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Village Opening

The log cabin village at Squire Boone Caverns will open Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10 a.m. As you stroll through the village, you’re walking in the footsteps of brothers Squire and Daniel Boone, two of America’s most prominent pioneers and explorers. The village features demonstrations of lye soap and taper candles being made the way early settlers made them, and visitors may try their hand at dipping their own candles. At Boone’s Mill, built by Squire Boone around 1804, corn is still ground into meal just as it was two centuries ago.

Homemade breads, cookies and pies are made fresh every day at Boone’s Kitchen. There’s a selection of sandwiches, snacks, drinks and candies, too, including Squire Boone Village’s own Rock Crystal Candy and homemade fudge. Enjoy your lunch or snack in one of our shaded picnic areas with playground equipment for the kids.

The rock shop — Indiana’s largest — has thousands of pounds of mineral, fossil and crystal specimens in small and large sizes, more than 100 varieties to choose from. Just outside the rock shop, the gem-mining sluice offers an opportunity to mine for minerals and gemstones, including fool’s gold, the way prospectors do.

For an eco-adventure with an adrenaline rush, a state-of-the-art zipline course traverses from tree to tree through the forested hills above the village. Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures canopy course spans 2,500 feet and includes six tree-mounted platforms and a 50-foot-long, swinging suspension bridge. At speeds up to 35 mph, it’s an exhilarating experience over scenic valleys and ravines.

Guided, one-hour tours through our amazing caverns — discovered by Squire and Daniel Boone in 1790 — leave every 30 minutes during the summer months. Paved, lighted paths and steel bridges wind their way over rushing underground streams and waterfalls, and past myriad formations of all shapes and sizes, some estimated to be more than a million years old — and still growing! The caverns remain a cool 54 degrees year-round, so a light jacket and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Village hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Labor Day.

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