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“Easy access to caverns”
Review of Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns
Ranked #4 of 34 things to do in Luray
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The largest cave in the Eastern U.S. where visitors can see such bizarre formations like the "Throne Room", "Giant's Hall", and "Fried Eggs".
Reviewed 6 December 2017

With a well paved path and steps with railings, there is easy access to this series of underground caverns filled with formations, ponds, and dripping stalactites and stalagmites. One pond offered stunning mirror-like reflections and in one large chamber and organ that played the stalactites with small hammers made an eerie sound. These chambers are well trod and can get quite crowded in spots. The tour guides try to keep it manageable and they offer descriptions and stories about the caverns and how they were formed and the people that explored them. At the entrance, a series of shops offer gifts and souvenirs as well as ice-cream, toys, with a pioneer museum across the street.

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Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

The entire mile long path of the tour is paved making it an easy walk, even for those who might typically have difficulty. Only the pathway at the end gets a little tight and low. Almost the whole tour is in big open rooms and is well lit.

Our 11 year old has claustrophobia and was near a panic attack about us going. But we had him face his fears and he ended up loving it. Thought it was very different and much better than Ruby Falls in Chattanooga which is basically a tunnel for 45 minutes each way.

The extra $5 for the audio set is worth it. You get a much more detailed explanation than the live guide. And, as other reviews warn, if you get at the back of a large loud group, you won't hear anything the guide says anyway.

Try to visit other than in summer or on a holiday. The parking lot was massive. Fortunately for us there in November, it was mostly empty. But I can't imagine how many cars it holds and how many people must crowd in the place at peak times.

Thank Vagabond2be
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Wonderful natural phenomenon. The caverns are quite extensive and you get taken on a guided tour which is included in your ticket price. The tour was informative and interesting. The route is quite easy - steps at the beginning and end but the rest is flat or sloped. The distance covered is over a mile.
I did find the tickets expensive though - $27 per person but the caves were beautiful so I'm still glad we went. The ticket does also include a few nearby small museums on the same site - one about the history of luray which was quite interesting and the others are an old car museum and toy museum which we didn't visit. They do a photo in front of a green screen at the beginning of the tour which is like a theme park money spinner.
Lots of free parking on site.

Thank Catherine S
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

First time, very interesting can do without the recorded tour. The guide was pretty informative a lot of pictures. Very different. Would recommend.

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

These were very impressive caverns. During our VA trip, we also visited the Shenandoah Caverns. Glad we went to Luray second, otherwise we would have been underwhelmed.
Not sure the Luray cavern is accessible for the handicapped. Shenandoah Caverns did use an elevator to take visitors down and back up, but Luray's are easier to maneuver.

Before going into the entrance to the cavern, you are asked to stand in front of a green wall for a photo, which we tried to decline, but were unsuccessful. They want to sell you a photo package at the end of the tour, but we just walked by and never looked at ours. No problems.

Be prepared for a nice walk down to about 250 ft. There are some outstanding features to see. The reflection in the pool of water is one of the cooler features I've seen in a cavern. The path of the tour is lined with bricks which make for an easier walk. The guide's voice is amplified which makes it much easier to hear the information being given; was often able to hear even when not in a line of sight. There was plenty of room to move around, even with the large number of people who were on our particular tour. The hardest part of the tour, for some, will be the last 60 steps up to the surface.

Your ticket to the caverns also gets you into other attractions on the grounds. The Car and Carriage museum and the Luray Valley museum (includes a restored farming community) were both worth the time to walk through. Lots of great history in both. Toy Town is a smaller museum that will have you remembering toys from the past.

Although there are some snacky places to grab a bite, we crossed the street and ate at the Heartpine Cafe (not a part of Luray Caverns.) They had very good sandwiches. We lucked out as it was their last day before closing for the season.

Seniors get a discounted rate ($4) and although it may still seem expensive, you get access to the other attractions. Would recommend visiting Luray Caverns.

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