Secret Caverns
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Thomas G
Pattersonville, NY82 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Having been to Howe Caverns before, we were drawn here by the underground waterfall and the promise of a less commercial experience. We entered the lodge and paid for our admission $60 for family of four. We were prompted to enter as a tour was already beginning. The tour guide had already started but that didn't matter because there were so many people in that group we couldn't hear anything clearly or see what he was talking about. We just stood single file in a narrow cavern until everyone started moving again at a fast pace. There were times it felt like we almost had to run to catch up. We heard none of the tour guide because they allowed the group to get so large.

After reaching the waterfall everyone was clamoring to get their pictures by the waterfall and it is chaotic. Afterwards we are told to make our way back up.... no rush as long as we are back up before the next horde needs to come down. Guide followed behind turning off lights. Overall it felt like a rushed experience with little to no information since we could not hear the guide 20 people ahead of us.

The lodge and gift shop were worn down, creepy and selling all sorts of items not from the area or having anything to do with the caves. Lots of acrylic encased small animal skeletons, kids candy and bulk polished rocks that can be found in any gift shop from an amusement park to campgrounds. This whole set up felt like a conveyor belt designed to funnel cash straight into the owners pockets.
Written August 8, 2023
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Lady Mardy
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This cave is a must see for nature lovers 😍 absolutely amazing feeling to walk in the serenity of this cave. Love the creatures and waterfalls is beyond expectations. Love every moment of if. I took few videos and lots of pictures since no restrictions of taking pictures but theres nothing better to be there and experience the sounds of natures beauty and seeing the fountain of youth and these caves stuffs. You must wear a sturdy shoes because of walking down the 103 foot and needs sweater. If you can bring extra watershoes is absolutely a plus for Instagram pictures for waterfalls photoshoots. And our tour guide is really a cool guy give extra tips on the wishing well if you can!
Written July 18, 2023
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deemarie344
Florida, NY132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This was more man made and less commercialized Awesome waterfall. Great time short walk but absolutely a definite secret. So much better
Written July 12, 2023
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Jacqueline P
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We toured two cave systems while in the area and our family enjoyed this tour WAY more than howe caverns. If you're physically able to make the hike down and up the stairs and want to see a cave that actually still looks like a cave, where you're actually allowed to interact with the cave then this is the place to go. Our tour guide said touch whatever you want down here which at Howe Caverns is a no go, there you have one touchable rock/hand rails/brick walkway/and different colored lights adding a not so natural effect. This cave is a cave, there is tight spots, low spots, and wet floors. The waterfall is absolutely ridiculous and our guide even let us go into the water barefoot to check it out closer.

If you're physically able to do this tour you should
We were a 40yr old athletic male, 30yr old mom with a little extra weight, 10 year old boy who's fit, and my boyfriends father who is like 67 ish and in decent shape.

Great Great Great loved loved loved.

Oh also all the art work in the place is amazing.
Written July 14, 2022
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Alecia K
Williamsville, NY34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
We were there for the first tour of the day on a Thursday during Easter break. We ended up being the only group on the tour (5 in our family). Tour guide was personable and informative. Really enjoyed it. Not a big cave, so be prepared to duck at a few points, and wear good footwear as it is wet. The walkway is narrow, so probably not good for claustrophobic people. Price was reasonable, and gift shop items are priced well too. It is cash only, so just be prepared. Definitely recommend :)
Written April 15, 2022
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Dadlifefrom2016
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I've been driving past the signs for decades and we finally took the tour with my wife and kids (5 & 6) on 2021 July 4th weekend. On the phone they were upfront about the fact that they weren't capping the tour size that day. I'd guess about 30 people were in our group and since we were towards the back and the entire experience is mostly single-file, we heard nothing the tour guide said. Shuffling single file down the damp stairs didn't seem promising, but once you reach the bottom, you stroll along a paved, well-lit path (watch your head in spots). Without the guide's explanations there are still signs and the waterfall is cool (but not breathtaking). We waited a while to take photos with the waterfall and enjoyed the leisurely less crowded walk back out. We haven't done Howe Caverns yet so we can't compare, but this was fun. Kids had a blast and it was about the right length for them (watch them on the stairs). I could imagine returning on a rainy day. Next time we'll make sure to be close to the front of the tour so we can hear the guide.
Written July 6, 2021
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John R
Bayside, NY728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
OurTour Guide did a great job of explaining the caverns and made it fun. He had a sense of humor and was passionate about what he was talking about. He was interested in making sure you learned something from the tour. The tour began with an interesting story of how it was discovered. When walking through the caverns, it was fascinating to learn that these caves have been here for hundreds of thousands of years. A world before our world. The Waterfall was a terrific way to end the tour. This is a trip everyone should take. We know about our external environment, we should all learn about our internal environment.
Written October 11, 2020
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LindyItalyTravelers
New York City, NY103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Terrific underground cave with a special features. You will discover a new world in the cave. There are so many features and natural creations throughout the cavern. There is so much to learn about before you get to the highlight of the waterfall. A special place. We had a great tour guide with a sense of humor and enthusiasm for what he does. This is a visit for all ages. I work in a school and look forward to taking students here when the pandemic is over.
Written September 16, 2020
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Diamond
Chicago, IL12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Boring, just making money on nothing! Underground stones, caves - that’s all. Dark and freezing cold
Written July 18, 2020
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Big Mike
Manlius, NY434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Of the two places to visit in howes' cave area, this is by far the better, less commercial one to tour. with a maximum of 20 people to each guide, it was more intimate, and more authentic to years ago. It was also 9.00 where howe caverns was 27.00. And here there was an underground waterfall
Written September 3, 2019
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