The 10 Best Things to Do in Cave City, United States

March 31, 2018 Velvet Champine

Cave City is a home rule-class city in Barren County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 2,240 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Glasgow Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Cave City

1. Mammoth Cave Adventures

1994 Roy Hunter Rd, Cave City, KY 42127-8612
Excellent
83%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 417 reviews

Mammoth Cave Adventures

At Mammoth Cave Adventures we offer a 5 line canopy zip tour, that offers 3 skybridges and an outdoor adventure for the whole family. Our lines vary from approximately 120 yards to 300 yards long, they vary in speeds, lengths and heights. We have 6 decks/platforms that differ in heights from about 20 feet to a two tier deck that reaches 44 feet tall. Our primary canopy zip tour takes you from deck to deck in the treetops on a course guided by a minimum of two certified guides for a fun and exciting adventure that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Our tour time takes approximately one hour to one and a half hours.We also offer a secondary course aimed at individuals under 100 lbs, this is a 4 line course with lines that average 120 yards in length. This course also intersects with the primary course and includes a ladder climb for those younger adventure seekers. In addition to ziplines, we offer a freefall from our Drop Tower and a 1 hour horseback trail ride.

Reviewed By TonyaR434 - Le Roy, Illinois

We came to Mammoth Cave Adventures close to closing time with no reservations. The crew were very accommodating and so very friendly. The crew were able to offer us a ziplining tour or horseback riding. We chose horseback riding. It was just our family of 4 and the guide. We have some experience so we got to climb rocks and trot and even run through some ponds. This was the highlight of my daughters trip as she loves horseback riding so much. The staff was amazing. Josh was our guide. Thanks Josh for an amazing trip. We will be back to check out the other activities.

2. Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum

119 E Main St, Horse Cave, KY 42749-1112 +1 270-786-1466
Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 340 reviews

Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum

Take an in-depth look at the fascinating world of caves as you journey through gigantic subterranean chambers made out of limestone.After you explore the underground, try out the aerial view from our new zip-line and rappel! Don't forget our 2 level museum featuring caves.

Reviewed By MauriceRobertAngres

We visited Hidden River Cave and had planned the 5-hour hiking trip in the cave. It was pure adrenaline and the hell uva trip with our guide Keith. Already in gthebeginning Keith told us he wa going to try to reach a part of the cave system even he hadn't seen before ... wow, what an adventure.
Be prepared to really crawl, climb, slide and crouch for 5 hour. You will get wet, muddy and exhausted but it's worthwhile an amazing experience. Keith knows everything about the cave an good company. The caves are amazing but be sure to briing all the equiment suggested. Helmets and headlamps will be provided, but you should bring ankle-high outdoor shoes with good grip and soome gloves.
Have fun.

3. Diamond Caverns

1900 Mammoth Cave Pkwy, Park City, KY 42160-7902 +1 270-749-2233
Excellent
69%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 333 reviews

Diamond Caverns

A cave with stone-décor: calcite drapery, eaves of stalactites, a fence of stalagmites, and flowstone.

Reviewed By Jessica B - Laingsburg, Michigan

This was a nice one hour cave tour. Very informative. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. My teenage kids enjoyed it. It’s about 350 steps and a quarter mile walk under ground. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone with mobility issues. Nice gift shop too.

4. Fat Man's Misery

Mammoth Cave National Park, KY +1 270-758-2180
Excellent
72%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 197 reviews

Fat Man's Misery

A narrow passageway inside Mammoth Cave.

Reviewed By Todd G - Omaha, Nebraska

really enjoyed this tour. The way the water carved out those features. Lots of history lessons about the area during the early wars. This is a must if your in the area. Nice large rooms, its a long way back in there but it doesn't feel like it.

5. Onyx Cave

101 Huckleberry Knob Rd, Cave City, KY 42127-8415 +1 270-773-2323
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Onyx Cave

Onyx Cave is a 30 minute tour with many formations and few stairs. Tours are led by experienced, knowledgeable guides and are appropriate for the whole family. The cave stays a cool comfortable 60 degrees year-round, a welcome break from the summer heat. Also photography is allowed on our tours, so bring your camera and capture the natural beauty of the cave.

Reviewed By Kimberley L

The smaller, less expensive, places always hold the biggest and best surprises and real experiences!!! This place is a 'gem' in the middle of all the attractions. The little dude that was there when I went was a plethora of information and knowledge. Not to mention adorable. He was the same age as my youngest son and so cool! He has long hair and glasses, if anyone could tell me his name I would be so grateful! I loved this place and will be back there again one day! Unfortunately I could not do the cave tour, but there is my reason for returning. The place is not overwhelming with too much stuff and over-rated prices. It was a great find for a rock hound. Love and light and many blessings to the folks that own and manage it!!! Namaste~ Ps. the questions on here are a little vague. Parking and entrance to the rock shop is free but the tour for the cave is only $8...Mammoth Cave is $20 and up to $70, most of the stuff in the gift shops are made in China. Support local and family owned business. These folks are awesome!

6. Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo

3700 L and N Turnpike Rd, I-65 at Exit 58, Horse Cave, Horse Cave, KY 42749-7100 +1 270-786-1010
Excellent
62%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 549 reviews

Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo

Fun and interactive animal park. Many Australian animals including kangaroos, as well as other North American Animals. Cave on site, included with admission price. Fun for the whole family.

Reviewed By Lisa K

While planning our Mammoth Cave National Park visit, many online reviews noted the uniqueness of KY Down Under and it was very true. The cave tour is short but very nice. It is a beautiful cave with lots of history. We loved feeding the lorikeets, kangaroos, emu and goats. We did use a Groupon so be sure to check if a discount is available. Definitely a favorite of our time in the Mammoth Cave area.

7. Mammoth Cave National Park

1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY 42259 +1 270-758-2180
Excellent
66%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Mammoth Cave National Park

A mysterious limestone cave that has fascinated people for 4,000 years.

Reviewed By J D - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Stopped in to see this cave again - haven't been here for 55-60 years and enjoyed it again.
Our only disappointments were the lack of parking space for motorhomes towing cars, and the fact that tickets for the major tours are sold out days in advance so visitors just passing through have to just take whatever tours may be left over or the shour walking tour. certainly better than nothing but sure the visit is only a partial experience

8. Dinosaur World

711 Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY 42127-8437 +1 270-773-4345
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 455 reviews

Dinosaur World

Reviewed By Patty L G - Berea, Kentucky

I drove two hours from Berea KY to visit the dinosaur world exhibit. It was worth the visit. Next time my grandkids visit me in Kentucky, I will be sure to take them there. There is a museum with actual and simulated artifacts. There is a man made cave with a 20 minute or so movie. There is a playground, a picnic area, a sand sifting station for kids to find treasures in such as sharks teeth and other fossils, to take home, for free (3 per child). It was a great sunny day activity, with a really nice souvenir shop and friendly service. Nice restrooms painted like Jurassic World. Fun time!

9. Mammoth Onyx Cave

3700 L and N Turnpike Rd, Horse Cave, KY 42749-7100
Excellent
58%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Mammoth Onyx Cave

Reviewed By Sherry C - Wadsworth

This cave tour was included with our Groupon for Kentucky Down Under Zoo. It was a very nice tour, with a very knowledgeable (and patient!) guide. There are some steep steps and narrow spaces, so plan accordingly if taking this tour. Pictures are allowed, but no flash photography. Very interesting formations in the cave. Had our 9-year old granddaughter with us, and she also enjoyed it (a plus!).

10. Jesse James Riding Stables

3057 Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY 42127-9207 +1 270-773-2560
Excellent
57%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 166 reviews

Jesse James Riding Stables

Reviewed By Vicki S

We are a fun friendly family. We chat with staff, engage. That's impossible with the office staff here, not receptive or friendly. However, the cabin was perfect (minus not one knife or cutting tool, but we borrowed from another cabin) we had a wonderful stay at the cabin. Zero complaints...wonderful stay for the price. HORSEBACK RIDING ...we did this several times and paid for an hour for the 3 of us. 1st time we had 20 plus riders in our group. U sit on your horse and wait. For everyone. Off we go... The actual ride was 44 minutes first time. 2nd time much smaller group...ride was 40 minutes. Next time the whole mount, ride, and dismount was 42 minutes. Don't reach out for a tip...or even dare ask for one when I know that you know you just robbed me of $5 of ride time I paid for. There's your TIP

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