Touring Mega Cavern in Louisville, Kentucky
Visiting the Mega Cavern in Louisville, Kentucky is the #1 thing to do per TripAdvisor, one of the world’s most trusted review sites. With 8185 reviews, the Louisville Mega Cavern has a 4.5/5 rating. What is all of the excitement about? Let me tell you!
About The Louisville Kentucky Mega Cavern
The Louisville Mega Cavern is not a naturally occurring cavern. It began as a limestone mine in the 1930’s and was mined until the 1970’s. In 1989, it was acquired by private investors who saw potential for an environmentally-conscious high security commercial storage facility. Through controlled dynamite blasts, the cavern was formed. Floors and roads were created for Mega Space (the storage facility), but it was only a portion of the cavern’s 4,000,000 square feet.
Since it is one of the largest caverns in the country, the name “Mega” Cavern is quite fitting. It is the biggest building in the state of Kentucky. 70% of the Louisville Zoo sits above the cavern and it runs under all ten lanes of the Watterson Expressway (I-264). The Mega Cavern is the safest place in Kentucky. In fact, it was to be used as a nuclear fallout shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Safety Is A Priority
Safety is the #1 priority at the Louisville Mega Cavern. It has a one of a kind emergency corridor with pressurized and fresh air. No matter where you go in the cavern, you are never more than 300 feet from the emergency corridor.
Attractions At The Mega Cavern
The Louisville Mega Cavern offers five “funderground adventures” year round: Mega Bikes, Mega E-Bike, Mega Quest, Mega Tram, and Mega Zip. Although walk ins are welcome, the attractions often sell out. I encourage you to make your reservations in advance. The cavern is a constant 58°F year round, so you will want to bring a jacket when you visit.
Before partaking in any adventure, you must sign a liability waver. You are in a cavern, after all.
The Mega Cavern offers free on site parking, a gift shop, concession stand, and lockers for rent.
1. Mega Bikes
Come experience this one of a kind underground Bike Park. Totaling 320,000 square feet, it is the largest underground bike park in the world. The park includes 45 trails, jump lines, pump tracks, dual slalom, BMX, cross country, and single tracks.
2. Mega E-Bikes
This is the newest addition to Louisville Mega Cavern’s Funderground Adventures. Enjoy an hour and a half guided tour on an Electric Bike. Explore all areas of the cavern, experience total darkness, and you may even get dirty.
3. Mega Quest
This is the only fully underground aerial ropes course in the world. Mega Quest has 76 challenging elements that all ages will enjoy.
4. Mega Tram
Take a 60 to 70 minute Historic Tram Tour inside of the Mega Cavern. You will see rock formations, a replica of the Cuban Missile Crisis Fallout Bunker, worm recycling and tasting room, and learn about the original mining operation. This is one of two places in the United States where you can tour a cavern by tram. Wheelchair trams are available.
5. Mega Zips
Spend up to two and a half hours on the only fully underground zip line in the world. Enjoy six underground zips (including a racing zip and two challenging bridges) while learning about the history and geology of the cavern. The highest point on the zip line is 90 feet while the lowest is 24 feet.
Our Funderground Adventure
My mom (Melody) and I spent a couple of days in Louisville, Kentucky in August. Visiting the Mega Cavern was my favorite activity. We took the Mega Tram Tour and had an absolute blast! Greg was our guide for the tour; he kept us laughing the whole time. Getting to see the enormous cavern was great, but all of the extra touches at Mega Cavern is what makes this such a cool experience.
The Louisville Mega Cavern is full of colored lights, signs, and displays; it is much more intricate than your typical cavern. Aside from being shuttled around the cavern by tram instead of having to walk, my favorite parts were the fallout shelter display and worm recycling area. Although I hope that I never have to, I now know how to properly eat a worm. I felt safe knowing that I was always 300 feet or less from the emergency exit corridor.
Experience The Louisville Mega Cavern
The Louisville Mega Cavern is like nothing else that I have ever experienced. Everything is incredibly well thought out. A lot of precautions have been taken to ensure that guests have a memorable, and safe, experience. Make Louisville, Kentucky your next vacation destination and enjoy your own Funderground Adventure at the Mega Cavern!
Some of the Mega Space storage items are appliances, medical supplies, medical documents, fine art, antiques, cars, campers, trailers, RVs, and motorcycles.
The Mega Cavern produces 50,000 gallons of water per day.
TripAdvisor also named the Louisville Mega Cavern one of the nation’s top 25 “Trendiest US Attractions”.
This is the largest recycling center in Kentucky by tonnage. It handles more material by tonnage than all other recycling centers combined.
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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The Louisville Mega Cavern took care of our Mega Tram Tour tickets.
As always, all opinions and reviews are 100% mine.