Historic Forestville and Mystery Cave Tour
Venture to southern Minnesota for a day packed with history and geology. First Stop is Historic Forestville, a restored 1800 village. During the 1850s-1860s, Forestville had 20 buildings and was a thriving community. Your guided walking tour begins at the visitor center and travels through the garden, kitchen, Meighen family house and offices, and the general store filled with original 19th-century merchandise. Total walking is approximately ¾ mile, over approximately one and one-half hours, along level but unpaved surfaces. All buildings are wheelchair accessible.Following a picnic lunch, it is off to do some exploring underground at Mystery Cave. Mystery cave is the longest cave in Minnesota. Your guided tour includes the history and geology of the cave and you will see stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, fossils and beautiful underground pools. The tour route is wheelchair accessible and involves ¾ mile of walking, over approximately one and one-half hours, on modern paved trails and metal bridges. Arrive to Gladstone by 7:30 am for your morning coffee and pastry. The bus will leave promptly at 7:45 am and returns at approximately 4:30 pm. Fee includes coach transportation, tour host, admission fees and guided tours, morning coffee and pastry, picnic lunch and afternoon snack and beverage. Register by May 14. No refunds after this date. A processing fee will be deducted from the refund when cancelling before this date. Bring a light jacket or sweater, as the temperature in the cave is a constant 480 F. Wear sturdy shoes with non-skid soles. $2-3 gratuity per person is recommended and may be paid directly to the driver following the tour. There are no senior discounts for this trip.