Howe Caverns is the largest show cave in the Northeast U.S. and the 2nd most visited natural attraction in New York State welcoming 150,000-200,000 visitors per year. The popular site features caverns, outdoor fun at Howe High Adventure, and more!
Howe Caverns Cave:
Howe Caverns was discovered in 1842 and early tours were given from 1843-1900. Present day guided tours of its living limestone cave have been conducted for 88 years. The site is located in Schoharie County, on a beautiful mountainside with spectacular views overlooking the Helderberg Plateau. It is conveniently located off Interstate 88 and is approximately 45 minutes from Oneonta and Cooperstown, 45 minutes from Albany, and 2.5 hours north of New York City.
A popular family destination and host to school and scout field trips, the property also features Howe High Adventure Park, the Howe Caverns Lodge, the Howe Caverns Motel, and the HC Mining Company. The cave tours are open all year with seasonal days and hours, with the Howe High Adventure Park operating Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Special expeditions such as Lantern Tours, Adventure Tours, and Family Flashlight Tours are popular activities, and in 2015 Howe Caverns opened the Signature Rock Discovery Tour taking visitors behind the mysterious dam doors and the limestone dam that mark the end of the Traditional Tour of the caverns for the first time in over 100 years.
Howe High Adventure:
Howe High Adventure is packed with fun, affordable, outdoor experiences for the entire family! Before or after your cavern tour, take everyone to new heights above ground. Adventures for all ages await you at New York’s Coolest Getaway!
Season Passes and Day Passes are available, or families can take advantage of per ride admission. Howe High Adventure is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, open weekends in June, and daily July and August.
- Zip Line - Our four-tower zip line is 900 feet long. Riders enjoy a scenic view while suspended 40 foot in the air. Whoosh!
- Sky Trail® Ropes Course - The Sky Trail® Ropes Course offers a series of 28 surprising and challenging activities up to 30 feet above ground. Crossing elements such as the Burma Buckets and the Criss-Cross Tight Ropes make this the activity to find your inner child. Outstanding!
- Air Jumper - The air jumper uses a patented pole technology and an inflated pad allowing participants to spring up to 18 feet in the air. While the jumping is part of the fun, trying to do aerial stunts such as back flips makes this a real fun time for all ages. Exciting!
- Rock Wall - Try your climbing skills on our 25-foot rock wall that includes eight distinct and challenging routes on a realistic climbing surface. The hydraulic belay system keeps you safe at all times and lets you descend slowly. Rocking!
- H2OGO Ball Track - For H2OGO Ball, take one 12-foot inflatable ball, add 5 gallons of water and up to three eager participants. Send the above ingredients downhill a little over 1,100 feet for a wet and wild ride. Awesome!
Howe Caverns Lodge:
The Howe Caverns Lodge welcomes visitors to the estate. The landmark and distinctive Lodge houses the Howe Caverns Welcome Center, Ticket Office, Gift Shop, Sweet Shop and Café. Visitors will find mementos and gifts for all ages in the Gift Shop, ranging from locally-made jewelry, a wide variety of rocks and minerals, such as cathedral amethysts, as well as t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and even miners' helmets!
The homemade fudge offered at the Sweet Shop has been its hallmark since 1985. Other treats found there include truffles, fresh roasted cinnamon glazed nuts, old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch candies, and cave aged cheese. The Howe Caverns Café offers a wide selection of homemade meals and desserts including paninis, fresh, high-quality deli sandwiches, homemade soups, pizza, specialty hot dogs, seasoned fries, chicken tenders, and many seasonal specials.
The Howe Caverns Lodge is open all year with seasonal days and hours. The café is open on a limited basis after Labor Day but is always available for student or tour groups by reservation.