We headed to Ohio for a weekend at Cedar Point not too long ago. I had some Club Carlson points to burn up when they were in the process of taking away the second night free perk. We made plans back in April to visit Cedar Point on a Saturday leaving Friday open for either driving or something touristy. Some thing touristy that I cannot do at home is tour a cave.
I have vertigo issues that come and go so I figured if it came down to it I could read a book at the car while Husband and Daughter went into the cave. We easily found the location on our GPS not far from the Ohio turnpike. There were several cars in the parking lot next to the cemetery. (If you are traveling with a trailer or motor home they do have ample easy parking for you.) Bathrooms are clean port-a-johns next to the parking area. And they have a cute cut out for a family picture outside. They also offer the mine slouching for kids but we did not take the time.
We purchased tickets and were advised that #1 it is a cave. #2 wear closed toe shoes if possible. #3 its 54 degrees. #4 the tour is around an hour in length. We had taken tennis shoes and sweatshirts even though it was August. In the cave I was glad to have them both! A short wait while we killed time in the gift shop until our tour time came up. You are given a short history of the cave before you descend through the gate following your guide.
The cave was very interesting. I think the close quarters made it easier to climb. You grabbed rocks and had walls around you as you went. Prior to being purchased and open for tours the local kids used it as a club house to hang out. That would have been awesome! Crazy to think the original opening the kids went through was only a couple of feet across.
Kids can easily do this tour with their parents. It is well light and our guide was very informative on the history and the fossils we saw in level two. I would just say that you are doing a lot of climbing on potentially damp rocks. So do not wear the little $3 Old Navy flip flops or drag your 95 yr old Grandma in here.
Daughter was in heaven! She loves caves, climbing, exploring and all the nooks!
Husband is over 6 foot tall. Walking through the caves there was a lot of ducking for him. But the rooms you stopped in did have taller sections so he was not hunched over for an hour straight.
At the bottom of these stairs is the stream. At this point you are 110 feet below the surface. The water was very cool and you could drink it if you wished.
Some spots were more of a challenge for walking. Nothing too tight but more like four and a half foot tall openings. You could not get stuck but you did have to bend/ duck around.
More information here: Seneca Caverns
HOURS OF OPERATION
Open for 2015
The 2015 season opens Saturday and Sunday – May 2 and 3, 2015. Starting Monday May 4, 2015, group tours are available during the week by reservation, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. . We accept Group Program Reservations for groups of 15 or more with two weeks advance reservation. Call for pricing.
Summer hours: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Open seven days a week, 9:00am – 7:00pm (last tour departs one hour before closing).
Seneca Caverns is open RAIN OR SHINE! Since considerable walking and numerous steps are involved, some elderly people and those with medical problems may find the tour too strenuous and are invited to browse through Hollowrock Gifts while the tour is in progress.
I did find a discount coupon: Discount Card
$1 off regular adult and child admission.
One card good for up to four people, cannot be combined with any other offer. Present Shore Savings Card to receive discount.
2015 TOUR PRICING
|Adults (ages 13-61)||$16.00|
|Seniors (ages 62+)||$14.00|
|Child Caveman Package (ages 5-12)
Includes Cave Tour & Paydirt Gemstone Bag
|Child (ages 5-12) Cave Tour Only||$8.00|
|Under 5||FREE (with adult supervision)|