During my childhood every few years or so my parents would take us to Mammoth Cave on our way down or back from Georgia. I loved going and we would always poke fun at my mom for pushing her way to the front to hear what the guide has to say. I remember hoping to receive a cave kiss (when a drop of cave water hits you) because they are supposed to be lucky.
I have to say Mammoth is definitely a destination you should explore especially if you have kids. Everything seems so big and wondrous. Not to mention all the wildlife you see before you even get there. Animals are protected so it’s not uncommon to see wild turkey and deer walking alongside the road; we certainly did.
When you get there, there are plenty of places to camp or lodges to rent. I recommend bringing a jacket or pants because the caves stay 54° Fahrenheit year round. There are tons of tours available including some free walking tours, regular walking tours, and other more adventurous tours, such as spelunking, that require gear. We took the New Walking Tour and to me it was worth the money. We were able to see many formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and cave popcorn. As part of the tour we learned some history behind the caves as well.
It is definitely possible to do more than one tour a day. If you are all caved out then there are many other activities available in the area including hiking, fishing, biking, canoeing, and much more. At the end of the day if your belly is rumbling I believe there is some food you can buy (not 100% sure), but just down the road is a good ‘ol Kentucky Fried Chicken with an A&W right beside it. Of course we chose the latter. 🙂
What about you? Have you been to Mammoth Cave or any other caves? What was your experience? Did you receive a lucky cave kiss?