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Cave of the Mounds

2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd, Blue Mounds, WI 53517-9413
+1 608-437-3038
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Family-fun AND educational!

We had a great time here! We do cave tours every chance that we get and each one is different. On... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Trish S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Great family day trip!

We had heard of this natural wonder and finally had a chance to experience the hidden gem it is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Adrian S
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd, Blue Mounds, WI 53517-9413
+1 608-437-3038
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a great time here! We do cave tours every chance that we get and each one is different. On this tour, it's *literally* the closest I've been to cave formations. It's a living cave and so very beautiful. Be smart like my husband...More

Thank Trish S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had heard of this natural wonder and finally had a chance to experience the hidden gem it is! The tour is only an hour plus there are other attractions for the kids to do. We cracked open two geodes and hikes a couple trails....More

Thank Adrian S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love to visit caves all over the U.S. and Mexico. This one is one of the best. The tours are well organized and easy to access. The rock formations are amazing. The surrounding grounds are beautiful. It is definitely worth your time!

Thank tasbm1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were visiting Madison and Cave of the Mounds was highly recommended to us by a few Madison residents. It truly did not disappoint. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The activities around the cave were plentiful. There is a nice picnic area and...More

1  Thank rachael1107
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here on our way back to Madison after visiting Taliesin on a very hot day. Took a short "hike" on the grounds while we waited for our tour to start. The coolness of the cave felt geat! Very easy walk, but a few steps....More

Thank Nancy K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Family trip ranging from ages 3-70, we all had a great time. Attended a cave tour, went for a hike, went digging for minerals/fossils in a covered sandbox area, even had a picnic using the shade from a near by tree. Yes, there is a...More

Thank Jessica L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have toured many caves across America and this tour was as good as any. The guides aren't very technical but they give a well-rounded tour. This cave has brown, gray and black features from iron and manganese in the limestone (lead mining district). Also,...More

2  Thank ChzHeadTX
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was such a fascinating place to check out! Definitely a hidden gem. This cave has NO animals and therefore no bats to worry about. This place was incidentally discovered when some people blew a hole in the ground. It's a geologist's treasure with so...More

2  Thank Kate W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We happened to be passing by on Easter weekend. They were not doing the normal guided tour but were letting blocks of folks in for a "self guided" tour. There were staff at a few places along the way, and while they were friendly, there...More

Thank Waukesha_Bob
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very surprised how pretty this place looks ... beautiful garden,nice place for kids, cave is small but very pretty. If you never visited cave this you will like this one.

Thank napojlasky
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Shalen L
Is this suitable for a 3yr old?
18 April 2017|
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Response from Cnwrails | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is.
Is it suitable for an 85 year old woman in good shape?
1 October 2016|
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Response from Kris O | Reviewed this property |
You need to be able to walk ~ an hour, including up & down some steps and potentially across slightly damp pavement, & there is nowhere to easily sit for a break. Hope that helps!
Kayla H
are we able to touch the cave or is it a hands to yourself place
8 August 2016|
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Response from Deirdre H | Reviewed this property |
It is definitely hands to yourself. Oils from your hands can compromise the interior of the cave and ruin the growth of the stalactites and stalagmites.