National Parks and National landmarks are often overlooked as a great places to go for family, summer and affordable fun. All national parks and national landmarks deserve honorable mention. History can be learned from each of them. Most importantly, they are affordable and fun!
Caves are wonderful national parks and/or landmarks. They are also a great way to learn history and enjoy family at the same time. I couldn’t pick just one so here’s to a double dose of caves: Marengo Cave and Mammoth Cave!
Mammoth Cave National Park located in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky can be explored around its 365 miles. Visitors to Mammoth Cave National Park can learn about animals such as: amphibians, birds, fish, crustaceans, mammals, and more. Explorers will learn about the many historical people of Mammoth Cave like Stephen Bishop. Stephen was a former guide who discovered places in and around the cave such as: Cleveland Avenue and Mammoth Dome.
There are thirteen different tours with prices ranging from $5.00 to $48.00 for adults; $3.50 to $18.00 for children; and $2.50 to $24.00 for seniors.
Mammoth passage tours are being offered free of charge on the weekends of June 20th, July 18th, and August 15th.
Mammoth Cave National Park also has places for guest to fish. Guest can also go horseback riding through sixty miles of trails. Hiking is also permitted. Pay close attention the rules in case horses and hikers meet.
Need a place to stay? There are four campgrounds in the area to meet all of your camping needs. Camping not for you? Stay at the Mammoth Cave Hotel located inside of the park.
The second cave in this double dose of caves is Marengo Cave, a National Landmark located in Marengo, Indiana. At Marengo Cave guest can explore the Crystal Place and find out about the history of Marengo Cave. Explores can do “The Crawl” in the Cave Simulator. The Cave Simulator takes about 30 minutes. Mining gemstones and canoeing are also great family activities.
Hungry? Head to Cave Snacks. Enjoy a sandwich or grab a cup of coffee. There will be something to feed every need.
Marengo Cave offers great overnight accommodations. Cabins have room for four to fourteen people. The price is nine dollars ($9.00) per person over the age of six (6). Children six (6) and under stay free. Prices include the cabin, electricity, grill, restrooms and showers.
Grab a light jacket and head to Marengo Cave and Mammoth Cave. Both share the number five (5) spot of the best places for summer, family, and affordable fun.
For more information on the caves go to: www.marengocave.com and www.nps.gov/maca
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