While Howe Caverns marked its 80th anniversary of re-opening to the public throughout 2009, the year also brought with it plans for the future.
A new re-branding program was created by Smith & Jones of Albany for the Caverns that invites everyone to Go Underground! It was named one of the top 100 re-brands in the world by Rebrand 100 Global Awards. The new video of Howe Caverns, produced in conjunction with the 80th anniversary, captured an Award of Excellence in the 2009 Videographer Awards. The video, which features the reminiscences of former local employees, is available on DVD in the Howe Caverns Gift Shop.
Howe Caverns greeted television crews, including one from American Choppers. Orange County Choppers' Teutul family created a cave-themed bike for Howe Caverns. Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Jr. and Michael visited the Caverns for the program that aired on the Learning Channel. The History Channel also filmed at Howe Caverns, with footage to be used in a special called, "The Real Face of Jesus?", which aired just before Easter in 2009.
One more television show featuring Howe Caverns included in an episode for Rachel Ray's Vacation, which depicted the making of our homemade fudge in our Sweet Shop.
Our family was taking a long day trip and happened to find Howe Caverns along our drive. It was a very awesome place to visit. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The experience was quite unique. Our 3 year old loved it too. We are already planning another trip up, maybe even to stay the night in their hotel.
This was my first time coming here in about 25 years. Everything good has stayed good and everything I remember being kinda shaky has been brought up to snuff. Staff is great and is definitely a place everyone would enjoy. Make sure to bring a camera and ask about adult tours! On the adult tours you will traverse into the dark abyss while wearing a tyvek suit and lighted hard hat. You'll feel like a true explorer.
Stopped in on Oct 18, 2017, just out of the blue, while on a day trip, to find they where closed on Wednesdays for their off season hours. However not to worry our story ends well, the more than kind folks at the desk found the time to fit us in for a outstanding tour 200 feet down below. Carl, our tour guide, was a smiling, intelligent, informative, good natured fellow, rare these days, who knew spelunking like the back of his hand. The professionally operated, well kept and neat business impressed us as did the vast network and size of the cave. Many thanks for taking the time taken and great care of us. Cyd and Don.
Amazing Caverns! The story behind it is interesting too which you listen to as you wait to go down into the caves. Very cool hour long with great tour guides. If you are looking to bring young children it is not recommended because they won't understand it well and often get in the way of other people's experience but overall great place besides the adventure park which isn't very exciting.
My daughter & I went on 7/20 around 4:30pm and it was amazing! We were in a small tour group (5 total including the guide) which made for a very personal and even more interesting tour! We had a tour guide named Rebekah, who was wonderful! I was just amazed at the caverns and formations & our guide had so many cool facts. The formations are just breathtaking & the history is very cool. My daughter is 7 & had a great time. I can't wait to go back!