Cave Tour - Indiana Caverns

Cave Tour

Explore the longest cave in Indiana

Cave tours are available year round. Indiana Caverns is home to one of the largest deposits of Ice Age bones in the state! Travel through Big Bone Mountain, see beautiful formations and our waterfall!

Enjoy our 75 minute tour walking on grated steel walkways with scattered stairs what allow you to descent 110 underground.  You then explore the river via pontoon style boat, then journey back to the Visitor Center along the steel walkway and stairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are wait times?

30 minutes or less-most days  

A typical summer wait is 30- 40 minutes or less. Wait times may increase on holidays or peak summer weekends. Off-season tours can be an hour apart. We always put you on the very next available tour. There is no waiting for tours on a set schedule. 

The best time to come, with smaller crowd sizes, is on the weekdays, Monday through Thursday. 

Tours leave frequently throughout the day. Arrive by 4:30 pm EDT on weekends to be guaranteed a spot on the last tour of the day through Labor Day (4 pm on summer weekdays and the remainder of the year). 

We have a variety of things that you can enjoy if a wait is necessary.

How long is the cave tour?

80 minutes on average  

Time times may vary from 75-85 minutes depending on the size of the tour, walking ability and even the questions asked. Visit our tour pages for tour distance, boat ride time, depth, and other tour-related information.

How cold is the cave? What should I wear?

56 Degrees  

The cave is 56 degrees year round-like a pleasant spring or fall afternoon. You may appreciate a jacket or long sleeves during the underground boat ride. Good walking shoes are recommended. However, most anything without high heels should be fine. Thong sandals and flip flops are not suitable.

Who can go on a cave tour? Any restrictions?

Most people, but it’s not handicap accessible.  

People of all ages are able to join the cave tour. Although Indiana Caverns is not handicap accessible, most anyone who can walk unassisted and do stairs at home, should be able to enjoy the tour.

Elevation Details

There are 110 feet of elevation change in Indiana Caverns. From the visitors’ center, it is mostly downhill to the underground river. On the way out, the tour route climbs almost 110 feet from the underground river level back through the Big Bone Mountain room and up the ramp into the Visitors Center. Visitors must be able to walk up several ramps and several sections with steps.  There are handrails throughout the tour and the tour pace is set to the slowest participants.

Small Children or Infants

Small children are welcome. If they can not yet walk, they will need to be carried in your arms or a front carrier for the cave tour. Strollers and backpacks are not permitted. Partway through the cave tour is an underground boat ride, which gives everyone a chance to sit down, rest, and relax.

Can I bring food or snacks on the tour?

No.

Enjoy your drinks and snacks before the tour. No food, drink, or snacks are allowed in the cave.

What if it is raining?

Open Rain or Shine  

Rain makes the cave even more beautiful! We are not closed for rain or other weather patterns. 

Can I buy tickets online?

Yes, up to 11 Tickets! 

Individuals may buy up to 11 tickets online. Show your receipt at the counter to receive your actual tickets and tour time.

Can I take my pet?

No  

Pets are not allowed in the cave, for their protection and the protection of the cave’s delicate environment.

What is there to do nearby?

A Whole Lot  

There is a great selection of shopping and dining options, wineries, hotels, cabins, and bed & breakfasts all within 10 minutes of the cavern. Check out www.thisisindiana.org for nearby attractions and things to do.