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Crystal Lake Cave

Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
+1 563-556-6451
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Unique experience in Iowa!

Out in he country for no rhyme or Reason! is crystlal lake caves! Make sure and take a warm coat... read more

Reviewed January 24, 2018
Peggy R
Amazing piece of nature

While the park is closed, for obvious reasons, during the winter, this is an amazing set of caves... read more

Reviewed December 30, 2017
AlanPhyllis
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Highway 52, Dubuque, IA 5203
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Reviewed January 24, 2018

Out in he country for no rhyme or Reason! is crystlal lake caves! Make sure and take a warm coat, offen encorage our out of town kids with kids to check out! Under ground adventure

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Reviewed December 30, 2017

While the park is closed, for obvious reasons, during the winter, this is an amazing set of caves. There are 'crawl on your belly' sections, if that's your thing. I like walking upright, like a primate, myself.

1  Thank AlanPhyllis
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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2018

Thank you for this fun review! Our "Wild Cave Tour" has been popular. These unique tourists love the feeling of adventure. But I too, am very much that prefers walking over crawling. Lol. -Julie Owner Crystal Lake Cave

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Reviewed October 30, 2017

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" vibe, that was really great! Morgan,...More

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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2017

Thank you so much for a great review! I'm so happy you enjoyed the tour and your tour guide, Morgan. She will be elated to see this review and she will be generously compensated by me for doing an exceptional job! Sincerely, Julie Owner Crystal...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2017

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 informative and funny, so the time went...More

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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2017

Thank you for this wonderful review! We do actually run our guided tours every 15-30 minutes. We just didn't have enough help this fall due to the majority of tour guides being college students and had gone back to college. Thank you so much for...More

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Reviewed August 29, 2017

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 the making. Our guide was very...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2017

Our family (two adults, two kids ages 7 and 9) visited Crystal Lake Cave this past Sunday. We arrived at 10:50am and were told that the next tour would depart at 11:15am. FYI, you can only visit the cave via tour, so be prepared to...More

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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2017

Thank you for such a great review! We love feedback! We're glad your time at the cave was wonderful ! Thank-you, Julie Crystal Lake Cave, L.L.C.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Visited today, one thing you want to know is yours depart on the hour, so plan accordingly. Tour guide was knowledgeable on the formations. Take it for what it is worth, depending on your belief of earths age to believe we are talking millions of...More

Thank Matthew G
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

This tour is not too long, and not too short. It's the perfect length for kids. We all enjoyed it. I had no idea Iowa had caves like this! The formations are beautiful!More

Thank Angela B
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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

I'm glad you enjoyed your tour! We strive to do our best and to have you walk away pleased. If you would, like us on Facebook. We're a small family owned business and word of mouth is a huge source of advertising for us! Thank-you,...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

As long as you are not afraid of small places and being confined this is a great tour. I did see a bat, so beware of that as well. It is pretty cool to see all the formations, colors, water areas, and history of the...More

Thank Shannon Z
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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

Thank-you for your kind words. We strive to do our best and have you walk away being pleased. If you would, please LIKE us on our Facebook page. We are a small privately owned family business and depend greatly on word of mouth advertising. I...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

This was a very interesting tour. The guide was well informed and personable. They even had jackets for my grandchildren to wear as the cave is 51 degrees year round. A tight fit at times but always plenty of warning to duck if necessary. Even...More

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Julie R, Owner at Crystal Lake Cave, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

I'm very happy to hear you and your grandchildren had a wonderful time at the cave and your tour guide took good care of you. We strive to do our best and have you walk away smiling. If you would, please LIKE us on our...More

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Gayle E
November 18, 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
November 3, 2017|
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Response from Lizabearth | Reviewed this property |
They are closed until next spring.
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Roberta O
July 20, 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
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