Tour Information Updated 2020

We are very excited to welcome all of you back to Diamond Caverns! The Safety of our staff and guest is our top priority. Please review our revised policy to help you better plan your trip. In order to be in operation we have made the following adjustments:

  1. Cave tour capacities are maximized to 20 persons per tour.
  2. We have sanitation stations throughout our building for public use.
  3. All high touch areas are sanitized regularly throughout the day: Bathrooms, handrails, door knobs etc.
  4. Our employees are masked and all visitors are highly encouraged to do the same.
  5. Masks are required to enter the cave itself and to do the tour, ( 1 hour, ½ mile walk; 100% humidity). The cave has small passages so to take the tour safely a mask will need to be worn at all times, by all people over the age of 3.
  6. Masks are required to enter the gift shop itself.
  7. Bathrooms facility will be available to the public.
  8. We will have 50% capacity in the gift shop (About 20 people)

If you wish to share your displeasure about these regulations with the State of Kentucky and request that we be allowed to operate them in accordance with CDC guidelines, please contact the following persons:

Director of Communications: Crystal Staley

Deputy Communications Director: Sebastian Kitchen

Office of the Governor
700 Capitol Avenue

Frankfort, KY 40601

502-564-2611

https://governor.ky.gov

Diamond Caverns is open for tours year-round. Guided one-hour-long tours are offered daily at set tour times in the Fall and Winter. Call for availability. April through Labor Day tour run approximately every 30 – 45 minutes throughout the day. All tours are first come, first serve.

The cave remains a comfortable 58 degrees year-round, which feels cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Plan to wear comfortable, supportive walking shoes for the ½ mile cave tour.

Snapshot photography is permitted during the tour, providing you do not lag behind. Tripods, monopods, backpacks, camera bags, baby strollers and video cameras are not allowed, for the safety of our visitors and for the conservation of our cave environment.

Back mounted baby carriers are not permitted due to low ceilings in several places in the cave. Front mounted child carriers are acceptable.

Unfortunately nature did not make Diamond Caverns handicap accessible as there are about 350 stair steps (round-trip) scattered throughout the tour. The tour is considered strenuous.

All our tours are guided. Our guide staff is very knowledgeable and will provide an educational and informative tour.  Feel free to ask your guide questions.

Our pathways are concrete with handrails provided where necessary for safety. The cave is beautifully presented with state-of-the-art lighting. We present the cave with white lighting only, so that you may appreciate the cave as nature made it.

HOURS OF OPERATION

We are OPEN!

NOVEMBER 2 – MARCH 17 = 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mask Required ages 4 and up.

Weekday Tours ~11:00 – 12:30 – 2:00 – 4:00
Weekend Tours Approx Every 45 Min

 ~ All tours first come, first served. ~

No reservations needed for groups of less than 10.
*Failure to keep mask over mouth and nose throughout the cave tour can result in removal without a refund.*

 

NOVEMBER 2 – MARCH 17 = 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MARCH 18 – LABOR DAY SUNDAY = 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LABOR DAY – NOVEMBER 1  =  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Tours run daily ~approx. every 45 minutes.

No set schedule ~ All tours first come, first served.

No reservations needed for groups of less than 10.

Diamond Caverns is open YEAR-ROUND.  We are Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

We recommend you call before you come to check on tour availability.

GENERAL ADMISSION 

One hour guided tour.

1/2 mile round trip length.

Tour is strenuous.

ADULT ADMISSION = $20.00 + tax

CHILD ADMISSION = $10.00 + tax (age 4 – 12)

GROUP RATES (10+)

GROUP RATES 

Minimum of 10 paying persons required to qualify for group rates.

Reservations must be made 2 weeks IN ADVANCE for groups of 20 or more.

One representative must purchase tickets for the entire group.

10 – 24 PERSONS

ADULT   $16.00 + tax

CHILD $8.00 + tax (ages 4-12)

25 + PERSONS

ADULT   $15.00 + tax

CHILD $7.50 + tax (ages 4-12)

Tax Exempt groups MUST provide a copy of their Tax Exempt Certificate prior to purchase.

STUDENT/SCOUT GROUP RATES

Minimum of 10 persons required to qualify for group rates.
Reservations must be made 2 weeks IN ADVANCE for groups of 20 or more.
One person must make the ticket purchase for the group.

GRADES  K – 6
$7.00 + tax

GRADES  7 – 12
$12.00 + tax

COLLEGE
$14.00 + tax

Tax is NOT included in Student/Scout admission.
Tax Exempt groups MUST provide a copy of their Tax Exempt Certificate prior to purchase.  One representative must purchase tickets for the entire group.