Yep. We shelled out the big bucks for a children's lantern tour through Chattanooga's Ruby Falls. Our son is obsessed with all things geological, and we knew he would love it. Especially since he wore a miner's hat with light!After we survived the drive up Lookout Mountain, the guide took our small group to an alternate entrance. We had an extra hour of cave time in the dimly lit portion. Did I mention I was wearing the baby in a front carrier? Ouch. I couldn't complain, because my husband was too busy trying not to scrape his head on the stalagtites!After a long and beautiful journey, we emerged into the Ruby Falls gift shop. The lantern tour included a bag of mine fill, mixed with bits of precious gem stones. Children pan for gems in the water sluice outside. It was so fun! Ruby Falls also built a lovely scenic picnic deck and playground just outside the gift shop.
My review: Despite the tacky tourist overtones, the underground experience and natural WOW factor made Ruby Falls worth the ticket. Once, anyway!