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Address: Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 52003
Phone Number:
+1 563-556-6451
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

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Lots of formations

The pros: Lots of good formations, easy walking for little ones, informative and friendly guide. An interesting story of the discovery by miners in the late 1800s. Something fun... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
Jim C
Wapello, Iowa
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Wapello, Iowa
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53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The pros: Lots of good formations, easy walking for little ones, informative and friendly guide. An interesting story of the discovery by miners in the late 1800s. Something fun and educational to do with the family. The cons: not everything is not a natural cave, some of it was dug by the miners looking for lead. It's dimly lit and... More 

1 Thank Jim C
Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We always love to hear feedback! More 

Lansing, Illinois
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30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Three isn't bad, it's average. This was a good fit for our family with young kids for a short cave experience. Shout out to Will, who did a nice job as guide. The cave itself shows a lot of damage, as most formations have been broken (presumably in prior eras) or marked by visitors' accumulated carbon dioxide, but it's good... More 

1 Thank Daniel R
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Remember to wear a light jacket as temp is always 52 degrees in cave. Also water friendly shoes are a must as some areas had small pools of water we had to walk through. Tour lasted about 45 min. Guide was very knowledgeable and had nice fun personality.

1 Thank victoriah788
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is not a big cave so it only takes about 30-40 minutes for the tour but it is beautiful. Young tour guide, but she was very amusing. I would highly recommend visiting.

2 Thank Rachel F
Sterling, Illinois
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124 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The cave was very interesting. the history and unique formations were fascinating. A great place to stop for an hour or so.

1 Thank Dan R
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

All ages enjoyed this place! Lots of neat things to see. The kids enjoyed sifting for treasures. Don't forget a jacket or a sweatshirt. You may get a little wet...but we didn't mind!

1 Thank heidimb81
Dubuque, Iowa
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I've actually visited twice, once over 20 years ago and again this past summer. Although the tour is a little pricey, it's wonderful to get an up-close view of the effects of water on rock.

1 Thank Brian H
Round Lake, Illinois
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Completely surprised when we found brochure about caverns at out hotel. It is just the right size for a brief break from hiking. Must be able to go up/down a staircase into cavern. Some puddles inside depending on outside weather so don't wear Sunday best or new tennis! Privately owned, maybe a bit overpriced.

1 Thank Ashoken
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18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

A bit tight in places and not for anyone who is challenged on foot, because spaces can be a little difficult to navigate. But a nice little cave, staffed by very nice employees. Cool little gift/rock shop.

1 Thank Margaret L
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Took girls 4 and 9 to the Cave on a rainy day during a Galena trip. The tour is ~ 40 minutes long and was interesting. The kids loved it. There were some tight squeezes and some necessary ducking in some of the smaller passageways. Overall I was pleasantly surprised! Pretty formations, easy day trip from Galena, Kids had a... More 

2 Thank sspychal

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