Domes Dripstones Tour Mammoth Cave!
The Domes and Dripstones tour at Mammoth Cave is arguably the best tour at Mammoth Cave. There are 19 total cave tours at Mammoth Cave according to Recreation.gov. You can get your cave tour ticket in advance at Recreation.gov. Although reservations are not mandatory it is highly recommended. 500,000 people a year visit the park. So, tours do sell out quickly. You can also get your cave tour tickets at the visitor center information desk. Just be aware that there may not be any tickets left for that day.
At Mammoth Cave National Park you get the chance to see once in a lifetime sights. Overall for the best price and best experience the Domes and Dripstones Tour is your best bet. Let me explain over the next several minutes. We’ll discuss why the Domes and Dripstones Tour is the best bang for your buck.
Your tour begins at the Visitor Center. Inside you will find a museum and a gift shop. The museum is really amazing. I think if you go thru the museum you’ll be prepared for what you are about to experience.
When your cave tour time is near walk outside to Shelter B were the buses are. One of the great things about the Domes and Dripstones Tour is that you get to take a bus over to the entrance and back. It is an added bonus and a neat part of the tour. The buses are provided by the Mammoth Cave Hotel. You’ll go about 5 minutes to the entrance.
Think of the Domes and Dripstones Tour as best of both worlds. You’ll get to see bottomless pits and huge caverns like the Historic Tour but you’ll also get to see amazing cave formations, stalagmites, and stalactites. You get to see Frozen Niagara near the end of the Domes and Dripstone Tour. That by itself is amazing! The Frozen Niagara Tour can be taken separately if you wanted to.
The formations you see during the Domes and Dripstones Tour makes it the best bang for your buck. If you are only going on one tour at Mammoth Cave I urge you to take the Domes and Dripstones Tour. Getting to see Frozen Niagara alone was worth the ticket. You might be disappointed with the Historic Tour since much of it is like a history lesson and you don’t see any stalagmites and stalactites. However, you certainly won’t be disappointed during the Domes and Dripstones Tour. The Domes and Dripstones Tour will leave you speechless. Take a look at the video below to see several minutes of the tour.
The Domes and Dripstones tour is 2 miles long at which is about 2 hours. It cost$15 per adult and $10 per kid, seniors pay $7.50. In comparison, the Historic Tour cost $14 per adult, $9 per kid, and senior still pay just $7.50. So, just for an extra dollar, you’ll see more amazing cave formations including Frozen Niagara. The Frozen Niagara Tour itself cost $13 per adult and $9 per kid. Most families who go to the Mammoth Cave don’t take multiple tours. If you have a family of 4, just 2 adults and 2 kids the Domes and Dripstones Tour would cost $50 dollars. When you add another tour it’s getting closer to $100 dollars which is way too pricey for cave tours if you ask me. That’s why if you are only going on one tour at Mammoth Cave, it should be the Domes and Dripstones Tour.
What makes the Domes and Dripstones tour better than the Historic Tour comes down to the cave formations. If you want to see amazing stalagmites and stalactites then the Domes and Dripstones tour would be the better choice. The Historic Tour is great if you want to learn all the history of the park. You can check out the blog Mammoth Cave Historic Tour for more details on the Historic Tour.
The tour guides at Mammoth Cave say that the Domes and Dripstones Tour is a complement to the Historic Tour and I can see why. During the Historic Tour, you’ll see amazing bottomless pits and huge caverns. You get to squeeze through Fat Man’s Misery and cross the 105-foot deep bottomless pit but unfortunately, you won’t see any stalagmites and stalactites in that part of the cave.
During the Domes and Dripstones Tour, you will walk a lot of stairs and I mean a lot. But no worries every turn you take you see another awesome cave formation and you will forget all about the walking.
What makes the Domes and Dripstones Tour over the top amazing is seeing Frozen Niagara. I think that Frozen Niagara is the greatest sight to see at Mammoth Cave. You can see Frozen Niagara from the Frozen Niagra Tour, the Domes and Dripstones Tour, the Wild Cave Tour, and the Grand Avenue Tour. Once you see this cave formation you’ll be lost for words of how to explain what you saw. It is an incredible 75-foot stone waterfall. You can see the stone locked in time. You can envision the water gushing, pouring and molding the area over a vast amount of time. It is truly a stunning sight to see.
Choosing what cave tour you want to go on depends on what you are trying to do. If you are trying to go hardcore cave diving then go on the Wild Cave Tour. It is 6 hours long and 5-miles. It is the most hardcore cave activity the park has to offer. However, If you want to take your family, friends and loved ones on an amazing adventure that everyone can do then I recommend the Domes and Dripstones Tour.
Well, I hope this blog gives you an idea of what you will experience during the Domes and Dripstones Tour. There is nothing better than taking the tour for yourself. So, get out there check out it and let me know how it went.
Let me know what your favorite tour is at Mammoth Cave? Did you think the Historic Tour was better than the Domes and Dripstones Tour?
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