Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown reopens for tours

Jim Sansom, a former geologist with the Texas Highway Department, now the Texas Department of Transportation, was the second person to enter Inner Space Cavern after it was discovered in 1963. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Jim Sansom, a former geologist with the Texas Highway Department, now the Texas Department of Transportation, was the second person to enter Inner Space Cavern after it was discovered in 1963. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Jim Sansom, a former geologist with the Texas Highway Department, now the Texas Department of Transportation, was the second person to enter Inner Space Cavern after it was discovered in 1963. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Inner Space Cavern reopened for cavern tours May 1, according to a May 7 news release. Inner Space Cavern closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic March 25.

"Inner Space Cavern joins many businesses, including state historic sites and national natural landmarks, across the state in welcoming guests back in a safe and strategic manner under Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas," the release said.


Precautions are being taken to make sure both guests and staff remain safe and include the following:

• Cavern tour capacities will be limited to allow guests effective physical distancing between each family group.

• Seating in the snack bar area is limited to every other table. Food sales are limited to packaged snack and drinks.


• The cleaning and sanitation crew cleans and disinfects all high-touch surfaces throughout the facilities frequently.

• Complimentary hand sanitizer is available throughout the facilities.

• Guests will be encouraged to wear face coverings while they visit and to use handwashing stations and hand sanitizer.

• All staff will have their temperatures checked before reporting to work and monitored for symptoms.

• New merchandise and food handling guidelines have been developed.

• Increased queue line spacing will also be in effect.

Cavern tour tickets are available online, and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance due to limited tour capacities. Online cavern tickets are valid for any day and time, the release said.

Tours are available Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tours enter the cave frequently throughout the day, and the last tour enters at closing time.
By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019.


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