Time to kill? Not really. There’s loads to do either at Howe Caverns or in the area. We encourage you to arrive Friday or early Saturday, or plan to stay a little later the day after the wedding so you can sample what the area has to offer. After all, many attractions only take a couple of hours to visit.
First off, there is Howe Caverns. If you do nothing else (aside from the wedding) while you’re here, tour this amazing subterranean world. It even has a boat ride on an underground lake at its conclusion, and it’s not to be missed. We can guarantee a tour of Howe Caverns will be something you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Find out more about the Cave tour here: http://howecaverns.com/tours-and-pricing
If caves are not your thing, or you want to do something different, the Howe Caverns website has such a detailed catalog of things to do—complete with websites to each attraction—that we’re going to let them do the work: http://howecaverns.com/above-ground/nearby-attractions
One special note: Nathan and I are passionate about saving The Cave House Museum of Mining & Geology—in fact, it’ll be our first stop when we arrive in the area for our wedding on Thursday, September 13 (and I’m sure some of you have seen the “We Support The Cave House Museum of Mining & Geology” decal on my car)—so we strongly encourage our guests to at least try to get it on their itineraries.
The Cave House building was the original Howe Caverns Motel and is located above the cave’s original entrance; exhibits include a look at the Caverns’ past as a tourist destination and natural and local history. A full visit only takes less than an hour to two at most, depending on your interest (it’s self-guided) and the staff (usually one person) is very knowledgeable. We promise if you visit you will go home feeling enriched.
Admission to The Cave House Museum is free, however, it is a non-profit, the restoration of the building costs so much it’s been slow-going—the replacement of the front porch alone will cost what a small house does today; when we visited in 2010, the second floor wasn’t finished, the third was still deemed unsafe and part of the roof was only tarped due to lack of funds. The Cave House Museum is a non-profit, and since Nathan and I love it so much, we humbly ask our guests that if you do visit The Cave House, please make a donation—anything will help, even if it’s just a few dollars. In addition, if you feel so inclined, purchase a few items from their gift shelf.
From the Howe Caverns website (http://howecaverns.com/above-ground/cave-house-museum):
“Surrounded by a working stone quarry, The Cave House Museum of Mining & Geology will eventually become a combined science center and interactive museum – an educational attraction for students of all ages, families, and the general public.
“Come and visit The Cave House Museum of Mining & Geology and see what was the past and learn about what is to come ~ a working stone quarry and how one day the public will travel through portions of the cave not seen in over a century.”
Visit The Cave House Museum of Mining & Geology and help make that dream a reality.
For complete information, visit here: http://howecaverns.com/above-ground/cave-house-museum