Embrace your adventurous spirit when you explore Marengo Cave in Indiana. This National Natural Landmark is considered the most highly decorated cave in the Interior Lowlands of the United States. It is currently Indiana’s most popular show cave with the largest size lower-level cave passage of over 3,000 discovered Indiana caves. If you want to experience this geological gem in all its splendor, plan your visit to tour and explore Marengo Cave in Indiana today!
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What You Should Know About the Marengo Cave in Indiana
Marengo Cave History
The history of Marengo Cave in Indiana goes back approximately one million years. At this time, it is estimated that Marengo Cave began to form, according to current geological theory. However, there is no evidence that any humans entered Marengo Cave in Indiana until September 6, 1883. Orris and Blanche Hiestand were thought to have discovered Marengo Cave on this day. The teenage brother and sister duo, who were exploring off their own property, didn’t mention their discovery until the following Sunday. At this point, the main corridors were investigated by the son of landowner Samuel Stewart. Realizing the value of this profound discovery, Stewart opened the cave to the public. The Stewarts kept the cave in their family until 1955, and the present owners purchased Marengo Cave in 1973 and have since expanded operations.
Touring Marengo Cave in Indiana
Marengo Cave hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September through May. Then, times shift from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A Marengo Cave tour will take you on an exciting underground adventure! You can choose from a variety of easy walking tours. The Dripstone Trail Tour is one mile and lasts about an hour. Meanwhile, the Crystal Palace Marengo Cave Tour is just one-third of a mile and lasts 40 minutes. Both guided tours are offered year-round! If you want a more authentic spelunking adventure, schedule a two-hour cave exploring trip into the undeveloped sections of Marengo Cave.
Other Amazing Caves to Explore
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
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