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Shenandoah Caverns

261 Caverns Road, Shenandoah Caverns, VA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: Since 1922, Shenandoah Caverns is thrilling visitors from around the world. Explorers of every age and ability will discover an underground world of... more » Owner description: Since 1922, Shenandoah Caverns is thrilling visitors from around the world. Explorers of every age and ability will discover an underground world of wonder. With gradual slopes and no stairs, only our sights are breathtaking. Shenandoah Caverns is the only Virginia cavern with elevator service and closest major cavern to I-81 (Exit 269). Our famous bacon formations are so unusual they were featured in National Geographic. Personally guided tours through our 17 soaring rooms take approximately one hour & is 80% accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. More than just a cavern, your combination ticket includes three other family oriented attractions. Take a stroll down Main Street of Yesteryear for animated window displays, stand where famous American stood at American Celebration on Parade. See over 28 spectacular parade floats from the Thanksgiving and Rose Parades along with Presidential Inaugural props and memorabilia. Our newest agri-tourism attraction is The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns - with restored antique farm wagons, indoor live beehive, rare and amazing antique collections and a Virginia Wine and gift shop. Four great attractions for one price! Open all year. Located 2 minutes from I-81, Exit 269, five miles north of New Market, VA. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I guess all caverns are beautiful. It's amazing to see what is below the surface!...I had been to Luray Caverns many, many years previously so was excited to go the the Shenandoah Caverns. But...overall, it was a disappointment. As you enter, the little store is cute enough and the 1957's restaurant was well run and I loved the 'eat at'... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The guide was friendly and we enjoyed the tour. Had time to stroll thru and take pictures. I like that there was an elevator. It was a good experience. Had lunch in the diner which was a bit of a disappointment after reading the hoopla about the lunch counter online. It was ok but not great. Had fun shopping in... More

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Mount Airy, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I had purchased a groupon for the cavern and we were treated to beautiful sights and loved the small tour size. Unlike nearby Luray Caverns, Shenandoah Caverns was smaller in scope but the tour size facilitated fantastic interaction with the guide. We had time to take pictures and did not feel rushed through. We had a blast exploring the float... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The caverns are beautiful, and the other attractions were fun as well, it was undoubtedly a good day, but not for the price. Another BIG disappointment was the 50's diner on site. I was really excited to eat there since they claim to have all the original equipment, but apparently they lost everything that might actually make anything from scratch.... More

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Germantown, Maryland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had a Living Social deal for these caverns. It was $27 for 4 people exploring the caverns. We got there just as another group was leaving for the caverns. We caught an elevator down and began our tour. The caverns were beautiful and our tour guide gave us excellent information about the formations as we went along. The tour... More

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Maywood, New Jersey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

While with three friends for a week of golf, one of our group expressed an interest in exploring a cavern. While we were fairly close to Luray Caverns, we knew, due to its popularity as a tourist site, that it would be crowded so we opted to go to Shenandoah which is smaller. It is not any less impressive. It... More

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Ontario, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We made this a stopping point on our road trip back to New York from South Carolina. I had read alot of reviews before going, so i kinda knew what i was in for. Price - used AAA discount so our total cost was $40.... not sure its worth that, but i cant say i felt totally robbed. Pros -... More

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Hampton, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

IF you are tempted to go to Shenandoah Caverns please rethink it. It is better to go to Luray caverns and leave this place to the tourist crowd. Think folks bringing kids with strollers and then think crowds of folks that that need to take selfies (a lot of selfies). Think of tour guides that do not know what they... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The cavern is nice, almost cosy. It's colourful illumination is not my cup of tea - too much kitsch, but that's just my personal feeling. What made the whole experience quite disappointing though was the bored to extreme unfriendly attitude of the staff. Especially a lady in the café treated people badly. Asked if I may have a sandwich to... More

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Rome, New York
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77 reviews 77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We explored these caverns while passing through on vacation and we were very glad we did as they were beautiful and spacious. We decided on this cavern as opposed to others in the area because these guys had a AAA discount and got good reviews. The tour lasted about an hour and was hosted by Daniel. We found the tour... More

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