Wyandotte Caves
Wyandotte Caves
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Erin_Chicago
Chicago, IL100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This cave is now part of O'Bannon Woods State Park. Tours are offered in the summer on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

We visited the park in March so we were unfortunately not able to take a tour, but the park itself was very nice. Indiana Caverns and Marengo Caves are both nearby.
Written April 1, 2024
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Samantha O
Evansville, IN6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I really don't know just what rating to put on this review,because Wyandotte Cave was totally abandoned we we went by there on our way to the Leavenworth,IN Overlook Restaurant. Everything was closed up tight,with grass and weeds growing up thru the cracks in the parking lot. On the plus side of your visit,the IDNR has built a brand new restroom right next to the parking lot. It was unlocked and a welcome sight. I'm glad the IDNR is protecting the bats and there is always Marengo Cave right down the road from Wyandotte Cave.
Written July 6, 2021
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Paul H
Elyria, OH74 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
This place offers 2 different tours - 30 mins. or 2 hours. I did the shorter one as I also had 2 others to do that day. The This tour had smaller formations, cave crickets and possible bats. (didn't see one) Since it is owned by the parks system check schedule for times. Most tours usually start at 9, while this one didn't start till 10. I had to wait over a hr since I was there before 9. I had to sit in vehicle with air on as it was approaching 90 degrees that morning and the flying bugs were terrible to stand outside. The 2nd tour being 2 hrs. long was offered at 11 and 1 or 2 pm. The guide gave us plenty of information on the history of this discovery of the cave system and what we would see in each tour. This place is wet and has puddles that you can not see because lighting is not very bright. At the end you must wash of shoes so if you have little ones, help them or they will get their whole shoes wet. Want to go back next year to do the 2 hour tour as everyone said it is better.
Written July 26, 2019
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Jamie R
Carmel, IN33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
This was a perfect first cave for our 5 year old. We had the naturalist all to ourselves for a 30 minute hike. We saw cave crickets and bats and enjoyed learning about the cave, history of the area and the ecosystem all around. Looking forward to when he is a little bigger to tour the big cave!
Written July 9, 2019
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ChristineBrown92
Linton, IN689 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
They just opened back up not too long ago. This is another place to visit as we were doing the cave trail here. We did the short trail. I liked this place more as it was more natural compared to the caverns, which are nice, but often many man-made stuff. Tour was short, but good. The only thing I don't like it is a state park and they only have certain times to go on tours, so check their schedule as it is limited. They do have a longer tour that we didn't go on, but it is better from what I heard.
Written June 9, 2019
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tbradburn
Franklin, IN30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Overall we enjoyed the tours, the information & our guides. We took one tour, had a picnic lunch then took the second tour. The only drawback for us was both our tours were very large, and I can understand the need for this sometimes, but the tour that followed us was only 4 people on the first tour and 6 on the second. (We were 20+) We said we could wait for a smaller group, but the ladies who were scheduling indicated they were all very large groups.
Written August 1, 2018
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19jms84
Cincinnati, OH14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
So glad these are open again! They are a wonder to behold. Highly informative tour guides who were patient and knowledgeable. You do need to be in good shape as there is a lot of ups and downs in addition to steps. Would not recommend taking younger children.
Written May 28, 2018
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rdtgrossman
Greenfield, IN14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Took troop of scouts, an annual event, to Wyandotte caves. All enjoyed the "Big Wyandotte" walking tour, about 3 hours. Guides were very informative and pleasant to work with. Not a muddy adventure we normally go for but enjoyed all the same.
Written September 15, 2017
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LiterateWanderer
United States126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Southern Indiana has quite a number of caves, but I highly recommend visiting Wyandotte Cave. The cave has only recently re-opened to visitors, after having been closed for a number of years in an attempt to limit the spread of white nose syndrome among bats. There are two separate tours available: Little Cave tour and Big Cave tour. We did not go on the Little Cave tour, so everything that follows applies to the Big Cave Tour.

The Big Cave Tour allows for quite a variety of both geological cave formations and historical information about the cave’s uses over time. For instance, we saw stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flow stone, the largest underground mountain in the world, a shallow pool (1-2 inches deep) that was so clear the reflections of the ceiling formations made it look as though we were looking down into another cavern, and more. Bats were also a possibility, although we did not see any live bats in the cave itself during our tour. We did see salamanders at the entrance to the cave. Historical information included stories about the uses of the cave over time, and many of the stories were complete with small displays (e.g., a system showing how water would have been piped into the cave as an aid to mining saltpeter).

In general, our guide was quite knowledgeable. She was also very patient with the younger children on the tour, who tended to ask the same questions multiple times (and to repeat questions someone else had already asked). Unfortunately, that need for the guide to be patient meant that others on the tour were subjected to hearing those repeated questions and answers as well. I would recommend a tour like this only for those in middle school or older, or possibly upper elementary if the child in question was very good at listening closely to other people’s questions as well as to the guide. Younger children or those who tend to chatter more than listen would be better served with a much shorter cave tour (one other reviewer did comment that the Little Cave Tour was perfect for children).

Important things to note:

LENGTH: This cave tour is 2+ hours in length. There is an option about 2/3 of the way through the tour to take a quicker exit (e.g., in case someone feels ill), although “quicker” still meant another 20 minutes and choosing this option would mean missing some really interesting parts of the tour.

DIFFICULTY: The tour is quite rugged—stairs and ladders up and down, some of which are very long; very long passages where any adult of average height or taller will have to stoop down to walk; very uneven footing throughout the cave, etc. Some of the passages are narrow as well as low-ceilinged, so if you have any claustrophobic tendencies you might want to avoid this tour.

FACILITIES: There are no bathrooms, water fountains, or other facilities available during the tour. You are allowed to carry in ONLY a water bottle. (In addition, the only facilities at the parking area are Porta Potties.)

REST STOPS: There is only one pause for sitting down during the entire tour, although there are a number of places where we stopped walking for a short while.

COMPLETE DARKNESS: During that stop to sit down, we participated in a typical cave “see what it would be like to be in complete darkness” event that included an additional “shadowy figures on the wall” story. This is another reason to think carefully about taking your younger kids in—the darkness is really complete and for a relatively long time.

SAFETY: When they offer you a helmet with a light on it—TAKE IT! There are many places (besides the stooping passages) where the ceiling is low for a brief time. In particular, in many of these places, the low spots alternate sides of the walkway. Visitors have to be ready to tilt their heads first one way and then the other while walking on the uneven surface. When we were there, multiple people bumped their helmeted heads against the rock more than once. So—WEAR THE HELMET. The light is also useful, especially when going up and down ladders/stairs.

TEMPERATURE: The cave will be cold—around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have never visited a cave before, you DO want long pants and sweatshirts or jackets, no matter how warm it is outside the cave.

SUGGESTED FOOTWEAR: You might want waterproof shoes. Although the cave walkways were mostly dry (one set of stairs was a little slick), you will be required to walk over a shoe-washer contraption upon leaving the cave. The water won’t entirely cover the shoe, but it does go up over the sole of the shoe. The purpose is to prevent you from tracking white-nose syndrome spores to other locations and infecting other bats.

COST and OTHER LOGISTICS: When we were there, the cost was $18 per person. They did not take reservations, although it is worth checking before you go to see if this has changed. Tours were offered only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, Eastern Time. The cave is only open to visitors from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. It is difficult to find a phone number for this place, so if you want more information call the staff at nearby O’Bannon Woods State Park.
Written August 16, 2017
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Jan Y
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017
This is the smaller of the 2 caves at Wyandotte. It's a great cave to go in to see if you like caves or not! It has a little bit of everything in and is only a 30-40 minute tour. It's a little on the high side at $8.00 for adult. If you don't do steps or hills this is not the cave for you, it has both going in and out of the cave. Wear shoes with traction as this is a wet cave and has some slick spots. As with many State Parks their signage is very poor. When you see the sign for Historic marker your turn will be really quick! Then look for a little log cabin and a small sign over it that says Cave Tour. Good cave for kids due to the length of the tour.
Written July 13, 2017
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