Homeschoolers - Indiana Caverns


Learn elements of geology, biology, and history 
all rolled into one fun cave tour! 

Your students will learn elements of geology, biology, and history all rolled into one fun cave tour lasting 70-80 minutes long! The weather is always a warm 56 degrees in the cave no matter the temperature outside.

Indiana Caverns offers year-round field trips for families and support groups. Get our lowest school rates when you have a minimum of 12 paying people with advance reservations. For more information, or to plan your trip, call Jan at (812) 734-1200.

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

Included in tours

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.

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.

Looking for a Winter activity?

Visit in January or February for the BEST deal! Homeschool families  can save 50% when they visit Monday through Friday between 930 am to 2 pm EST with 2 to 11 people!

No reservation needed for 2-11  tickets. Call Jan with any questions.

Want to bring your support group of 12+?  No problem, just call and make a school reservation to schedule tours and receive School Group rates all 12 months!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the cave tour?

80 minutes on average  

Time times may vary from 70-80 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.

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! 

We want to be sure you can take advantage of our special homeschool, student rate. Please give us a call at (812) 734-1200 and ask for Jan!

Are there any free activities we can enjoy?


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.