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Cave of the Mounds

2975 Cave of the Mounds Road, PO Box 148, Blue Mounds, WI 53517-0148
608 437-3038
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Geologic Formations
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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". « less
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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268 reviews 268 reviews
126 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We have been to many caves across the Country and were a bit disappointed to learn how small this cave is. Our exploration began rather tepidly since the cave reminded us of dry caves in Kentucky. While Cave of the Mounds was described as a wet cave, it didn't seem that way at first. But we were pleasantly surprised. As... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I just took my 6 year old daughter there this year and probably haven't been there since I was 12. It is a beautiful location and the cave is amazing. There are some cool things for the kids to do outside of the cave with sluicing for fossils, gems, etc. You can bring lunch and enjoy it on the grounds.... More

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Blue Mounds, Wisconsin
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73 reviews 73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Cave of the Mounds is a gorgeous cave with beautiful formations. It is a sealed cave, meaning there are no bats or other animals inside. The tour starts with a video about how the cave formed and some of the formations and fossils inside. While there isn't an elevator (it's a CAVE after all!) The steps are easy to... More

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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were fortunate to be there in July, and all the flowers were in bloom. The grounds are very well taken care of and picnic tables for your lunch. The shops have a nice variety of goods in all price ranges. The caves are beautiful! Simply stunning. Our tour guide was hard to understand which put a bit of a... More

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Long Beach, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The grounds of the Cave of the Mounds alone were worth the drive (which was also gooooorgeous!) and the price of admission! There is a restored prairie garden and several walks to take above ground and then you get to go underground and see a really neat cave very up close and personal! The guides are just as friendly and... More

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Definitely worth the trip - especially to take young kids to. I did not think the price was horrible. I think it was $16 per person and kids under 3 were free. They have a dig site where the kids can dig for rocks/gems in the sand (you have to pay for those you keep) as well as a couple... More

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Worth the visit however felt it was expensive for a national landmark. Go early to avoid the crowds. We arrived at 9:30 and by 11:00 it started to get busy. The museum shop has a nice variety of rocks at reasonable prices for collectors.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

If your in the area check this place out. The grounds are beautiful and they have a lot to do for kids like gold mining and fossil digging. It is a little expensive and the gift shop is way overpriced but the cave was really pretty. You start the tour watching a short information video and then you get to... More

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Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Took a day trip from Milwaukee to the cave. Tickets are purchased in the main building and tours begin every thirty minutes a short walk away in the gift shop. Ticket prices seem a little high for the ~one hour length of the tour. Tour begins with a 15 minute film about the history of the cave in a small... More

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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85 reviews 85 reviews
33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The grounds around the gift shop are beautiful. Very nice place to take a picture. You start the tour by going to the gift shop and waiting for the color of your ticket to be called. You then watch a short video on the history of the caves. The tour group was small, yet we weren't really allowed a lot... More

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