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“Enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours”
Review of Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave
Ranked #1 of 14 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 21 October 2013

This is the only cave I have visited, but I have been there twice--as a child in the 70's and recently with my spouse. It might be a little expensive, but the movie was interesting and informative, and the tour was fun. Our tour guide was young, but well informed. He did a good job of combining facts with humor. Considering it was a Sunday morning in October, the place was very busy! The tour group was pretty large, and you sometimes had to be standing pretty much right in front of the formations to get a good look at them. For instance, when the tour guide pointed with his flashlight at a formation that was said to look like a turtle, we were too far away to view it until the crowd moved on. If there were a number of formations pointed out in one stop, you might not be able to recall them all by the time you got in front of them and had a chance to look. In general, try to stay up close to the guide, if you can. The cave's website has a lot of good information. One tip: The cave's temp is about 54F degrees. That's chilly! We wore sweatshirts, and kept our jackets on as well, and we were very comfortable. The movie/tour takes about an hour. We arrived shortly before the next tour was to start, so we did not have to wait long. Leave time to poke around the gift shop! There is also food available, and a nature trail to explore (although it was closed during our visit due to still needing repairs after last year's Hurricane Sandy). Take note: You have to climb an outdoor staircase to get up to the cave's entrance...It is a bit of a hike, but do-able for anyone in reasonably good shape.

Thank jen59
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

For being so close to home, this was a very nice trip! We thought the inside of the cave was beautiful. Brought our ten year old son and his friend and they loved it. Especially panning for gemstones after the tour was over. Nice souvenir shop too.

Thank Lori K
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

It’s definitely a cool location and a nice daytrip, but I think it’s just a little over-hyped for what it is, especially with all of the road signs, tourist volume, etc. They have a nice little operation set up with the gift shop, ice cream, snack bar, etc. The cave itself is pretty cool, but I was underwhelmed by the formations. There weren’t really that many impressive stalactites/mites or crazy mineral formations. There was a lot of plain rock, smoothed rock, etc. I still enjoyed my trip here, just a little bit less than I was expecting.

2  Thank Jason M
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

this is a small cave of stalagmites etc. all the formation are pretty vague etc.the guides are a bunch of high school who babble with with some kind wanna be tourist guide voice.there is a preview movie which is as old as the cave and the room its given can pass as an abortion clinic.

i actually traveled 2 hours to see this nonsense

4  Thank jacob w
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

My husband, 15 year old son and I took a ride out to Crystal Cave on Labor Day weekend - we were actually kind of shocked when we got there (it's about 20 miles off Rt 78 so be prepared to drive thru farmlands, etc) and it was PACKED with people! We had to wait an hour for a cave tour. We amused ourselves by wandering up the hill to the "museum" and thru the store and the ice cream parlor and then hiked up the hill to the cave entrance to wait our turn. They stamp your ticket with your time on it, but people were still trying to get in to earlier tours. I give the kids who do the tours credit, they handled these pushy obnoxoious people with professionalism and explained that the tours can only be so big and you need to wait your turn. Yes, the educational film strip (i felt like i was in elementary school science!) is outdated, but so is the whole set-up. That's part of what made it fun. It's no Howe Caverns but it was interesting and informative for what it was. REALLY wishing people had more sense than to bring BABIES (we're talking months old) into a cave that is 50* something degrees and damp and dark...the poor guide was trying to do her "Lights out and this is what it looked like back in 1871 when the place was discovered....) but the screaming babies blew that for the rest of us. It was cute, it was fun, it was part of a day long family road trip that included Cabela's and a Cracker Barrel. Leave the babies at home, bring some cash (because it's really annoying when you hold up the whole line in the ice cream place where the credit card authorization is on the fritz and you don't have $5 on you to buy your kids a cone and we all have to wait for the poor lone cashier to call in your debit card manually...) and take a ride. The scenery along the way is great, there's wineries to stop at if you are so inclined and it's a fun day.

1  Thank alaskajoe
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