Cave Tours

at Onondaga Cave State Park

Take a tour of both Onondaga and Cathedral caves.

Onondaga Cave Tours

Trained guides will lead you over electrically lighted paved walkways and provide information about geologic wonders such as the King's Canopy, the Twins, and other unusual speleothems. With an interesting history and a river flowing through the cave, Onondaga Cave is a spectacular registered National Natural Landmark.

Onondaga Cave tours leave from the visitor center. Click here for operating dates and tour times. They are walking tours, just less than one mile long, and last about one hour and 15 minutes. The cave's temperature is 57ºF (13ºC) year-round, so, bring a jacket and comfortable shoes.

2014 Fees
  Regular Admission Group Rates *
Adult $15 $10
Teenager (ages 13-17) $15 $8
Child (ages 6-12) $9 $6
Child (under age 6) free free

Fees do not include tax. Qualified tax-exempt organizations must provide a copy of a tax exempt certificate at the time of payment.

*Group rates are good for 10 or more people. Reservations for cave tours can be made two weeks to seven months in advance. In order to receive the group rate, reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Your group will not receive the reduced rate without confirmed reservations of at least two weeks or more. At certain times of the year, staff may not be able to accommodate a large group on short notice. Please contact us early at 573-245-6600.

Please note that weekday morning tours are often full with school and civic groups from April 15 through May and in September. During these months, you may want to plan for a weekend tour or call the park office prior to your visit to check the schedule.

Cathedral Cave Tours

Click here for dates and times of tours. This is a lantern tour that lasts approximately two hours. The tour begins at the campground showerhouse and includes a short one-third mile walk up Deer Run Trail to the cave's entrance. The cave tour itself lasts about an hour and 30 minutes. The remaining time is spent traveling on the trail to and from the cave entrance. The cave temperature is 57ºF (13ºC). The tour is limited to the first 30 people. It is more strenuous than the Onondaga Cave tour and covers one and two-thirds miles round trip.

2014 Fees
  Regular Admission Group Rates*
Adult $10 $6
Teenager (ages 13-17) $8 $6
Child (ages 6-12) $6 $4
Child (under age 6) free free

Fees do not include tax. Qualified tax-exempt organizations must provide a copy of a tax exempt certificate at the time of payment.

*Group rates are available for educational groups (schools, Scout troops, etc.). The park takes reservations from two weeks to seven months in advance and tours are often booked a month ahead. In order to receive the group rate, reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please contact us early at 573-245-6576.