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Shenandoah Caverns

261 Caverns Road, Shenandoah Caverns, VA
540-477-3115
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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
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Tampa, Florida
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167 reviews 167 reviews
102 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Compared to some of the caverns I have visited, these are extremely spacious. In some other places I've visited the paths were so narrow that one person could barely squeeze through. But all of the areas in these caverns were very wide and open, and I think even people with claustrophobia would be comfortable during this tour. There is some... More

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Laurel, Maryland
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17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This is a wet cavern, meaning it's busy growing more formations as you walk through. Of course, it will be awhile before the additions actually show! But what is there is beautiful, with room after room filled with formation after formation. There is a stream running through and the waterfall at its start comes down into the middle of a... More

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Toured the caverns, the parade float museum, the window displays and the yellow barn. Had a great time. Our tour guide, Darren, was great. He took the time to show the cavern off to the best advantage. He answered questions, pointed out highlights, was personable, polite and friendly. After our visit to Luray our comment was that we missed Darren!... More

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Summerville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My husband and I took our daughters to Luray when they were young and now I return with my grandson. He was very impressed with the cavern. For me the entire presentation was extremely rushed not even showing the 'broken eggs'. But for him it was a thrill and his only question was why they were allowing the outside air... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Did Luray caverns last summer, and decide to tour Shenandoah caverns this year. They are smaller and less wow factor then Luray, the passages are smaller (note to those who cant stand small places) you will duck in many places and walkways are narrow, maybe not suggested for seasoned citizens as more places to trip and fall. The color aren't... More

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Marco Island, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

This was a very pleasant surprise. Having been to Mammoth Cave in KY many times, we were not sure this would be worth seeing. But we really enjoyed it! The cave was really interesting and many beautiful and unusual formations. Went down in an elevator, walking was very easy. Tour about 1 mile. Guide was very good. The building above... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had not been to these caverns for many years. We were happily surprised to see the improvements to the grounds that were made recently. First, the caverns are well maintained but not as commercialized as the Luray Caverns. You go down into the caverns with knowledgeable tour guide with a small group. The formations in this cavern are varied... More

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Burtonsville, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Little smaller than Luray Caverns but more natural. Really like the colorful lights. Don't forget to visit American Celebration of Parade next to caverns. Kids will love it. Tip: Search groupon for better deal.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The caves were really good. Good stalactites and stalagmites. The formations and the lighting on the cave walls were great. I had seen couple of other caves too but none of them had the bacon and ice-cream formations like the one here. A nice outing overall.

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Reston
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The cave is simply stunning. If you like caves, this really is worthwhile. Be forewarned, though, this is not like Luray with big open areas and walkways. There's lots of bending, stooping, walking sideways, etc, especially if you're on the taller side. My boyfriend is 6'4" and it was fairly uncomfortable for him in a couple of spots. My son... More

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