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Cave of the Mounds

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Address: 2975 Cave of the Mounds Road, Blue Mounds, WI 53517-0148
Phone Number: 608 437-3038
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Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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We arrived late in the day on a Sunday and went out on the last tour at 4 pm. We were in a very small group and it felt like we had the place to ourselves. Were able to see a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
Kelly C
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We arrived late in the day on a Sunday and went out on the last tour at 4 pm. We were in a very small group and it felt like we had the place to ourselves. Were able to see a number of beautiful geologic formations and a had knowledgeable guide. The tour is short enough (1 hour) for kids... More 

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New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We enjoyed an interesting tour of this cave and the guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. The tour lasted just about 1 hour.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Stopped off at the Cave of the Mounds on the way back from the Dells. It was a really cool tour filled with great information about the cave itself and the surrounding area. I had no idea that Wisconsin had such a cool place to explore. I would definitely recommend stopping and checking this out if you have the chance.... More 

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Shawano, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

We've been here a few times as a family. Learn something new on every visit and our son loves it. It's pretty expensive for a family though. More fun in summer... The cave is always 55 degrees and there's more to see outside when it's warm. Don't go right after a rain or snow fall because more water will be... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Certainly was an interesting tour of these caves, and our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. The only issue is that I am comparing these caves to others I have explored around the world, so my review is that they are average.

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Lodi, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

this is fun to take your kids to, but don't expect much as far as a cave. its pretty small and takes hardly any time to look at. gift shop is nice but pretty high priced. especially if you are looking for a little something for the child to take home and eventually loose. :) it is pretty high in... More 

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Pleasant Prairie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is a very nice cave tour to visit and see that is close to Madison. There is a lot of other things to do in general area if your looking for a weekend getaway. The tour was about 45-minutes to an hour and guild was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the history about how they found the cave. I would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

If you've toured a lot of cave systems you may not find it too impressive, but all in all it's a great tour and you'll learn about the geology and have fun.

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Crystal Lake, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We've visited a number of caves around the country and this one will be at the other end of the spectrum from where you'd place Luray Caverns, VA and Blanchard Springs, AR. In other words, "From the large and magnificent of Blanchard Springs to the tiny and quaint of Cave of the Mounds." This is one of those places you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I had been to cave of the mounds many years ago but got the opportunity to go again. They have improved everything! The grounds are beautiful, nice visitors center and the walkways and lights in the cave are very very nice.

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