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“Educational, but go in off season to avoid over crowding”
Review of Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Kutztown
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: See PA's first show cave. Discovered in 1871, and open to the public shortly thereafter, Crystal Cave has been operating without interruption since that time. The one hour cave tour begins with a video presentation describing the history of Crystal Cave and the formation of caves. Guides take you into the cave and give you both an educational and enjoyable tour. Crystal Cave is known for its abundance of formations in various size and color. Over five million adults and children have been thrilled by this subterranean museum of nature. After your tour you may want to visit our gift and souvenir shop, historical exhibit, authentic Amish Buggy, real Indian Totem Poles, and shaded picnic park all on 150 scenic acres. Other activities open seasonally include miniature golf, panning for gemstones, Ice Cream Parlor, Crystal Cave Cafe, and Museum.
Reviewed May 25, 2014

We had a very knowledgeable tour guide who spoke at length about the various cave formations as well as the cave's history. The cave itself is rather large. The walkways are well maintained and well lit. It was heartbreaking to see the various stalagmites and stalactites that had been broken by explorers from the past before conservation efforts could be made.

From what we saw from our visit, the earliest tour and the last tour seemed the least crowded. Our tour was at max capacity (they broke us up into two groups to better handle the size) at 2:30pm. This was a problem mainly because the tour groups were so close together that the guides were talking over each other, making it difficult to hear our own tour guide. If Crystal Cave can space the tours a few more minutes apart to avoid this problem, that would definitely help to create a better experience. Our group was also packed with many very unhappy small children. I love the fact that parents are trying to have the children experience something natural and educational, but a dark cave can be very upsetting to some small children. The children in our group loudly screamed their displeasure through the *entire* tour which made it even more difficult to hear the guide (screaming toddlers are loud enough - now imagine several of them screaming at top volume, all at once, amplified in a cave... yikes!). It is a shame because I'm sure many children are well behaved and will love this cave. We just had the "past their nap time" group.

Worth a visit if you're in the area and are interested in learning more about cave formations. If you don't like crowds, then off season may be best.

2  Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

What a wonder place to visit! The tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly. He really gave us a clear picture of the caves beginnings and how much tourist have enjoyed climbing through and exploring its wonders over the years.
Worth going for the whole family or even for a couple.

3  Thank Loretta P
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

My wife and I recently visited Crystal Cave in Kutztown Pa. We enjoyed the cave and our guide was very knowledgeable. I was able to take plenty of pictures . One down side is if you have trouble walking uphill there might be a problem. The walk from the ticket office to the cave entrance is a pretty steep uphill climb. Overall this was a very pleasant diversion and I would go back again sometime. There is an admission charge of $13.50 per adult.

1  Thank Marc G
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

I love caves and caverns. We stopped at Crystal Cave on a little roadtrip across PA. The woman in the shop where you buy your tickets was really nice and friendly. The whole place has a really old fashioned charm, and I loved every minute of it. Our guide, Dan, was really good and we had a great time.

Thank brianb1983
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

visited the cave in April. The staff were very nice and the place was uncrowded. We were the only ones on our tour and we had a great guide who spent about an hour with us underground. The surrounding are is very scenic and pretty. Not a lot to do at the cave as the miniature golf and the nature trail was closed. Would recommend to families. No handicap access.

Thank JN889
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