This was our 4th trip to the Grotto. Each time we bring new family members who are seeing it for the first time. We were told of heavy rainfall which washed out some of the ferns and caused rock slides. In January, 2005, we were allowed to walk into the grotto and under the ferns. We sat and listened to the singers who were positioned in the grotto itself, and their voices carried as if they were plugged into some amplifiers and speakers. In May, 2009, we could see the grotto and the ferns that are left trying to make a comeback. We were on a large uncovered wooden deck about 40 feet from the grotto, and although the singers were good, their voices just didn't resonate from the corner of the deck. It's just not the same. The boat ride was informative, relaxing, and enjoyable. We (every passenger) even stood up and was taught the hula. I'm good. Fortunately there were only about 20 people aboard. I don't think it's worth $20. I am sure that we wouldn't go back without 1st timers. We combined our AirVentures air trip with the Fern Grotto land trip, so the Grotto tour actually only cost us $4.00. It was worth it, and we didn't have to do the Grotto the same day as the AirVenture, which helped.
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