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Friday, September 18, 2015

Mystery Cave announces fall tour schedule


Autumn is a beautiful time of year to make the scenic drive to Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in the southeastern corner of Minnesota. Fall color typically peaks in early to mid-October, and cave tours will continue through Nov. 1.

"Stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstones await those who traverse the passageways at Mystery Cave," said interpretive naturalist Bob Storlie. "On a guided tour, you will learn how water has transformed the limestone, see underground pools and view fossils that are over 450 million years old."

The popular one-hour Scenic Cave Tour will take place during the following times this fall:

  • Weekdays — Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 9 to Oct. 2, tours daily at 1:30 p.m.
  • Weekends (and during the Education Minnesota break Oct. 15-18) — Saturday and Sunday, September through Nov. 1, tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tours are $12 per person age 13 and over, $7 for children ages 5-12, free for children age 4 and under. Discounted rates are available for school groups (10 or more) who contact the park at least one week in advance. A state park vehicle permit ($5/one-day or $25/year-round) is also required.

For more information, visit www.mndnr.gov/mysterycave or call 507-937-3251. To make tour reservations, visit www.mndnr.gov/reservations or call 866-857-2757.

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