Family Fun: Mammoth Cave National Park

Explore the fun family activities at the Mammoth Caves
Flickr/Margaret River

Every year there are a number of free-entry days at U.S. National Parks. And every year families flock to the coolest and most memorable parks to see the natural wonders our world has to offer. This year should be no different, and this Saturday, National Public Lands Day is also Family Hiking Day.

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With free admission, and family fun, the day will be one for the photo books. And if you are worried about entertaining the kids, several National Parks offer activities and amenities that the munchkins will love. In particular, Mammoth Cave National Park in central Kentucky is a jaw-dropping experience. Home to the longest known cave system in the world, this World Heritage Site will bring family memories that will last forever.

While the Mammoth Cave itself brings out the kid in most people, NPS also offers several activities for the kids to do on their own. Park rangers lead The Trog Tour, for children 8-12, which brings 12 kids on a voyage above and below ground giving them the kids’-eye view of the caves.   

Get the family together and go on the Introduction to Caving tour, where families can join and hike, climb, and even crawl through parts of the cave that many tours never even visit. And there are always added programs for the kids, including the Junior Ranger Program, held at all National Parks, where kids can learn and participate in ranger-led activities to earn ‘bat points’ and eventually receive a badge.

With over 400 miles explore, three campgrounds, backcountry, and Green River, Mammoth Cave National Park will be a grand Great American adventure. Click here for 7 more memorable Great American family hikes.

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