Yay! This is our first weekend trip, we get out and were not sick though we still all under the weather. Caverns/caves are one of the attractions we like to do during winter. It's very obvious isn't it? Well,caverns/caves are much warmer even if it freezing outside. Usually the caverns
Drove all the way to Cumberland Caverns for one hour and a half and found out we have to wait an hour for the tour to begin.Patience, travelentz, so we waited and ended up with a private tour since no one with us except the tour guide and my family.
Cumberland Caverns is not just a cavern and a historic landmarks,it is also a place where you can have your wedding ceremony and a reception or a banquets. One of the popular things to do in Cumberland Caverns are the bluegrass concert series, birthday parties and etc.
Cumberland Cavern history:
It is located in McMinnville and the second longest cave in Tennessee and a national natural landmark.The main entrance was discovered by Aaron Higgenbotham in 1810.The cave opened under the name Cumberland Caverns on July 4, 1956 and has been open to the public since that time.
Cumberland Caverns has different types of tour. It depends what types of tour you choose. Travelentz just bought a walking tour tickets for 2 adults while my daughter was free.The tour are about one hour and a half.
Types of tour:
- Adventure Trips
- Group Caving Tours
- Field Trips
- Daily Walking Tours
Tips on Walking Tour:
These Cumberland tips were based on my experienced during our actual tour.
- Tours leaves every hour so arrived 10 minutes early.
- Winter is not busy, so you have time to enjoy and take photos as many as you want.
- Flash Photography was allowed.
- No touching the formation.
- If my mind still good, you have 92 steps to climbed up plus down using stone-cut steps and handrails then back the same walkway.
- No food or water inside.
- Wear hiking and comfortable shoes.
- Bring light jacket.
- Adult tickets: $19
- Kids under 5 are free
- Children (6-12 age) $12
Cumberland Light Show:
If you are a christian oriented the light show would be your cup's of tea. If you want to see the show you need to climbed up and down to witness it. Climbing the stair wasn't bad at all, I'm just sore.lol.
The tour guide was informative and willing to wait us,we are so slow considering we have 4 year old.She tries to answer all are questions and she is so nice.
Cumberland caverns is a U.S National Natural Landmark, the place and history itself are amazing. The formation are almost the same with other Caverns- made of Stalagmite and Stalactite for hundreds of years. I've been in many caverns- the most unique in this caverns is the light show. I like it and the history itself but it's not my favorite caverns.
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