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. 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.

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Fees
Regular Admission  
Adult $15
Teenager (ages 13-17) $15
Child (ages 6-12) $9
Child (under age 6) free

Onondaga 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

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. Because this activity includes hiking up Deer Run Trail, it is more strenuous than the Onondaga Cave tour. Guests may encounter extremes in weather conditions during this tour. Prepare for heat, humidity and thunderstorms. The hike and tour collectively cover about two miles round trip.

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

Group Tour Information for Both Onondaga and Cathedral Caves

Group Tour Rates
  Onondaga Cave Cathedral Cave
Adult $10 $6
Teenager (ages 13-17) $8 $6
Child (ages 6-12) $6 $4
Child (under age 6) free free
  • Group Cave Tour Application
  • Fees do not include tax. Qualified tax-exempt organizations MUST provide a copy of a tax exempt certificate at the time of payment.
  • Group tours are available for educational groups, civic organizations, families, etc. To qualify, a group must consist of 10 or more people and reservations must be made two weeks to seven months in advance. However, to ensure that you get your preferred tour date and time, it is best to make your reservation three to six months in advance. Group rates are not available to reservations made inside the two-week window. At certain times of the year, staff may not be able to accommodate a large group on short notice.
  • Please note: If a group includes more guests than the reservation indicates, staff may not be able to accommodate the additional guests. Please call at least 48 hours in advance of your reservation to request an adjustment to your tour reservation.
  • Contact the park naturalist to schedule your tour reservation at 573-245-6576 or 573-522-3760.