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Shenandoah Caverns

261 Caverns Road, Shenandoah Caverns, VA
+1 540-477-3115
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Owner description: Since 1922, Shenandoah Caverns has been thrilling visitors from around the world. Explorers of all ages 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, where you'll see over 28 spectacular parade floats from the Thanksgiving and Rose Parades along with Presidential Inaugural props and memorabilia. Our newest attraction is The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns - with restored antique farm wagons and carriages, indoor live beehive and a Virginia Wine and gift shop. The Barn also hosts concerts and other events. Four great attractions for one price! Open all year. Located 2 minutes from I-81, Exit 269, five miles north of New Market, VA.
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Hamilton, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Wow! Is all my 2 year old kept saying as we walked around. This place is accessible with an elevator to the site. Very beautiful and our tour guide Patty was really good. She answered all questions involved all the kids in the group and took pictures for each group. If you present your AAA/CAA card you get a $3... More

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Somerset, New Jersey
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The admission includes a 1 hour tour with a guide. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly You enter the cavern via an elevator. This is nice because when you have finished the tour the elevator takes you back up to ground level.. Make sure you take a jacket because it is always chilly in the cavern.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We loved it. The guide was very informative loved all the formations nice that they can even tour the handy cap

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We had an hour long walking tour of the cavern. The tour guide explained the what, when and why of the rock formations. Caverns were great but some people on tour were ignorant / annoying --either talking loudly when tour guide speaking or touching the stalagtites / stalagmites (even after the tour guide told him not to twice) or so... More

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Abingdon, Maryland
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109 reviews 109 reviews
64 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We got there just in time to join the next tour. The lady who sold us our tickets was very friendly. We took the elevator down to the beginning of the caverns. There are many interesting and beautiful formations--Cardross Castle, the bacon formations, Capital Dome. Our tour guide was knowledgeable. There is a very nice gift shop to visit once... More

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187 reviews 187 reviews
90 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This cave is about the same length as Luray Caverns but not as wide. That means that the pretty stuff is inches or only a few feet from my face. I loved the giant room with the eagle shaped formation. The tour groups are much smaller and I was able to ask a million questions. They have unique spidery stone... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This was one of three caverns we visited on the same day. Each cave had its own unique features..the reflections of the cave top into water was stunning along with sights that looked like something out of the movie frozen......This stop has a display of old window animated figures..beautiful..then a entire building..the size of a airport hanger...with past floats from... More

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Gainesville, FL
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117 reviews 117 reviews
32 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The tour is fully-guided through well-paved paths, which for the most part, are wheelchair/stroller-accessible. The lights are manually shut-off after the group passes each chamber, and do not run on timer (unlike other cavern tours). Cavern-lighting is good, but some lights are colored, which dampen the natural beauty of the formations. Our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable, and patient enough... More

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McLean, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We have been to Luray Caverns many years ago and decided to try Shendoah Caverns due to a great Groupon. It was lovely. Definitely a step back in time. The cavern ticket includes entry into a terrific display of parade floats. I thought it would be awful but enjoyed it immensely. This foray into the underground was an adjunct to... More

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London, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Visited the Shenandoah Caverns today and thoroughly enjoyed it. My dear hubby has ALS so is wheelchair dependant. We were so happy to find these caverns with an elevator. Only a short section was not doable, but he waited for us and spent the time photographing while we returned. A HUGE shout out to PATTY our guide. I think she... More

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