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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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10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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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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Cool cave, a bit pricy

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Shawano, Wisconsin
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Shawano, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

Thank Randall K
Lodi, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

Thank bearman_10
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
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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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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Coralville, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This area is very neat, and not just the cave itself. There are some nice, easy walking trails, a barn where kids can "excavate", and a garden area. There are also a lot of picnic tables around where you can have a picnic. The cave itself is very nice and the tour is interesting. You start with a short video... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Well, what's not to enjoy when you're travelling underground to see an unique creation?! Bring a jacket, headlamp (ask your tour guide if it's okay to use!! Don't blind your fellow humans), and your camera. Great for all ages.

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Plain, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

My husband and I had been to Cave Of The Mounds during school field trips as children and our son had also been for school and loved it, so we decided to make a day of it. The hiking trails and gardens are beautiful. Everyone in the gift shops were very friendly and welcoming. The bathrooms were clean. We paid... More 

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