Crystal Cave

Trip Start May 16, 2003
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Trip End May 16, 2010


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Sunday, July 6, 2008

We've had a busy 4th of July weekend which included hosting a bar-b-q and wanted to get out of the house for a bit.  The day before we've seen a small ad in a local New Jersey newspaper featuring the Crystal Cave, but no mention of what it actually was (for all we knew it could have been a water park).  Turn out that Crystal Cave is ... a cave which has many geological features and structures - sounded great especially since the weatherman predicated thunderstorms in our area.
 
We packed up the kids and where out by 11:00 on our way to Lancaster, PA - about an hour and forty five minutes away.  Once in Pennsylvania we enjoyed the scenery, small farms and Amish hex-signs; we stopped at a few stores but didn't eat because they website said there is food at the caves (plus ice-cream).
 
Once we go to the cave area we started seeing signs until we arrived, the parking lot is huge with lots of room and even picnic tables.  We also saw some bar-b-q provisions but didn't check them out too closely.  We had to pay for two adults and our children got in free, tours start every 15 minutes or so, last about 45 minutes and start with a 10 minutes movie.
 
The cave itself was very nice with its amazing geological features, easy to walk (no strollers) and cool so bring jackets for the kids.  The guide's explanations were very good and detailed about the history of the cave and its features - they do turn off the lights during the tour to show you what it was like, just be warned.  Our 3.5 year old daughter did enjoy the tour, the 1 year old boy - not so much (he was hungry - our mistake).
 
Once finished with the tour you can play mini-golf (for a fee), go on a nature hike for a scenic overview (free), visit a small museum (free), eat and shop.  The food in the complex is best described as "food court" style and there is an ice-cream store which servers - what else - Hershey's ice-cream.  We bought a bag of dirt for our daughter to pan through and find her own crystals, this was a great experience for her and her excitement upon finding the crystal was well worth the money we paid ($10) even though we're not sure that we would have spent the money if it was more expensive.
 
We started heading back, a nice day out of the house, beautiful scenery and a learning experience for the whole family.
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