They didn't disappoint, at least not me. Someone who is not quite so enamored of caves might not be so enthusiastic. There are over a dozen separate caves throughout the site which you can walk around at your own pace since it is what the website calls "self-guided", meaning you are on your own.
|This cave is called Fat Man's Misery and is not for those |
of us with childbearing hips.
The caves come in all shapes and sizes, from the very small (see Fat Man' Misery above) to the more cavernous which allow for more scrambling and scampering.
|My daughter asked if she could point for this picture. Me: "Point at what?" |
Her: "Just point" Me:"Uh, sure, honey go ahead and point." So, here she is pointing.
Once you are done with the caves, there is a short hiking trail that you can follow that is lovely. The caves are part of the Niagara Escarpment which is an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You basically either walk the little hiking trail or turn around head back to the entrance. The distance is about the same, so may as well see some new stuff on your way.
|The view along the trail.|
|The grumpy troll who guards the bridge.|
Right next to the bridge (and far away from everything else) is the popsicle stand. The people running this place aren't dumb, that is for sure. If it is as hot as it was when we went you are going to need one to sustain you while waiting for the wagon back. It was 10,000 degrees the day we were there so I was fully prepared to hand over all our money and the keys to the van in exchange for some popsicles but much to my delight, the popsicles were totally reasonably priced. $1.25 for the big fancy cyclone ones. You pay that much when you buy them by the box at the grocery store. So, that was the highlight of my day.
|Popsicles are acceptable troll currency.|
If you pay extra there are all kinds of other things you can do like the gemstone mining. Ok, ok, "mining", also "gemstone", but still fun for kids. They hand you a bag of sand and rocks and the little sieve doodad and you go to the water, uh, trough? Clearly I need to brush up on the mining lingo. Anyway, the kids go there and sift for their minerals. They get about 10 or 12 including an arrowhead. They get a card to identify them. My kids love rocks so this was a big hit.
|This would be the aforementioned sieve doodad and trough like structure.|
Now for some things to keep in mind. You must wear closed toe shoes like proper running shoes or hiking boots. They won't let you in if you don't have them and you don't want to drive all the way there and have to turn back for lack of proper shoes! Plus, they aren't just being old fuddy-duddies, you really do need proper shoes to handle the caves which are bumpy and slippery. You should also wear long pants, even if it is hot. Bring shorts if you think you will be too hot at the playground or the bridge, but pants are really key in the caves.
The place isn't cheap. For a family of four for the caves and gemstone mining you are looking at around $100. If you add in the extra things like mini golf, the zipline and eco adventure stuff you can easily spend over $100 a person! The only coupons I have ever found are these piddly $2 off coupons. So, it is not for everyone, but if you happen to be in the area and love caves (or suspension bridges I guess) it is worth the money.