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Wind Cave National Park

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Address: 26611 US Hwy 385, Wind Cave National Park, SD 57747-6027
Phone Number: (605) 745-4600
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Description: One of the world's most extensive cave complexes.

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Worthwhile stop with kids

We arrived before lunch, picked up tickets for the afternoon and then went down the road to the picnic area. We returned in time to see the 20 minute movie and start our tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We arrived before lunch, picked up tickets for the afternoon and then went down the road to the picnic area. We returned in time to see the 20 minute movie and start our tour. Groups are fairly large, so you only get info from the guide in 2-3 spots at which point he gets everyone together. My kids left us... More 

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Kentwood, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Natural entrance tour - lots of steep stairs down. If you're claustrophobic you might want to pass on this one. Awesome boxwork to see. There were two stops for the ranger to explain the cave so most of it is walking and sightseeing. A smaller group would have been awesome so we could have asked more questions on the formations.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We did the Fairgrounds Tour of the Wind Caves. We really enjoyed the tour. The guide was interesting and informative. I'd never done anything like these caves before and really enjoyed it. It is a bit chilly in the cave so you may want to consider a sweater or jacket. The box work in the cave was stunning. I'd highly... More 

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Walker, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Good cave tour. There's even an elevator and a few different tours to choose from, so people of different abilities can enjoy this cave. I think even wheelchairs can access this one!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Visiting the cave is a great experience. Our guide was a Lakota Sioux Ranger who gave us a unique perspective of the cave and its relationship to the Lakota people. But the park is more than the cave, there are lots of great trails, very well marked, that give you a "Dancing with Wolves" experience. For those who think the... More 

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Enid, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This cave is noted for its box work which is pretty spectacular. We did the candlelight tour which I highly recommend if you want to be nostalgic and experience the cave tour like they did in the olden days.

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Batavia, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We took our 3 kids to Wind Cave. It was a great experience and very informative. The formations are very neat. It is cold so bring your jacket. We were fine in shorts and a long sleeved sweatshirt. It's about 55 degrees but no wind so it doesn't feel as cold as you would think. If you have an autistic... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The cave tours are reasonably priced and our family of 6 enjoyed it for the most part. The younger kids got a little bored early on. The tour we took was an hour and a half long and we got to view a lot of the boxwork that makes this cave so unique. There are trails here but we opted... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

If you're looking for huge stalactites and stalagmites then this isn't the cave for you because it has few of them. What is does have are box works that are very unique in the cave world. Our tour was led by Ranger Justin who did a great job of telling us about the history and geology of this huge cave.... More 

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Kohler, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We took the shortest, least stair climbing of the tours. It lasted approx. 1 hour. It was very informative and entertaining. Ranger Jessica was awesome! It was perfect for us. Though some of the more adventurous folks may enjoy the candlelit tour, wild cave tour or one of the other two more strenuous climbs (450 stairs). We felt the price... More 

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