We continue to want to explore where we live and really enjoy what is close to home. On this Colorado Adventure, we decided to try Cave of the Winds.
The boys were 2 (a month before his 3rd birthday) and 18 months at this time, and a cave seemed like the perfect place to take boys. Their website does advertise as toddler friendly, so we decided to give it a whirl. Cave of the Winds is just west of Colorado Springs in Manitou Springs. The drive up Highway 24 is beautiful, and the grounds of Cave of the Winds offer breathtaking views.
You buy tickets and then wait for your tour time in the gift shop. We got there in plenty of time and the boys were very excited about the ginormous bear that’s in the gift shop.
I think that there were about 12-15 people on the tour. You first start by having your picture taken, then the guide starts giving a lot of information about the caves. This is fantastic if you want to know a lot of detailed information about caves, but with 2 little boys they did not want to listen, they wanted to explore.
The boys did great walking around and climbing up the steps (which are a little steep in some areas), but they also wanted to be loud. There is one part of the cave where the acoustics are such that if totally quiet, you can hear your own heartbeat. After exploring different caves and learning all about stalagmites and stalactites (bonus if you remember which is which), we then got to this part of the cave with the special acoustics.
The guide asks everyone to be really quiet so that you can hear your own heartbeat, and during this very quiet, serious time, one of my boys starts singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Aaaand it was just downhill from there.
The guide finally asks us if they’re going to be quiet (uh no) and we were escorted out. Seriously my most mortifying parenting moment ever. The funny thing is the boys were actually being very well behaved, just noisy. That doesn’t work too well in cave-land.
This is a great place to take kids who are able to be quiet and listen. If your toddler/preschooler/child/cousin/thirty year old brother is able to do that, then that’s amazing! Our kids definitely did not fall into that category at that time. So if you plan of trip to Cave of the Winds, you’ll hopefully know a little of what to expect.
I will possibly consider taking the boys here once they’re much older (and once my embarassment is completely gone)…plus we are frustrated that they advertise as toddler friendly when clearly they were not.
Location: 100 Cave of the Winds Road in Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Price: Discovery Tour: Adults $20, children 6-12 $12, children 5 and under- FREE. The other tours vary in price
Website: Cave of the Winds