Plan Your Visit

Cave Admission Prices​

Regular Admission (Ages 13+) ….. $21.99

Child Admission (Ages 4 – 12) ….. $12.99

Tot Admission (Ages 3 and under) .. Free

Ticket times are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Hours

Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM

Depart Frequently starting at 10:00 AM

Weekday entries are hourly

Last entry at 4 PM

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Getting Here

Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark

2975 Cave of the Mounds Road

Blue Mounds, WI 53517-0148

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Illustrated map of the Cave of the Mounds grounds that can be used while visiting places in Wisconsin
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What is a
Self-Paced Guided Tour?

Take a self-paced stroll through this geologic wonder with entries available every day of the year. Your walk will guide you past a stunning array of colorful crystal formations on paved lighted walkways. Cave of the Mounds is the premier cave in the upper Midwest and the jewel box of America’s major show caves. Plan your visit while Illustrated map of the Cave of the Mounds grounds that can be used while visiting places in Wisconsin.

Stay & Play

at Cave of the Mounds

  • 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 Gardens
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FAQs

What is a
Self-Paced Guided Tour?

Take a self-paced stroll through this geologic wonder with entries available every day of the year. Your walk will guide you past a stunning array of colorful crystal formations on paved lighted walkways. Cave of the Mounds is the premier cave in the upper Midwest and the jewel box of America’s major show caves. Plan your visit while Illustrated map of the Cave of the Mounds grounds that can be used while visiting places in Wisconsin.

Photo of Onyx Ridge section of the cave with People that can bee seen on a Tours in Wisconsin while visiting places in Wisconsin

FAQs

Stay & Play at Cave of the Mounds

  • 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 Gardens
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

PARKING is FREE!

Handicap parking is available at the bottom of the service drive.

Accessibility

The Cave is not wheelchair, walker or stroller accessible, however, most above ground activities are.

PET Policy

Pets are NOT allowed on the grounds. However, we do have free dog kennels available seasonally.

PARKING is FREE!

Handicap parking is available at the bottom of the service drive.

Accessibility

The Cave is not wheelchair, walker or stroller accessible, however, most above ground activities are.

FREE WIFI available

Guest WiFi is available above ground near the Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

PHOTOGRAPHY is welcome!

Professional/staged photography requires a purchased photo permit.

PET Policy

Pets are NOT allowed on the grounds. However, we do have free dog kennels available seasonally.

For your safety and to protect our fragile cave:

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Take Photos

*No Tri-pods, monopods, or selfie -sticks

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Do Not Touch the Cave

The oil from your skin will stop cave formations from growing.

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No Food, Drink or Gum Allowed

*Only bottled water in the Cave

4

No Strollers & Framed Carriers

*Nothing is allowed on your back

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Cave is Cool, Dress Appropriately

*50°F/10°C in Cave

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No Pets Allowed

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No Smoking or Vaping in the Cave

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Leave Backpacks in Vehicle

*Nothing is allowed on your back

PREPARING FOR VISIT

To help plan your visit: Cave of the Mounds does not allow food or beverages – other than plain water – inside the underground passageways.

Sugars and nutrients in food and beverage that drop or spill in the cave can cause mold and other undesirable substances to grow, and of course there are the wrappers and containers to deal with. Litter can be a big problem in show caves when gum, candy, food or beverage is allowed, so we ask that our guests refrain from eating or drinking besides bottled water while inside the cave.

We do have picnic areas with trash and recycle receptacles, and some have shelters available to use while visiting places in Wisconsin

Large bags and backpacks of all kinds are discouraged.

Our cave length  does not require the need for personal supplies or food. The passageways of our cave have some areas that are more fragile than others. Backpacks and large bags can rub against the cave walls and physically damage the cave environment.

If you are bringing a baby, we ask that soft sided, front facing baby carriers are used, not hard framed baby carriers or the one’s that go on the back.

Additionally, strollers do not fit on narrow cave passageways. Plus we have a fair amount of stairs.

Caves are highly visual experiences and we allow guests to take photos during their underground experience with flash.

Tripods and selfie sticks are not allowed due to the closer quarters underground and therefore a greater risk for damage to the cave.

Inside the cave, we recommend you put your phone on airplane mode to save battery.

Our cave is a great family experience that can go a long way to expose children to the wonders of nature while inspiring new environmental stewards.

We do not allow the touching of any rocks or formations in the cave in order to protect the fragile nature of these environments. Additionally, since it is underground, they are naturally devoid of light. While we have an elaborate lighting installed, sometimes it is helpful for families to bring a small flashlight for their children to hold along the tour route.

“Children who have their own source of light are more likely to discover things they might not otherwise notice, and, it gives them more control over their experience,” offers Cave of the Mounds Operations Manager Jan Okeson.

As in any unfamiliar environment, we ask parents to be responsible and extra aware of their child’s behavior and whereabouts while in the cave.

Our cave is a subterranean environment that maintains the annual average temperature of the above ground region that we are located in. Our cave, which is located in Wisconsin, has an average temperature underground of 50 degrees.

We recommend a light jacket. Our cave feels cool in the summer and balmy in the winter. Closed-toe shoes, such as tennis shoes, are also recommended, because the cave environment is damp and cool.

We hop this helps as you plan your visit to Cave of the Mounds.