Caverns, and stalagmites, and stalactites, oh my!
An awesome adventure is waiting for you an hour away from Columbus. Known as “America’s most colorful Caverns,” Ohio Caverns is the largest in the state.
There are over two miles of surveyed passageways that range in depth from 30 feet to 103 feet. The caverns are open year-round and the temperature is always a comfortable 54 degrees.
The tours are guided and offer a one-hour, comfortable walk through the cavern. While you’re underground, you’ll learn about the characteristics of the cavern and have plenty of opportunities to get some amazing photos of the underground attractions.
If the weather is nice when you plan your visit, you can enjoy a picnic at the park above the caverns, which has a playground, picnic shelters, and restrooms. You can also visit the gift shop, where you can buy souvenirs, rocks, and fossils.
Although they offer two tours in the summer session, the winter tour hits all the highlights of the summer tours, plus a section that isn’t viewed during the warmer months! The Winter Tour is available daily until April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $24 for adults, $12 for kids 5-12, and free of charge for kids 4 and under.
Starting May 1, you can choose between the Natural Tour and the Historic Tour. The Natural Tour leads guests on a winding path that overlooks the valley, eventually entering under the cavern through a sinkhole entrance that opened in 2012.
The Historic Tour includes parts of the caverns that were viewed by visitors way back at the turn of the 20th century, from 1897-1925. It was re-opened for tours in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of its discovery.