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Crystal Lake Cave

Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
+1 563-556-6451
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Very Educational

I had been to this cave when I was a kid, 30 years ago. I recently took my kids there. It is a... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2016
exacta123
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Cedar Falls, IA
nice for a small cave

This is a small cave with small treasures but they're enjoyable anyway. I went after a hard rain... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2016
ba41
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Chicago, Illinois
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Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
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"tour guide"
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"gift shop"
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"minute tour"
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"wear a jacket"
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"light jacket"
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"per adult"
in 8 reviews
"under ground"
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"regular tour"
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"cool formations"
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"year round"
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"great guide"
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"great adventure"
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"nice job"
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"super fun"
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"well worth the money"
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"picnic tables"
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

I had been to this cave when I was a kid, 30 years ago. I recently took my kids there. It is a great place to visit, my kids (10 and 7) had a great time. One caution, I had to duck at least half...More

1  Thank exacta123
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

This is a small cave with small treasures but they're enjoyable anyway. I went after a hard rain and my feet got wet from puddles on the cave floor. The guide did a good job.

Thank ba41
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had some free time on a Monday afternoon, so we went for a tour later in the afternoon. We were the only ones there, so was hopeful that we'd have a smaller tour, which we thought would be good given the...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

I am from "cave country" Missouri, so I have been in a lot of caves and even provided tours in one that had not artificial lighting. Although I prefer no permanently installed lighting in caves, this cave had minimal lighting that wasn't too tacky (only...More

1  Thank jlhubb2
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

We loved our tour through this cave. It was a nice 52 degrees down there and we saw a lot of neat cave formations. We only wish the cave tour was longer. If you take this tour, be aware that there are puddles that will...More

Thank faithpark02
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

We have been to quite a few caves at this point. We did not do the wild cave tour, though this was offered which would have involved crawling. Instead we did the regular tour. As always, lots of great places to stop to take pictures....More

Thank Hannah520
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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

A bunch of my friends and I decided to go to Crystal Lake Cave and give it a second chance. We expected a better experience from last time but were disappointed again by the staff. Mikayla ( our guide) only talked about what formations looked...More

Thank bingcrosbyxmas
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

This was a nice cave with beautiful formations. Smaller than some of the other ones we've been too. It's chilly, so be sure to bring sleeves and there's water deep enough to get your socks wet, so be prepared.

Thank CoralRocks1975
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

My daughter (almost 13) and I loved it! Great, fun, friendly place! We showed the pictures to our 10 and 14 year olds, and they said they want to go! I'd recommend! For those with small kids, it's fun, and not scary.

Thank Fam5Traveling
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is the first cave tour that I have ever done, and it was a very unique experience. I have no other cave experience to compare it to, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Make sure to bring a jacket with you. They recommended using sandals...More

Thank nashrocks
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Jasmine W
6 May 2018|
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Response from AlanPhyllis | Reviewed this property |
Jasmine, please DO visit and do not worry. There are some small areas, but you always have a choice, so when you want, choose the higher wide caverns. Easy. There are steps up and down, though. Just take your time and enjoy... More
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Gayle E
18 November 2017|
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Response from Julie R | Property representative |
No, I'm sorry. Due to our road, with ice and snow, we are not able to be open Thank-you for inquiring!
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mbussa
3 November 2017|
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Response from Lizabearth | Reviewed this property |
They are closed until next spring.
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