Events

Fun Things to do at Cave of the Mounds

Cave of the Mounds offers a variety of events year-round. There are so many fun things to do!

Special Tours & Events

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Lantern Tours

June 7th, 9th, 23rd, & 28th at 4:30 PM

Discover the cave like the first explorers. Walk through the cave using only lanterns and flashlights. Feel as though you are one of the first people to ever see the cave. 

Cave of the Mounds was accidentally discovered during a quarry blast. The first who entered were quarry workers, a farmer, and a 17-year-old boy. They were the first to ever lay eyes on the cave as there are no natural entrances. No animal or human had ever seen the cave until 1939.

Today there are more than 400 known caves in the state of Wisconsin but often found in people’s backyards like this one. In fact, cave explorers find hundreds of caves in America each year!

Get a glimpse into the spelunking world! 

Tickets will be available 1 month before the tour

Blacklight Tours

June 2nd, 14th, 16th, 21st, & 30th at 4:30 PM

Unique Experience to explore the Cave of the Mounds by Black Light. Watch the cave glow under UV Light. Why does the cave glow? Because of the perfect mixture of minerals, our cave is one of the few that glow under ultraviolet light.

You will learn about ultraviolet light, fluorescence, and see the speleothems GLOW! The tour price includes a black light rental and a guided tour of Cave of the Mounds. This is a fun experience not found just anywhere.

Tickets are non-refundable. Please be aware, that tours are held in the dark which may be inappropriate for very young children.

Tickets will be available 1 month before the tour

Lantern Tours

July 12th, 14th, and 19th at 4:30 PM

Discover the cave like the first explorers. Walk through the cave using only lanterns and flashlights. Feel as though you are one of the first people to ever see the cave. 

Cave of the Mounds was accidentally discovered during a quarry blast. The first who entered were quarry workers, a farmer, and a 17-year-old boy. They were the first to ever lay eyes on the cave as there are no natural entrances. No animal or human had ever seen the cave until 1939.

Today there are more than 400 known caves in the state of Wisconsin but often found in people’s backyards like this one. In fact, cave explorers find hundreds of caves in America each year!

Get a glimpse into the spelunking world! 

Tickets will be available 1 month before the tour

Blacklight Tours

July 21st, 26th, and 28th at 4:30 PM

Unique Experience to explore the Cave of the Mounds by Black Light. Watch the cave glow under UV Light. Why does the cave glow? Because of the perfect mixture of minerals, our cave is one of the few that glow under ultraviolet light.

You will learn about ultraviolet light, fluorescence, and see the speleothems GLOW! The tour price includes a black light rental and a guided tour of Cave of the Mounds. This is a fun experience not found just anywhere.

Tickets are non-refundable. Please be aware, that tours are held in the dark which may be inappropriate for very young children.

Tickets will be available 1 month before the tour

Lantern Tours

August 4th, 9th, 18th, and 23rd at 4:30 PM

Discover the cave like the first explorers. Walk through the cave using only lanterns and flashlights. Feel as though you are one of the first people to ever see the cave. 

Cave of the Mounds was accidentally discovered during a quarry blast. The first who entered were quarry workers, a farmer, and a 17-year-old boy. They were the first to ever lay eyes on the cave as there are no natural entrances. No animal or human had ever seen the cave until 1939.

Today there are more than 400 known caves in the state of Wisconsin but often found in people’s backyards like this one. In fact, cave explorers find hundreds of caves in America each year!

Get a glimpse into the spelunking world! 

Tickets will be available 1 month before the tour

Blacklight Tours

August 2nd, 11th, 16th, and 25th at 4:30 PM

Unique Experience to explore the Cave of the Mounds by Black Light. Watch the cave glow under UV Light. Why does the cave glow? Because of the perfect mixture of minerals, our cave is one of the few that glow under ultraviolet light.

You will learn about ultraviolet light, fluorescence, and see the speleothems GLOW! The tour price includes a black light rental and a guided tour of Cave of the Mounds. This is a fun experience not found just anywhere.

Tickets are non-refundable. Please be aware, that tours are held in the dark which may be inappropriate for very young children.

Tickets will be available 1 month before the tour

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAVE OF THE MOUNDS! AUGUST 4th – 8th

Cave of the Mounds was discovered on August 4, 1939. Come celebrate our 84th anniversary with a week packed with fun! From August 4th to August 8th, 2023, special events happening both above and below ground.

In the Cave, there will be a special flashlight experience like the first explorers in the cave for every person visiting during this event. Free History Walks across our property at 11 AM & 2 PM and the Historic Brigham Farm will be open with historic displays available for free!

No need to sign up or pre-order, all activities can be added at the door. More activities will be announced closer to the event. Stay tuned for more!

Fun Things to do while Visiting

Enhance your Cave Tour by learning even more about Wisconsin geology and Cave of the Mounds! These events are FUN for all ages. Therefore these specialty tours and events are open to the public and one of the many fun things to do while visiting. 

Stay & Play​

  • Discover Treasure at the Gemstone Mine
  • Explore our Rock & Fossil Gift Shop
  • Crack open a Geode
  • Get certified as an Adventure Ranger
  • Walk along our Geologic Timeline
  • Hike the Interpretive Nature Trails
  • Observe the Rock & Perennial Garden
Photo of a girl pointing at the wonders along our nature trails. one of the many Fun Things to do while visiting places in Wisconsin
Private Rentals

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