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Cave and Signature Rock 30 second spot

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Cave Tour 15 second spot

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Signature Rock Discovery Tour15 second spot

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HC Mining Company15 second spot

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Howe Caverns Cave Images & Content

Howe Caverns is the largest show cave in the Northeast U.S., and is the second most visited natural attraction in the state of New York, welcoming an average of 160,000 visitors per year. It was discovered in 1842 and early tours were given from 1843 to 1900. Present day guided tours of its living limestone cave have been conducted for 90 years. The site is located in Schoharie County, with spectacular views overlooking the Helderberg Plateau. It is conveniently located off Interstate 88 and is approximately 45 minutes from Oneonta and Cooperstown, 45 minutes from Albany, and 2.5 hours north of New York City. A popular family destination and host to school, camp, and scout field trips, the property also features Howe Glassworks, Howe High Adventure Park, the Howe Caverns Lodge, the Howe Caverns Motel and the HC Mining Company. The cave tours are open all year with seasonal days and hours, with the Howe High Adventure Park operating July 1st to Labor Day. Specialty tours such as Lantern Tours, Adventure Tours, Signature Rock Discovery Tours, Private Tours, and Family Flashlight Tours are available by reservation. Make it a overnight trip with a stay at the Howe Caverns Motel with several package options available.

Special expeditions such as Lantern Tours, Adventure Tours and Family Flashlight Tours are popular activities, and in 2015 Howe Caverns opened the Signature Rock Discovery Tour taking visitors behind the mysterious dam doors and the limestone dam that mark the end of the Traditional Tour of the caverns for the first time in over 100 years.

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Cave-1 – Lake of Venus

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Cave-2 – Pool of Peace

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Cave-3 – The Kissing Bridge in the Winding Way

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Cave-4 – Cathedral Pipe Organ

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Cave-5 – The Bridal Altar

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Cave-6 – Cathedral Pipe Organ

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Cave 7 – Titans Temple

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Cave-8 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Cave-9 – Narrow part of the walkway on the way back from the Boat ride.

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Cave-10 –  Entrance to The Silent Chamber (only seen on the Adventure Tour).

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Cave-11 – A picture from the Signature Rock Tour.

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Cave-12 – A picture from the Signature Rock Tour.

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Cave-13 – The Winding Way

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Cave-14 – The Chinese Pagoda

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Howe Caverns History Images & Content

Discovered May 22, 1842 by farmer, adventurer, and entrepreneur Lester Howe and his cow Millicent, Howe Caverns remains the largest cave open to the public in the Northeast.

Howe had heard reports dating back to the 1700s of a mysterious “Blowing Rock” in the area – a strange rock formation which blew cool air even on the hottest days, but the location had been lost to history. By accident, Lester observed that on hot summer days his cows pastured in the same spot, but strangely, not in the shade. Approaching the herd with Millicent, he noticed the temperature getting cooler, and saw his cows had gathered near a cave’s entrance to feel cool air coming up from below. What the pair discovered was the lost, hidden entrance to a living limestone cavern, carved by an underground river over the course of millions of years, 15 stories below the earth’s surface! In fact, scientists believe that nature had begun to craft the caves up to six million years ago when the eastern part of New York State was covered by an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. As deposits fell to the bottom of the ocean and pressure built up, limestone was created, and after millions of years, the content of North America rose slowly out of the ocean. Howe Caverns remains one of the few remaining mineral caves (living limestone) in the world.

At age 33, Howe opened the cave as the country’s third commercial cave venture. Guided tours departing from the current Howe Caverns Lodge officially began in 1929. The property was purchased in 2007 by Emil Galasso and Charles Wright. Since then, the original facility has been updated, adding Howe Glassworks, Howe High Adventure Park, the HC Mining Company, and renovations to the Howe Caverns Motel.

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History-1 – Picture known as “Man with a Torch” showing “Martha Washington’s Hood” In the unconditioned part of the Cavern, date unknown, probably somewhere between 1860-1890.

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History-2 – Tour during the late 1800s

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History-3 – The Kings Corridor – late 1800s

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History-4 Boat ride, Lake of Venus – 1930s

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History-5 – West Parking Lot – circa 1940s

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History-6 – Joe Basile’s Madison Square Band, on the Lake of Venus Summer 1930.

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History-7 – Phoning from the Cave 1930s or 40s.

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History-8 – Floodlight Lodge – 1930s

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History-9 – Lodge Interior – 1929

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History-10 – Tour group waiting outside of the Cave House for a Tour – Late 1800s.

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History-11 – Upper Parking Lot 1930s

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History-12 – Original Guides 1929

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History-13 – Boating on the Lake of Venus 1930s

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History-14 – Tour Guide, and later General Manager Harrison Terk circa late 1940s.

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History-15 – Signature Rock – late 1800s

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History-16 – Waiting for a Tour outside of the Cave House – late 1800s.

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History-17 – Transfer of ownership of the “Howes Cave Association” (Cave House years) June 1872. Lester Howe sold in 1869, this is from the one Lester sold to Mr Ramsey.

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History-18 – The Howes Cave Scout Troop (Howes Cave was an actual community down by the Cave House and Cement Plant) visiting Howe Caverns – December 1940.

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Howe Caverns Lodge Images & Content

The Howe Caverns Lodge welcomes visitors to the estate. With spectacular views of the Helderberg Plateau, the landmark and distinctive Lodge houses the Howe Caverns Welcome Center, Ticket Office, Gift Shop, Sweet Shop and Café. Visitors will find mementos and gifts for all ages in the Gift Shop, ranging from locally made jewelry, a wide variety of rocks and minerals such as cathedral amethysts, as well as t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and even miner’s helmets! The homemade fudge offered at the Sweet Shop has been its hallmark since 1985. Other treats found there include truffles, fresh roasted cinnamon glazed nuts, old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch candies and cave aged cheese. The Howe Caverns Café offers a wide selection of homemade meals and desserts including Paninis, fresh, high-quality deli sandwiches, homemade soups, pizza, specialty hot dogs, seasoned fries, chicken tenders and many seasonal specials. The Howe Caverns Lodge is open all year with seasonal days and hours. The café is open on a limited basis after Labor Day but is always available for student or tour groups by reservation.

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Lodge 1 – Current Day Lodge

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Lodge-2 – Howe Caverns Mining Company and Howe High Adventure Entrance

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Lodge 3 – View of Observation Binoculars

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Lodge-4 – View from the Lodge, Across the Valley

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Howe High Adventure Images & Content

Howe High Adventure is packed with fun, affordable outdoor experiences for the entire family, including a zip line, ropes course, rock wall, and H2OGO ball. Visitors can try one or all of the adventures offered and take off zipping, climbing, rock and rolling through the air above the Howe Caverns estate! Howe High Adventure opened in 2011 featuring the Zip Line and Sky Trail® Ropes Course, the Rock Wall opening in 2012, and in 2013, the 1100 ft H2OGO Ball Track was introduced. Season Passes and Day Passes are available, or families can take advantage of per ride admission. Howe High Adventure is open for group reservations starting Memorial Day, and open daily to the public July 1st through Labor Day.

Riders travel 1,100 feet down the hillside on the H2OGO Ball Track, which is the longest of its kind in the Northeast. The four tower High Adventure Zip Line is 900 feet long and divided into four sections, taking riders for a spectacular ride with views of the surrounding plateau from up to 40 feet in the air. A series of 28 surprising and challenging activities up to 30 feet above the ground greet visitors to the Sky Trail Ropes Course, with adventurers crossing elements such as the Burma Buckets and the Criss-Cross Tight Ropes. Climbers of all ages enjoy the 26 foot Rock Wall that includes eight distinct climbing routes on a realistic climbing surface. A hydraulic belay system keeps everyone safe at all times and allows for slow descends.

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HHA-1 – Ropes Course Overview

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HHA-2 – H2OGO Ball

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HHA-3 – H2OGO Ball

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HHA-4 –  Air Jumper

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HHA-5 – 4 Tower Zip line

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HHA-6 – 4 Tower Zip line

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HHA-7 – 4 Tower Zip Line

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HHA-8 – 4 Tower Zip Line

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HHA-9 H2OGO Ball

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HHA-10 – H2OGO Ball

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HHA-11 – Rock Climbing Wall

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HHA-12 – Ropes Course

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Howe Glassworks Studio Images & Content

A Unique Glassblowing Studio Offering a Personalized, Hands-on Experience!
Howe Glassworks Studio is now open at Howe Caverns and accepting reservations with their artists for glassblowing workshops, private lessons & more.

Howe Caverns is excited to bring the fascinating experience of glassblowing to the region and proud that our workshops will bring unforgettable and personal hands-on experiences to our guests. Our Director and Master Gaffer Dorian Ordoyne will use all of her expertise and knowledge to bring this amazing art to the Capital District. What sets Howe Glassworks apart is that our studio promotes interaction and participation by our guests, versus observation.

Studio guests will work privately and one-on-one with an instructor to select a workshop. Guests will be guided through a step-by-step process to bring their piece to life. Howe Glassworks offers the opportunity to create gorgeous bowls, vases, ornaments for all occasions, paperweights and our popular Ashes to Art memorials for beloved family and pets. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. Our Private Lessons, also available by reservation, are designed for the enthusiast looking to learn the ancient art of glassblowing and the hobbyist looking to expand their knowledge and skill set. During your lesson(s) you will learn the fundamentals of glassblowing: equipment use, hot shop safety, color application, assistant skills, design, and creation. Reservations for individuals, groups, and special events are available for ages 7-100+ by calling 518.296.8900. For details and inspiration, visit howeglassworks.com or find us on Facebook at Howe Glassworks.

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Credentialed journalists wishing to write about Howe Caverns may receive a complimentary tour or interview upon approval.

For anymore information please contact us at (518) 296-8900 or visit the website howecaverns.com