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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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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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Lumberton, Texas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This was my first caving experience (that I am old enough to remember). The tour was about an hour and Becky was a great guide. Very interesting facts and details. Nothing was in bloom outside the cave since it was still snowing and hadn't warmed up enough to start stuff blooming. This was a great starter trip though.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

For the money we paid for each person, it was a waste of time and money. I thought the tour would be longer and more to see but it was stupid. There were areas that were so narrowed that it was difficult to walk through. We got stuck at the end of line and didn't hear the tour guide most... More

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I hadn't been to the mounds since a childhood field trip decades ago. I decided to take a quick weekend trip to Madison and stopped here first. On the weekends your run ever 30min, and hourly on weekdays. The tour is one hour long, and while heavily scripted, it's pretty cool to be walking through a cave created in the... More

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Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

we took our 5 year old to this attraction and everybody in our family enjoyed it! it was an attraction we went to as a slight detour on a road trip and it was worth the visit. If you have a young child, make time to dig for items like bones and gems in the area attached to the gift... More

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Zionsville, Indiana
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84 reviews 84 reviews
51 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

"Best cave tour ever" said the little boy on the tour immediately prior to ours. We stopped at the cave on the way home from the dells on a recent Sunday, and found it far busier than expected for a February afternoon. Our tour had about 30 people including young kids and a few seniors. The guide was very knowledgeable... More

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Green Bay
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This place was not only educational but very interesting. We went this past July with our kids ranging from 7 to 13. They all really enjoyed it and I do not recall anyone complaining. Always fun to throw a little education into the vacation.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

Having lived within an hour of this cave for nearly 15 years, we finally decided to go with our two adult sons. Paid $63 for 4 adults to go on the tour. We waited for or group to leave and noticed the were about 6 screaming young children running through the rock shop. I asked the girl working the counter... More

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Caves_Rock, Manager at Cave of the Mounds, responded to this review

First of all, thank you for visiting Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark after living in the area for so many years and thank you for your honest feedback. We apologize that your experience with us did not live up to your expectations, or to our goal of providing great customer service and a positive, memorable experience. We continue... More

Elmwood Park, IL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

1. Cave of The Mounds' entrance is tricky, so pay attention when driving! 2. Before you go into the beautiful hidden cave, make sure you have a sweater with you, it gets cold as you go further into the cave. 3. Before entering with a tour guide, you watch a cute video about the history of the site, etc. 4.This... More

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Caves_Rock, Guest Relations Manager at Cave of the Mounds, responded to this review

Cave of the Mounds’ underground temperature is 50 degrees year-round. Relative to the weather outside, the cave feels pleasantly cool in the summer and enjoyably warm in the winter, and you’re right, at 50 degrees a sweater or jacket is recommended. Although we do have several stairways, they are spread throughout the one-hour cave tour and all stairs and sloping... More

DeKalb, Illinois, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We had a ton of fun on this trip! The caves were fascinating and filled with natural beauty. The tour guide was very personable and informative. We went as a school field trip, and I felt afterwards that we had definitely learned something! Besides the cave tour, there are also hiking trails, panning for gems, and fossil digs. Great experience!

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Caves_Rock, Guest Relations Manager at Cave of the Mounds, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience and appreciation of the natural beauty of the cave. That enthusiasm for learning and new experiences is contagious! The students in your group were lucky to have you on the trip. More

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

So, upon entering the caves, your guide builds up the story and then turns the lights on and the first cave is then on display. It's a magnificent site and worth the entry fee along, then you work your way through the caves at a steady pace, no rush here, but a part of you is expecting bigger and better... More

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Caves_Rock, Guest Relations Manager at Cave of the Mounds, responded to this review

Thanks for your perspective - that first reveal of the South Cave is indeed special! Cave of the Mounds has been referred to as the Jewel Box of America’s show caves for the variety and delicacy of formations. The cave tour provides varying views of formations through passageways that are decorated with soda straw stalactites, fossils, cave drapery and the... More

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