Indian Echo Caverns – Hummelstown, PA

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Indian Echo Caverns is a limestone cave located in Derry Township, near Hummelstown and Hershey, Pennsylvania. The cave was formed by the flow of water over the span of millions of years. A visit to Indian Echo Caverns includes a guided tour of the cave, as well as a petting zoo, picnic area, and playground. They also have a gift shop where the timed-admission tickets to the cave are sold, as well as souvenirs relating to the caverns.

Indian Echo Caverns Building

Upon arriving at Indian Echo, there is ample parking in their grassy parking lot. You’ll start in the main building where there are two lines in the gift shop for purchases. One register is for merchandise and one for tickets to go in the caverns. There is a sign above each register to designate the type of purchase. At the ticket register, you’ll receive a paper ticket with the number of people in your party, as well as a letter. The letter will be your tour group, and you’ll wait for it to be called to begin your tour.

Other Attractions at Indian Echo Caverns

When they announce the tour groups, you can hear it throughout the gift shop and at the picnic and playgrounds. We arrived at a particularly busy time during the mid-afternoon on a summer Saturday. We waited about a half an hour for our tour group to be called.

Indian Eco Caverns Petting Zoo

Luckily, there is plenty to do while you wait. There’s a large playground and petting zoo to keep the kids busy. While we waited, we fed goats and played on the playground. With just a few minutes to spare, we took the kids to use the rest room before our group was called.

Indian Echo Caverns Playground

Touring Indian Echo Caverns

After our tour guide explained some rules of the cave, like not touching the walls, we headed down a gradual slope to a set of stairs. There were a lot of stairs, and they were much easier to navigate on the way down than they were on the way up! Our tour guide took us through the caverns, as we explored several “rooms” and passageways inside the cave. There are legends and true stories that are associated with the cave. Our tour guide pointed out many of the natural elements of the cave and explained how they were created.

Indian Echo Caverns Ballroom

The tour lasts about forty-five minutes. The tour guide stopped at some places and talked, but my three-year-old stayed interested and entertained the entire time. The floor of the cave is mostly gravel with some larger rocks, and my kids didn’t have any problems navigating it. There is a point where the tour guide will ask if you’d like to experience total darkness, but she seemed to take clues from the children in the group as to what they were comfortable with. It only lasted a couple of seconds, but it was neat to experience it.

My favorite part of the tour was seeing Crystal Lake, a small body of water in the caverns, and the “wedding chapel”, a place where people actually can get married inside the caverns! It was also enjoyable to listen to the history of the cave, how it was originally found, and how it is being preserved for many years to come!

Indian Echo Caverns Crystal Cave

Tips for Visiting Indian Echo

  1. Bring appropriate clothing for a 52 degree day (that’s the temperature in the cave). Since we visited in summer, we wore shorts and t-shirts. I brought jackets for my kids to wear inside the cave, and they did appreciate having them.
  2. Tours take place during all types of weather. We were in the cave during a thunderstorm. Of course, we couldn’t tell what was going on outside at all. Just keep that in mind if it’s raining, there is a bit of a walk to get to the steps that lead down to the cave. The actual steps have a roof over them, which is nice in the rain and the hot sun.
  3. Visit the restrooms before your tour time.
  4. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy it on one of the many picnic tables. There’s also a covered pavilion to keep out of the sun and rain.
  5. Bring a couple dollars in quarters if you’d like to feed the goats.
  6. Wear shoes with good tread for walking in the cave. It’s not essential, but it makes it easier.

Looking for other cool, family-friendly attractions near Hershey? Chocolate World Attractions, Roundtop Mountain Adventures, and Lake Tobias are great add-on adventures to a Hershey trip. Even more ideas can be found on the Visit Hershey and Harrisburg website.

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