Frequently Asked Questions

Is the cave open year round?

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Yes, with a few exceptions.

See our Hours and Directions page for details.

Do I need to purchase walking tour tickets in advance?

No, you can just show up.

Reservations are not required for show cave visitors.

Can small children do the walking tours? Is there an age limit?

Small children of any age are welcome

and typically enjoy the walking tours. Many preschool age children do both tours. If children can not walk, they can be carried however no backpacks are allowed. This is basically a parental decision.

Children three and under go free.

How long will I wait for a tour to depart?

The wait is usually less than 30 minutes.

Both Walking Tours are scheduled as needed. A tour will be scheduled when tickets are purchased. During the winter waits may be longer, but almost never exceed an hour.

Cave Exploring trips must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

How much do cave tours cost?

Pricing varies.

See the Walking Tours area for details.

What form of payment do you accept?

We accept cash or any major credit card.

What's the difference between your two walking tours?

There are many differences.

Please see our Walking Tours area for tour details.

How far are you from ... ?

We’re 45 minutes from Louisville,
2 hours from Evansville,
and 2.5 hours from Indianapolis.

We provide detailed directions from each of these cities as well.

May I bring my pet to the cave?

Small dogs may be taken inside the cave if carried during the entire tour.

All pets are welcome on park grounds (outside the cave), but must remain on a leash.

May I take a stroller or a wheelchair into the cave?

Unfortunately, not.

The cave is not accessible to strollers or wheelchairs because of steps and narrow passageways.

May I take a baby backpack carrier into the cave?

Unfortunately, not.

Due to low ceilings in some areas, backpacks risk your childs head hitting the ceiling.

Do you offer camping?

We offer both group and individual campsites.

Camping cabins are available for groups with two weeks notice and scheduled activities. Families and individuals can reserve cabins anytime for Memorial Day to Labor Day. From After Labor Day to before Memorial Day only two weeks notice or less.

Lodging possibilities

Are the tours strenuous or tiring?

Not at all.

Both the Crystal Palace and Dripstone Trail Tour are easy walking tours with well lit passageways and minimal steps.

What type of shoes should I wear?

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended,

but not required.

Will I need a jacket? How cold is it inside the cave?

A light jacket may be suitable.

The cave maintains a year round temperature of 52 degrees.

Is WIFI available in the park?


We have free WIFI available at our gift shop for your convenience!

Is the cave open if it rains?

We are open when it rains, the additional moisture in the cave makes for a “drippy” yet beautiful trip. Please note that during periods of heavy regional flooding, it is advised to call for road conditions. Be SAFE, never drive thru standing water!