Southern Indiana Living

MAY-JUN 2018

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May/ June 2018 • 36 as salamanders, cave crickets and cave crayfish can be found. For those interested in events out- side the cavern, Squire Boone has an upcoming series of Wild West shows by Six Guns Entertainment. There is also a village, with a restored 1800s gristmill (with a working 18-foot wheel powered by the water from the caverns), and the opportunity to attend demonstrations for candle- and soap-making (gem mining, a favorite among younger guests, is also available). And once you're done explor- ing caverns and visiting the village, you can zip through the trees on a treetop can- opy course. Less than an hour from Squire Boone Caverns is Marengo Cave. Marengo Cave has a recorded length of five miles; how- ever, this is only what is currently mapped out. "There's always an unknown entity when it comes to caves. Caves such as Marengo Cave are still forming," said cave owner Steve Calhoun. This contin- ual growth within cave systems creates a never-ending opportunity for exploration and discovery. Calhoun said that watch- ing the cave grow (especially in a passage named the Discovery Area) as you explore it is a "once in a lifetime experience." Marengo Cave offers many tours for families, and options for groups wanting to experience an even more adventur- ous experience are also available. These Adventure Tours vary from two-hour entry-level explorations, where even chil- dren as young as 7 can start to foster an interest in cave exploring, up to the more advanced explorations where those par- ticipating can spend anywhere from two to six hours exploring, crawling and expe- riencing the natural state of the cave. Cave Country Canoes (affiliated with Marengo Cave) also offers several exhilarating op- tions for adults, children at least 3 years of age, and even the family dog. All skill levels of canoe users are welcome. For more adventures and thrills, you'll want to head to Holiday World and Splashin' Safari. Split into four holiday- themed sections of Christmas, Hallow- een, Fourth of July and Thanksgiving, the nation's first theme park has thrills unlike anywhere else. The park in Santa Claus, Indiana, has been the recipient of many awards. According to Paula Werne, the park's director of communications, one of the premier rides to entice people from all across the nation is aptly named "Thunderbird." "Thunderbird is Ameri- ca's only launched wing coaster. It's been voted the best wing coaster in the world," Werne said. And at a top speed of 60 mph, you cannot get any closer to flying with sprouting wings. In addition, Splashin' Safari's two most popular attractions, Special Section: Summer Fun The Harrison County Discovery Center is also home to a 360-degree theater that puts its viewers into the fray of the Battle of Corydon — one of only two battles recognized north of the Mason-Dixon Line during the Civil War. During the eight- minute film, guests are immersed into a surreal experience with so much happening around them at all angles, many guests feel the need to watch the film several times to catch every detail.

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