Year Long Calendar of Annual Special Events:
January and February: Come
in from the cold and see why people have taken shelter in caves
for millennia. Natures heating system keeps the Cave of the Mounds
at a constant comfortable temperature all winter long. While you
are in the area, downhill ski or snowboard at Tyrol
Basin Ski Area or explore the extensive cross country ski
trails at Blue
Mound State Park.
March: Spring break down under!
Bring your family to visit Cave of the Mounds and welcome spring
back to Wisconsin. We are open daily and our extended hours begin
March 15th. Also, the House on the Rock
begins their season this month.
April: Celebrate Earth Day
with a visit under the earth! When the ice melts, our Gemstone
Mine and Fossil Dig open. See the first blossoms of the year as
bulbs explode into bloom. Lucky visitors might be there when we
burn our prairie. To learn about annual Scout Events, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
May: Our summer season begins
Memorial Day weekend! Bring the family for a tour and a picnic,
or grab some lunch from our seasonal snack bar. See our spring
flowers bursting into color and search for caterpillars & chrysalis'.
June: We are proud to offer interpretive Educational Programs for the whole family! Extend your tour underground & dig deeper into the history and science of Cave of the Mounds and Wisconsin’s unique geology. One of our experienced instructors will guide you & your family through our fun & educational programs. You, too, can impress your friends by learning to use the word “speleology” correctly!
July: Caves are cool! Beat
the heat with nature’s air conditioning. As the summer heats
up, the constant cool temperature of the cave provides a rare
experience and opportunity to cool off and take in the natural
geologic wonder of Wisconsin – below
ground! Also, take
a stroll down the Trollway and enjoy the Mount
Horeb Annual Art Fair.
August: Round up those flashlights
and grab the family - come celebrate the discovery of Cave of the
Mounds! Every year our staff puts on their best in honor of the cave’s
birthday. On August 4th, 1939 the cave was discovered during a
routine quarry blast. Join us as we celebrate that explosive event
during Discovery Days on the Saturday & Sunday closest to our anniversary. Don’t miss the fun both
above and below ground! While you’re in the area check out the
September: After you enjoy the colors below ground, gaze at the splendor of prairie wildflowers, autumn leaves and butterflies on our park grounds. Enjoy more fall colors as
you drive though the rolling hills of Southwest Wisconsin's unique driftless area. To learn about annual Scout Events, contact email@example.com.
October Don't be afraid of the dark - join us at the end of October for Happy Hollow-een! Free gemstone treats await costumed youngsters wandering the hollows of the Cave! This family event offers a candlelight hike on our Karst View Trail, seasonal folk tales by firelight in our beautiful Visitor Center, and special stops inside the warm, lighted Cave environment. Seasonal refreshments will also be available.
November: Cave of the Mounds is open for tours and group programs all year
'round! In the winter, our constant temperature and high humidity
make the cave environment feel balmy. A great place to bring family & friends visiting for the holidays. Beat the crowds - and the cold - with an underground adventure!
December: Hear the Cave. Experience the space. Go back in time. Discover the unique acoustics found underground! The annual Caroling at the Cave offers visitors good cheer through a serenade by local choir groups. This charity event is standing room only with limited seating options. Holiday shoppers will enjoy extended hours in our amazing Rock & Fossil Shop with unique natural gifts for that someone special on your list. Seasonal refreshments will be available. Call 608-437-3038 for more information.