Why would you want to willingly dive into a cave? Perhaps you are a geology nut, the opposite of claustrophobic, or just trying to get a spooky thrill. No matter what your motive, below are 6 caves worth recognizing in Minnesota.

Secret Cave State Park, Wykoff

Minnesota’s longest cave (and just one of the biggest cave complexes in North America) discreetly lies below a bucolic prairie landscape in Preston. Fossils, stalactites-and-mites, and flowstone abound together the 13-mile maze of passageways. Regrettably the 4-hour very long “wild caving” tour, which requires squeezing by way of undeveloped cracks in the caves, is unavailable in 2021. But you can get unsettled in close by Forestville, a restored 1800s village which sometimes gives “guided cemetery hikes.”

Schiek’s Cave, Mpls.

Seventy-five feet beneath the area of downtown Minneapolis, tunnels snake by the St. Peter Sandstone formation. In 1904, a city sewer engineer stumbled on the normal cave program, which the city hurriedly fortified and repurposed for sewage drainage. Officials held the discovery top secret for a long time to avoid the general public panicking about the metropolis perhaps collapsing into the earth. There is no community, nor quick, access to Schiek’s Cave, so except you know a dude, you just cannot go see this one. But now you know what is beneath whilst standing at Marquette and South 4th Avenue.

Wakáŋ Tipi, St. Paul

A centrally situated hub of exercise for the Dakota individuals, this sacred cave at the foundation of a riverside bluff hosted council meetings and ceremonies extensive prior to colonization. Dakota scholar and educator Jim Rock describes the cave as “kind of our cosmic belly button in Mother Earth. A position listed here on Earth that matches a location in the stars.” Wakáŋ Tipi’s domed interior, lined in historical petroglyphs, was mainly wrecked in 1862 when railroad tycoons dynamited the bluff to expand a railyard. Now the remaining entrance of Wakáŋ Tipi is secured, noticeable from walking trails in the new Bruce Vento Character Sanctuary. 

Niagara Cave, Harmony 

The biggest limestone cave in the Midwest (that we know of) sits on the southern border of Minnesota. Named after the 60 foot waterfall inside, Niagara Cave opened as a tourist attraction in 1934. In 1935, two lucky enthusiasts have been the initial of over 400 partners to be wed in the cave’s chapel. Drinking water carved out the wavy partitions lining the pathways to the chapel, the waterfall, a limestone island and a gorge dubbed “the Grand Canyon”. 

Stillwater Caves, Stillwater

Immediately after a French fur trader widened normal openings in Stillwater’s Sandstone bluffs, persons made use of the caverns as a buying and selling publish, incorporated them into a beer brewing operation and flooded them to stock with trout for a quirky vacationer attraction. In a lot more the latest many years, an Italian cafe made available a wine tasting cave tour combo in the caves but the procedure is currently shut for renovation. Fortunately, there’s an earlier mentioned-ground cave to check out nearby. 

Wabasha Avenue Caves, St. Paul

On tours by means of the gentleman-built Wabasha Street Caves, blasted out in 1933, guides boast of the caves’ Prohibition-era murder mystery record from kidnappings to shoot-outs. Carved into a St. Paul bluff, the spooky staple also operates an event area and provides ghost tours. Soon after being shut during the pandemic, the lately reopened caves make an quick addition to a creepy drop working day journey agenda. 

Really don’t fret if you cannot swing a cave stop by this drop. Most of these caves keep a secure temperature (about 50 degrees) all over the 12 months, earning them an evergreen escape from Minnesota’s wildly unpredictable temperature swings. Happy spelunking!