Crystal Cave

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Crystal Cave
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Join us for Adventures Above and Below... Crystal Cave is fun for the entire family! Discover our unique, naturally formed, geological wonder 485 million years in the making! Our professionally guided tours explore multiple levels and meandering passages that descend more than 70 feet below the earth. Learn about the history and geology of the cave as you pass stalactites, stalagmites, other crystal formations, and the four species of bats who call the cave home! After the hour-long tour, venture above to experience the other great activities we have to offer. Search for real gems and fossils at Prospector’s Creek. Take the opportunity to hike our woodland trails, picnic with the family in our shaded picnic grounds, or browse our educational gift shop, which includes one of the largest rock shops in the upper Midwest. In addition to our extensive mineral collection, we have beautiful jewelry, fossils, apparel, and unique educational products for the entire family. A Visit to Crystal Cave is a great opportunity for families, groups, or anyone looking for memories to last a lifetime. There’s always something new to discover and explore at Wisconsin’s longest cave! You are guaranteed an adventure that is truly under this world!
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Darlene F
Mountain View, AR5 contributions
Sep 2021
Once again, a wonderful tour. We did not realize they had private tours, but it was great. We had the grandkids here, and it was so nice that the kids could ask questions, and we didn't worry about them bothering other guests.
And, our tour guide was so knowledgeable, and she seems to really enjoy answering the children's questions!
Since our group was large enough, the cost of the private tour was no more than if we had paid individually.
I love this place!
The tour prices can be a little high, but definitely worth it. I wish the mini-golf wasn't quite so much - we couldn't do both, with the size of group we had.
While there was picnic area, we choose to go into town, where there was play equipment for the kids to play on. Without the little ones, we probably would have picnicked here as well.
But allow time to browse the gift shop - they have some pretty great items there, for all ages.
Written September 18, 2021
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Thank you for the kind review. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your time here at Crystal Cave! Thank you for taking the time to review us!
Written June 1, 2022
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Nathan B
1 contribution
Jun 2021
Great tour and the most well-kept attraction I’ve ever been to. The tour is about an hour and probably favors smaller kids. But it was nice. The mini golf course was picture-perfect without a blade of grass misplaced. This place is like a postcard come to life.
Written June 29, 2021
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We appreciate the review, Nathan. We are happy to see our hard work being recognized, and hope you visit us again soon.
Written July 11, 2021
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needmoretraveltime
Barneveld, WI67 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This is a pretty neat cave. The tour starts after taking a spiral staircase down into the earth.
Big rooms, small peaks into other parts with baby stalagmites and stalagtites. Tall ceilings. Low crouchy ceilings. Cave kisses. We didn't see any bats, apparently they come back in October when it gets cooler out.
Our tour guide was most delightful.
Worthy of 5 stars!!
Written August 28, 2021
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We're so glad you enjoyed all of the formations Crystal Cave has to offer. The time you'll see bats is definitely towards the end of October when it's getting really cold out and the beginning of April. You'll definitely have to come back some time and see if you can spot some!
Written June 1, 2022
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Connor G
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Friends
Our tour guide Cameron was great and had a good sense of humour, but the caves themselves were underwhelming. There was a distinct lack of crystals that one is able to easily see, although one should know that those are “within the rock”. Overall not a big or pretty cave, therefor the $20 ticket price is unreasonable.
Written October 23, 2021
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We're glad you enjoyed Cameron as your tour guide! We are sorry that you were underwhelmed with the amount of crystals in our cave. The original owners of the cave back in the 1940’s were amateur geologists, and they named the cave Crystal Cave because of the geologically unique yet small druzy quartz crystals that can be found throughout the limestone.
Written June 1, 2022
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Judy O
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Well organized, easy access, not a difficult climb or walk. Took our young grandkids [5&6], they loved it. The adults enjoyed it as much as the kids. Worth the trip!

Panning for gems and fossels was a highlight
Written June 13, 2022
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We're so happy that your family had a nice visit and that you enjoyed panning for gems and fossils! Thanks for visiting!
Written June 17, 2022
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Elizabeth M
Tomahawk, WI52 contributions
Jun 2021
I have driven innumerable trips between north central, Wisconsin and St. Paul, MN since 1988. For those 33 years I have noticed the Visit Crystal Cave billboards, and always said someday I must visit. I did so today and I'm glad I did. The guided tour took an hour and was very informative. Our guide was Seth, a geology major at UW. I found the history of its discovery by two teenagers fascinating. It was discovered thanks to a woodchuck! There certainly doesn't seem to be anything different about the geography of the area that would make you think there was a cave beneath the surface.

I recommend a light jacket even if the outside weather is 95 degrees like today was. I also wouldn't wear open sandals.
Written June 8, 2021
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Thank you for such a detailed review, Elizabeth! We are glad to see that you found Crystal Cave to be worth your while, and hope you can visit us again soon. Fun fact: the reason the the cave is 50F is that it is the average annual temperature of our area.
Written July 11, 2021
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Stacy O
Red Wing4 contributions
Jun 2021
Our family of four adults really enjoyed our trip to Crystal Cave. We always meant to visit when the kids were little but never did. So glad to finally make the trip. Our tour guide, Cal did a great job adapting to our group and the tour was very interesting, informative and fun! She was super about answering our somewhat off-the-wall questions and still managed to keep us all on track.

I was really impressed with the grounds. They were very clean, comfortable, and beautiful. It’s a great place for mixed ages. Would love to come back again sometime to explore the nature trails and and have a bbq/picnic.
Written July 8, 2021
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We're so glad you and your family enjoyed your trip to Crystal Cave. We'll have to mention to Cal you enjoyed her tour. Thanks for stopping by!
Written June 1, 2022
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Brenda N
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Oct 2021 • Family
Crystal cave was so fun. We took our granddaughter and am not sure who enjoyed it more. We booked our tour time on the way there and that was very simple. You can do a private tour but you do need to do more in advance. We went on the open tour and had no issues. The cave itself is amazing and we were all enthralled. After the tour the granddaughter did mining for fossils. There is also mino golf and nature paths. You can easily make a day out of it.
Written October 11, 2021
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We're glad you and you're granddaughter enjoyed your time at Crystal Cave! Thank you for the review!
Written June 1, 2022
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KristinaK
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We had such a great time at Crystal Cave. Not only was it educational, but it also was really fun. We went to 3 attractions last week and Crystal Cave was certainly our favorite. Travelled with children age 8, 14, 15. Cal was out tour guide, she was fantastic!
Written August 31, 2021
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We are so glad you had an amazing time at Crystal Cave! We'll have to tell Cal you enjoyed her tour. Thanks for stopping by.
Written June 1, 2022
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Lacey F
Princeton, MN3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We came here for my daughters 12th birthday. The cave is large and beautiful. Bradley was very knowledgeable and funny. Great experience. The gift shop is super cool too with great prices. We also did the gem and fossil panning which was super fun for all ages.
Written July 5, 2021
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Thanks for the great review, Lacey! We are thrilled to see that you had a 5-star visit to Crystal Cave, and we will definitely pass the compliment along to Bradley.
Written July 11, 2021
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