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School Groups

A field trip to Ruby Falls includes a guided tour hosted by a knowledgable guide who will explain elements of the cave science, including how caves and rock formations are created. The path to the waterfall features active stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, flowstone, and many other geolocigal wonders. Tours are fun and educational for students of all ages. Group tickets also include access to Lookout Mountain Tower for breathtaking views of the Tennessee Valley. For an additional fee, a class photo can be taken to commemorate their Ruby Falls adventure. 


Educational Group Rates

To make a reservation, contact us at 800.755.7105 or use the reservation request form. Group booking dates and times are subject to availability.

 

Adult*

Child (ages 3-18)

Ruby Falls

$16.50

$10.00

Ruby Falls & Rock City Combination

$31.00

$18.50

Ruby Falls, Rock City, and Incline Railway

$37.00

$21.00

Caves & Critters – Ruby Falls & Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

$24.00

$14.00

*All educational groups receive 1 adult free for every 10 paid students. 


How to Plan

  • Group reservations are required. Call 800.755.7105 or fill out the Group Reservation Request Form to make your reservations.
  • One person must pay for the entire group upon arrival in order to receive the group rate.
    • If parents, or other chaperones, would like to pay individually, they will be charged the regular retail rate, not the discounted group rate.
  • Please allow a minimum of 2 hours at Ruby Falls for the tour, Lookout Tower, and Gift Shop
  • The temperature in the cave is around 60 degrees year round. Comfortable shoes are suggested as the total walk is a little under a mile and the pathways, although paved, are uneven in some places. Heels, sandals, or backless shoes are not recommended. 
  • Ruby Falls is located in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Each tour holds up to 50 people. If your group is larger than 50, you will be divided into smaller groups.
  • Free bus/motorcoach parking available.
  • Underground guided cave tour covers about 4/5 of a mile walk. The majority of the path is level; however, there are a few steps located throughout the tour.
  • Due to natural formations, narrow passages and small groupings of steps, the cavern is not wheelchair accessible or stroller accessible. 

Educational Curriculum Guide

By the end of your trip, your students should be able to :

  • Explain how caves are formed
  • Identify six types of formations found in limestone caves and explain how they are formed
  • Name four minerals seen in caves
  • Explain the formation of sedimentary rock, the formation of mountains, and the role of water in those processes
  • Develop an awareness of our environment

Teacher Resources