Cave city attractions bouncing back from Covid impacts on tourism

CAVE CITY, Ky.- Cave City, right off Interstate 65, is home to a plethora of local attractions. Some have just re-opened, like Crystal Onyx Cave and Dinosaur World, both of which have been open for three days as of Wednesday.

Crystal Onyx Cave is a seasonal attraction running from March through October, meaning a large chunk of the season was lost due to Covid closures.

Crystal Onyx Cave owner Scott Sendko said, he’s still worried even now.

“It hurts a small tourism business like this. We’re just a small mom and pop organization here. It was very tough on us,” Sendko said.

While the attraction took a hit financially, Sendko said visitor head count has been very well despite the attraction only recently re-opening.

“It’s a big relief. I don’t think a lot of people realize that we’ve been closed since October. It’s been a long stretch, and we definitely need to get people through here,” Sendko said.

Heading back in time to Dinosaur World, visitors are flocking back to interact with life-sized dinosaur statues once again.

“The first day was very good. Yesterday was a little slower, I think the weather had a lot to do with that. We’re picking back up today and getting rolling,” said Dinosaur World park director Chris Randall.

The fact that attractions aren’t running on a skeleton crew means attractions like Dinosaur World will once again come to life.

“It lets us know that the community is behind us,” Randall said.

When it comes to the light at the end of the tunnel for Crystal Onyx Cave, Sendko said, only time will tell.

“It’s too tough to say right now with only three days under our belt. July is the busiest month by far, so by then, things should be up to speed. At least I hope so,” Sendko said.