Cave City Travel Guide

  • Stalagmite - bisected and polished for show
    Stalagmite - bisected and polished for...
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    Diamond Caverns
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Cave City Things to Do

  • Go Spelunking at Diamond Caverns

    Guided tours are offered (1 hour in length) every day. This is a "wet cave" so the formations are still growing. We had a great guide with Chelsea - she was very informative, telling us how the cave was discovered in 1859, and it's history to the present day. There are many stairs, some of which are steep, but the path is paved concrete and there...

  • Go Ziplining!

    We had a BLAST with Mammoth Cave Adventures Zipline! There are six towers of varying lengths and inclines. Our two guides were great - very helpful and very funny. They handled all of the hook-ups, so all we had to do was ride. There is an on-site photographer who got some great photos of us, and was reasonably priced. So much fun - would love to...

  • Diamond Caverns shopping

    Probably the worst customer service on our vacation. We didn't take the tour, but we went to the gift shop.

  • Mammoth Cave Frozen Niagara

    There are many tours to choose from at Mammoth Cave, but we chose the easiest and most decorated part of the cave. It did feel a little short, but this was just one of many stops on our trip. If this is your prime destination, I recommend a longer tour.

  • Big Mike's Mystery House, Rock & Gift...

    You can't go wrong with $1 for entrance into the mystery house (many free coupons floating around). Git a picture with Big Mo, and shop in their huge gift shop.

  • Mammoth Cave

    Hey, why not call it Cave City, if you're going to be just a few minutes outside one of the biggest, most interesting cave complexes in the world? Mammoth has a number of great hiking trails, and some of the most memorable cave tours you'll ever see. While the tours have admission fees, the rest of the park is free, so if you want to just take a...

  • GunTown Mountain

    Neat little theme park in Cave city.Has a guntown theme with gun fights and old time salon shows, as well as a neat concert in the opera house. My girls loved this park and made me spend way to much money on feeding animals.

  • Mammoth Cave

    One of the worlds most unique and largest cave systems.We did 2 of the easier tours as our girls are still young, but they loved the cave.Hiked around above ground and looked thru the cavers cemetary and got a few geocaches while we were in the park.

  • Diamond Caverns

    I went to the Diamond Caverns on break while visiting Ft. Knox for business - they were definitely the highlight of my trip!The tour guide was great telling stories about the cave wars and how people accessed the caves prior to installing the conveniant stair cases.Then just down the street there was a tourist trap selling beautiful geodes for a...


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Cave City Restaurants

  • Delicious Mexican Food

    It's hard to expect great food in a little town, but once again, the reviews on line all pointed here. El Mazatlan is a little Mexican restaurant tucked in behind a gas station. On the inside, the room is bright and festive. The servers are very attentive, and had drinks and chips/salsa for us very quickly. The menu here is enormous, and there are...

  • Joe's Diner Rocks

    Great old fashioned hamburger style joint.Has mini golf for kids as well as air hockey and pool table.It is right outside the gate to Jellystone so was an eay walk from the campsite, and offered a great atmosphere for family fun. All of it.

  • Eat at Joe's

    This is a typical diner with greasy fries, greasy hamburgers, greasy chili...that's what makes it great! The menu and atmosphere are vintage 50's style diner complete with dining car. The food is pretty good but don't forget the antiacids! Hamburger, fries and a chocolate shake


Cave City Tourist Traps

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    by TravellerMel Updated Nov 16, 2013

    You gotta love a place who's signage touts "Pressed Penny Machine Onsite!" :-) We stopped in to get something to drink (they sell bottled water and soft drinks), and I also picked up my pressed penny, some postcards, and a couple of hiking stick medallions. They offer a wide range of the "typical tourist stuff" as well as a wide array of rocks and gemstones. There is a HUGE bin of marbles out front which brought back memories of my childhood...

    While you are there, check out "Big Mo", a fairly large mosasaur skull, and then take your picture with the statue of Big Mo in front of the shop. A visit to the Mystery House will set you back a whole $1 - kinda cheesy optical illusions, but it will entertain the kids.

    Yes, it is a "tourist trap", but it was a fun stop and won't take up too much of your time on your way to Mammoth Cave or Diamond Caverns. :-)

    566 Old Mammoth Cave Road
    Cave City, KY 42127
    Phone: (270) 773-5144

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