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Crystal Lake Cave, Dubuque

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  • I have toured many caverns in the United States. Crystal Lake Cavern is one of the smaller caverns I have been in. But, I actually think I liked it more than the larger ones. It had a "small town" vib...  more »
  • This is a nice, family run cave with some interesting formations and crystals - it doesn't have big "rooms" but still has enough to see to make the 45 minute tour more then worth doing. The guide was ...  more »
  • I lived in Dubuque 30+ years ago and never took the time to go to Crystal Lake Caves. So glad we did on this return trip. So many photo opportunities and fascinating if you have never see crystals in ...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing!! Our tour guide was great and knowledgeable and the crystals in the caves were breath taking. Make sure you bring a sweatshirt and good shoes because it's cold and wet in some spots in the cave. Worth the money and would definitely go again!
  • Guide was great and cave is neat-but overall the tour takes a bit longer than we thought necessary. There are a lot of places the guide stopped to talk about a cluster of crystals that looked like 'an ostrich' and then 'a bird but without the head' and several others It just seemed a bit silly but the kids seemed to enjoy that part I guess. Also I guess they stretch out the tour maybe so you feel you got your money's worth? There is a lot of water on the ground, its 52° , and very tight spaces to fit through and duck through. Closed toed shoes and a light jacket you don't mind getting dirty are a must. (I had a white jacket on not knowing I'd be brushing involuntarily against wet clay like walls that left residue on it) Overall enjoyable and great staff! Make sure you have cash to tip the guide!
  • Very nice cave tour and a cool gift shop. Only recommendation is to bring a jacket. The cave is 52 deg.
  • Nice tour for families. Bring a headlamp or flashlight to see better.
  • Good place but hard to find. It's a must see in Dubuque area.

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