"Oh my gosh, would I have to crawl?"
Nope. You could walk through the cave and use the ladders instead of the connecting passages.
Are you sure you want to do that, though?
Crawling is a LOT more fun!
"How dark is it in there?"
Our eyes adjust to the relative darkness pretty well. But you're never far from an open door in our caves, and a lot of natural light falls in. It's a good idea to bring a flashlight anyway, though, because the floors are natural and uneven. Definitely bring a flashlight if you'd like to explore passages.
"How do we get on a public tour?"
You call to make a reservation: 920-849-7094. Public tours start on weekends in April. Weekday public tours begin in summer. Please have your credit card ready.
Schools and groups should call for more information.
"What can we expect on a tour?"
Cave tour size is limited: please make a reservation.
A tour is scheduled at 9 am and 1 pm most weekends.
It's a half mile walk to the cave, through the woods. Bug spray and/or a hat is helpful in summer.
Please do not bring any food, beverages, or gum into the cave.
The caves are accessed by stairs and ladders.
The floors are natural and uneven.
There may be mud and puddles. You can call before your tour to find out what the conditions are, or wear rubber boots.
The caves are chilly, even in summer: wear layers and clothes that can get dirty.
Please don't wear flip-flops or sandals.
Don't forget your flashlight.
Each tour is led by a naturalist. The naturalist will talk to you about the rocks and animals of the cave.
The naturalist will provide opportunities for optional crawling and exploring.
A typical cave tour lasts 2-1/2 hours.
Please wash off cave mud and/or change clothes in the outdoor building.
Yes. The caves are naturally dark, damp, and dirty. Though it IS possible to stay clean, why would you want to? It's more fun just getting dirty. Wear old clothes and layers to stay warm. Cave temperatures range from the 40s in spring to the mid-60s in summer. Sometimes there are puddles. Don't forget your flashlight!
"Is there a minimum age requirement?"
Our recommended minimum age for public tours of Carolyn's Caverns is five years old with parent. Children need to be able to use stairs and ladders safely, listen to and follow instructions, and behave in a safe way inside the cave. For schools the tour works well with grade 3 and up.