Louisville Mega Cavern

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Louisville Mega Cavern which includes caves

An old quarry is now an underground attraction beneath the city. Explore this area that will fascinate all visitors with its uniqueness.

Enter the subterranean world of the Louisville Mega Cavern deep below the surface of Louisville. Encompassing 17 miles (27 kilometers) of roads in its 100 acres (40 hectares), this area is so large that it has its own building code. Not only is it a place to tour and enjoy activities, it also has commercial buildings.

The cavern began in the 1930s to provide crushed rock for highway construction projects across Midwestern states and continued operation until the 1970s. In the late 1980s it became a commercial storage facility, followed in the 1990s with development that continues today and includes its own road system. Be in awe that the cavern is classified as a building, the largest one in Kentucky, and sprawls 100 feet (30 meters) deep under 10 lanes of a major highway and most of the Louisville Zoo.

Tour this privately owned cavern with its extensive lighting system on a guided motorized tour that lasts over 1 hour. Learn about the cavern and its many fascinating green features, including a worm recycling and tasting room. Alternatively take an electric bike tour that travels into the cavern’s inner recesses or spend time at one of the world’s largest indoor bike parks, fully underground.

The cavern has zip-line tours that provide an excellent adventure activity. Test your skills on six zip lines including a dual racing zip and two challenge bridges. Climb the cavern on aerial ropes in the Mega Quest, a rare fully underground course. Be aware that some attractions have age, height and weight restrictions.

Bring a jacket. The cavern basically has two seasons of humid in the summer and dry in the winter and a relatively constant temperature of 58 F (14 C), which is also Louisville’s average annual temperature. Sometimes a fog develops but it is quickly dispersed using large fans.

Find the cavern on Taylor Avenue near the Louisville Zoo through entrances from the city above. Reserve your place online as tours and attractions can sell out. Spending time at Louisville Mega Cavern could unsurprisingly be the most fun you’ve had underground.

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Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
2 out of 5
3322 Red Roof Inn Pl, Louisville, KY
The price is $63 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Situated in Louisville, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Louisville Zoo, Louisville Mega Cavern, and UofL Health - Peace Hospital. Beargrass Creek State Nature ...
3.8/5 Good! (982 reviews)
"The check in process was smooth and our room was clean. The area around the property is a little sketchy though"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1367 Gardiner Ln, Louisville, KY
The price is $85 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 27
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Louisville Mega Cavern, Louisville Zoo, and Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. Norton Audubon ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (144 reviews)
"All ways good except no breakfast"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1921 Bishop Ln, Louisville, KY
The price is $84 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 20
Located in Hayfield Dundee, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Louisville Zoo, UofL Health - Peace Hospital, and Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. Louisville ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (473 reviews)
"Room was clean and nice, staff was cool. Breakfast was good."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
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Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
Red Roof Inn Louisville Fair and Expo
2 out of 5
3322 Red Roof Inn Pl, Louisville, KY
The price is $63 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1367 Gardiner Ln, Louisville, KY
The price is $85 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 27
Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1921 Bishop Ln, Louisville, KY
The price is $84 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 20
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Wingate by Wyndham Louisville Fair and Expo
Wingate by Wyndham Louisville Fair and Expo
2.5 out of 5
3200 Kemmons Drive, Louisville, KY
The price is $72 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
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SureStay Plus by Best Western Louisville Airport Expo
SureStay Plus by Best Western Louisville Airport Expo
2.5 out of 5
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The price is $77 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
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The price is $101 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 26
Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center, an IHG Hotel
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