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“Interesting and Informative” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Crystal Cave is a marble cave with a wide variety of stalactites, stalagmites, and other geologic features and cave-adapted wildlife that add to its popularity with visitors and scientists from around the world. There is a wide variety of tour options and experiences that appeal to adults, families, and the wild caver. Crystal Cave is open early May-late November, weather and conditions permitting. Advance reservations are online. Please review the physical fitness precautions before purchasing tickets. No pets.
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Ventura, California
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Interesting and Informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We were able to take the Crystal Cave tour with the "ghosts of the past" on Saturday, Oct 27th. I had been to the cave before, but this presentation was an added bonus. We left with a better sense of the history of the cave as well as appreciating the beauty of its interior. The area surrounding it does have a relatively steep climb into and out of the cave, so not for those with physical limitations. Some reviews said this was a moderate hike, but many on the way back up noted it was strenuous-not for length, but for the climb out! Great place to learn both some American history and science as you enjoy the natural beauty of the river, waterfalls and the cave itself.

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting Cave Tour with a small hike thrown in...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Prepare for a drive to the cave and then a 1/2 mile hike to get to the entrance. The hike in could be strenous for some people who are used to flat smooth walking surfaces. You go up and down small hills and stairs, theres rocks to watch out for and surface is not smooth for most of the walk. You go by waterfalls which are very pretty and make the hike in that much more enjoyable. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and the groups are small enough so you can hear them and ask questions if you want to. The walk in the cave is easier than the hike to the cave at least I think it was. It was smooth and very little incline through most of the walk. There were some stairs but they werent steep like some of the cave tours I've been in before. Our tour lasted about an hour and cost around $13 a piece.

Visited September 2012
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Bakersfield, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful Formations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I love to look at the beautiful formations - very educational. I have been there more than 5 times and plan to go back before the weather gets too cold.

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Visalia, California
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“Stunning to view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Although it's been quite a few years since I've visited the Crystal Caves, it was truly an adventure. I recommend it highly as an excursion with children. Educational. Remember though that it is pretty cool inside the caves.

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DC Metro
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35 attraction reviews
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“Quite a hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Getting to the caves, you have quite a hike (mostly downhill, so after you go it's quite the workout). The caves are not as elaborate or colorful as others I've seen, but it was a beautiful and cool part of our trip.

Visited August 2012
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