Mystery Cave State Park

A couple Saturdays ago Mel and I woke up a little bit before KP. We were laying in bed talking about our wide-open schedule for the day and neither of us were looking forward to wrestling KP inside the house all day. The weather outside was lousy, so we decided to take a little road trip out to Mystery Cave State Park in southern MN.

The drive took a couple hours, but KP is pretty good in the car, so no big deal. We got an early start because we wanted to be able to drive to the park, tour the cave, eat lunch, and then be able to start our drive home during KP’s usual naptime. So off we went.

KP’s favorite part was the bridge outside the cave. There’s a little creek nearby and she liked the ducks. Go figure, drive 2.5 hours and she wants to look at ducks, which we could have seen at home.

KP's favorite part was the bridge outside the cave.

KP’s favorite part was the bridge outside the cave.

The cave was pretty cool, and definitely worth the drive. Once we entered the cave, I dunno. It was a cave. We did cave-type things, told cave-stories, ate cave-snacks, sang cave-songs, and did cave-dances. Here are some photos:

Some dark room in a cave.

Some dark room in a cave.

Mystery Cave State Park is pretty kid friendly.

Mystery Cave State Park is pretty kid friendly.

Some dark hallway thing in a cave.

Some dark hallway thing in a cave.

I took about 300 photos of stuff like this that I will never look at again.

I took about 300 photos of stuff like this that are pretty cool but that I will never look at again.

I liked the places where there was a catwalk over standing water.

I liked the places where there was a catwalk over standing water.

I was a little worried about how KP would do inside the cave. The tour is about an hour, and she was pretty good, though she definitely got a bit fussy towards the end. However, I’m glad we went, I’d go again, and I would recommend this cave tour to anyone.

Ever been to Mystery Cave State Park? What did you think?

 

3 comments to Mystery Cave State Park

  • curtis

    Great pictures! But what’s the mystery in Mystery Caves?

    To me the most amazing thing about this post is that you were awake before KP. In our house the two-year old is ALWAYS the first one up. He’s a human alarm clock.

  • Sornie

    Never been to Mystery Cave but took an elementary school field trip to Niagara Cave which is nearby. Toured Wind Cave in South Dakota last year with the child and she loved it. Nice photos!

  • Sarah

    I’m late to the reading party here but had to say I LOL’d for real when I read your photo captions! I too took about 300 pix when I was there a couple years ago and haven’t looked at them since. Maybe I will now :) I really enjoyed the cave tour and the park and can’t wait to bring our little guy there someday.

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