Cave City, Kentucky: Big Mike's Rocks, Gift Shop, Mystery House

Classic distraction on the road to Mammoth Cave, this souvenir/rock shop features dinosaurs, a fossilized skull and a series of black-lit rooms, including a perception distorto chamber, or whatever they call it.
566 Old Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY
I-65 exit 53. West on Hwy 70 (toward Mammoth Cave National Park) about three miles.
Open Th-M; closed Tu-W. (Call to verify)
Mystery House $1, Kids 50 cents.
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Big Mikes Mystery House. Big Mike's Rock Shop

I last visited Big Mike's seven years ago and wanted to see what it was like now. I'm glad to say that it's doing well and the Mystery House is as good as ever -- and still only $1. The guide was enthusiastic and all of the features were working, water and billiard balls running uphill, with the Ames Room Illusion being the highlight of the tour. It's on the way to Mammoth Cave, so there's no reason to miss this place.

[James Hite, 08/30/2013]


Mystery House slant room. Big Mike's Mystery House

This place is awesome. Sure, it's obvious the floors are slanted and it's a little run down, but it adds character, and for 1$ what can you expect?! Personally, I would go back in a heartbeat. The photo op of the large/small room and the chair sitting on two legs is worth a dollar.

[Erin, 02/16/2011]
Mystery Spot. Big Mike's Mystery House

I am going to chalk it up to a poor visit, but really I was not impressed. My guide seemed bored with her job, and it was very, bam bam bam. There was no fun to it. The entire house was basically black light posters and uneven floors. The water running uphill and the "big/small" room was neat, but those were the only "mysteries" to the entire house.

I happened to get a free ticket from the wax museum by mentioning that I was going to Big Mike's, so I'm glad I didn't waste my own dollar.

[Danielle, 09/02/2010]
Big Mike's Mystery House

Took my two very out-of-town guests (from the Philippines) to Big Mike's on the way to Mammoth Cave. Used our convenient internet coupon to save the admission fee, which made it all that much better. Well worth the introduction to the America Tourist Trap concept for them.

OK, you're supposed to be amazed by the trick floors and all, but they lean soooo much that it's really obvious why the water and pool balls roll uphill. Then there's the chair that sits on a rail with you in it bit. Awesomely bad. Our tour guide was bored with the whole routine at 9 am on a Saturday, adding to the aura even more. Lots of poorly delivered bad jokes. I was thrilled with the experience and convenience. Don't miss this if going to Mammoth Cave.

[Byron Bell, 06/28/2010]
Big Mike's Mystery House. Big Mike's Mystery House

My boyfriend and I planned a trip for the weekend to Mammoth Cave and decided to look up surrounding attractions in the area for some extra stuff to do. We, Of course we found Big Mike's Mystery House on, noticed the admission of $1, and immediately assumed it would be awesomely bad and definitely worth a pilgrimage. Conveniently, the Mystery House was right on the road we needed to take to get to the caves, so no gas was wasted in the pursuit of a cheap laugh.

Apparently the joke was on us, because I believe my boyfriend enjoyed the Mystery House even more than he enjoyed Mammoth Cave. Your level of enjoyment will come from your ability to appreciate what one everyday-type man was able to build with his own two hands. Obviously, this place isn't Disney World, but it is unlike any place I've ever been before. Some guy who knows how to build stuff and knows his geometry constructed a house that's actually pretty neat to see, when you consider you're at some random stop on the road in Kentucky. Our tour guide was very nice and we had a lot of fun.

[DJ, 08/28/2009]

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