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Visit The Ohio Caverns
Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? It is open throughout the year and stays at a comfortable even temperature. You and your kids can learn something while enjoying the beautiful formations of a cave. Experience nature up close and personal at the Ohio Caverns.
The Ohio Caverns is located in northwest Ohio, 4 miles east of West Liberty. It is the largest cave in Ohio, and has exquisite stalactite and stalagmite formations. There is a diversity of formations, and many of them are quite profuse. The caverns staff makes sure that care is taken as the formations continue to develop.
It is strange to see because there is flat farmland and few hills in the area. Everything is underground. There is a gift shop inside the entrance building. A gem mining sluice is provided outside for those who would like to purchase a mining 'rough' that has been seeded with gemstones (including, rarely emeralds), minerals, fossils or arrowheads. There is a 35-acre park above the caverns, with a shelter house. and picnic tables. The park has spaces that are available to rent for reunions, weddings and other gatherings.
Because it is in a rural area, it is difficult to find using an online map. Be sure to check the Ohio Caverns website or call for directions.
The regular tour is a mile long and takes about forty-five minutes. You can opt for a historic tour (call ahead) which takes 1 1/2 hours, and includes the area that was toured during 1897-1925. It stays a cool 54 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Be sure to take a jacket. They are open throughout the year, and closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Because some of the passageways are narrow, wheelchairs and strollers are not allowed.
Ohio Caverns Tour
The Ohio Caverns Tour is guided by knowledgeable staff members. Since the cavern is underground, there are steps to take you downstairs. The cave has lighting, and some of the formations are specially lit so you can see them well. There is a short time when they turn off the lights so you can see what the cave looks like without them. Because the formations are still developing, you cannot touch anything, including the walls. They do provide one formation you can touch so you know what it feels like. It is cold and wet.
Sometime in the middle of the tour, weather permitting, you will take the steps back up and see what the area looks like around the cave. It is pretty flat. It was also very hot the day we went. Then you go back downstairs to the relief of the cool cavern and continue the tour. At the end, there are more steps to climb back up to ground level.
Still photography is welcome but videos are not allowed. Since people are walking in a row in a narrow space, sometimes, you will have to wait until someone else is done taking a picture before you can, and you may find that you are falling behind the group if too many people in front of you are slow with the photography. Our tour guide was patient and it was not an issue.
The Ohio Caverns
The Ohio Caverns is a great place to see a magnificent part of nature, and stay comfortable underground. Travel to places nearby can help save money and provide educational opportunities for young and old alike.