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Cave of the Mounds

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Address: 2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd, Blue Mounds, WI 53517-9413
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+1 608-437-3038
10:00 - 17:00
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Sat - Sun 09:00 - 18:00

The most beautiful cave in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, Cave of the...

The most beautiful cave in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, Cave of the Mounds lies just off U.S. Highways 18/151 in Blue Mounds, WI. The United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service designated Cave of the Mounds a National Natural Landmark because the site possesses "exceptional value as an illustration of the nation's natural heritage and contributes to a better understanding of man's environment". Curious tourists and budding cave enthusiasts have been enjoying an introduction to caving in the midwest for years while visiting Cave of the Mounds. Commonly referred to as the "jewel box" of America's major caves for the variety and delicacy of its formations, Cave of the Mounds is recognized by the Chicago Academy of Sciences as "the significant cave of the upper Midwest".

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Contains some unique formations

This is by no means the biggest or the best cave open to public view, but it does contain some excellent examples of stalactites and stalagmites, though many of these have been... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Barry G
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is by no means the biggest or the best cave open to public view, but it does contain some excellent examples of stalactites and stalagmites, though many of these have been broken off by glacial action after they were formed. What intrigues me most is that this cave was found by accident while blasting for other minerals. This makes... More 

Thank Barry G
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I've visited as a kid, but it's been years, so decided to take my 3 year old for Glow Quest. It was a lot of fun for both of us! While we waited for our tour, we dug for specimens in the sand, which we both really enjoyed, and we explored the gift shops. They have a variety of items... More 

Thank Dawn B
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is so under rated!! Having lived in Wisconsin for 5 years, I kicked myself for not visiting this place earlier. The cave itself is not too overwhelming to go with kids. My 3 year old could enjoy the hour long tour without getting antsy!! Our tour guide was knowledgeable, the lightings are very well done without distractions. The... More 

Thank RoseV19
Seattle area
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't sure what I was going to get in this first-time visit, but I was pleasantly surprised. The well-run tour starts with a short movie explaining what you're going to see and puts it into evolutionary context, then it's down to the cave for an approx 50 min walk. Pretty cool stuff, especially if you're a science geek like... More 

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Trevor, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cave of the Mounds was fabulous. It is a true gem in our state of Wisconsin. The tour guides were engaging and knowledgeable. It was a fascinating experience for our whole family.

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Menasha, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have lived a couple hours away for my entire 60 years and finally decided to visit. My husband and I really enjoyed the cave tour and the grounds, even in early spring on a cloudy day when the temperature was the same inside the cave and outside - 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoyed the history of cave. Gift shop was nice... More 

Thank Menashan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the tour! It was reasonably priced and a really beautiful thing to see. As it being my first cave experience it makes you want to see more ! The tour was organized our tour guide was great took his time and let every takes photos along each stop. I recommend wearing a jacket it does get cold... More 

Thank Mallory C
Rockton, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here several times and it is still a neat experience. It had ben raining for a couple of days so it was neat to see how the rain affected inside the cave.

Thank Cnwrails
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful, amazingly rocks and minerals at their finest. Your informative and completely a must see!

Thank Pat D
Champlin, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to numerous caves in the United States and I have to say this is one of the better ones. I wasn't expecting much being from Wisconsin but this cave is comparable to Tennessee and Texas. It's larger than I thought and absolutely gorgeous – a really great place to go with friends and family.

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