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Howe Caverns is a popular tourist attraction in Schoharie County in central New York (255 Discovery Dr, Howes Cave, NY 12092) that first opened in 1843.
You do not need any kind of equipment or skills in speleology. You follow a guide on a brick walkway and the ceiling is high enough that you never have to crouch. It is safe. Strategically located artificial lighting amplifies the beauty of the cave, which was naturally sculpted by water in a process that took millions of years.
The full tour lasts about 90 minutes. The guide explains in detail how the cave was formed, showing great examples of limestones, calcification, stalagmites and stalactites. The underground river that formed the cave still runs and sometime creates amazing reflections.
I was speechless. Literally. I was walking in silence, just asking a question here and there to my guide. At Lake of Venus, the pathway ends and you need to get on a boat. Sailing a boat, inside a cave, some 150 feet below ground is a pretty cool and unique experience.
If you have doubts about making the trip for only a 90-minute experience, don't worry. Other activities available on site can fill your day without a problem.
For instance, after going down into the cave, maybe you will want to go up in a four-section and 900 foot-long zip line that will make you fly 40 feet in the air. It was my first time zip lining and I had a lot of fun! The H2OGO is a 12-foot inflatable ball that rolls down a hill for 1,100 feet. Nothing special here. What if I tell you that inside the ball is five gallons of water and someone adventurous enough for the ride?
Howe Caverns is a unique attraction that everyone should visit.