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Visit Crystal Grottoes in Boonesboro, MD

Terrific natural cave, similar to Luray and other caves in VA as it is the same vein of limestone.  Kid-friendly event, estimated cost $7 per person, $4 per kid since we have met the 20 person group level.

Maybe we can all go to lunch together in Boonesboro after the cave tour.  Lunch is OPTIONAL so don't feel that you have to do lunch too.  Also, once you are in the Frederick area, there are lots of nice things to fill up your afternoon.  Antiquing, Antietam, Lilypons, etc.

Note - the cave is UNDERGROUND so this is a rain or shine activity.

KIDS WELCOME AT THIS EVENT

 

Monday, June 15th 

Hello Everyone,

Yes, I confirmed the reservation after we went over 24 people. They are expecting us at 10:30 AM on Saturday. That gives us plenty of time in the cave before lunch.

We do not need to pay in advance. I will collect $$ in the parking lot and pay for us all at once. DON'T go in and pay singly. We need to all pay together to get the group rate. Also - YOU MUST BRING CASH. They do not accept checks or credit cards. Cost is estimated to be $7 per adult and $4 per kid. If we have cancellations, we still need to pay for 20 participants so we might have to go a little over. Still a deep discount for the $20 regular price.

REMEMBER

- CASH ONLY

- WAIT in the PARKING LOT for me to collect your $$ so we can pay as a group and get the group rate.

- DON'T pay singly as they will charge you the single rate

The cave is 54 degrees so bring a light jacket or sweater to wear. Also, I would recommend wearing sneakers or rubber-soled shoes. The cave has paved walkways so we will not be climbing or crawling in the dirt. But it can be damp.

I am looking for a place to go to lunch. Suggestions welcome. With such a large group, we may want to split up into smaller groups.

Please take a look at the attached map. In general, figure out how long it will take you to get to FREDERICK and add 1/2 hour.

We will try to get started with the tour at 10:30 AM.

 

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  • Alice D.

    Had a great time with a wonderful group of people. The caverns were awesome, our guide was fantastic. I'll be posting pictures soon.

    July 21, 2013

  • Carole H.

    Nice event. Very interesting cave. Great group of people too. Thanks, Christine, for gathering us together.

    July 20, 2013

  • SonaDora

    Beautiful day, nice drive, cool caverns, and a really good price!

    July 20, 2013

  • Melissa

    Great event! Thanks for putting it together!

    July 20, 2013

  • Larry

    turns out I can't make it; have fun!

    July 20, 2013

  • Karen

    Gowtham, I'll swing by the Rockville metro at 9:10? Rockville pike side. I'm driving a white Mazda SUV cx5. [masked]

    July 19, 2013

    • Gowtham

      Karen thanks for ofering me the ride ....since the place was not accessible by metro ... i dropped this plan and planned for something else for tomorrow. ... I will not be coming to the Crystal Grottoes tomorrow... thanks karen

      July 19, 2013

    • karen

      karen - i might take you up on ride from rockville, though i have a car -- will call u in am if up?

      July 19, 2013

  • Gowtham

    I like to carpool and pitch in for gas. I live near McPherson square metro..but can meet near any of the metro station. Let me know.

    July 19, 2013

  • Gowtham

    I like to carpool and pitch in for gas. I live near McPherson square metro..but can meet near any of the metro station. Let me know.

    July 19, 2013

  • Karen

    anyone need a ride from Rockville (metro or town center)? Leaving 9:15.

    July 19, 2013

    • karen

      possibly. i'd be coming from bethesda. will see if i wake up in am and such. :)

      July 19, 2013

    • Gowtham

      Yes, pls confirm...i have to come from farragut but can make to rockville

      July 19, 2013

  • chrisMD

    PART TWO - PAYMENT

    Wow- we ended up with a really great attendance.

    Just a few more notes...

    We will be going rain or shine. Looks like we may get some rain in the PM but that shouldn't affect us.

    Please remember to bring CASH. They don't take checks or credit cards.

    Also, with this large a group, it would be really helpful if everyone showed up with their $7 in exact money. Please - don't show up with a $20 from the ATM as there is no way to make change there in the parking lot.

    If anyone wants to go to lunch afterwards, there are a couple of nearby options we can discuss after the tour. Some suggestions:

    Dan’s Restaurant and Tap House 3 South Main St. Boonsboro MD[masked]

    Bonnie's at The Red Byrd 19409 Shepherdstown Pike Keedysville, MD

    The Main Cup 14 W Main Street, Middletown, MD 21769

    I am really excited to see the cave again! I look forward to seeing y'all tomorrow morning.

    thanks - Chris

    July 19, 2013

    • Carole H.

      Really looking forward to this adventure. Lunch sounds great at any of these venues. See you tomorrow!

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody want to carpool from vienna metro?

    July 17, 2013

  • Michael S.

    I look forward to meeting all of you on Saturday.

    July 17, 2013

  • Sara M.

    Change of plans. My brother is doing a dance performance that day so I won be able to make it the this. :-/

    July 16, 2013

  • chrisMD

    PART ONE - PAYMENT

    Hello Everyone,

    Yes, I confirmed the reservation after we went over 24 people. They are expecting us at 10:30 AM on Saturday. That gives us plenty of time in the cave before lunch.

    We do not need to pay in advance. I will collect $$ in the parking lot and pay for us all at once. DON'T go in and pay singly. We need to all pay together to get the group rate. Also - YOU MUST BRING CASH. They do not accept checks or credit cards. Cost will be $7 per adult and $4 per kid. If we have cancellations, we still need to pay for 20 participants so we might have to go a little over. Still a deep discount for the $20 regular price.

    REMEMBER
    - CASH ONLY
    - WAIT in the PARKING LOT for me to collect your $$ so we can pay as a group and get the group rate
    - DON'T pay singly as they will charge you the single rate

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Sarah

      Thank you chris!

      July 15, 2013

  • Faith R.

    Hi. Sara Musero, I'm back in town and can certainly drive with you. We will likely need to leave no later than 8:00. I figure it will take at least 1 1/2 hrs to get to the cave so I'm giving us 1/2 hour if we get lost, or whatever. Just let me know what you want to do. Also I have room for another passenger in Arlington

    July 15, 2013

    • Sara M.

      That would be excellent, thank you! I can meet you in Arlington- where is a convenient location for you?

      July 15, 2013

  • chrisMD

    The cave is 54 degrees so bring a light jacket or sesater to wear. Also, I would recommend wearing sneakers or rubber-soled shoes. The cave has paved walkways so we will not be climbing or crawling in the dirt. But it can be damp.

    I am looking for a place to go to lunch. Suggestions welcome. With such a large group, we may want to split up into smaller groups.

    Please take a look at the attached map. In general, figure out how long it will take you to get to FREDERICK and add 1/2 hour.

    We will try to get started with the tour at 10:30 AM.

    July 15, 2013

  • Sarah

    Did someone make a reservation hopefully? Otherwise we will be out of luck for the group rate. According to the website we don't need to pay in advance but we should have made a reservation about 2 weeks before the event if we have a 20+ group.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Caves are usually 50 degrees

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Tara

    Ok. I'll ask a stupid question ... Is it cool in the cave? I'm assuming yes. I don't want to overheat!

    July 14, 2013

  • Faith R.

    Sara, that sounds fine. We can figure the best place to meet. I am away this weekend but will be in touch

    July 12, 2013

  • Karen

    is it too late to get in to the group rate?
    leaving from Rockville-center- car pool would be nice

    July 12, 2013

  • Faith R.

    Hi. I live in arlington and would love to carpool

    July 12, 2013

    • Sara M.

      Can I ride with you in exchange for gas money? I can meet you in some central location in Arlington; I live right off of Columbia Pike,

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can drive, can take 3pp -live in Rockville

    July 12, 2013

  • Sara M.

    Hi there! Is anyone carpooling?

    July 12, 2013

  • Faith R.

    Has there been any effort yet to organize the $ to get the discount? what is the full cost, that just might be the easiest

    July 10, 2013

  • Sankar

    Or else just pay full price...

    July 8, 2013

  • Sankar

    Looks like it is going to be a problem to get everyone to pay in advance. Perhaps one person can buy 20 tickets for $140 now and then divide it equally among people who show up. If at least 10 people show up, you will still pay only 14 $ each. Just have to make sure people show up. Maybe send an email asking people if they are really going to show up. Perhaps people can pitch in buy lunch for the person who buys the tickets. Just a thought.

    July 7, 2013

  • Sankar

    Keep in mind that not everyone who signs up ill show up. Perhaps you could ask people to make a deposit.

    July 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Who do we need to submit money to to pay in advance for our tickets? We need to purchase the group rate tickets at least 3 days prior...

      July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Actually it's 10 days or 2 weeks in advance reservation in order to get the group discount for a group of 20.

      July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay! We have the required group of 20! So we each save $13.

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Aileen

    It'll be a challenge to get 20 people to commit, but I'm game if we can get that #!

    June 18, 2013

  • Tim T.

    What a great idea! And there won't be a green thing in sight:)

    June 18, 2013

  • Alice D.

    Is there a meeting place, carpooling, etc. I will be coming from the Finksburg area of Carroll County.

    June 18, 2013

    • chrisMD

      Let's see who signs up. We are going for 20+ participants in order to take advantage of the steep discount from $120 per person to $7 per person

      June 18, 2013

    • chrisMD

      Oops - typo $20 per person regular admission

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    CASH ONLY, No Debit or Credit card.
    If no group ticket, $20 a person. Group Discount tickets are available by reservation.
    If your group includes 20 people or more, adult tickets are $7.00, and $4.00 for kids. 10 day to 2 week reservation is required.
    If your group includes 10 to 19 people, adult tickets are $10.00, and $5.00 for kids.
    3 day reservation is required,
    Website for pictures... http://www.crystalgrottoescaverns.com/
    $1 off coupon.
    I wanted to go but on May 6, I had a total hip replacement. Walking now for 20 minutes! But have to be careful.
    On the website they stated that there are steep stairs to enter the Caverns. Have a great time!

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think the $1 off coupon is for the regular admission of $20 only.

      June 18, 2013

    • chrisMD

      We can get the discounted $7 per person entrance if we can bring 20 people together for the tour.

      1 · June 18, 2013

  • Sarah

    Would like to bring my four yr old if that's ok.

    June 18, 2013

    • chrisMD

      Sure - that would be great.

      June 18, 2013

  • Sankar

    Please send email to the host ChrisMD if you have questions. You can send him an email by clicking on his name in the RSVP list on the right. Perhaps Chris would post a comment in reply, but if not please email Chris.

    June 18, 2013

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