Open Daily at 9am EST! Masks are now required for ages 8+. Call for Escape Room availability.

School Groups

Learn about the Diverse Ecosystems at Indiana Caverns

Experience an environment that includes cave formations, a waterfall, unique cave life, and Ice Age fossils! Discover how the cave was formed, and how it was found. PLUS, ride a boat on an underground stream.

Indiana Standards covered by our tour include:
3.ESS3, 3.ESS.4, 7.ESS.2, 7.ESS.4, 4.ESS3, 5.ESS.4, 8.ESS.2

Included in tours

Diverse Ecosystems: Indiana Caverns is considered one of the top biologic “Hot Spots” for cave life. Learn about some of the over 20 different forms of life that live only in caves!

Ice Age Bones: Our Ice Age Fossils are renowned in Indiana. In fact, some of the Ice Age Fossils on display in Indiana State Museum were excavated from Indiana Caverns! Come and see a paleontological dig in process to discover where these ancient bones have been found.

On the Surface

Gift Shop

We make student purchases simple by bagging up so they can be given out once students are back at school.

Welcome Center Interpretive Exhibits

Learn about the vast Binkley Cave System with maps to learn just how far this cave stretches beneath the surface.

Additional Activities

Groups of 40+ students can schedule* extra free activities including Information Station activities, self-guided Karst Interpretive Trail, and Woodland Nature Trial.

*Call to discuss which options may be right for your group.

Bring the Cave to your Classroom!

Trouble Scheduling Field Trips? Bus issues? Funding problems? We get it!

We have a NEW solution just for you! We’re committed to educating students, that’s why we’d love if you let us bring the cave and activities to you!

One of our interpreters will come to your classroom to teach about caves, fossils, or related topics and do a gem or fossil discovery activity with your students. All you have to do is purchase the materials for the activity! Our lessons will cover the same Standards as those covered on the tour. You can also expand the lesson with pre-and post-visit activities! Call to learn more!

School groups pricing by grade level

Cave Tour

Optional Add-Ons

Gemstone Mining

Sabertooth

Bat Chaser

Escape Room

K-6

7-8

9-12

$7.50

$8

$10

$4

$4

$4

$4

$4

$4

$10

$10

$10

n/a

n/a

$12*

*Smaller groups only. Call to discuss additional details. 

School groups pricing by grade level

Cave Tour

$7.50

(K-6)

$8

(7-8)

$10

(9-12)

Optional Add-ons

Gemstone mining

$4

(K-6)

$4

(7-8)

$4

(9-12)

Sabertooth

$4

(K-6)

$4

(7-8)

$4

(9-12)

Bat Chaser

$10

(K-6)

$10

(7-8)

$10

(9-12)

Escape Room

N/A

(K-6)

N/A

(7-8)

$12*

(9-12)

*Smaller groups only. Call to discuss additional details. 

All field trips include one teacher or paid school staff FREE per 10 students. Parent chaperones are $16. The bus driver is always FREE. There is ample parking for buses and parents.

Call (812) 734-1200 to book your tour or for more school group information.

School Group Add-on Options

Gemstone
Mining

Sluice through your own bag of sand and rocks to discover treasures. Identify the gemstones, fossils, and more.

Cavern of the
Sabertooth

Wondering what it’s like to explore a cave? This fun activity gives students a fun and safe way to experience “caving” without the mud!

Bat Chaser
Zip Coaster

Part zip line, part roller coaster, totally fun! This wild ride is fun and exciting, as students can ride the Bat Chaser and fly high above the cave park with their feet dangling!

“1000 feet down”
Escape Room

Put your skills to the test as you problem solve and help our miners escape from their 1000 foot deep hole! But you better think quickly, you only have 30 minutes!

Group of girls at Indiana Caverns
School Group sitting outside of Indiana Caverns
Group enjoying the Sabertooth Caving Activity
Group outside of Saberthooth Caving Activity

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the cave tour?

80 minutes on average  

Time times may vary from 75-80 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 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 some steps.

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.

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

Can my group split up and do different activities to save on time?

Absolutely! 

Indiana Caverns Family Adventure Park has something for everyone including cave tours, riding on Bat Chaser, plummeting on the Plunge, panning for gemstones, and more. Give us a call at (812) 734-1200 and we can help arrange an itinerary for your group’s day of fun at Indian Caverns. 

What activities are most popular with groups?

Depends on the ages of those in the group. 

Our cave tour is often combined with gemstone mining for school-age groups, while teens and adults enjoy combining the tour and the Bat Chaser. 

What if it is raining on our scheduled day?

Open Rain or Shine  

Rain makes the cave even more beautiful! Our cave tours are still open even with the rain. Our staff can modify your group’s schedule of outdoor activities in the event of rain.

Can I buy tickets online?

Give us a call! 

For groups of 11+ we prefer you to give us a call so we can be sure to properly accommodate you for the best experience.

Is there a maximum number that can be accomodated?

It depends.  

In general 100 – 200 is maximum at one time. However, larger groups can be split up to stagger through in different time periods. We offer other outdoor activities as well that can be done while the other part of the group waits for the cave tour. Give us a call and we can discuss the details. We try to provide the best experience possible for our guests. 

Do you have an area where our group can have a picnic?

Yes  

Our shelter house can seat up to 80 at one time. We also have picnic tables scattered around the shelter house and we have a large fire ring for group gatherings. 

Are there any free activities we can enjoy?

Yes  

Our karst interpretive trail is available year-round as is the Wooded Nature Trail. We have several exhibits in the Welcome Center that we discuss with groups that are split into groups of approximately 18. For schools, we offer several “Information Station” activities free of charge combined with tours and gem mining.