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Perfect for a quick cave fix

This is not as big as Cave of the Mounds in Madison. Not too big, not too small. You get all the perks of a bigger cave, but less walking & quicker tour time. Perfect to add to a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 March 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

After the tour we came to the conclusion there is a difference between caves and caverns. I am a bigger guy so some areas were tight and more than once I hot my head. As the title says it was OK but I doubt we will do again. The guide was funny.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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8 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

We weren't impressed with the tour. It's a cave but nothing special. Other area caves are better and not far away.

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Julie R, Manager at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this review

Every cave is very unique in its own way. Although our cave is not cavernous or huge, we feel it has its' own unique characteristics. We take pride in the cave. But we're sorry if we did not meet your expectations. Thank-you, Julie Crystal Lake Cave, L.L.C. More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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212 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

I have been to a few caves but this was one of the better ones! They have it well lit so you can see the formations, and it is fairly big. They even have signs to point out what some of the different formations are. Other than a few spots the height and width makes it comfortable for moving around,... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

This place was awesome! The caves are beautiful, theirs plenty of things to look at, a tour guide goes with you and tells you everything about the cave and is very educational plus they tell you about the minors. Can't wait to go again very fun and family oriented, I'd say as long as the kid dose not need to... More 

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Cedar Rapids
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

I took advantage of the low 80 degree day on this fine Memorial Day 2016 to stop here and enjoy the day. On my way into the Dubuque, Iowa area, I kept on seeing signs for this atraction over the last several years and decided that today would be the day to knock it off the list. Wow! Was I... More 

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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the kind review. I have been part of this business since I was 9 years old and I take much pride in this business, the cave and my super fantastic guides. This review will be for all guides to see, as well as the landscaper. You've truly made all of us smile bigger! Next year,... More 

Galena, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

We went here on a hot summer day and it was a nice cool temperature inside. Warm in the winter too. :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

This is not as big as Cave of the Mounds in Madison. Not too big, not too small. You get all the perks of a bigger cave, but less walking & quicker tour time. Perfect to add to a family trip with a busy schedule.

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1 Thank Joanie M
Julie R, Manager at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this review

Thank you for your generously kind comment. Julie Crystal Lake Cave, L.L.C. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

I've been a lifelong resident of Dubuque Iowa for over 33 years and never been 2 Crystal Lake caves until my late thirties when I took my wife and two young children there not for people who do not like tight dark wet spaces. Very interesting to see what nature can do with the little time young children 6 and... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

I've been in caves before this was fun! Seemed like it was ran well. I really liked the staff and tour guide.

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Urbandale, Iowa
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Great hiking trails and many caves to explore. The trails were easy to follow. Good for all ages and hiking abilities.

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