Review of Marengo Cave


I’m always looking for fun things to do with the kiddos on the weekend, and a recent conversation with a coworker reminded me of a place I’d been in my childhood- Marengo Cave. Marengo Cave is only 45 minutes from Louisville, so it’s a great way to kill a lazy afternoon. The tours are not scheduled, so you will be given a choice of two tours and departure times when you arrive to buy your tickets. We decided on the Dripstone Tour, mainly because the Crystal Palace tour was leaving as we were arriving. At about an hour, it was the perfect amount of time to captivate my three and five year-olds’ attention.

Marengo Cave is a wet cave, which means there are multitudes of stalactite, stalagmite, and other formations. This cave is what you think of when you think of caves: beautiful mineral formations as far as you can see. My kids loved all the formations, and the group was small enough that they felt comfortable asking questions whenever given the opportunity.

Marengo Cave is a National Landmark, though it is privately owned. The grounds are beautifully maintained. There is a great campsite and a beautiful shaded picnic area. The family restroom deserves a mention, as well, because in addition to being clean there is also a tiny toilet for your tots.

When you do plan a trip to this or any cave make sure you pack a light jacket, as the temperature inside the cave is 52.1 degrees year-round. Strollers and backpacks are not permitted, but my little ones had no trouble navigating the passages on their own. Tours are scheduled according to demand, so just show up whenever you can and you will not be likely to wait more than an hour. There are two tours to choose from, and the cost is $8 and $8.50 for kids, $14 and $ 15.50 for adults, and kids 3 and under are free. You can save $6-8 booking online and/or multiple tours. I highly recommend Marengo Cave as a way to squeeze in some family fun! See for more info.

By guest contributor: Maggie

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