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“Pricey but so pretty”
Review of Cave of the Mounds

Cave of the Mounds
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Owner description: 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".
Reviewed 12 July 2014

If your in the area check this place out. The grounds are beautiful and they have a lot to do for kids like gold mining and fossil digging. It is a little expensive and the gift shop is way overpriced but the cave was really pretty. You start the tour watching a short information video and then you get to actually go into the cave. The cave has some awesome formations and worth every penny. If your claustrophobic this may not be the place for you. There are some tight squeezes and possible ducking depending on your height. The entire tour takes an hour and our tour guide Bryn did a great job explaining everything. The only bad thing about the entire trip was a screaming child and parents that didn't do much to stop it. Other than that it was wonderful.

4  Thank Crystal52404
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Took a day trip from Milwaukee to the cave. Tickets are purchased in the main building and tours begin every thirty minutes a short walk away in the gift shop. Ticket prices seem a little high for the ~one hour length of the tour. Tour begins with a 15 minute film about the history of the cave in a small room with bench seating. The tour is informative and fun if you have an energetic guide. A light water resistant jacket might be needed as caves are typically around 55 degrees F and any recent heavy rains will increase the amount of water dripping from the ceiling and on the pathway. Shoes should be good for walking on wet pavement. The cave formations are impressive and photograph well. The tour is better with a smaller group of about 15 people otherwise people at the tail end of larger groups tend not to hear everything the guide says. There are only a few places where the walls and ceiling come in on you, most of the time there is adequate room for passage and talking with the guide as well as lighting. There's just a minor amount of stair climbing. The gift shop has a wide range of stone creations and quartz ornaments and well as geodes, gems, and some precious metals. The grounds a very nice and allow for walking paths, picnics and photos in their gardens. There's a gem washing area where you can dig some dirt and wash it for gems. I did not see much in the way of food or drink for sale. Overall it was a nice time that was worth the travel and entrance costs.

3  Thank wrlang
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

The grounds around the gift shop are beautiful. Very nice place to take a picture.

You start the tour by going to the gift shop and waiting for the color of your ticket to be called. You then watch a short video on the history of the caves.

The tour group was small, yet we weren't really allowed a lot of time to take photos. In fact, the tour guide put a couple of us in the dark several times by turning out the lights on us, signaling it was time to go. I would have liked more time to look at the features and take more pictures.

It was nice, probably wouldn't do it again.

1  Thank BizzleRN
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

Everything was great except our monotone/mumbling tour guide. Tour starts off with a short and interesting video of how the cave came to be. The cave is very large and very fascinating in different points. Value of the tour is decent if you get a guide you understand. Our guide seemed to like taking long breaks of making us stand in one spot for a long time even though we were all ready to move on with the tour.

Thank LikeToExploreAround
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

It is a nice cave, sure, and the grounds are very pretty. It is overpriced I think, you pay $35 for 2 adults, and it is not as big as you would think. Still, a nice experience...

1  Thank EBSeattle
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