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Mega Tram Cavern Tour

Overview

The Mega Tram at Louisville Mega Cavern is a 60-70 minute tram tour led by a guide. It takes you on an underground adventure through a man-made cavern, showcasing the cavern’s geology, history, and much more.

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Important Tour Details

Frequently Asked Questions

Your experienced tour guide will provide information about the Cuban Missile Crisis Bunker, the history of the Cavern, the use of the facility for green building applications, and mining techniques used in the space.

A working service dog with a leash is permitted on the Walking and Tram Tours.

Since the Cavern has a 26-foot-thick rock ceiling and as much as 50 to 60 feet of dirt above that, it was intended for use as a shelter from weather and nuclear attacks.

Within the Cavern, there are currently 12 different businesses utilizing our commercial tenant space of over 500,000 square feet. The Cavern stores corporate records, museum artifacts, boats and RVs, public storage units, emergency supplies, concrete block manufacturing, and PODS (among other things). We cannot divulge all the tenants that are located here due to privacy and security reasons.

During the Cavern’s period as a mine, enough rock was removed during operations to build a four-lane highway 357 miles long. That’s the same amount of rock that it took to build all three of the Great Pyramids in Egypt!

The Louisville Crushed Stone Quarry.

The mine was founded by Ralph Rogers back in the 1930s. He was a great visionary who saw the need for additional highways in the United States, particularly in the South. Legend has it that he could look at a potential site and know almost exactly how much rock he could get from it. His business did very well during the Great Depression because of federal programs that provided work to unemployed men in the form of new road and bridge construction. 

The Louisville Mega Cavern is a 100-acre limestone cavern capable of shrugging off a 260 mile-per-hour tornado! Year-round, it remains a consistent 58 degrees. The Cavern under the Louisville Zoo has remained virtually dormant since the last load of limestone was mined nearly 40 years ago. This limestone was used to build bridges and roads across the Midwest.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960s, state and federal officials made plans to house 50,000 people in the Cavern in case of a nuclear attack. The Cavern is a natural bomb shelter.

Geologists say that the Louisville Mega Cavern is the safest place in Kentucky.

Since the early 1990s, a massive amount of recycled concrete, brick, rock and dirt were (and continue to be) off-loaded at the Cavern to fill in holes and create additional floors and internal roads. Construction to carve out offices and storage spaces is ongoing. Even still, these efforts have made a mere dent in filling the more than 4,000,000 square-feet of available space.

The temperature remains a relatively constant 58 degrees year round.

The Cavern is classified by the Louisville Metro Government and the State of Kentucky as a building. As a matter of fact, it is considered the largest building in Kentucky and even has its own building code.

The Louisville Mega Cavern was created to be a massive limestone quarry. Miners blasted a mind-boggling amount of rock for over 42 years throughout the 20th century. It was acquired in 1989 by private investors who saw the potential to develop a portion of the cavern into an environmentally conscious high-security commercial storage facility.

Yes! Let us know what you’re wanting to celebrate, and we can make special arrangements. We have an outdoor pavilion that can accommodate up to 100 people and an events space that can hold up to 350! Please contact the marketing department for more information.

Yes, you may. However, please note that most of our tours offer free photos.

Directions

FROM I-264 WATTERSON EXPRESSWAY
Take Poplar Level Road exit #14. Travel on North Drive for 1/4 mile. Turn right on Taylor Avenue at the Wendy’s restaurant. Drive straight ahead one-half mile to 1841 Taylor Avenue.
FROM LEXINGTON ON I-64
Take I-264 West. Drive 5 miles. Take Poplar Level Road exit #14. Travel on North Drive 1/4 mile. Turn right on Taylor Avenue at the Wendy’s restaurant. Drive straight ahead one-half mile to 1841 Taylor Avenue.
FROM CINCINNATI ON I-71
Take I-264 West Drive for 9 miles. Take Poplar Level Road exit #14. Travel on North Drive 1/4 mile. Turn right on Taylor Avenue at the Wendy’s restaurant. Drive straight ahead one-half mile to 1841 Taylor Avenue.
FROM INDIANAPOLIS ON I-65
Cross the Ohio River. Stay on I-65 South for 5 miles. Take I-264 East at exit #131. Drive one mile. Take Poplar Level Road exit #14. Travel on North Drive 1/4 mile. Turn right on Taylor Avenue at the Wendy’s restaurant. Drive straight ahead one-half mile to 1841 Taylor Avenue.
FROM NASHVILLE ON I-65
Take I-264 East. Drive one mile. Take Poplar Level Road exit #14. Travel on North Drive 1/4 mile. Turn right on Taylor Avenue at the Wendy’s restaurant. Drive straight ahead one-half mile to 1841 Taylor Avenue.
FROM ST.LOUIS ON I-64
Take I-264 East. Take Poplar Level Road exit #14. Travel on North Drive 1/4 mile. Turn right on Taylor Avenue at the Wendy’s restaurant. Drive straight ahead one-half mile to 1841 Taylor Avenue.

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Mega Tram Cavern Tour

Starts at $19.99
70 minutes excursion
At least All Ages
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The Mega Tram at Louisville Mega Cavern is a 60-70 minute tram tour led by a guide. It takes you on an underground adventure through a man-made cavern, showcasing the cavern's geology, history, and much more.