shoes are a must as there is a pretty good incline to travel down & then back up - parts are damp and a little slippery. The cave is primarily dry however, no stalagtites or mites visible. There is a portion of the tour where you experience "total" darkness - they aren't kidding - there is also a light show at that part of the tour - shorter would have been better. All in all it was an ok adventure.

Visited August 2012
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“Adventure in deeper caves..”
Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

Get a couple of reasonably fit friends together and do the lower cave route for a day of intense fun. Dress for light hiking and crawling about in a rocky cool earthen space. Extra lights are a good idea as a couple of ours went out on a long day tour underground..absence of light is true darkness. Memorable event for this region.

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Columbus, Ohio
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35 attraction reviews
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“laurel caverns”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Interesting, guide could have been more informative but was making silly jokes that weren't even worthy of a 'pity laugh'. Remember to wear appropriate footwear - it's damp, slippery in places.

Visited August 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
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“Lower cave trip fun but wet”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

The lower cave trip takes visitors off the main tour group deep underground. Involved scrambling and crawling through tight places, some wet. Fun for the reasonably fit but not for the overweight or claustrophobic. It is a long way back up!

Visited August 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“A good "first cave" experience for all - kids love it!”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

This is the first cave I ever was in - around 60 years ago and I still remember it pretty well! The basic cave was the same, of course. And I think the light show is about the same as it was then. It is certainly not a "show cave" as many others have mentioned. No stalagmites or stalagtites. No river inside. But, like people, all caves are different. I still think this cave is great for an introduction to what is underneath us.

On a recent visit my three grandchildren ages 7, 11, and 13 all liked their first cave experience. Afterwards they talked most about "when they turned all the lights off". Oh, and they all just LOVED the Kavernputt - talked about it almost as much as the cave itself - because it is so unusual.

What is different from the "old days" is the amenities, which are good. There is a huge paved parking lot, a large, covered picnic pavillion, various outdoor picnic tables set up in places where you get a great view of the valley below this area. There's a good sized Entrance Building where you get tickets and wait for your tour to begin. Snacks and restrooms are available here - plus the entrance to the Kavernputt and the gold panning area. And an appropriately stocked gift shop at the back of which has a case that displays many different labeled examples of rock types. (I purchased a very nicely made wooden walking stick for $16)

On our tour everyone's shoes were looked at by the guide to determine if footwear was appropriate. Everybody's was. There were some steep, wet fairly-slippery areas, both downhill and up. This is NOT a tour for anyone who has any type of a walking problem.

Visited August 2012
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