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Crystal Lake Cave

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Address: Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
Phone Number: 563-556-6451
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour

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Great little cave.

This is a great little cave tour! Best to go on a hot day, this way you stay cool the entire time you are underground.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2014
MamaP73
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Elk Grove Vlg.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Great Adventure , exploring the caverns of the Crystal Cave. A very nice tour with lots of history. Stalagmite and stalgmite impressive.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A family run tourist attraction for many years. It has an interesting gift shop with a variety of rocks, minerals and geodes. The tours are guided and contain many formations not found anyplace else. Be sure to bring a light sweater or coat since the temp in the cave is a steady 50 something degrees. We've been many times and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We had a young lady who has only been there a few months lead our tour. She was friendly and did well to keep the young and old alike interested and engaged while on the tour that is privately owned and has many features that few other caves within the United States have to offer.

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Galesburg, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This was a neat place to go to on our last day of vacation. The boy at the front desk (I wish I had gotten his name) was very pleasant and personable, and you could tell he loved his job. The tour guide, Aleah (sp?) was amazing! Very young girl, but you could tell she loves what she does and... More 

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Joliet, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I love caves, and this tour did not disappoint. All the usual corny jokes and puns that make cave tours unique and interesting sights. Great for families especially.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a great little cave tour! Best to go on a hot day, this way you stay cool the entire time you are underground.

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Aberdeen, South Dakota
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It's interesting but for older kids and adults. My 3-year-olds were not amused. The guide was friendly, but couldn't really go "off-script" to make it more age-appropriate (it was just our family on tour). It was an ok tour, but not sure I would make a repeat visit when my kids are older.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Well worth the time!! Our whole family enjoyed the tour. It's a little off the beaten path (there are plenty of signs) and hard to believe there is a cave on the property (it looks like a farm!!) If you don't like tight spaces, this may not be for you, however, you aren't in one place for too long. The... More 

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Champaign, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This place is a great and family owned. It was the highlight of my trip to Galena/Dubuque. Our guide, Lexi, was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. She did a great job of managing a large group of people to make sure everyone was having fun. Our group had a lot of kids and she kept us entertained in the front of... More 

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Iowa
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We came here upon the recommendation of a friend. It isn't far off the highway, but it isn't a place you'd notice without a heads up. It's a cool cave experience. The tour took about 45 minutes or so and was interesting. Everyone enjoyed it, especially those who hadn't been in a true cave before with the stalactites and mites.

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