Overall Score - 8.5
Scare Factor - 8
Actors - 8
Visuals - 8
Value - 10
Paul - This was the first visit to Lewisburg Haunted Cave by anyone from Haunted House Tour. A group of four of us went and gave it a go.
We were not disappointed.
The cave is actually an old limestone mine near the Ohio/Indiana border off of I-70. When you arrive on site there is a large parking lot and a group of buildings where you buy tickets and concessions, and a tent where you can purchase an additional ride-along tour through the mine for $8 (highly recommended).
The line starts just behind the ticket booth and when we went the wait wasn't very long at all, only about 30 minutes. There are a couple of back-and-forth queues before you start heading down, down, down.
The haunt itself starts well under the surface. I'm not sure how far underground you are but I'd guess 50-60 feet? The atmosphere is cool, humid, and obviously very dark, which only adds to the experience. The first thing you come across once dispatched into the haunt is a long wooden bridge that takes you to the main haunt area, and at times when crossing it's so dark you can't see the person 2 feet in front of you.
While going through, it becomes fairly apparent that it is indeed the longest haunt in the world. There are so many scenes, actors, animatronics, and huge surprises it's hard to keep track of everything! Plenty of screams, jumps, and shrieks to go around and even a few features I hadn't experienced at any other haunts.
The actors did great work, the automated props were very well implemented, and all of it was made better by the atmosphere. There are a few spots you walk through that you can see the enormity of the cave in the background and there's just no substitute for that. Add to that the length and you have a recipe for an unforgettable experience.
I was very impressed with the entire operation. They kept things running smoothly and efficiently. The only negatives are some that they share with a few other haunts I've visited recently; Catching up to the groups in front of you, and the number of people smoking in line. I know it's almost impossible to keep the groups spaced out enough where you won't catch the group in front, but I think if the actors had more of a chance to reset at their scenes it would have been even better. The smoking in line is annoying at any haunt but this one is literally in a cave underground and the smoke just hangs in there like a fog. It would be awesome if they would keep at least the underground part of the line smoke-free. Oh, and a couple more porta-potties wouldn't hurt.
Overall, this is a very well-done haunt. I highly recommend it, especially with them only charging $17 for admission. (Add the $8 to do the mine tour and make it $25. It's well worth it). That may be one of the best entertainment bargains around and it definitely makes this haunt the one to beat in the bang-for-the-buck award. You need to make the trip and go see the Lewisburg Haunted Cave!"
Teresa - This was my first time to the Lewisburg Haunted Cave. The ambiance was fantastic. It's actually in an old mine, but there are bats and there is dripping water and fog and lots of darkness. The lighting was great, just enough to see when you needed to, but they took advantage of the darkness too, so there was some feeling your way and some neat lighting effects. There were lots of giant animatronic props that were pretty impressive. And one thing I never anticipated, trucks and vehicles driving around in the cave! I wasn't expecting that! Some of the actors made strong impressions, but the costumes were mostly not that memorable. The best and worst thing about this haunt is the length. This is one LOOONG haunt. You get lots of bang for your buck. Which brings us to one of the only downsides, and that is when you have a really long haunt, and lots of people wandering through at their own speed, they tend to merge into one long group. So by the time we got to the maze, there were just people wandering every which way. Everyone kept moving, so it wasn't too bad, but I think it loses a little scare factor when there are too many other people around you. It would be really hard to completely eliminate that in a haunt this long though. And the length is one of the selling points. Everyone in our group had a great time. And outside of the cave itself, the Lewisburg Historical Society also offers a Historic Wagonride which we also did. They give you a ride through the mine while telling you about the history, talk about how limestone is mined, and then about what other things the mine has been used for. I thought it was pretty interesting, and we did see some bats flitting around down there. If you like haunted attractions, you should definitely check this one out. You just can't beat the chilly, damp darkness of a cave.