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Five Public Access Caves in Wisconsin

Ready for adventure? Take a spectacular subterranean journey through Wisconsin’s many cave systems. Caving can be an activity the whole family will enjoy, and there are plenty of caves in Wisconsin to explore! Learn about local geology and see the breathtaking formations that have resulted over millions of years. 

Five Public Access Caves in Wisconsin

Crystal Cave – With flashlight wild tours, bats, amazing geology, and touring Wisconsin’s longest cave, what’s not to love?! Crystal Cave is open late March through October and accommodates groups, parties, special events, and more!

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Eagle Cave – Wisconsin’s largest onyx cave provides guided tours Memorial Day until Labor Day. You can also get a campsite, go canoeing, hiking, fishing, geocaching, and more! 

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Cave of the Mounds – Probably Wisconsin’s most popular cave destination, Cave of the Mounds is a quick drive from Madison. Tours pass stunning crystal formations on paved, lighted walkways. Tours take place every day of the year. 

Ledge View Nature Center Caves – A fun time is to be had crawling and traversing the many passages in the caves at Ledge View. Yes, you can crawl, and probably get a little dirty. 🙂

Maribel Caves Park – This county park offers many caves and crevices that are open and accessible by a series of trails. Most are open to the public when the park is open. There are a few caves that are only open for tours during certain times of the year so plan ahead!


Have you ever been to one of these caves in Wisconsin? Let us know!


Thanks to Kayser Chrysler Center of Watertown, WI for sponsoring this fun post!


2 Responses to Five Public Access Caves in Wisconsin

  1. Barrie May 25, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Only been to Cave of the Mounds when I was a kid and it was a school trip. Will have to check the others out this summer when We’re home visiting!

    • Jesica H May 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

      Please let us know if you do and what your thoughts are!

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