Cave of the Mounds
Cave of the Mounds
4.5
Caverns & CavesGeologic Formations
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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".
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Mark H
    Fond du Lac, Wisconsin2,990 contributions
    Sill fun and informative
    I hadn't been to the Cave of the Mounds in about 15 years and it's just an interesting now as it was with my youngest kid. Our guide was excellent on about about 45-minute tour. We went on a day when snow was melting so that was a small amount o dripping water. There are some easy stairs that are spread out and the walking surface is flat concrete with a slip-resistant surface. It's a great activity in the water or summer because the temperature is about 50 degrees year round. In the summer there is a beer garden and walking trails. I highly recommend if you're in the area.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 19, 2023
  • Andrew Jensen
    5 contributions
    It was a cave. Pretty nice overall.
    Of all the places I went on our Wisconsin trip, I feel like this one was the least egregious money grab. Maybe that's because it's far away from the Dells (about an hour). 4 of us went for 70 dollars. The staff seemed knowledgeable and into nature. It was cool to see. I'm not sure what weight the National Natural Landmark designation actually has, I feel like this may be a title that they assigned to themselves. It wasn't a national park, that's for sure. Regardless, it was interesting and enjoyable. If you are of the huddled dad masses yearning to breathe free (or at least cheaply) to escape the wilely clutches of the incessant Dells, this will offer some reprieve.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Kristal
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin16 contributions
    Cave is great! Avoid the outside additional options.
    This place is great if you just resist all the ridiculously expensive extras they try to sell you. The cave is awesome. All the options for finding gems and breaking geodes are way overpriced. Just skip those. Do splurge for a black light, though. That can make the experience even cooler.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Bob H
    Olathe, Kansas138 contributions
    Not a great experience
    Although the cave is an extraordinary find, I can't highly recommend this tour. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. However, there is not a great value in the tour. It's a cave. Nice and cool. For the cost, it's not at the top of my list to recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
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SOS T
144 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Did a cave tour at Cave of the Mounds today. And I honestly really enjoyed/ love the tour we did throughout this beautiful cave. I really enjoyed learning about the history of the cave and all beautiful rock formations that are inside and it was also really neat to see a fossil on the ceiling of the cave.

Would definitely would love to go back and do another cave tour at Cave of the Mounds.
Written December 2, 2023
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russianwulfgar
Milwaukee, WI1,605 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is the teeny-tiny version of Carlsbad Caverns. If you've never, ever seen a cave, then go here. The guide we had was informative, but couldn't answer all my questions, one of which was do you go permanently blind if you come out of a cave after getting cave-blindness. Which you supposedly get after being in a pitch-black cave for an extended period of time. Does that last forever? He didn't know, but I hope he finds out so the next person who asks will get an answer. The tour is pretty short, less than an hour. You do get interrupted by other groups going past, and you do hear other guides talking when you're trying to listen to your guide, but again, this is a teeny-tiny version of a huge cave, so I guess it's to be expected. The grounds are beautiful, the hillside garden is pretty, and the beer garden is very pleasant. If you have seen a huge cave, skip this. If you have kids under 15 you need to entertain, go here.
Written October 6, 2023
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Missouri29 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We loved this cave! We bought tickets for the self-tour where we took our time and enjoyed the stalagmites and stalactites and the beauty of the cave. Guides are posted in various areas to answer any questions and provide information. You also have the option to rent a black light.
Written September 13, 2023
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Bob H
Olathe, KS138 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Although the cave is an extraordinary find, I can't highly recommend this tour. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. However, there is not a great value in the tour.

It's a cave. Nice and cool. For the cost, it's not at the top of my list to recommend.
Written September 10, 2023
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Kristal
Milwaukee, WI16 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This place is great if you just resist all the ridiculously expensive extras they try to sell you. The cave is awesome. All the options for finding gems and breaking geodes are way overpriced. Just skip those. Do splurge for a black light, though. That can make the experience even cooler.
Written July 31, 2023
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Darlene_and_Joe
Sunriver, OR148 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
The Cave of the Mounds does not disappoint. The many limestone formations are fascinating. A self paced tour allowing you the time you want to observe and enjoy. They had plenty of staff stationed in the cave to answer your questions. For an additional small fee, you could rent a blue light to shine on the limestone. Well worth the entertaining colors under blue light.
Written July 23, 2023
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Andrew Jensen
5 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Of all the places I went on our Wisconsin trip, I feel like this one was the least egregious money grab. Maybe that's because it's far away from the Dells (about an hour).

4 of us went for 70 dollars. The staff seemed knowledgeable and into nature. It was cool to see.

I'm not sure what weight the National Natural Landmark designation actually has, I feel like this may be a title that they assigned to themselves. It wasn't a national park, that's for sure.

Regardless, it was interesting and enjoyable. If you are of the huddled dad masses yearning to breathe free (or at least cheaply) to escape the wilely clutches of the incessant Dells, this will offer some reprieve.
Written July 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KPP
15 contributions
Jun 2023
This was our first trip out here. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the gardens before our cave tour. They are really well done and offered plenty of butterfly and small bird spotting opportunities.

The cave itself was a welcome relief from the heat outside and a neat tour to take. Some areas were very narrow so a larger person might have issues getting through. Other areas were low so taller people should watch their heads. It was neat seeing all the different mineral formations and deposits. The staff and volunteers throughout were knowledgeable and friendly.

We took a hike through their wooded path section afterwards and that was lovely as well. Had some birding opportunities as well as getting raced around by several chipmunks chasing each other. It made for a lovely morning/early afternoon before we headed into Mt Horeb for lunch.
Written July 12, 2023
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Sid
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
My young daughter loves this place and it’s a short drive for me so it’s perfect for few hours of entertainment, some walking trails, hands on experiences and of course the tour ends in the gift shop
Written June 5, 2023
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Donna S
40 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Fascinating trip underground. Our guide, Nova, was extremely knowledgeable, studying geology, and you could tell she loved her job! Highly recommend!
Written May 25, 2023
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