We spent the day at Indiana Caverns over the weekend so we could catch the last few hours of a historic dig coordinated by the Indiana State Museum. Both of my sons are budding geologists so anything involving rocks, science of rocks or even better- ice age fossil recoveries- are not to be missed!
It’s an easy drive down interstate 65 and now that the leaves are changing it is quite beautiful. We made a few stops along the way at some local wineries since we were down there before we got to Indiana Caverns. There is enough to do on the way, as well as in Harrison County, to almost make a weekend of it (which we have done before).
We have been lucky enough to visit all of the notable cavern systems that are open to the public in Indiana like Bluespring Caverns, Squire Boone Caverns and Marengo Cave (pre-blogging days). Our first visit to Indiana Caverns was on the second day they were open- June of 2014. We were one of the first public tours that weekend and we knew then that we would be back again. The welcome facility is very nice and there is information on the history of the Binkley Cave System everywhere so you can read up on what you are about to see before you head 120 feet underground.
Here is a sneak peek into the Indiana Caverns welcome center in photos:
We got an up close and personal glimpse into all of the discoveries that the Indiana State Museum has made there recently. Bones, fragments and a greater understanding of what life was like back then in that cave system. What animals were living in (and dying in) the caves, their eating habits, how weather changes affected them, etc.
After the walking tour we took a 25 minute boat tour deeper into the cavern. My favorite part is when you get back to the end of the road so to speak they briefly shut off the boat motor and lights. Talk about infinite silence and darkness. It’s spectacular!
After we emerged back into the bright sunshine of ground level Indiana we took the short Karst trail around the welcome center. Standing atop the cavern system (not all 2 miles of it but the main cavern area) you can see how the surface affects the subterranean.
For videos (highly recommend), visitor information, ticket prices, background and history please visit the Indiana Caverns website.
If you go:
*Let me hear about it! Tag me on social media- @Basilmomma on Twitter and @BasilmommaHT on Instagram as well as @IndianaCaverns #ThisisIndiana
*Bring a sack lunch or refreshments- there is plenty of outdoor seating
*Wear a light jacket or sweatshirt. It is roughly 50 degrees down there year round
*Wear the right shoes- no heels or flip flops
*Leave the small people (under 3) at home. You might have to do a lot of carrying. Or not. It’s up to you.
*Visit the Harrison County Visitors Bureau for ideas of what to do/see/eat afterwards
*If your kids have money burning a hole in their pockets they can find plenty to buy in the gift shop
I would like to thank Indiana Caverns for inviting my family back to witness this monumental dig. We had a great time and can’t wait to go back!