View of Descent into Cave
Tri-color Bat on Ceiling
Boat Ride on Underground River
Beautiful 40-Foot Waterfall
Cave Draperies & Formations
During the 80 minute tour, you’ll descend 110 feet underground and enjoy a 20-25 minute boat ride on the underground river.
Experience panoramic views of Big Bone Mountain with enormous breakdown boulders and an amazing waterfall, one splashing down almost 40 feet onto flowstone. Uncover the cave’s rich past and the animals that called it home, as you learn about its ancient ice age bones.
Travel onward to Sleeping Bear Boulevard for an underground boat trip you’ll never forget! Glimpse blind cave crayfish along with other cave life amid beautiful rimstone dams. Learn how caves are formed, and their special role in the environment.
Typical summer wait will be 30 minutes or less. Wait times may increase on holidays or peak summer weekends. Off season tours can be up to 40-45 minutes apart. We always put you on the very next available tour, no waiting for tours on a set schedule.
Tours leave frequently throughout the day. Arrive no later than 4:30 pm EDT to be guaranteed a spot on the last tour of the day. There are also other activities to enjoy at Indiana Caverns.
Tour time can vary depending on the number of people on your tour and other factors including the number of questions and more. Please see our tour pages for tour distance, boat ride time, depth, and other tour related information.
The cave is 56 degrees year round. 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.
Pets are not allowed in the cave.
Rain makes the cave even more beautiful!
People of all ages are able to take the cave tour. Although Indiana Caverns is not handicap accessible, most anyone who can walk unassisted should be able to enjoy the tour.
There is a 110 feet of elevation change in Indiana Caverns. From the visitor’s 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 Visitor’s Center. Visitors must be able to walk up several ramps and a several sections with some steps.
Small children are welcome. If they can’t yet walk, they will need to be carried in your arms or a front carrier for the cave tour. Strollers and backpacks are not allowed. Partway through the cave tour is an underground boat ride, which gives everyone a chance to sit down, rest and relax.
Enjoy you drinks and snacks before the tour, no food, drink or snacks allowed in the cave.
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Tours leave frequently throughout the day. You must arrive before or by 4 pm EDT to be guaranteed a spot on the last tour of the day. The cave temperature is 56 degrees all year. Weather is never a problem.
Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.