Luray Caverns
Canyons • Caverns & Caves
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Discover Eastern America’s largest and most popular caverns. 4,000,000 centuries in the making, this “must see” U.S. Natural Landmark is noted for the profuse variety of formations and unsurpassed natural color. One hour tours from well-lighted, paved walkways lead visitors through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high. Enormous chambers are filled with towering stone columns, shimmering draperies and crystal-clear pools. Also in this subterranean wonderland, “hear rocks sing” as you experience the haunting sounds of the world’s largest musical instrument, The Great Stalacpipe Organ. Completely unique are the beautiful tones created by this one-of-a-kind instrument, which makes music of concert quality from the surrounding stalactite formations covering more than three acres.
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chrisdw18
Yorktown, VA10 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
These caverns are truly miraculous spectacles of a lifetime. It is such a treat to walk through and stand among these marvelous wonders. I really can’t believe it is so open and accessible for so many patrons to explore. I would love to come back, but probably only on a weekday. It was quite busy on Saturday afternoon, and I got a bit annoyed by the amount of people I had to wait behind or shuffle around. The employees in the cave giving occasional “presentations” were not very helpful, excited, or professional, and most of the time you could barely hear them. And if you did hear them, they never said anything that really caught your attention. In the caves it is a wonderful, cool temperature (at least in the summer, I don’t know if it changes) with occasional water droplets on your head. I took off the jacket I brought in after just a couple minutes of being in there. The walkways are not strenuous or dangerous, but sometimes a bit steep and mildly slippery - although they have handrails along almost all of the pathway. It is not quite as loud as you might expect; a baby crying behind you is still pretty loud and annoying, but not as ear-piercing or enduring as you may think. I didn’t visit any of the other attractions, and they didn’t really seem worth it at all. My main impression of them was that they were made to add on to the caverns, so that a visit to Luray Caverns could be an all-day trip. And I suppose if you did visit everything else, you would get your money’s worth out of that $32 ticket. But for just those incredible caverns, if I were local I would only return on very special occasions to see the caverns again. Still, I would love to take it all in again, they really are incredible. I highly recommend!
Written August 2, 2022
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josuesierra
Philadelphia, PA112 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Kids had an awesome time exploring — not one complaint about being tired of walking. This is the perfect activity for a hit day — I was wearing jeans and tshirt and was comfortable inside the cave. My 12 year old tracked the self guided tour signs and read the details. They all took turns taking pictures at the amazing formations. My favorite part was the organ. The Stalacpipe Organ is played live during each tour by an automated system. And they learned a ton. What an amazing, historical treasure.

A few important details — no masks were required and there were no virtual signaling signs anywhere to be seen! Also, the historical information is the way it should be — without woke, revisionist or virtue signaling nonsense! This is a wonderful peek at a historical tourist attraction, not only beautiful but educational.

There are several ways you can get discounts on your entrance to Luray Caverns.

Children 5 and under: no charge when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Groups of 20 or more receive discounted admission.
$9.50 student tickets (through grade 12) for school-sponsored educational groups with 15 students. 50% off second adult ticket with a Giant or Martin’s BonusCard. (Download the app and open an account if you don’t have one.) $5 off admission from participating military bases. Tickets are available at the entrance to Luray Caverns.

But wait! There is more! We walked through the Car & Carriage Caravan museum was so cool. What an amazing collection of vintage restored cars. This is must-see for a car lover. I was so enthralled I barely took any pictures.

Glad we went and looking forward to visiting again to see what we missed. There is a nice covered/shaded area outside the gift shop with 4 picnic tables (with shade umbrellas). We enjoyed a picnic lunch with a stunning view.
Written July 20, 2022
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ZhuZhu L
New York City, NY271 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
This is a very interesting place to visit. The ticket price is worth every penny. The self guided tour take about 1-1.5 depends on the crowd. It’s probably more relaxing to go on a weekday for a less crowded experience. The admission ticket also includes Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, Shenandoah Heritage Village, and Toy Town Junction. The garden maze costs additional $10 per person and the rope adventure park is $11 per person. They also have a cafe and candy on site, the cost of food is very reasonable.
Written November 26, 2021
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ultramarathoner
2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
I have been to Luray Caverns many times over the years, mostly enjoyable experiences. I have been taking visiting relatives many times, but the quality of the tours has been declining from guided to audio to self-guided. At the same time the cost has more than tripled to an exorbitant $32. The management's motto is, "raise the fees, lower the quality of service". By making it self-guided, the tourists were touching all of the artifacts.

On the positive side, the new visitor's center does make it more accessible for the handicapped,a definite plus.

I will definitely not go to Luray Caverns anytime in the near future or encourage anybody to go there.
Written October 10, 2022
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Road_warriorXTRM
Philadelphia, PA307 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were here 30 years ago, wow how times flies. Now it has become so much more than caverns. It is an experience and you can easily spend 1/2 day here or more. Admission includes the cavern, toy museum, car museum and the Luray County Museum. In addition to cavern I would recommend a visit to the Luray County Museum which is about 200 yards from the cavern entrance.

Overall a great day and we a pleasant experience on a 95+ degree day.
Written July 1, 2021
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jaimeelsabio
Maryland4,148 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
After living in Maryland for almost 40 years, we finally made it to the caverns. We picked a good day to visit because there was hardly anybody else there. We could take our time going through the cave without continually bumping into people. For the most part, it seemed we had the cave to ourselves. The entrance fee is somewhat pricey, but the Car Museum and Luray Valley Museum entrances are included in that price. We’re glad we visited.
Written April 25, 2022
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Les M
Cincinnati, OH427 contributions
Aug 2021
I was arriving just before Noon on a weekend, so I knew it would be pretty crowded. The line to get tickets was literally out the door, so I just bought tickets online on my phone (while in line) and then just went to start the tour.

The cave is really cool. I've toured a couple caves and Luray Caverns is the best I've ever been too! It really is well done. Its a massive system, and there's lots to see. Some spots were crowded, but I was able to walk through pretty quickly. I think the tour is designed to be done in about an hour. It took be just about 30 min to walk through it.

I hit the gift shop and got some trinkets for my kids but I didn't check out the car museum or any of the other stuff that comes with your admission. There was plenty of parking - even midday on a Saturday.

From a Covid perspective, they do have signs asking people to wear a mask, but it was hit or miss. I'd say a bit more than half of the people wore masks and maybe half didn't. If I wasn't fully vaccinated, I would have been hesitant about being trapped in an enclosed cave with a bunch of people... My 2 cents...
Written September 2, 2021
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Katie S
Union, KY133 contributions
Nov 2021
We decided to stop here while in Luray visiting Shenandoah National Park and I'm glad we did! The caverns are so cool. The "tour" is really a self-guided walk-through but there are a few employees placed at certain points who were happy to answer questions. There is a paved walkway and we saw people of all ages visiting. We got here fairly early in the day on a Saturday, which I think was good as it was getting a bit crowded. Some areas on the path through the cave are a bit narrow, so it is easy to get stuck behind people and not be able to get around them easily. We also visited the toy and car museums, which are included in the ticket price. We enjoyed both of these. Everything is pretty touristy and I thought the ticket price was a bit steep at $32/person. However, I also thought it was worth the visit at least once.
Written November 7, 2021
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Linda P
Ballston Spa, NY389 contributions
Apr 2022
Marvelous- rivals Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. Biggest difference is this is a self-guided tour and filled with lights and well-built paths with rails. Mammoth is left very original and dark. We visited Luray last of the 8 best known caverns on this stretch so we were informed per geology and formations and enough guides were available to answer questions within the cavern. Strongly recommend arriving when they open. An hour after we arrived a bus load of school children arrived, and their shrieks echoed everywhere. Once they were in the gift shop and other activities on the surface, it was bedlam. We were informed last 4th of July, 6000 visitors were there, so AVOID HOLIDAYS. The caves are magic and spectacular when seen alone (as we had at opening) and you can spend all your time looking at them instead bumping into others or trying to take photos through a crowd. Quite a big cave, many levels but all on ramps, no stairs. On the surface, hedge maze, rope course, several museums of cars, toys, yesteryear and historic buildings. Extra cost for some. The car museum was lovely and I don't care for them. Excellent examples, beautifully cared for. Take advantage of the free tickets for small samples.
Written May 1, 2022
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Durwoody
Dallas, TX426 contributions
Jun 2021
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! This was my first trip to a cavern. It was spectacular! Thankfully, it wasn’t crowded, and I got to take some gorgeous photos. Soaring ceilings, rock formations and the multitude of colors will have you stopping in awe.

My jaw has not dropped in a long time and it did several times in the cavern. I thought the most amazing part of the caverns was the area with the mirror surface. It takes a minute for you to realize what you are seeing. There was not an audio tour when I went, but they give you a brochure with corresponding numbers of some of the formations. The self-guided tour takes about 90 minutes. Be sure to check out the cavern organ. There was a guide there who told us about the organ and how it was created.

The purchase of the cavern ticket allows you into the Car & Carriage Museum and the Toy Town Junction Museum. There are also garden mazes, food kiosk, picnic area, and a rope adventure park for an extra charge and more fun.
Written June 23, 2021
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