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“Interesting and Informative”

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Preston
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Owner description: The address is a mailing address, but the cave HQ is maybe another 20 miles from Preston, MN so don't use it for your GPS device.
Reviewed July 9, 2014

Tour lasted about an hour. Our guide was well informed about the history and the more interesting facts about the cave. The formations were very interesting to see. Perfect place to go when it is rainy or looking for a change of pace.

Thank SarahW109
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were able to get tickets for this tour, which is only available on weekends. This tour offers more in-depth information about the science that was involved in the formation of the cave. This tour is 2 hours in length and is lighted only by flashlights. Everyone on this tour carries a park-provided heavy-duty flashlight. Our tour guide, Heidi, was new at leading this particular tour, but was very well informed about the geological features of the cave and could relay all that information in a way the was easy to understand, and all with a great sense of humor. We had folks as young as 8 and as old as 65 in our group, and everyone had a good time. For families with younger children, there are shorter tours available. This tour involved stairs, but there are other tours available with wheelchair access. Mystery Cave is part of Mystery cave and Historical Forrest-ville State Park near Preston, MN. Forrestville is an historic town with volunteers who 'live' the roles of townspeople and demonstrate what life was like back in the old days. Check out their website for calendars of events and demos. There is a fee for all tours, plus you must have a State Park pass.

4  Thank pmhb1
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

First things first. I'd like to reiterate what everyone is saying by repeating: Do NOT under any circumstances follow your GPS to get here, especially if you have reservations for a tour you have to meet. That being said, I really wish the signage was better. There are signs stating that the road is closed, but it doesn't tell you where to go. Also, be careful when taking the gravel roads. Do not take any roads that states "Low Mainenance Road". We had to practically ford a small stream to get over it.

With all that said, we were late to our flashlight tour (which I HIGHLY recommend), and the group left without us. One of the staff at the front desk drove us out there and we were able to catch the tour. Extremely grateful for that. The tour itself was awesome. Our tour guide Kate taught us more than I've ever learned in a cave tour. We saw some really interesting fossils and formations, including a raft formation, which only 5% of caves have. All in all, it was worth it and I'd come back.

Thank Jeannette W
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

Our guide was very thorough and knowledgeable and it was one of the better cave tours I've been on. Lasted about an hour. Park dept. has loaner jackets as the cave is always 48 degrees.

1  Thank minnesotajul
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

First off this place is kind of hard to find. There is a state park with the same name about ten miles away. The road getting here is a little rough as well. Basically you get there and pay for the tour and wait for it to start. They have a giant vault door in front of the cave so no sneaking in. They have lights in there that really illuminate the caverns well. The formations are beautiful and unlike anything you will see on the surface world. Nice and cool on a hot summers day. Worth the price of admission.

Thank Justin B
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