Located in what is considered to be the largest Amish community in the state of Minnesota, is the picturesque “Niagara Cave.”
Discovered underneath a sink hole, “Niagara Cave” has been astonishing visitors from near and far for years with its abundance of waterfalls, fossils and unique cave formations.
What follows is a brief description of what visitors to “Niagara Cave” in Harmony, Minnesota can expect to find.
Highlights of Niagara Cave
Visitors to “Niagara Cave” will thrill to the sights and sounds of subterranean water cascading nearly 60 feet down from the cave’s ceiling to the cave floor. Considered to be the largest, it is just one of many waterfalls within “Niagara Cave.”
Other cave highlights include a plethora of fossils and unusual formations such as the “Wishing Well”, “Paul Bunyan’s Bed”, the “Echo Chamber”, “Shark’s Teeth” and “Grandfather Stalactite.”
In addition to the waterfalls and fossils there is the “Crystal Wedding Chapel”, where some four hundred couples have held their wedding nuptials.
Those cave loving, would be brides and grooms that are interested in having their nuptials in the “Crystal Wedding Chapel” should note that in Minnesota wedding license can be obtained from any one of the state’s county registrars.
Additional information about getting married in “Niagara Cave” and the surrounding area can be obtained through either the “Niagara Cave” staff or the local Chamber of Commerce.
Above Ground Activities
After exploring “Niagara Cave” visitors can take a short nature hike, pan for gemstones in the on-site sluice, play on the playground, shop for souvenirs and enjoy a picnic lunch under the picnic pavilion.
Hours of Operation
“Niagara Cave” is open year round and maintains seasonal hours of operation. May through September however, is the peak tourist season at “Niagara Cave.” During that time “Niagara Cave” is open daily from 9:30 am until 5:30 pm with one guided cave tours leaving every fifteen minutes throughout the day.
As the cave’s hours of operation change so much throughout the year, it is recommended that all potential visitors contact the “Niagara Cave” staff in advance to confirm all details.
As of 2010 admission to “Niagara Cave” is $11.88 per person ages 18 through 64, $9.88 per person ages 13 through 17 and $6.88 per person ages 4 through 12. Admission prices listed are exclusive of Minnesota sales tax and are subject to change without advance notice.
Things to Know Before You Go
Negotiating the cave does require some physical exertion. Visitors should note that there are stairs that must be traversed during the course of the tour and that the cave maintains a year round temperature of 48 degrees Fahrenheit so a light jacket is recommended.
Post Office Box 444
Harmony, MN 55939
Those that would like more information on the quintessential Amish region of Harmony, Minnesota should log onto the town’s tourism website.