Travel - New York
Albany area Attractions
255 Discovery Drive
Howes Cave, NY
If you're planning a trip to Albany and have
a little time to spare, visit nearby Howe Caverns
(Underground Caves) — it's
a FUN family attraction.
Stalactites & Stalagmites
Marvel at the cavern's underground rock formations, located 20 stories
under the earth's surface — stalactites hang from the ceiling and stalagmites
rise from the ground. The caves
are also home
five species of bats (although we didn't see any during our
The only two rock formations that visitors
are allowed to touch, are the mini Leaning Tower of Pisa and The
Praying Hands or White Christmas Tree (photos above
Since it's reopening to the public in 1929, visitors
for Howe Caverns have toured only half of the original cave. Work
is underway to restore more than a quarter mile of the cave, last
seen by visitors in the 1800s.
FUN Cavern Tours
Traditional Guided Cavern Tours are held daily (except for Thanksgiving
and Christmas Days). Tours run approximately 80 minutes and include
a scenic quarter-mile Boat Ride on the Underground Lake
of Venus. Other Fun Cavern Tours include
Lantern Tours, Group Traditional Tours and Adventure Tours.
While temperatures outside may be soaring, the
underground cavern stays at a chilly 52°F (with 75% humidity) all year round, so
be sure to bring along a light jacket to keep warm.
comfortable shoes because there is a LOT of walking... and climbing
Note: The lowest level of the caves is 200 feet.
Boat Ride on Lake of Venus
During the Traditional Cavern Tour, boats glide along the underground
Lake of Venus in near total darkness, with rocks
illuminated along the way. Big rocks hang low and jut out at
so be sure to
keep a lookout, watch your head and stay seated well inside the boat.
Each boat holds approximately 19 people.
The Winding Way
The last leg of the Cavern Tour is aptly
Winding Way — the winding area is "S" shaped
due to water erosion. This was our favorite part of the tour.
you can see from the photos (above and below), the
narrow — approximately 2 1/2 ft wide. One really
gets a different perspective walking back through the caves.
We wouldn't recommend
this if you are claustrophobic.
Weddings at Bridal Altar
Over 550 weddings have taken place at the cavern's underground
Bridal Altar. Myth
has it that if you step on the "Pink Heart" (pictured below),
Open daily 9am-6pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day
and Christmas Day