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

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Valerie Leigh H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A biggish cave moulded by both earth movements and water. A lot of beautiful spots and a very good host to give more meaning to the visit. Easy access with wheel chair etc. Would recommend highly. As an added bonus there is a show of parade characters and some department store window decorations for show.

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Woodstock, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Everytime we have the chance, we visit. I was just there over the summer with a group of summer camp students. I am a teacher and there is always something new that I did not see the last time. Very clean and friendly.

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Farmville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

I didn't really know what to expect, other than a cool, dark, and damp walk. This place was so cool, our guide did a great job showing us around and making the experience fun. We had a few ooh and ahh moments, took lots of pics and had a great time exploring an underground wonder.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

The whole place feels like 1920. Its awesome. The cave is a little smaller than luray and so are the crowds, the parking, the level of BS. The tour guides are more personable and the groups are smaller. Plus they have an elevator. No climbing 70 plus steps.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

The tour starts you by taking you deep underground in an elevator, the tour guide then begins to take you from room to room explaining what you are seeing and making it fun for kids. They tell the tale of how the cavern was found and really engage the group as they go. There is a large gift area and... More 

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