Located in scenic Schoharie County, New York, Howe Caverns is a family fun destination and is the second most visited natural attraction in the state of New York, second only to Niagara Falls. The central New York attraction has been in operation since 1842 and operating guided tours for 87 years as the largest Show Cave in the Northeast. Howe’s main attraction is a living, limestone cave, carved by an underground river over the course of millions of years, located 156 feet (15 stories) below the earth’s surface. Howe Caverns has welcomed more than 16 million visitors to this natural wonder. Before entering the cave, an animatronic version of discoverer Lester Howe tells the story of its discovery. Enter the cave via elevator to experience well-lit, smooth brick walkways, and a boat ride on the underground Lake of Venus, all of which contribute to the extraordinary 90-minute guided tour. Year-round the cavern temperature is 52 degrees F (12 degrees C). A light jacket or sweatshirt with comfortable walking shoes is recommended. Specialty tours (Lantern, Flashlight, and Signature Rock Discovery) are available with advance reservations. Traditional tours do not need reservations. Challenge yourself …. zip line, ropes course, rock wall, air jumper and the H2OGO Ball all available at Howe High Adventure, located on the Howe Caverns Estate. Howe High Adventure is open seasonally and weather permitting. There is also a Gem & Mining Building where you can “pan” for your own semi-precious gems and fossils. A large Gift Shop, a Sweet Shop filled with homemade fudge and other yummy treats and an on-site Café are part of the main Lodge. Please visit howecaverns.com for tours, pricing, overnight packages and more information or call 518-296-8900 to plan your visit today.