Louisville, KY: Mega Caverns Tram Tour

Adventures are bold. Adventures are memorable. Adventures are exciting. Adventure is exactly what our five-year old son and I were looking for on our Mommy-Son date on a recent trip to Louisville, KY. He is really into worms (we’ve probably read Diary of a Worm a million times) so when he heard that you could take a jeep ride to a worm farm in a cave [cavern] his mind was blown. It just had to be our next adventure.

The Mega Cavern is located in an old limestone mine and spans 100 acres under Louisville. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, it is just buried in an industrial park, but let me tell you, the Mega Caverns are aptly named – it is freaking HUGE. You enter through industrial doors past a picnic area and for the majority of the walk it kinda feels like you’re in the wrong place, like you’re trespassing, but there are painted footprints on the floor to guide you all the way back…and it goes WAAAYY back!

Tram passengers are seated on an open wagon pulled by a Jeep through the cavern. It gets a bit brisk underground – 58 degrees to be exact – so if you go, make sure you bring a blanket or dress in layers.


All bundled up and full of the sillies

The cavern has served many different functions over the years from limestone mine, to fallout shelter, to the hidden gem it is today with dirt bike trails, underground zip lines, ropes challenge course, and of course worms.

Now I’m not a dirt bike kinda girl but I will say that the trails looked really well done and were rated by level of difficulty similar to ski slopes. With the temperature a constant 58 degrees I can see how it would be well suited for a long bike ride and we saw lots of families with kids riding the trails.


Bike course signs

The tram tour, which we did, gives you an overview of the cavern structure itself, gives you a taste of what life would have been like if the cavern actually served as a fall out shelter had there been a nuclear attack (I’m warning you, this is creepy), and a worm tasting room. Yes, I said tasting room.

They don’t offer the worms to the public to eat anymore….but the tour guide gets a taste! I cannot tell you how relieved I was with this change in policy; I promised my son we could eat baby worms (hey, when you’re on a date you gotta bring your A-game…or at least your Pepto Bismol). My son was really bummed that we couldn’t partake in the worm tasting, but he still loved watching the tour guide eat a big fat one. It must be a boy thing.


Creepy, creepy, creepy, creepy, CREEPY


Bon Appetit

Worm tasting, or not tasting, aside it was still a memorable experience and a fun adventure.


You thought I was joking, didn’t you? I don’t joke. Not about worms.

They also have a Christmas light display during the winter so I know we will be back again in the winter…and probably when our son is old enough to zip line, because who wouldn’t want to hurl their body through the air at high speeds underground??


Christmas display

Changes in Our Flight Plan

You know how sometimes you’re flying full speed in one direction and then all of a sudden your flight plan changes sending you into new an unexpected territories? Sometimes it is a brief weather delay and you get back on track quickly and sometimes you end up on a military base in The Middle of Nowhere, Canada when you think you’re going to Chicago (true story).

Recently our family has experienced a change in our own personal flight plan that has truly tested our endurance and tried our patience like nothing before, but has taken us in a new and wonderful direction. Now that we are here we can’t imagine our life unfolding in any other way.

I’m pleased to report that after a nine month hiatus of limited leisure travel the Visit Flyover Country family is back in the saddle, or should I say minivan, with the addition of two very special travel companions – Baby A and Baby B! Can we get a warm welcome for the twins???


Baby A (left) Baby B (right) Born just shy of 26 weeks gestation weighing 1 lb 12 oz and 2 lbs 3 oz respectively at birth

These two little bundles of joy already know what its like to travel a bumpy road having spent the first four months of their little lives in the NICU. We had a rare condition called Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) which threatened to take them away from us early in the pregnancy up until the day they were born (and afterwards), but with a lot of medical interventions and prayer they are here, they are home and now they are ready to take on some fun adventure! We will continue to keep this blog focused on travel but If you would like to read more about our journey through TTTS and the NICU we’ve shared it here.

Traveling with four kids ages five years old and younger can really be summed up in one word and that is “teamwork” so Visit Flyover Country will be a joint [ad]venture. Starting now.

Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m Katrina Sommer, Adam’s wife and co-pilot. For those of you who have been following the blog for a while you’ve probably seen my smiling face and now you get to hear my voice in chorus with Adam’s. It is nice to [virtually] meet you!

Katrina and kids

Thank you so much for following our adventures; I hope you enjoy tagging along with the six of us as we explore Flyover Country, but more importantly I hope we inspire you to hit the road and explore these fabulous destinations for yourself! Thank you for flying with us – I mean following us – and we’ll be back with travel tips and reviews very soon!

Family Road Trip Tips

Many websites, books, friends & family certainly offer tons of family road trip tips, tricks, and advice even to experienced traveling families.  Most of it I have found useful, though some of it is either dated or simply poor advice.  My family has taken countless road trips, lasting from a few hours to full cross-country treks.  Along the way I’ve found a few pieces of advice that I always follow, which have really resulted in smoother trips for the whole family.  Here are those top family road trip tips:

If only the kids could drive and parents sleep!

If only the kids could drive and parents sleep!

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