Are you looking for some underground adventure during your stay at Schenck Mansion? Then explore one of the many incredible Southern Indiana caves in the area! There are so many great options for caves and caverns to visit. Let us help you decide which one is right for you! So lace up your hiking boots, grab a light jacket, and get ready to explore these amazing caves.
After you explore these Southern Indiana caves, get a meal at an amazing restaurant! Access our free Vacation Guide for suggestions for places to eat in South Indiana. We know what it’s like trying to find a place to eat when you’re hungry! With our online Vacation Guide, you don’t have to worry about it. It’s accessible from your phone so you’ll always have it with you. Plus, every restaurant in the Guide has the Schenck Mansion seal of approval, so you know it’ll be a great meal!
Explore These Southern Indiana Caves
Marengo Indiana Caves
Take a day trip to Marengo Cave State Park! The park itself covers about 122 acres and includes forests, hills, and valleys. The cave system is around five miles long, with drier upper-level passages and two parallel underground rivers. There is a variety of easy walking tours available. The Dripstone Trail Tour is one-mile long and lasts about an hour, while the Crystal Palace Marengo Cave Tour is just one-third of a mile and lasts 40 minutes. If you want an authentic spelunking adventure, schedule a two-hour cave exploring trip into the undeveloped sections of Marengo Cave!
Spend the day at Indiana Caverns! Part activity park and part tour company, Indiana Caverns will exercise your mind and your body during their tours or their cave exploring trips. For families, we suggest starting the day with the gemstone mining activity, then taking the guided tour. The tour lasts about an hour and a half, during which you’ll descend 110 feet underground before going on a 25-minute boat ride while learning about the history of Indiana Caverns. For those feeling a little more adventurous, the four-hour cave exploring adventure is an awesome way to see the caves. You’ll hike, kayak, and climb your way through Indiana’s longest underground cave system. If you think you’re up for the challenge, reserve your adventure today!
Bluespring Caverns Mystery River Voyage
For a more relaxing guided tour, get a ticket for the Bluespring Caverns Mystery River Voyage! This hour-long tour winds through the cave’s interior, only illuminated by the light of the boat. During the tour, your guide will explain the history of the cave. Keep your eyes out for one of the many creatures that call this cave their home, like salamanders, bats, or blind cavefish!
Spring Mill State Park
Once the site of an industrial village, Spring Mill State Park today is a popular educations spot that shows how humanity and nature shape each other. There are a number of selected caves that are open for limited access for self-guided recreational groups. If you want to tour these caves, you must register in advance and complete an online training course. After you’re done exploring these caves, visit the four interpretive facilities: the Pioneer Village, the Nature Center, the Grissom Memorial, and the Twin Caves Boat Tour.
Stay at Schenck Mansion
After you’ve explored one of the Southern Indiana cave systems, return to Schenck Mansion for a great night of rest. Our historic mansion combines the best of rustic comfort with modern amenities. We are conveniently located in Vevay, IN, just 60 minutes from Louisville and Cincinnati. Whether you’re looking for a quiet weekend getaway or a cave-exploring adventure, you’ll find it near Schenck Mansion.
Consider renting the Justine Schenck Room, which overlooks the water garden, gazebo, and outdoor patio. You’ll get an incredible night of sleep in the ornately carved king half-tester bed. The en-suite bathroom features an original walnut-encased copper tub, perfect for a long soak.