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.
Address:
566 Old Mammoth Cave Rd, Cave City, KY
Directions:
I-65 exit 53. West on Hwy 70 (toward Mammoth Cave National Park) about three miles.
Hours:
Open Th-M; closed Tu-W. (Call to verify)
Phone:
270-773-5144
Admission:
Mystery House $1, Kids 50 cents.
RA Rates:
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Rocks for sale. Big Mike's Rocks, Gift Shop, Mystery House

Super nice folks, and I got a purchase discount without asking! I don't think the Mystery House is open any more, but if you dig rocks and Southern hospitality then you should go.

[Carrie, 06/28/2014]

Hoping the Mystery House continues to discombobulate visitors...(it's still listed on the entrance sign).

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]

Illusion?

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]

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