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Crystal Lake Cave

Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
+1 563-556-6451
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Great time!

I have toured many caverns in the United States. Crystal Lake Cavern is one of the smaller caverns... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
E5924PTkarenp
Interesting cave

This is a nice, family run cave with some interesting formations and crystals - it doesn't have big... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
cwitkows
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Chicago, Illinois
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Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have toured many caverns in the United States. Crystal Lake Cavern is one of the smaller caverns I have been in. But, I actually think I liked it more than the larger ones. It had a "small town" vibe, that was really great! Morgan,...More

Thank E5924PTkarenp
Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for a great review! I'm so happy you enjoyed the tour and your tour guide, Morgan. She will be elated to see this review and she will be generously compensated by me for doing an exceptional job! Sincerely, Julie Owner Crystal...More

Reviewed 10 October 2017

This is a nice, family run cave with some interesting formations and crystals - it doesn't have big "rooms" but still has enough to see to make the 45 minute tour more then worth doing. The guide was informative and funny, so the time went...More

Thank cwitkows
Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this wonderful review! We do actually run our guided tours every 15-30 minutes. We just didn't have enough help this fall due to the majority of tour guides being college students and had gone back to college. Thank you so much for...More

Reviewed 29 August 2017

I lived in Dubuque 30+ years ago and never took the time to go to Crystal Lake Caves. So glad we did on this return trip. So many photo opportunities and fascinating if you have never see crystals in the making. Our guide was very...More

1  Thank marybT5775QN
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Our family (two adults, two kids ages 7 and 9) visited Crystal Lake Cave this past Sunday. We arrived at 10:50am and were told that the next tour would depart at 11:15am. FYI, you can only visit the cave via tour, so be prepared to...More

2  Thank Hannah W
Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for such a great review! We love feedback! We're glad your time at the cave was wonderful ! Thank-you, Julie Crystal Lake Cave, L.L.C.

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Visited today, one thing you want to know is yours depart on the hour, so plan accordingly. Tour guide was knowledgeable on the formations. Take it for what it is worth, depending on your belief of earths age to believe we are talking millions of...More

Thank Matthew G
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This tour is not too long, and not too short. It's the perfect length for kids. We all enjoyed it. I had no idea Iowa had caves like this! The formations are beautiful!More

Thank Angela B
Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

I'm glad you enjoyed your tour! We strive to do our best and to have you walk away pleased. If you would, like us on Facebook. We're a small family owned business and word of mouth is a huge source of advertising for us! Thank-you,...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

As long as you are not afraid of small places and being confined this is a great tour. I did see a bat, so beware of that as well. It is pretty cool to see all the formations, colors, water areas, and history of the...More

Thank Shannon Z
Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank-you for your kind words. We strive to do our best and have you walk away being pleased. If you would, please LIKE us on our Facebook page. We are a small privately owned family business and depend greatly on word of mouth advertising. I...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017

This was a very interesting tour. The guide was well informed and personable. They even had jackets for my grandchildren to wear as the cave is 51 degrees year round. A tight fit at times but always plenty of warning to duck if necessary. Even...More

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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

I'm very happy to hear you and your grandchildren had a wonderful time at the cave and your tour guide took good care of you. We strive to do our best and have you walk away smiling. If you would, please LIKE us on our...More

Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

I've been to quite a few caves with this one being average. It was quite wet with a fairly large puddle at the end that was difficult to jump over. Plan on wearing old shoes. There wasn't a lot of large rooms, but some cool...More

Thank merchantww
Reviewed 28 July 2017

This was a beautiful cave to visit and we had a great guide. If you were claustrophobic if might be a problem.

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mbussa
3 November 2017|
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Response from Peter T | Reviewed this property |
All yours are guided. Check their website or call them. It appears they may be closed in November
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Roberta O
20 July 2017|
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Response from 274JulieR | Property representative |
Hi Roberta, it does get very narrow in a few spots. Very few spots will your boys have to duck. And depending on the level of claustrophobia, you will know within the first 10 minutes. The guide will direct you toward the... More
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