Mammoth Cave N.P. is a great place for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and canoeing the Green River. Several different cave tours accommodate a variety of tastes. If you’re adventurous (and in good shape), opt for the 6-hour Wild Cave Tour for lots of crawling and climbing. There are lots of interesting cemeteries and old-time churches sprinkled throughout the park and there are also two ferries inside the park’s boundaries if that interests you. You can hike or bike to Floyd Collins’s home (the cave explorer who was trapped for over two weeks in Crystal Cave before dying—caused a media sensation and tourism boom in the 1920’s) and see the entrance to Crystal Cave, though you can’t go in.
Cave City is the closest town and is full of kitschy gift shops and tourist activities. While I wouldn’t recommend staying here overnight, there are several fun activities for kids including the Alpine Slide, miniature golf, and Guntown Mountain. Food options here are limited and not really worth mentioning.
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