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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Blacklight Tour

November 19th, 24th & 25th at 4:30 PM

We will have a Guided Black Light Tour with one of our Cave Educators.

Unique Experience to explore the Cave of the Mounds by Black Light. Watch the cave glow under UV 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.

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

Tickets are $36.99 

Tickets are available on October 8th, 2023

Lantern Tour

November 12th & 17th at 4:30 PM

Discover the cave like the first explorers. Walk through the cave using only lanterns and flashlights. Feel like you are one of the first ever to 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 are $36.99. Tickets available October 8th, 2023.

Light in the Cave – Lights in Cave of the Mounds

December 1st – 31st, 2023

Lights will be decorating parts of the cave for the holidays. This opportunity will begin December 1st and last all month long. The most notable section will be the High Tunnel. It has a high ceiling that will have twinkly lights draping downward for the perfect holiday photo!

This season, as the weather gets colder outside, come warm up below ground in the 50-degree cave. This opportunity to see the lights will be on every cave tour all month long in December. We are open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM with the last cave entry at 4 PM.

Regular Admission (Ages 13+) tickets are $21.99. Child Admission (Ages 4-12) tickets are $12.99. Tot Admission (Ages 3 and under) tickets are Free.

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
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