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Onyx Cave, Cave City

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  • We visited this attraction with out of town family. It was not very expensive. The guided tour lasted a little over 30 minutes and was led by a very knowledgeable young man who very obviously loved wh...  more »
  • Stopped by at 3:50 and they turned the open sign off as we got out of our cars. Apparently they close at 4:00 this time of year. Turned down a paying family of 6. Probably won’t be in business much lo...  more »
  • The smaller, less expensive, places always hold the biggest and best surprises and real experiences!!! This place is a 'gem' in the middle of all the attractions. The little dude that was there when I...  more »
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  • Get there early. Had the cave tour all to ourselves. Guide very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his job. Beautiful tour, easy enough for us to take our four-year-old on. Not handicap accessible. Not for those with limited mobility. The shop itself had an amazing selection, service was outstanding. Pricing was good. Best display of any shop I've ever seen. Will come back for more, one day!
  • It's a cave close to Dinosaur World. Just across the road to it. However, many people neglect it as it is far less well-known than Mammoth Cave. Nonetheless, it's worthy of visiting. And don't over focus on the word "shop". It's just the entrance and where tourists buy their tickets. I was guided with 4 senior citizens by a young lady and that means I can have more chance to talk with the guide. Thus, I saw very compact gorgeous scenery and that is quite different from Mammoth Cave, of which beauty is more distracted. Inside the cave, I walked through long path and stairs that should be called "fat man's misery"(like in Mammoth Cave, not a discrimination😁). But the ceiling was fairly high most of the time. In addition, some places of the cave look like Frozen Niagara of Mammoth Cave. In general, it's an decent place to visit if you want a short, easy and compact cave tour. The entire visiting time was 40 minutes(The introduction is 30~35 minutes)
  • Very cool cave. Neat journey. Guide was very informative.
  • It was great. The guide was very knowledgeable we learned more from her than any of the other cave tours.
  • Onyx Cave is maybe a tenth of a mile off I-65, and I am sure thousands of people drive by on the their way to Mammoth without noticing this cave or even giving it consideration. Plus it's right across the road from the dinosaur tourist place, and it would be easy to think this was of the same ilk. But this is the real deal! My two teenage kids and I thoroughly enjoyed this cave experience. After a short wait upstairs in the rock shop (which has some cool stuff at decent prices), our small tour of 6 was led behind the building and through a steel door into the cave. The early part of the tour feels like you are not going deep into the earth, but be patient. Eventually you'll decend about 40 feet down very sturdy steel stairs and find yourself in a truly amazing underworld cave, surrounded by stone flow, stalagtites, stalagmites, cave coral... Everything you hope to see in a cave. There are beautiful spaces, a few tight squeezes (fun not scary), and the whole path is well lit and the pathways are level for the most part. Our tour lasted just under 40 minutes, led by a very friendly and knowledgeable young woman. Perfect amount of time and well worth the $8.95 admission. It's a bargain to see such a natural wonder. Only caution, there are a lot of stairs, they are all excellent with 100% solid treads and railings (and well-lit), but for older folks with knee problems or balance problems on stairs, this might not be a good choice. For everyone else though this a solid 5 stars. We loved it.

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