Are cameras allowed in the cave?
Yes, we allow point and shoot photography (no video) inside the cave. Please be mindful that the tour will be moving through the cave so there is limited time to compose a photo. For this same reason tripod, monopods, or selfie sticks are not allowed in the cave.
Cave photography can be challenging. We recommend you use a high ISO setting on your camera and a slower shutter speed. For some cameras this may be called a "night sky" or "city-night" mode. Due to high humidity, many times a flash will illuminate the water vapor in the air, so if you see this "ghosting" effect, try to limit your use of flash or use a camera where the flash is further from the lens.
Can I take my child into the cave in a stroller?
While your child is welcome, strollers or backpack child carriers cannot be accommodated due to multiple flights of stairs and several low passages during the tour. We recommend a front mounted swaddle/sling carrier for little ones.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately, due to how Crystal Cave was naturally formed we enter the cave via a series of stairs and ramps. As such the tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or walkers.
Mystery Cave in SE Minnesota is entered through the side of the hill and, as such, they have an accessible tour. Please contact them for more information on accessibility options for their cave
Can I bring my purse/camera bag/backpack into the cave?
Yes, small purses or bags may be brought on the tour, provided they fit in side our "size test box". larger bags or anything you don't want to carry may be locked in our complimentary lockers before the tour.
We are traveling with our dogs, what options do you have for dogs?
Dogs are not allowed in the cave due to fragile nature of the cave environment, this includes small breed dogs that are typically carried. Our surface activities are dog friendly. Leashed dogs are allowed on our nature trail (please clean up after your dog). If the weather is cool, you may leave your dog in your car, if the weather is hot we suggest either leaving your dog at home or having someone remain on the surface during the tour.
The Cave property is home to many native birds and animals. All dogs must be on lease and under your control at all times.
How much will my Special Event cost at Crystal Cave?
For group tours we have a published price list, but for Special Events, each event is unique. Please contact us and ask to speak with our Special Event Coordinator to discuss your Event. We will work with you to make your event a success!
What are our options for food while visiting Crystal Cave?
At our visitor center we offer cold drinks, ice cream, pre packaged sandwiches, muffins, donuts, fresh coffee and tea, hot chocolate, and specialty candies. We also have numerous picnic tables in our shaded picnic grounds and park style charcoal grills. Within 1/4 of a mile there is a Subway restaurant. Feel free to grab a sub and head back to our shaded picnic grounds.
A mile down the road is downtown Spring Valley and there are several restaurants for a quick lunch or dinner and a bakery. There are additional restaurants in the surrounding communities as well.