Explorable Caves and Caverns
As temperatures rise above ground, Happy Travelers can cool off as they descend below the earth, where temperatures drop to a cool 50 degrees or below.
As you explore these caves and cavers in Pennsylvania, you’ll discover glittering stalagmites and stalactites among other hidden treasures!
Partake in an underground adventure that’s more than 440 million years old at Indian Echo Caverns in Hummelstown. The 45-minute guided tour uncovers the natural underground beauty of the Hershey-Harrisburg region and offers a glimpse into rooms of natural spectacles, including stalactites, stalagmites, and even a lake. After the tour, try your luck at panning for gemstones, amethyst, jasper, calcite, and other precious treasures at Gem Mill Junction.
Penn’s Cave in Centre Hall is the only cave in Pennsylvania on the National Register of Historic Places and the only one you explore by boat. The cave features glittering stalactites and stalagmites, often in mysteriously familiar shapes, such as “The Statue of Liberty” and “The Garden of the Gods.” See how dripping water has sculpted magnificent flowstone, curtains, cascades, and draperies against a background of pillars and gigantic columns.
In the Lehigh Valley, Lost River Caverns was discovered when miners were developing a limestone quarry. Experience the wonder of abundant crystal formations at this natural limestone cavern.
A natural calcareous sandstone cave, Laurel Caverns is a three-mile labyrinth whose ceilings ranging10-50 feet in height. The largest cave in Pennsylvania, Laurel Caverns is in Farmington and sits beneath a private, 435-acre geological preserve.
Discovered in 1871, Crystal Cave in Kutztown soon became a source of curiosity for people near and far. Crystal Cave was the first show cave in Pennsylvania, as well as the state’s first tourist attraction. Guided tours lead the curious through an array of spectacular, milky-white stalactites, stalagmites, and pillar and dripstone formations — all enhanced by indirect lighting. Concrete walks and steel railings ensure a safe descent 125 feet underground.
Experience a one-hour interpretive tour of two spectacular crystal caverns in Huntingdon at Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks. A wide variety of speleothems (cave formations) — including delicate crystals, sparkling stalactites, and massive flowstones — wait around every turn!
Experience the only known fossilized coral reef cavern in existence at Coral Caverns in Manns Choice, Bedford County. You’ll cool down from the summer heat as you discover an abundance of fossils, stalactites, and stalagmites. The famed caverns have amazed thousands for more than 80 years with the diversity and beauty of its natural cave formations.
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