View of Descent into Cave
Tri-color Bat on Ceiling
Boat Ride on Underground River
Beautiful 40-Foot Waterfall
Cave Draperies & Formations
During the 1 hour and 30 minute tour, you’ll decend 110 feet underground, enjoy a 25 minute boat ride on the underground river, and learn about the rich history of Indiana Caverns.
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.
Less than 30 minutes.
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.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing to be sure of a place on a tour, earlier to enjoy more things to do at Indiana Caverns.
1 Hour 20 Minutes
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.
Open Rain or Shine
Rain makes the cave even more beautiful!
Most people, but it's not handicap accessible.
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.
We learned so much from our guide Myron! Such a great tour! Loved everything about it! They were so busy the day we went but the staff was great! Fun for the whole family!
Legomama5 from Shorewood, IllinoisTrip Advisor Review
Please arrive by 5:00 pm to take a tour. The cave temperature is 56 degrees all year. Weather is never a problem.
We have extended hours till 6 pm Memorial Day to early August. Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.