“a classic among tourists attractions”
"Despite the passage of time today’s tourists are intrigued in the same manner as early visitors were in the 1800’s. With the exception of easier access, illumination and slightly different names to identify formations, Crystal Cave’s appearance and description is very similar to when it was a newly discovered cave. In 1876, William H. Egle M.D. stated in his book An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Civil, Political, and Military “that Crystal Cave is a remarkable curiosity and a subterranean wonder regarded with admiration by all who have examined it”. In 2000, Earl Steinbicker, author of Daytrips Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Philadelphia wrote, “that Crystal Cave is a classic among tourists attractions. By now, millions of millions of people have taken the 45 minute guided tour marveling at this subterranean wonderland.” Interestingly, the 124-year time difference did not alter the sentiments about Crystal Cave."
Crystal cave, what can I say about this location. It’s a lovely location, scenic and historic. It’s seen far more than it’s fare share of tourists, considering it’s been open since 1871. It hosts a nature walking trail, mini golf, “Dutch” food restaurant, ice cream, stone gift store, and native American gift store/museum along with the cave. They provide a hour long tour, consisting of a short (13 minute) video then the rest is a guided tour. The tour guide I had was witty and informational. The gift store and tour were, unsurprisingly, expensive and potentially over priced...the only redeeming factor is the are trying to repair what over a hundred years of tourist who didn’t understand what they’d do to the cave. The practice careful and intense conservation, attempting to clean algae that grows in the lights, and carefully mapping all nooks. All and all it was a good time, just go ready to spend and maybe do small groups if your not.
Nice easy day trip. Walking up to the cave is steep! Enjoyable movie gives you a quick history of the cave. Cave is awesome. Could have stayed in there for longer. So so much to see !! Nice reasonable gift shop.
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Crystal Cave Rd/S
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