July 21, 2021
FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE:
When planning for a visit to The Louisville Mega Cavern MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE ON THE CAVERNS WESBITE PAGE.
Luckily, I was able to stay overnight to do the zipline the following day because when we arrived, they were completely booked.
TIP: When you do arrive, don’t expect much as far as appearances go; it is just a cavern after all.
You will drive to the outer parks of Louisville, through a small industrial area, down a slight hill to a dead end, which is the cavern parking lot pictured here.
There is a large shelter at the opening that really confuses people upon on arrival. It makes it look as though you are to wait in the shelter for some sort of transportation into the cavern. When we arrived, we walked through the shelter to an entrance that weaved into the cavern. Follow any signs that are posted and you will eventually end up at the retail location INSIDE of the cavern.
WHAT TO WEAR:
TIP: Dress for 50-60 degree temperatures in the cavern, year round. Also, no need to bring anything inside besides forms of money and/or a GoPro. You cannot take anything with you on the obstacle course or on the zipline tour. Plan to get muddy!
Many people had their phones with them, though. Its not easy to get anything in and out of your pockets because of the harness that you wear. I put mine in the deep pocket of my workout pants/yoga pants and it nearly got crushed by the legs straps multiple times. Go Pro’s are allowed, but they need to be attached to your helmet.
They do have small lockers available to store your stuff, but it costs $1.00 every time that you open and close the locker. So, plan wisely.
On our first day, we did the Louisville Mega Cavern zipline obstacle course in the retail area of the cavern. It looks super small and easy to do, but it was quite the challenge. And, I am actually glad that we did that on the first day because it was scarier (therefore more fun) for me to do prior to the actual zipline tour. Once I did the zipline tour, if I had gone back to the obstacle course, it would have felt like Childs play. Ha.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AND WHEN IN THE MEGA CAVERN:
So, TIP: If you are doing all of the events within the cavern, do the zipline tour last.
TIP: Be aware that the brochures for the cavern still advertise a BMX style bike course within the cavern–and, it is NOT that.
All of it was such a great workout and wonderfully fun family time.
I could not recommend the whole experience more!
We did the “bike tour” just prior to our ziplining tour. I had the kids all pumped up, telling them to get rest, get hydrated because we were going to go on a rigorous dirt bike course in the cavern only to arrive and take a slow paced, guided tour through the cavern.
We were disappointed, at first, only because we went in with completely different expectations. We all agreed that we enjoyed it once we reset. They could do a few things to improve the experience, though. For one, you are only pedaling for a short time between tour stops. You are just starting to have fun riding the bikes when you have to stop and listen to a tour guide talk about the cavern. It was all great information and we enjoyed learning all that we did, but we would have enjoyed more actual bike riding!
What is nice is that if you are not a regular bike rider, this is a very gentle, slow paced, easy and fun tour to do.
CHECK THE WEATHER:
TIP: If you go in the spring and summer you might be visiting during the wet season. So, plan to have mud slung up your back and for your shoes to get very muddy. If you go during the end of summer, fall or winter season, plan for a dusty dry season in the cavern.
Below, you can watch a video from my GoPro of our bike tour.
And, this was the creme de la creme of the trip! I had never been ziplining before. So, I do not know how to rate this according to ziplines, in general, but I had a blast!!! I cannot wait to take more of my family members down to do the tour again.
When I first heard about the opportunity to zipline in The Louisville Mega Cavern, my initial reaction was “really?” But after thinking it through and realizing that it would be a fun experience with my two sons, I decided to go for it. It turned out to be one of the most amazing adventures we have ever done together! If you want more stories of our family’s adventures subscribe to my newsletter. You won’t want to miss out on all that we get into.
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