We arrived at Mammoth Cave at noon on Saturday, just in time to pick up our reserved tickets at the visitor's center and grab a quick bite to eat. I had reserved the Frozen Niagara cave tour and the Star Chamber Tour online at, reservations.nps.gov, or you can call 1-800-967-2283. The Star Chamber Tour had sold out, so I was happy that we had tickets. We ate at the on-site fast food restaurant, TrogloBITES, and wished that we hadn't...it was not good. The Niagara Tour is an excellent tour, a bit strenuous, 2 hour hike, with around 500 stair steps. You see deep pits, high domes, and beautiful flowstone formations. There are no bathrooms, and no drinking water on the tour. After the tour, we checked into our room at the Mammoth Cave Hotel. The hotel offers rooms, from around $70 to $100 a night, and cottages, from around $60 a night. I had reserved a cottage; it was adequate, clean and had a coffee pot. The only major problem was that parking seemed like around a city block from the cottage. The Star Chamber Tour in the evening was guided by hand held lantern light...a unique experience to view a cave. Highly recommend. Some of the tours overlap, but if I were to take another tour it would have been the Historic cave tour. Sunday morning the Travertine Restaurant at the hotel had a breakfast buffet for $5.95. Everyone at the hotel was very friendly; the waitress went out of her way to make my husband toast with his buffet breakfast. Later we viewed two 7 minute films at the visitor center, then took a guided surface tour, the River Styx Spring Trail, to the Green River. We saw plenty of wildlife...an over abundance of deer. To end our vacation, we took a cruise on the Miss Green River II. We don't have small children, but I think that it would be an excellent vacation for families...there are cave tours especially geared for children. It is free to enter Mammoth National Park and camping is available. The park wasn't busy when we were there, and according to an employee, it hasn't been all year. It's a shame, it's a wonderful National Park.
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