You’ll have to travel outside of Chicagoland for this one, but not very far, and it will definitely be worth it! Cave of the Mounds is a National Natural Landmark, all limestone cave, located near Madison, Wisconsin. When you visit you can take a guided tour through the cave, which is 50 degrees year round, and learn about the geological and geographical history of the cave and surrounding land. You’ll learn about how this rare find was discovered, and steps that are being taken to preserve this natural treasure. You’ll be guided on a paved, well lit, path through the cave, so it’s perfect for people of all ages and abilities. You’ll see colorful stalactites and stalagmites, columns, and even something called "cave bacon!" Whether you’re a cave enthusiast, or have never explored the land beneath your feet before, you’ll enjoy this experience immensely.
The tour finishes in a gift shop where there are beautiful rock and mineral items available for purchase. You can crack open your very own geode or even particiate in a mineral and fossil dig.
There is a large barn on the property surrounded by gravel pathways and gorgeous wildflowers and an expansive picnic area, as well as a snack bar. When the weather is nice, you can find a comfortable spot and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! You can also check out the nearby Madison Zoo, which has free admission, on your way home!
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