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