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Crystal Lake Cave

Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
+1 563-556-6451
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Its is a real cave

It takes about 30-45 minutes to take the tour. It is truly a cave so be prepared. A light jacket... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2016
tom r
Chicago, Illinois
educational and unique

spent about an hour at the location. Tour was about 30 minutes. If.you like nature and some history... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“cave tour” (12 reviews)
“gift shop” (16 reviews)
“nice cave” (6 reviews)
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Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
+1 563-556-6451
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

It takes about 30-45 minutes to take the tour. It is truly a cave so be prepared. A light jacket might be advisable and wear shoes. Sandals will probably get your feet wet. It is very damp and wet on the tour, you are in...More

Thank tom r
Reviewed 14 July 2016

spent about an hour at the location. Tour was about 30 minutes. If.you like nature and some history this is a fun visit. Definitely wear some shoes that can handle getting wet and a jacket it is about 50 degrees in the cave.

Thank bmkear
Reviewed 10 July 2016

I took my 15, 5, and 3-year-old boys on Saturday...and we all enjoyed it. That is difficult to do! The tour took about 45 minutes, which was the perfect amount.

Thank Mindy M
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

The cave tour was a good value. It was beautiful. And the cool temperature was refreshing on hot summer day. Wear appropriate shoes and a sweatshirt. The tour guide was friendly and entertaining. Highly recommend

Thank lilhornet
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Every time my husband and I go to Dubuque, we see signs for Crystal Lake Cave, and we've always been curious. I'm glad we finally decided to check it out. The 45 minute tour is $14 per adult, and we felt that it was worth...More

1  Thank Charlotte S
Reviewed 28 June 2016

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...More

Thank EziliGede23
Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2016

Thank you for your reviee. We always love to receive feedback. I'm very happy you enjoyed your visit. Could I ask how the gift shop seemed outdated? -Julie P.S. I apologize for the puddles. This will be corrected this fall by breaking up the cement...More

Reviewed 27 June 2016

Enjoyed! Good guide, interesting, and kid friendly. Takes about 45 minutes to complete tour. Little gift shop, and children can do some mining.

Thank Stacy K
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...More

Thank oldradio99
Reviewed 17 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.More

Thank mwoller51
Julie R, Manager at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2016

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...More

Reviewed 16 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....More

7  Thank Nicholas A
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Roberta O
19 July 2017|
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Response from 274JulieR | Property representative |
Hi Roberta, it does get very narrow in a few spots. Very few spots will your boys have to duck. And depending on the level of claustrophobia, you will know within the first 10 minutes. The guide will direct you toward the... More
Katie M
24 September 2016|
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Response from 274JulieR | Property representative |
Hi Katie! Adults are $14 each, children ages 4-11 are $6 each and under age 4 is free. Thank-you for inquiring! -Julie Crystal Lake Cave, L.L.C.
21 January 2016|
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Response from 274JulieR | Property representative |
Hi Lia, One of the people on here answered Massey Marina Campground. Very nice and by the good 'ole Mississippi! And the closet to Crystal Lake Cave. Thank-you, Julie Crystal Lake Cave, L.L.C.