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Shenandoah Caverns

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Address: 261 Caverns Rd, Shenandoah Caverns, VA 22847-1432
Phone Number:
+1 540-477-3115
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Shenandoah Caverns has been thrilling visitors since 1922. It is the only...

Shenandoah Caverns has been thrilling visitors since 1922. It is the only Virginia cavern with elevator service, making it one of the easiest caverns to tour. It's also the 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. Also see our other attractions: Main Street of Yesteryear, American Celebration on Parade (open seasonally), and the Yellow Barn. Open all year. Located 2 minutes from I-81, Exit 269, five miles north of New Market, VA in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Let the exploration begin!

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Interesting cavern tour

Decided to tour Shenandoah Caverns with two other couples. I'm glad we did. The caverns were beautiful. Our tour guide, Patty, was great. The tour is a one hour tour, but ours... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Charles K
Franklin, Virginia
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Franklin, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Decided to tour Shenandoah Caverns with two other couples. I'm glad we did. The caverns were beautiful. Our tour guide, Patty, was great. The tour is a one hour tour, but ours lasted for two hours. Patty took time to explain everything to us, took pictures, and just felt like one of the family. Be sure to ask for her... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I did not know what to expect. Prepared to be wowed. Everything was amazing. Most of All, Patty was the tour guide who made the experience special. It is not as big as other caverns, but it is definitely different. To those in wheelchairs, you can see this attraction as it is wheelchair accessible, but the floor is stony so... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Purchased 2 groupons for four and got almost half off the adult price with other perks. We were touring so just did the cave tour and the holiday store window displays. The 8 of us got a tour by Hannah. She was knowledgeable and entertaining and she played along with the jokesters in our group! She learned their names and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Now this one was a surprise. One of the most beautiful underground limestone caves. If you happen to go to Washington DC, these caves are not that far. A drive of 1-1.5 hours maximum. The price per person is 24$ for adult and 14$ approx for children. These are natural formations and have been formed over 100's of years. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Stunning caverns. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided historical information during the tour. Some walk require.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

Sometimes you wish that places like this offered “Adults Only” tours. You pay good money to go on these kind of tours and would like to hear what is being said, but when there are several families with small children that have no idea what is going on, why they are there or could care less, the hour plus tour... More 

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Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

Most travelers will likely hit Luray Caverns first and may never make it to Shenandoah Caverns. That's a mistake. The caverns are a bit smaller than Luray but the crowds are also significantly smaller. The caverns themselves are pretty nifty and the tour was entertaining. Not to be missed is the upstairs department store window exhibit showing Christmas scenes from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

Yes it is a good 90 mins plus from DC but well worth a day trip. We didn't need to book and the wait was only 15mins. It is amazing to see. Really looks like a movie back drop but its real. You walk about a mile in 1 hour. It does have lift access and apparently 85% wheelchair access... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

The tour guide and tour were both excellent. We were a smaller group and I would highly recommend going there during slower times (first thing in morning on weekends or mid-week). We were allowed plenty of time to explore a section at a time -- but in larger groups, I would have probably felt rushed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

I have been to this cavern on two separate occasions. I decided to treat my parents and siblings this year and take them here instead of Luray. They LOVED it! Much bigger tour (25 or 30?), but had no difficulty hearing the guide (if you stay with the group). He was a young man (forgot his name), a little monotone,... More 

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