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Cave of the Mounds

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Address: 2975 Cave of the Mounds Road, PO Box 148, Blue Mounds, WI 53517-0148
Phone Number: 608 437-3038
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Description: The most beautiful cave in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, Cave of the...
The most beautiful cave in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, Cave of the Mounds lies just off U.S. Highways 18/151 in Blue Mounds, WI. The United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service designated Cave of the Mounds a National Natural Landmark because the site possesses "exceptional value as an illustration of the nation's natural heritage and contributes to a better understanding of man's environment". Curious tourists and budding cave enthusiasts have been enjoying an introduction to caving in the midwest for years while visiting Cave of the Mounds. Commonly referred to as the "jewel box" of America's major caves for the variety and delicacy of its formations, Cave of the Mounds is recognized by the Chicago Academy of Sciences as "the significant cave of the upper Midwest".
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Small but interesting

An interesting small cavern. Not in the same class as Onandaga in Missouri, but nevertheless enjoyable. Some of the passages are pretty tight. Not for claustrophobics!! Worth... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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San Clemente, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

An interesting small cavern. Not in the same class as Onandaga in Missouri, but nevertheless enjoyable. Some of the passages are pretty tight. Not for claustrophobics!! Worth doing but go to House on the Rock first!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I loved being able to see how nature can make such a beautiful thing. The tour was great full of info the whole time. The only thing is I wish they would keep the lights on longer for pictures. It was so amazing how they accidentaly found something so breathtaking. The cost of the tour is totally worth it for... More 

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Prospect Heights, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Its my first time experience of Caves and loved it. The inside the cave tour would be for around 40 Minutes. My friends family had kids and they enjoyed the activity outside the attraction. I think it would be more interesting if there were a nice park around the attraction. Also is a museum like construction on the back side... More 

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Peoria
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We picked up a flier about Cave of the Mounds from a gas station on our way to Madison. Our family decided to take the afternoon and give this place a try. My 6 and 4 year old girls loved the gift shop and gem dig site. My 6 year old loved the tour. There is a very narrow section... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

There are many ways to spend time today but few offer the opportunity for your kids to experience the truly mysterious. My daughters, age 3, 6, and 11, asked questions during the entire tour. A fun way to spend an hour or so- I believe it is unforgettable.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Visited cave of mounds in Blue mounds, WI in October 2014. It was an awesome experience and first time for me. Thought it is a small cave, it is maintained well and guide was very knowledgeable. He clarified all questions and was able maintain interest with in visitors. A must see in Wisconsin and open round the year. Recommend this... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

Tour lasted about 45 minutes and for our family of 4 it was just over $50 admission! We were escorted around a cave to see rock formations. Was neat but not $50 neat. Seen it done it. No need to return. Can think of other ways to spend $50.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We went to visit the cave with my daughter and her family. They were celebrating Halloween in the cave and the grand kids were given various rocks throughout the tour. I had not been there since my adult children were small and had forgotten how stunning it was. The countryside near the cave was also stunning. A perfect way to... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We stopped at the cave on our way back from the Dells. So glad we went out of our way to make it here. The drive from the Dells to this cave location was just gorgeous through small towns, rolling hills and beautiful sweeping dairy & grain farms. All of the fall colors just exploded off the fields, trees and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

If you enjoy touring the inside of caves without crawling around with a headlamp, then you will enjoy this guided tour through the privately owned and operated cave. Tours last about an hour, but that includes a pre-tour video giving the history of the discovery and development. The cave is open year round. Planning ahead helps as your desired tour... More 

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