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On a hot summer day, I can’t think of a better place to be than in an environment that is a perfect 54 degrees year round. This is where Squire Boone Caverns becomes a perfect location to keep your cool. Besides hitting the actual caves, there is so much more to do!
Ready for some adventure? There are so many fun, adventurous activities that you may have never experienced before. Have you ever experienced zip lining or cavern tours? You seem so surprised to hear that. It looks like you’ve never heard it before. Well, I know just the right place you can go to enjoy that- SQUIRE BOONE CAVERNS.
Get Lost in Squire Boone Caverns
Squire Boone Caverns is one of America’s most famous touring centers with a lot of side attractions available for both kids and the adults, in the heart of Indiana. It is great place to organize family picnics, reunion, wedding anniversary celebrations, family get-together and so on. I am sure your kids have started asking about where they are going for fun this coming holidays. You don’t need to look further as Squire Boone caverns has got you all you need.
Let’s start with a little Squire Boone history!
Squire Boone Caverns was named after a famous hero Squire Boone who became popular as a result of his prowess in different revolutionary war battles. He was a gunsmith, an explorer, a statesman as well as a minister. Eleven times on different occasions, he was injured. This didn’t keep him away from defending his people. What a hero! Although overshadowed by his famous brother Daniel Boone, Squire Boone was well known in his day.
It was Squire Boone and his brother who discovered the caverns in 1790 and settled there with his wife and children. He died in the caverns in 1815 and was buried there according to his wish. This gave birth to the infamous Squire Boone Caverns, with a lot more attractions and entertaining features included over the years. Some of those side attractions you should be looking forward to at ‘Squire Boone Caverns’ are Zip lining and Cave tours.
Zip lining is a kind of activity that involves strapping yourself with a thin line which runs from one end to another. It is usually common in areas with beautiful vegetation or land mass. It is an exciting activity but can also be dangerous depending on high the zip line. At Squire Boone Caverns, you will get to enjoy a safe and secure zip lining adventure with your friends and family. You might need to gather some confidence while going on an adventure like this.
Zipline Adventures oversees the Zipline portion of the attractions. For a separate fee you get “ground school” where you are strapped into a harness, fitted with a helmet, and tested with the brakes and cues needed to complete the real course. It is not for everyone and the ground school helps you learn if you are meant to go on to the regular course.
Miss Sarah decided that her place was not in the air, with both feet firmly planted on the ground. It might have been the fact that she learned that falling from 70 feet was the same as falling from 200 feet…
Cave tours on the end, is a less scary event. We have all heard of caves in one way or the other. They are historical landmarks found mostly in mountainous or rocky areas and occasionally, in post glacier areas like the Cave of the Mounds in Wisconsin. Embarking on a cave tour is a widespread outdoor activity like diving, mountaineering, hiking, and so on. You get to explore weird-looking natural features with a group of people.
We had Autumn for our guide and I learned a ton from her – even why they use orange and blue lights in the caves, often turning them off when the group passes an area. She also covered different minerals and what they did to the formations color wise.
Squire Boone Caverns is an awesome and amazing place to be with many fascinating features. Here you will get to see streams, underground waterfalls as well as the largest rimstone dams in history. There is more! You’ll get to learn about stalactites and stalagmites which has been created for over a million years. I am very certain you’ll be wowed by the view. Why don’t you find out by simply visiting? The cavern tours are open for all ages at affordable prices. The good news is that you don’t have to pay for children.
Other special events you will get to enjoy at Squire Boone Caverns include National Cave and Karst Day, Home School Days, Wild West Shows and a lot more.
Mine for Gems
Besides the cave tour, you can mine for gems! There are two different sized bags of sand in the rock shop that you take over to the sluice and bathe in the running water. We were surprised at how many treats were in the bag after the sand was washed away! We were given a guide to help figure out what treasure we got – from sharks teeth to pyrite. Just take a look at our treasures for yourself:
Learn Pioneer Techniques
We hit the soap shop to learn about Lye and basic pioneer soapmaking techniques. Just look at this soap that was only $1 a bar!
Make sure you stop at the candle shop to learn why the little metal thinggy is at the bottom of every wick andmaybe try your hand at dipping a candle yourself, like Miss Sarah did.
Grab a bite
We took a break at the Bake House and had lunch – while they had hot dog plates, I tried the fruited chicken salad – all sandwiches came with a side and a drink. The creamy coleslaw complimented my sandwich perfectly and went with my glass of sweet tea. Grapes, craisins, and more – it was yummy!
All three of those buildings were cool and a great breark from the heat but they have a “comfort cabin” too! In between the gift shop and the Zipline cabin sets a cute little cabin with plenty of seating a a lot of air conditioning. I don’t want my pressed penny people to worry – they have a machine right in the gift shop for you.
All in all, Square Boone Caverns makes for a great family adventure day! You learn about history, have hands-on activities, and get to create a bunch of memories. Make sure you look for Charley – the 3-legged cat who hangs by the gift shop just waiting for you to love on him. Miss Sarah found a little time for snuggles, you should too!
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