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Crystal Lake Cave

Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
+1 563-556-6451
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Loved this cave

We go to a lot of caves and been to many out west and this one is one of our favorites. Well worth... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
thriftytraveller37
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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Pleasantly Surprised!

I am kicking myself for living in the area for so long and never visiting this awesome place! I... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
csschmitz3
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Dubuque, Iowa
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“tour guide” (17 reviews)
“gift shop” (17 reviews)
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Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
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"tour guide"
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"gift shop"
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"minute tour"
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"wear a jacket"
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"light jacket"
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"per adult"
in 8 reviews
"under ground"
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"year round"
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"great guide"
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"great adventure"
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"super fun"
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"picnic tables"
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"unique experience"
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"formations"
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"shoes"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We go to a lot of caves and been to many out west and this one is one of our favorites. Well worth the admission. Nice features and long. Only issue was we were in the back and couldn't quite make out the entire interpretive...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I am kicking myself for living in the area for so long and never visiting this awesome place! I went with my husband and 3.5year old daughter, and we were pleasantly surprised at how amazing the caves are. We want to do the extended tour...More

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Reviewed January 23, 2018

Out in he country for no rhyme or Reason! is crystlal lake caves! Make sure and take a warm coat, offen encorage our out of town kids with kids to check out! Under ground adventure

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Reviewed December 29, 2017

While the park is closed, for obvious reasons, during the winter, this is an amazing set of caves. There are 'crawl on your belly' sections, if that's your thing. I like walking upright, like a primate, myself.

1  Thank AlanPhyllis
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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2017

Thank you for this fun review! Our "Wild Cave Tour" has been popular. These unique tourists love the feeling of adventure. But I too, am very much that prefers walking over crawling. Lol. -Julie Owner Crystal Lake Cave

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

I have toured many caverns in the United States. Crystal Lake Cavern is one of the smaller caverns I have been in. But, I actually think I liked it more than the larger ones. It had a "small town" vibe, that was really great! Morgan,...More

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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2017

Thank you so much for a great review! I'm so happy you enjoyed the tour and your tour guide, Morgan. She will be elated to see this review and she will be generously compensated by me for doing an exceptional job! Sincerely, Julie Owner Crystal...More

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Reviewed October 9, 2017

This is a nice, family run cave with some interesting formations and crystals - it doesn't have big "rooms" but still has enough to see to make the 45 minute tour more then worth doing. The guide was informative and funny, so the time went...More

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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2017

Thank you for this wonderful review! We do actually run our guided tours every 15-30 minutes. We just didn't have enough help this fall due to the majority of tour guides being college students and had gone back to college. Thank you so much for...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

I lived in Dubuque 30+ years ago and never took the time to go to Crystal Lake Caves. So glad we did on this return trip. So many photo opportunities and fascinating if you have never see crystals in the making. Our guide was very...More

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Reviewed August 16, 2017

Our family (two adults, two kids ages 7 and 9) visited Crystal Lake Cave this past Sunday. We arrived at 10:50am and were told that the next tour would depart at 11:15am. FYI, you can only visit the cave via tour, so be prepared to...More

2  Thank Hannah W
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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2017

Thank you for such a great review! We love feedback! We're glad your time at the cave was wonderful ! Thank-you, Julie Crystal Lake Cave, L.L.C.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Visited today, one thing you want to know is yours depart on the hour, so plan accordingly. Tour guide was knowledgeable on the formations. Take it for what it is worth, depending on your belief of earths age to believe we are talking millions of...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

This tour is not too long, and not too short. It's the perfect length for kids. We all enjoyed it. I had no idea Iowa had caves like this! The formations are beautiful!More

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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2017

I'm glad you enjoyed your tour! We strive to do our best and to have you walk away pleased. If you would, like us on Facebook. We're a small family owned business and word of mouth is a huge source of advertising for us! Thank-you,...More

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Jasmine W
May 5, 2018|
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Response from Julie R | Property representative |
Depending on your height,. People carry weight in different ways. I've seen many larger people go through the cave just fine. Thank-you for your inquiry.
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Gayle E
November 17, 2017|
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Response from Julie R | Property representative |
No, I'm sorry. Due to our road, with ice and snow, we are not able to be open Thank-you for inquiring!
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mbussa
November 2, 2017|
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Response from Lizabearth | Reviewed this property |
They are closed until next spring.
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