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Lost River Cave • 2818 Nashville Road • Bowling Green • KY • 42101 • I-65, Exit 22

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Cave Boat Tour-Reservations are highly recommended.

Plan to spend about 45 minutes to an hour on this two-part tour (walking to the cave and boating through the cave).

The Cave Boat Tour begins with a leisurely stroll in the valley as your guide shares the tale of the blue hole and disappearing Civil War soldiers.

When you arrive at the massive cave entrance, prepare to board Kentucky’s only underground boat tour. Duck your head for just a moment as you glide under the famous wishing rock. Touch the cool dolomite ceiling before the passage opens into a cathedral-like cavern. Sturdy shoes recommended. No dogs allowed on tours.

We encourage you to purchase your tickets online in advance, but it is not required. Walk-ins are welcome.

Gemstone Mining and Cave Boat Tour Package!

Cave Boat Tour and Bag of Yellow Gems! 

Adults 13 and up $28.90, Kids 4-12 $25.90!

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Cave Boat Tour Participant Requirements

General Information:

  • The boat tour is appropriate for all ages.
  • The underground boat tour is 45-minutes, with a 20-minute guided walk to the cave entrance and a 25-minute ride on the boat through the cave.
  • Please dress for your comfort and for outdoor weather conditions, layering is recommended.
  • Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
  • Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are provided in sizes ranging from infant to adult.
  • The water depth ranges from 4 to 5 feet along the tour route.

Boat Tour Reviews 

Historic Valley Walking Tours

Available only when Cave Boat Tours are closed due to flooding.

This 35-minute walking tour will lead you down a paved path to the historic Blue Hole No. 4, continue walking along the romantic Riverwalk, up to the impressive cave entrance, and through the once-booming Cavern Nite Club. Your guide will provide local facts, lies, and legends all along the way. See the calendar below for tour times and ticket pricing.

Cave Boat Tour Accessibility Information

AdmissionAdult (13 and over)Youth (4-12)Child (3 and under)
Cave Boat Tour Ticket$19.95$16.95$5.95


2019 ScheduleDaysTimes (CST)
Fall Hours October 2019-December, 2019
Cave Boat Tour Times
Tours are first come, first served
Weekdays10:00am,11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm CST
Reservations are recommended
Weekends9:00am - 5:00pm CST
Top of each hour
* Weather and school field trips may postpone public tours, call ahead to confirm public tour times.
Visitor Center & Gift ShopMonday - Saturday8:30am - 6:30pm CST
Visitor Center & Gift ShopSunday8:30am - 6:30pm CST
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day - Closed early Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve


Cave Boat Tour 

The Lost River Cave Flash Drive

Step out from behind the camera.

Experience every moment of your visit to Lost River Cave, and not through your camera lens.

To help you experience your visit firsthand and still take your memories with you, Lost River Cave has compiled 92 photos of the Cave, Historic Cavern Nite Club, wildlife, trails and more on to a custom flash drive. Each flash drive also includes a video about the park, Lost River Cave trivia, and a media release giving you permission to print the photos or post them to your social media accounts. It also serves as a handy flashlight!

Flash Drives are $10 each and can be purchased in the Lost River Cave Gift Shop.

Flash Drives

*Photo by Alexa Hix