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***** Crystal Lake Cave is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on 56 reviews!

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    One of the best cave tours. The cave itself is a wonder!

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    I took our cub scout pack here on October 7th. The staff were very friendly and accommodating with our large group. Highly recommend this place for a group activity. The 45 minute cave tour is just right for younger people and beginning cave spelunkers! They also have a set up to where you can pan for gems. They have a nice gift shop and a picnic pavilion if you bring your own lunch. I have read reviews that comment on the parking and yes, the parking is limited. There is a large grassy area behind the picnic pavilion to park, but keep in mind on wet days, the grass will get slippery and hard for your car to get traction. Great place for a day activity and worth the drive!

  • *****

    Fastest cave tour I have ever been on. Bring your track shoes. (Maybe limit group size.) Great cave from what I saw.

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    This is an awesome experience!! The tour guide was awesome, patient and answered every question thrown her way. This was a spur of the moment thing we decided to do when we were in town for a weekend getaway with a couple friend of ours. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • *****

    Great stop on a hot day. Been in caves before. This one was more personal of a tour. It was fun. Not too long. Enjoy exploring.

  • *****

    I really enjoyed it! As did all kids I was with. Make sure you bring a sweater and shoes that can get a little wet. Guide was quirky and fun, and gift shop was neat and well put together.

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    Fun experience to share with your family. I was surprised this cave was tucked away so close to home. Be prepared to wait until the tour time. You need to purchase your ticket and wait until it starts. Call ahead to find out the intervals so you can minimize your wait. We missed the tour by a few minutes and had to wait a while with toddlers.

  • *****

    Staff was very friendly. Guided tour was good. Our group had a lot of young kids so the information was kept pretty basic. Be prepared with shoes that can get wet and muddy as there are quite a few puddles. I’d also recommend a jacket and flashlight.

  • *****

    Stopped here on a family trip. My whole family loved it, even my 2 year old. You have to take the guided tour (otherwise you would definitely get lost in all the tunnels). It's easy to traverse, but there is water on the ground and some narrow and low passageways. There weren't any bats when we went, but sometimes there are, so be aware of that. The guide told us they recently started spelunking in less explored areas. This is for adventurous people, who aren't claustrophobic and don't mind belly crawling. You'd have to call for more details.

  • *****

    This cave was a great experience, even for our kids ages 3&5. It is all very level, only stairs were down to cave and up from cave. The cave was well kept, and our tour guide made the tour fun. Good experience and I would recommend!

  • *****

    Fun and informative tour! If you like caves you will enjoy the tour!

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    Very cool place!!

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    It was cool inside the cave, literally that we didn't want to leave. Our guide was the best and informative. We were at awe for the formations that nature made. I thought that it would be claustrophobic but those who suffer from bring claustrophobic, better not come in otherwise, it was a great experience. Our first time being in a cave and was not disappointed

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    Very friendly

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    It was a blast! For $15 you get to experience the caves in the natural state! My 9 year old niece and 6 year old niece enjoyed it a lot! They are in girl scouts and wanted to get their cave badges. Make sure you take a light jacket with cause it's only 52 degrees down in the caves year round! Our guide was AWESOME! She was knowledgeable!

  • *****

    Really cool place! Guide was awesome and really knowledgeable. Staff in the gift shop are super friendly! Highly recommend!

  • *****

    I liked the cave! One of the better ones I've been too. $15.00 was a decent price for a 45 minute tour in my opinion! Tour guide was cool and full of knowledge about the cave. Could of had more of a variety of minerals and stones. Overall, was pleased.

  • *****

    Great experience. Guide funny and informative. Explore Ia

  • *****

    It was amazing. They have an awesome your guide. The can is real cave, 100 feet underground. There is even crystalations. The tour guide is nice.

  • *****

    My family had a great time. We had ages from 3 to 40 and all had fun. Might want to bring a jacket, it's a constant 51 degrees in the cave year round.

  • *****

    Crystal lake cave ????????

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    GREAT. Everything about this attraction was great. The tour of the cave was so much fun and very informative. All ages friendly for sure. Tour guide was funny and so nice. Great tour for the price. The tour was about 45 minutes and was only $15 for adults! I would recommend this to everyone.

  • *****

    Very interesting place. One problem is the guided tour. It wasn't really guided for us. Our hide was very unprofessional. Sure, there was a guide but we've been not right behind her and couldn't understand a word of what she was saying. Yes, all of us walked single file in the cave because the passages ate very narrow. But on other tpurs, the guide would talk only in places where everybody is reasonably close to the guide. Also, she didn't bother to wait for everybody at places where path I was branching in two different direction. We were got lost for a while.

  • *****

    Great cave. Tour group was a little larger than it probably should be in my opinion. Cave can be a bit narrow and low ceilings which I think is more cool. I'm 5'8 and I probably had to duck my head almost half the time. Parking is in the lawn and not much of an area. Probably one of the smaller caves I've been too but would definitly come back again. Forgot our guides name but he did a good job.

  • *****

    A "Cool" place to visit! Literally.

    It was in the upper 90's today when we visited and I was about to die of the heat. That is until we went down into the cave. It was 50 degrees in there, and it felt great! I didn't want to leave. The tour was pretty cool too seeing all the different formations of stalagmites and stalactites.

    If you need a place to cool off on a hot summer day, this is a great place for that!

  • *****

    The unexpected treasures you can find following the advice of a billboard. I was looking to explore on my drive out to the Field of Dreams movie site and saw this billboard coming and going so I decided to stop. I was already planning to go to the Cave of the Mounds but had plenty of time to kill.
    Between the Mounds and this one, I think the Crystal Cave is better and more interesting with a lot more features.
    I would do both as they are different. The Crystal Cave is a better squeeze your way through and step in puddle kind of place and the Mounds is more refined hallways and large bored tunnels to get you around.
    I personally like the little more natural feel of the Crystal Cave and it had easily twice as many features to be amazed at.

  • *****

    It was so beautiful in the cave. So many different formations to see. The owner Julie was wonderful! I would recommend seeing this amazing cave. The crazy part is you would never know there was a cave in this hilly field .

  • *****

    My son and I went on the Wild Cave Tour for his 13th birthday. Wow! What an amazing experience. We have been to Mammoth Cave, Meramec Cave, Cave of the Mounds, etc... this was by far the best experience of them all. Crawling through passages that are barely wide enough to get through, drinking from the underground spring, seeing the forming stalactites, all were amazing. The guide was great also (Eli). It is muddy so dress appropriately.

  • *****

    This place is not to be missed super cool. Very nice staff as well

  • *****

    Nice place to spend half a day watching the place. Entry fee for adults is 14 $ and children is 7$. Kids below 4years are not charged. Get good shoes and a jacket. The temperature inside cave can go down to 50 degrees. They gave a nice gift shop. The guide is amazing.

  • *****

    This place is a must see for any and all rock lovers. This place is amazing. The tour guide knows his stuff and they also sell bags of dirt and sand full of polished rocks, crystal, and fossils for the kids to take out side and pan in this little stream they made. The kids had blast and so did I. They let you take lots of pictures and tell you history of area and the cave.

  • *****

    Neat to see so close to home. No long but not too short. Cool even in summer. A coat, fleece or sweater is good. the path is not claustrophobic. I would call and confirm hours before venturing out. The cost is modest and the location very convenient to Dubuque

  • *****

    I absolutely LOVED this place! Great for family outings, dates or personal trips. The type guides are fantastic! You learn a lot. It's a nice sight. The view of the water underground is breathtaking! We picked up a pressed penny and a Geode to break open with our kids.
    Next time my husband and come back we plan on scheduling one of the private tours where you get to go through the crawl spaces with a guide!
    Highly recommend Crystal Lake Caves to everybody!

  • *****

    Staff are very knowledgeable, the tour was interesting and well worth our vacay time

  • *****

    This is a great place to visit. The view of the mineral structures are captivating and gives you a euphoric feeling throughout. I would suggest a light jacket though since the suns radiation can't penetrate that deep, it's a lil chilly but you'll definitely love the trip and the tour guide is very knowledgeable.

  • *****

    Amazing place to go. Guide was very good at her job!!! Will do this again!!

  • *****

    Wonderful to see a cave with rare crystal formations and intact stalactites and stalagmites among other interesting geological features. The guide was patient and knowledgeable. It's a bit crowded down there with the tour group and passageways are narrow. Don't do this if you're claustrophobic! Each tour is 45 minutes, which means that you may have to wait a significant amount of time before the next tour starts. I recommend calling for tour times. Wear old shoes, rain boots, crocs, etc. The cave floor is very wet and puddly. Old clothes and a hat are good ideas. So is a light jacket. Its about 50°F in the cave. Very enjoyable tour. My family and I enjoyed our visit.

  • *****

    It was AWESOME. Our tour guide was so sweet and informative. It pains me to say I have a 1 1/2 year old that did NOT cooperate all the way through, and the tour guide just got louder and made sure everyone could hear over my screamer??. She was great. please give that girl a raise! The caves are amazing.

  • *****

    We love coming here! They have awesome activities and a great gift shop full of unique minerals. We’ve seen the cave, but go back yearly and get the mineral and fossil bags!

  • *****

    I really enjoyed visiting this cave. The formations were interesting and the guide seemed to be knowledgeable.

    I am pretty sensitive to toxic mold issues and have had issues with some caves that I have tried to visit. This one was not a problem for me at all, though.

    One of the nicer tourist attractions that I have visited in the Illinois/Iowa/Wisconsin area.

  • *****

    Just over an hour drive from the Quad Cities, Crystal Lake Cave, is located 5 miles south of Dubuque, Iowa. While its a fairly short trip to get there, Crystal Lake Cave is worth the drive from anywhere. As a matter of fact they get visitors from all over the world. What makes this cave so special, is not just the number of pristine crystal formations, but the quality of these formations. The beauty of this cave is unequaled in Iowa, and just about everywhere else, but don't take my word for it; stop in and take a tour for yourself.

  • *****

    Real home-town feel kind of cave. Julie and Jesse were so friendly, accomadating, and helpful. There was a group of us in Dubuque for work for the week. We did the wild cave tour, they ask that you book 2 weeks out, but we wanted to go on a whim when four of us found out we had the same day off. They got us in 3 days out. Really a cute little cave- definitely worth the drive.

  • *****

    This was really fun. My kids loved it. The tour was roughly 45 minutes long and very informative. Wear long sleeves as the cave temperature was around 51 degrees.

  • *****

    We happened to be passing through the area so we decided to check out this cave. The admission price is $14 per adult and tour lasts 45 minutes. You enter the cave through the gift shop by going down steep stairs. The gift shop is a bit outdated but they have several rocks and crystals for sale. It's consistently 50 degrees in the cave year round. It's very wet in the cave and you have to walk through several puddles. The passageways can be tight and many times you have to duck for low ceilings. The formations are pretty but all are calcium stalagmites/stalactites.
    I would recommend it if you're in the area.

  • *****

    Interesting Place to Visit
    This is one of the best known tourist spots in the area. They provide cave tours every day and its a nice place for locals to take their family through for a tour. Its definitely something that the kids love to see and cant seem to get enough of. If youre interested in a tour, come prepared with sweatshirts and jackets because it gets cold in the cave.

  • *****

    Wild cave spelunking was awesome! We were lucky to take a trail spelunking tour crawling through the old mining areas of the cave. Getting dirty on you hands and knees even crawling on your stomach squeezing through different areas. Old cave signatures from 1885 mark certain paths and added a unique history to our tour. We were told these tours should be available next year to the public. I suggest bringing clothes that you wouldn't mind throwing out, bring a bright led headlight, knee pads, gloves, and maybe a durable camera like a gopro. Watch your head and have fun!

  • *****

    I think it is a cool cave and I was happy I was short enough that I didn't have to duck all the time. There was a lot of cool crystal formations and other stuff. The bad thing was you had to step puddles of water almost all the time! But otherwise it was amazing.

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    Interesting Place to Visit
    This is one of the best known tourist spots in the area. They provide cave tours every day and its a nice place for locals to take their family through for a tour. Its definitely something that the kids love to see and cant seem to get enough of. If youre interested in a tour, come prepared with sweatshirts and jackets because it gets cold in the cave.

  • *****

    Really cool. Dont wear white like I did. Its dirty and wet but lots of fun!

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    This was my first cave experience outside of SCUBA diving. Although the cave I went diving into was pretty plain and boring and nothing like the Crystal Lake Cave of Dubuque, IA.

    There is a quaint little gift shop that also contains the entrance to the cave. For $12 you get a 45 minute guided tour of about 1 mile of the cave. And make sure to wear a jacket because the temp. of the cave ranges between 52 and 54 degrees year round. Also wear some shoes that you won't mind getting wet as this is still a living/growing cave. Water is still slowly dripping from the formations and this forms puddles on the cave floor that you must walk through.

    The cave was extremely beautiful! A lot of the formations inside the cave are well lit with different color lights. Some of the formations were given quirky names by the original explorers of the cave; these names are emblazoned on placards.

    The cave even features a wedding chapel where no less than 7 couples were previously hitched. In the gift shop you can view photos of the marriage ceremonies. I believe there were no less than two biker couples and I even spied one goth couple! LOL. I heard rumors that a honeymoon suite is currently being carved out for future cave couples!!! J/K

    Anyways, it was a truly awesome experience to walk around in this cool and wet underground place of natural wonder. I even bought a t-shirt I was so excited! And anyone that knows me will realize what a big deal it is since I only buy shirts from thrift stores!

  • *****

    Great for kids, awesome stop for Iowa/Illinois/Wisconsin road trips! Highly recommended - bring a jacket & wear shoes you won't mind getting dirty.

  • *****

    This place is a great and family owned. It was the highlight of my trip to Galena/Dubuque. Our guide, Lexi, was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. She did a great job of managing a large group of people to make sure everyone was having fun. Our group had a lot of kids and she kept us entertained in the front of the line while we waited for all the kids to finish looking at things. Lexi also gave us ideas of things to do in Galena. This is a good spot to stop if you want to do something a bit different :)

  • *****

    A very cool cave with very cool formations. Our whole group enjoyed it, and that's an impressive feat. Well worth the money. I wasn't a huge fan of our tour guide, but she was nice and certainly knew the facts. It has a gift shop, naturally, with fairly cool souvenirs, mostly rock-related.

  • *****

    Great cave tour! Lasts around 45 minutes and the cave contains some very nice formations and colorful lighting. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The gift shop employee was very friendly and they have some nice souvenirs and various minerals and rocks for purchase. Sweatshirt and sturdy shoes are recommended for the wet cave floor.

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    Down Under
    Crystal Lake Cave is so COOOOOL! Literally! You will walk through this wonderful cave and enjoy every moment of the twists and turns and drips and formations. It is a "gem" in NE Iowa.

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    Perfect natural refrigeration for a summer's day
    This little cave may not be the largest, or the most flamboyant, cave you'll ever visit, but boy, is it cold, and on a hot, muggy summer day in Iowa, it is a pretty good use of your entertainment dollar. Your little spelunkers will enjoy scrambling through the cave-- don't forget a jacket!-- and rooting around the gift shop for...

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