Sometimes, adventure and the search for beauty takes you underground – and we know just the spot for those subterrain-seeking Happy Travelers. With all there is to see and do in Pennsylvania, it’s easy to forget the diverse experiences that await visitors outside the traditional landscape. While some caverns are open in the winter, the naturally air-conditioned sites are perfect for summer travel! So, beat the summer heat and pursue your happiness in Pennsylvania’s underground escapes.
Coral Caverns - The Alleghenies
At Coral Caverns’ underground wonderland, explore the only known fossilized coral reef cavern in existence and discover an abundance of fossils, stalactites and stalagmites. The famed caverns have amazed thousands for more than 80 years with the diversity and beauty of their natural cave formations. Coral Caverns is located seven miles west of Bedford on Route 31 in Manns Choice.
Crystal Cave - Dutch Country Roads
The most visited cave site in Pennsylvania, Crystal Cave is known for its profuse, varied and natural wonders. Trained guides lead visitors through an array of spectacular calcium crystals and pillar formations. Concrete walks and steel railings ensure safety while descending 125 feet underground during an educational and exciting tour. Located off Route 22 near Kutztown, the 125-acre site and museum offers a shop and cafe for all travelers.
Echo Dell Indian Echo Caverns - Dutch Country Roads
Cut through Beekmantown limestone, which is more than 440 million years old, the Echo Dell Indian Echo Caverns were formed through the erosive properties of water. Explore the limestone caves with a 45-minute tour, available for visitors of all ages, while professionally trained interpretive guides explain the geology, history and natural formations of the caverns. Visitors can pan for gemstones at Gem Mill Junction, enjoy the gift shop or picnic on the grounds. There is also a playground and petting zoo, which are perfect for children to explore. Close to Hershey attractions, Echo Dell Indian Echo Caverns is located on Middletown Road in Hummelstown.
Laurel Caverns - Laurel Highlands
Come up for the view, then go down for spelunking in the Laurel Caverns. Situated beneath a 435-acre, privately owned geological preserve, the cave itself is the largest in Pennsylvania with a three-mile labyrinth. From its observation deck on a clear day, the skyline of Pittsburgh is in sight, as well as five other counties. The park also features a handicap-accessible miniature golf course, as well as an area where visitors can pan for gemstones. Laurel Caverns is located off Route 40 between Uniontown and Farmington.
Penn’s Cave - Pennsylvania Wilds
Spend the day at Penn’s Cave enjoying an array of tours at America’s only all-water cavern and wildlife park. For a unique tour, visitors can take the Prospector Pete's Miners Maze, a 4,800-square-foot maze of twists, turns and checkpoints. The exciting off-road Cave Rock Mountain Tour is a fully guided two and a half hour adventure that takes visitors from the cave rock to the mountain top over obstacles, moguls and ravines by Jeep® – while climbing to the spectacular mountain vista. Penn’s Cave also offers a one-mile guided cavern tour by motorboat and a traditional wildlife tour. Penn’s Cave is located 18 miles east of State College and five miles east of Centre Hall on Route 192.
Lincoln Caverns - The Alleghenies
Discover two separate, incredible caverns, Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks, near Raystown Lake. A wide variety of speleothems (cave formations), including delicate crystals, sparkling stalactites and massive flowstones await around every turn. Children can suit up like a true spelunker and move through the simulated Kids Cave Crawl. Lincoln Caverns is located three miles west of Huntingdon on Route 22.
Lost River Caverns - Lehigh Valley
Lost River Caverns is a natural limestone cavern that was discovered in the late 1800s and opened for tours in 1930. Experience the wonder of abundant crystal formations, an underground river and five unique chambers at the Lost River Caverns. Guided walking tours last 30 to 45 minutes and cover approximately 1,200 feet of paved, well-lit walkways. Tour highlights include the Crystal Chapel, which has hosted dozens of weddings since 1949, and the Lost River. Lost River Caverns is located in Hellertown, south of Bethlehem off I-78 at Exit 21.
Woodward Cave - Pennsylvania Wilds
Known as “The Big One,” Woodward Cave’s nickname reflects its five spacious rooms. One of the most prevalent caverns in Pennsylvania, it features the 14-foot “Tower of Babel,” the largest stalagmite in Pennsylvania. During a guided tour, see the Ballroom, actually used for square dances and banquets, and the Square Room, home to delicate and rare Helictites and cave coral. Woodward Cave is located in Centre County off Route 45.