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Review of Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed September 10, 2013

We took our 5-year-old son, who is very interested in science, rocks/minerals, and geology. This was very exciting for him. We adults also enjoyed the tour. Our tour guides, Jenny, and Jamie (who was in training) did a great job. They made it fun and educational. The stalagtites and stalagmites were interesting and beautiful. We liked the fossil and mineral education. There are several stairs and semi-steep walkways, so if walking is an issue for you, that's something to consider. There are some areas in which the walls are briefly fairly close together; the majority of people probably would not have a problem fitting through, but if you happen to be larger, and/or are very nervous with small spaces, it could be slightly uncomfortable. If you're tall, you must duck in a few places, but you don't ever have to crouch too low. We saw just a few tiny bats. They stayed high above our heads, did not come near us or pay any attention to us, and only one of them was actually moving. Most of them were sleeping soundly. Walkways are sufficiently lit. We still had to keep a close eye on our young adventure-seeking son to ensure he did not wander off or step into any dark areas. He happened to be wearing light-up tennis shoes, which turned out to be helpful. I wished I had brought along a glow-in-the-dark stick for him, just for fun. You can take pictures, but they discourage too much use of flash; I think they said it was to avoid bothering the bats. In one room, they do shut off all the lights for a couple of minutes just to "achieve total darkness," but they do ask everybody in the group if it's ok first. In a separate room, they turn off the main lights and use a blacklight for a demonstration. The gift shop is very nice with lots of neat finds. We purchased the "prospector's package" for our son only; we didn't need to pay extra for the adults to have the experience too. He liked sifting through the sand, via pumped water and a screen/box, to find rocks (which he gets to keep). He also liked pressing a penny in the gift shop's entrance. A couple of "duh" items to remember: no cell phone reception, no bathrooms.Take a sweatshirt along, as it's 50 degrees down there, year-round. (In the winter, that's a heat wave for us Wisconsin-ites...but it's still a damp 50 degrees). Wear good walking shoes, which you don't mind getting just slightly dirty. Walkways are mostly paved with tiny pebbles, but are slightly wet from drops of water coming from cave ceilings.

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Touring the caves is really fun and you learn a lot. The caves are pretty cold so best to bring a sweatshirt even if its warm outside. There's also a shop with great unique items and really good fudge! There also trails around the building for hiking and a picnic spot. And gold mining for kids.

Thank Ames K
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Husband and I took grandsons aged 9 and 7 on the tour. Very interesting formations. Tour guide provided us with lots of information and answered questions. There were bat flying around in one area which was really neat. Grandsons liked panning for rocks after the tour. Would have liked to walk to the sinkholes but it was close to 100 degrees and high humidity so decided we would savet for another day.

Thank Shirley G
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

We had a hard time finding the attraction as it was our first time ever visiting the area. The cave was great but I would have liked to have spent more time in it after the long drive to get there.

Thank Sandy S
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Interesting, low key, really neat cave tour. This is not an all day visit, and food is not available, but they do have an outdoor picnic area.

Thank lisayoung2
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