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.
Everyone young and old loved this place. Did the lantern tour ($37/person) and it took about 2 hours. 1.5 hrs of guided tour and 0.5 hrs on our own with a lantern :) Pro: - pretty great views. The place was absolutely beautiful! - our guide was great. Very informative~ he made sure everybody was on track and was able to answer all our silly questions - easy walk, not vigorous at all. This made it a great activity for my parents - lots of parking spaces!! - everyone loved the gondola ride in the end :) Con: - only one slot per day for the lantern tour (diff from regular day tour as the place provided us with a handmade lantern. Then, they allowed us time to walk back on our own pace without the guide. Even though we thought it will be too difficult to walk back on our own, it was not. There is only one road back and forth, so there were no confusion. - no food allowed and no bathroom once you enter the cave (it was all for the good purpose as they had to preserve the cave, so it wasnt much of an issue for us)
Enjoyed visiting this cavern multiple times over the years and never have tired of finding new things. The cavern is still somewhat active and the enjoyment of floating in a boat a few hundred feet below the surrounding surface is surreal. Staff has the knowledge to answer most questions, they are courteous and polite and keep the tour moving a a decent pace, on brick walkways throughout make it easy on everyone. This is a well maintained operation that everyone can and should enjoy it at least once.
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.
A staple for anyone visiting the area, Howe Caverns is a historic, fun place to go! They have all kinds of outdoor activities, obstacle courses, H2O ball ride, gem stone mining, and a couple of great gift shops and great food, candy and homemade fudge. And of course there is the cavern tours. They also have a motel there that is cute. The only thing is it's a little pricey, but besides that it is awesome!
Very cool tour. Tour guide was entertaining. Nice side trip in the winter as they stay open all year. A bit on the expensive side tho