Hidden beneath the rolling hills of the New York Capital District are the Howe Caverns. In these limestone caves, "solid rock appears fluid: creating strange formations, flowing sheets, and dripping stalactites" that feed the underground River Styx as it flows "downward to the glassy surface of an underground lake that trails off into the absolute darkness." The hellish depths are open to visitors.\nThe tour begins with a 156-foot plunge into the Earth.\nWhen elevator doors open, you'll find yourself in a damp, alien environment where the air remains at a cool 11 C with 70-75% humidity.\n"As your eyes adjust to the underworld," your ears will have to adapt to the echoing chamber as they whisper tales from hidden cracks and rooms.\nA guide will take you through "the enormous main cavern" and "immense galleries," passing "under huge boulders which hang precariously overhead."\n"Your journey will wind through limestone corridors, cavernous galleries, under massive boulders, until you discover a subterranean riverbed carved over countless millennia."\nA boat ride takes guests down the mysterious dark stream.\nAlong the way, you'll get a peek into "grottos [leading] off into distant, unexplored passages" with "secrets" hidden in their "deep cracks and crevices."\nThe most daring adventurers can reserve a spot on the even more intense "Adventure Tour."\nParticipants are dressed in coveralls, gloves, boots, and knee pads with only a lighted helmet to illuminate the path before them.\nView this post on Instagram Howe Caverns🌲Descend 156ft. below the earth's surface through limestone corridors and cavernous galleries until you discover a subterranean riverbed carved over countless millennia! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The caves maintain a temperature of 52 degrees year-round making it the perfect winter adventure!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🚙3.5 hours from NYC⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #weekendzest #weekend #weekendaway #weekendgetaway #microtrip #microzest #minivacay #escape #escapenyc #northeast #upstate #getaway #travel #travelgram #instatravel #weekendguide #weekendtrip #trip #adventure #weekendadventure #explore #traveling #travelagent #travelblog #travelguide #daytrip #howecaverns #upstateny #upstate A post shared by Weekend Zest (@weekendzest) on Jan 28, 2020 at 2:30pm PST\n"Your guide will take you through the Mystery Passage, across the dry underground stream bed and up to the Great Rotunda," a "107-foot high, silo-shaped natural dome" reachable by the public "for the first time in more than 125 years."\nThe "Traditional" 90-minute walking tour and boat ride cost US$25 per person. No reservations are required.\nThe two-hour adventure tour will set each participant back US$125.\nView this post on Instagram Howes Caverns is one of my favorite places to visit! Truly amazing! I will be making another trip out there at some point in 2020 #hiking #nature #mountains #travel #adventure #landscape #trekking #naturephotography #photography #wanderlust #hike #hikingadventures #cavern #mountain #outdoor #explore #naturelovers #wandern #landscapephotography #travelphotography #howescavern #getoutside #photooftheday #optoutside #bhfyp A post shared by Robert V. Jr. (@rob.da.hiker) on Dec 27, 2019 at 6:31am PST\nFor US$45 on Friday and Saturday, you can also embark on the two-hour "Lantern Tour," for which you'll grab a flashlight and join other fearless scouts for a nighttime exploration of the caves.\nGet all the details below.\nHowe Caverns\nWhere: 255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave, NY\nWhen: Opening hours; check the caverns website and social media pages for updates\nPrice:\nTraditional Tour: US$25/person\nLantern Tour: US$45/person\nAdventure Tour: US$125/person\nWhy You Have To Go: For a boat ride down an underground river\nView this post on Instagram HoweCaverns. #nature #nystate #caves A post shared by Sarah ✈️🌎📚 (@travelholic_sarah) on Jul 12, 2014 at 1:25pm PDT\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.