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“Interesting Cave with plenty of space” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grottoes and Grand Caverns

Grottoes and Grand Caverns
5 Grand Caverns Drive, Grottoes, VA 24441
540-249-5705
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Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Grottoes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: America's oldest continuously operated show cave, voted #2 in America by Parade magazine, and a National Natural Landmark, Grand Caverns is a prime example of history and beauty. With our abundance of rare shield formations and history around every turn, come see for yourself why we are 'Grand'. .
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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“Interesting Cave with plenty of space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Tours leave on the hour, but there is a nature center and park to keep you busy while waiting. There is also a video to watch about the new part of the cave that was discovered around 2004. You can't visit this part so the video is the only way you'll see this fantastic part of the cave. The cost was $18, but there is a $2 coupon on their website. The tour lasts 70 minutes.

The tour is a good mix of human and geological history. There is plenty of history of both to this cave. This is also a great place to see shields, which are an unusual cave formation that you won't see in the same numbers anywhere else.

My wife and I were the only people on the tour. I'm not sure why, since this tour and cave sounds like it is head and shoulders above the others in the area and in Virginia in general. Go there and get a private tour while you still can.

Visited March 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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“Unusual cave”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This cave combines a very pretty cave having an unusual geologic setting with a wonderful history, including connections with the Civil War. I've been to about 50 caves and have done spelunking in college; this one is definitely out of the ordinary!

Visited January 2013
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Greenville, North Carolina
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“Great excursion while visiting Massanutten/Harrisonburg area; literally "grander" than Luray Caverns”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

My boyfriend and I had been in Massanutten and were on our way back to I-64 when we saw the billboards for this place. Neither of us had ever heard of it but we had been talking about traveling North of Massanutten to Luray Caverns literally a few minutes before. We took a chance and we were very happy that we did. Grand Caverns is a hidden treasure and is also the oldest show cave in the state as it opened in the early 1800's. This cave also features a lot of characteristics that no other VA caves have and for that reason it's frequently visited by scientists. It's also a cave that's still being actively explored. We had Nick as our tour guide and he was great. You could tell he really enjoyed what he did and took a lot of pride in the history and preservation of the cave. This cave is very different from Luray Caverns and to me, is even better than Luray Caverns. Don't expect to see this cave commercialized. They also have an exhibit right outside the cave to read up on your cave facts as well as a picnic area, hiking trails, mini-golf, pool, etc. Bring your walking shoes (you have to walk up a good little hill to reach the tour entrance and the tour covers about a mile and a half under ground) and a jacket because the temperature (according to Nick) is at/around 54 degrees on a seasonal basis. Great place, my favorite was the Chandelier room (I believe it's called) with the "George Washington" formation.

Visited February 2013
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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“oldest and best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Opened as a show cave in 1806, this one continues to wow guests with its large rooms and and awesome shield formations. Tours last about 45 minutes. The park also has trails to hike, picnic pavilions, mini golf and a pool that is open in the summer.

Visited June 2012
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PALMYRA
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“Just as i remembered”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Went here several times as a youngster and it was just as I remembered. Great trip to take on hot summer days. Fun and interesting for a group or couple.

Visited April 2012
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