Get the family ready for a caving adventure! Strap on your hiking boots and venture down paths to explore Pennsylvania’s largest natural caverns. Laurel Caverns offers guests a variety of caving experiences including walking tours, spelunking and rappelling.
Inside the Caves
If you’re traveling with family, you’ll want to opt for the traditional guided tour. Our tour guide was informative and helpful as he navigated us through 3,000 feet of lighted pathways throughout the caverns. While there were a couple of tight passageways, most paths were about 12 feet wide. Ceilings varied in height and ranged anywhere between 10-20 feet high… some were as high as 50 feet! I absolutely loved the chandeliers lighting the pathways… I felt like we were walking through the Bat Cave! Towards the end of the tour, groups will have the opportunity to see the sound-and-light show; an amazing show that uses audio/music/light to highlight different parts of the cave.
When it comes to touring inside the caverns, experienced, adult individuals or groups also have the option of spelunking/caving. Reservations have to be made in advance. Children as young as 9 years can participate in these tours (with an adult, of course). They also offer educational field trips and private group rates.
Outside the Caves
The fun doesn’t stop when the tour ends. There’s a huge gift shop with a variety of souvenir items including gemstones and geodes. You may also want to play of Kavern Putt- a ten thousand square foot eighteen hole miniature golf course in a simulated cavern. Also, be sure to step outside to a breathtaking view atop the Norman E. Cale Visitors’ Center on Chestnut Ridge. It sits 2,600 ft above sea-level and overlooks five counties including Westmoreland, Allegheny, Washington, Greene, and, Fayette.
What to Bring?
If you’re considering a visit to Laurel Caverns, there’s a few items you’ll need to bring. Definitely wear your walking shoes- ones with ankle support if you have them. You may also want to wear long pants and I suggest a light jacket as the caves are about 50 degrees all year round. You may also want to bring a flashlight- although, it’s not necessary as the pathways are lit.
Planning Your Visit
Laurel Caverns is located approximately 1hr 30mins South of downtown Pittsburgh in Farmington, PA (not too far from Ohiopyle State Park). It can be a bit tricky to find so you’ll want to see the directions directly from their website. Laurel Caverns is open every day (even holidays) April 26th through November 2nd. The Visitors’ Center entry hours are from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
Pricing: Adults $12.00, Senior (65 & up) $11.00, Youth (Grades 6 to 12) $10.00, Child (Grades K to 5) $9.00, Pre-school child with parent FREE
Laurel Caverns | P.O. Box 62, Hopwood, PA 15445 | (724) 438-3003