|Address:||261 Caverns Rd, Quicksburg, VA 22847, USA|
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Literally, An experience I will never Forget! I was traveling and had seen the brochure, it was nice however the entire experience is indescribable! Parking was easy, even on the busy Fourth of July Weekend. I walked in and had to enjoy a refreshment from one of the last surviving true Fountain Soda machines, very rare alone. Purchased a ticket, they are timed tickets. While waiting I bought a postcard and mailed it from what was said to be the smallest existing post office. I never received that card. When announced, it is made clear when it is your turn to view the Cavern System. An old elevator is required to have access to the caverns. It stops and you are in one of the most beautiful cavern systems. Because it is commercial it has been prepared with lighting that enhances the natural beauty. My guide was appealing to adults and children, answering each question and even prompting thought! The tour was long, if you go make sure you wear proper footwear (sneakers or Hikers) and may prefer a light jacket to accommodate the natural temperature of 54 Degrees Fahrenheit (a contrast to the 81 Degree as I write this) If you are traveling with a group and you do not like caves but others do, there is a gift shop with some very unique items as well as a restaurant where you can wait... Cavern tour time Plan on 1.25 hours to fully experience plus waiting time for timed tickets. If planning to stop, consider 2.5 total hours for this event. Admission was $25 for adults, and worth each cent. I noted everyone was treated with respect. Have made suggestion for others to go, and they thanked me for the recommendation and said they too enjoyed.
The caves are expansive and well-lit. According to our friendly tour guide, April, there are 17 chambers and we got to tour/see 12 of them. The tour lasted a good while (long enough for us to get bored, so it was a good value for the money. Several of the formations took my breath away. I had a couple problems with the caves, though. They are pretty beaten up. There is quite a bit of damage to rock formations and it was disappointing to see (although its important to note that the caves have been open for visitors for ~90 years). Also, I felt the tour could have included a bit more educational information. I found myself having to ask prying questions rather than having information offered; that being said, the tour was more informational than not and did include tidbits about the caves discovery. The gift shop is nice and we were pleased to see about half of the stuff for sale was "Made in the USA" but the second floor attraction (a collection of old department store window displays?) was "meh" at best. They were almost all terribly creepy (but thats just one womans opinion) and about 3/4 of them were broken in some manner; the biggest one was only halfway in order, and another was physically falling apart. Worth the trip, but really only if youre REALLY into caves or its on your way.
We opted to go with Shenandoah Caverns over luray because they had a Groupon going and with a family of 7 kids you save where you can. We pre ordered the kids tickets for a small discount as well (3 and under are free). We showed up just as a tour was taking off so we had a 20 min wait until our tour was ready. We did the mainstreet of yesteryear tour upstairs to eat up the time. The kids loved it as did the adults. The tour itself was well guided and the caves are amazing. I was impressed with the young tour guides professionalism and knowledge. After the tour was over we hit up the restaurant inside for some lunch. The waitress was very kind and patient with all the kids. The menu was very fairly priced for a tourist attraction restaurant. We left the gift shop area after purchasing some local wine (the strawberry was delicious) and headed to the mining sluice. The bags of gems were around 6 dollars which was 2 dollars cheaper than the bags at our campground. They had a nice bench area for the little kids to be able to get up to the water to do it to. Overall Id highly recommend if you have a family and are in the area to stop for a few hours and enjoy this attraction.
This place was an interesting stop. We chose this over the other popular establishment because it was on the way and fairly close to the highway. The caverns themselves wind around so you are doing a lot of loops. I wonder if the other competitor is larger and more robust. This is a walking tour so you have to move on with the group even if you arent ready to go. Overall it was value for the money. The only thing i would give one star to is the gift shop/main lobby. They dont really sell a lot of "cavern" themed items. Granted there are some stones you can buy. But the place seemed more like a hodge podge of crap. Literally there was a bowl with plastic colored diamonds. Something you might find in a kids party favor bag that you bought for 10 cents and they were trying to sell them for $5. They had pocket knives that I know are $7-10 on Amazon and they were trying to sell them for $30. Even little plastic cars, no "Caverns" logo or anything for $5. The gift shop is honestly a total waste of money. Go for the cavers then leave.
Dont miss this great value and handicap friendly destination! Shenandoah Caverns is a gentle bast from the past! Start with he vintage 1557 cafe where you can enjoy good food at great prices while listening to an old fashioned jute box. Then ride the elevator down to tour the cavern at a easy pace with knowledgeable guide and a small tour group. I toured with my four year old grandson and 86 year old father in law and both were able to keep up and enjoy the experience. For us, it was so much better than Lauray Caverns, which was with a huge group and an less than enthusiastic guide. Lauray not handicap friendly, and we were told wed better keep up or risk being left in the dark! The Shenandoah guide accounted for each guest at each stop. She also spoke loud enough for all to hear and was able to answer questions. They also offered discounts, unlike Luaray. We will be going back next year to see their other exhibits because we arrived too late to visit the rest. I glad for the excuse to go again!
I rate up Shenandoah Caverns an extra star because of pageantry and kitsch. The caves themselves are incredibly fun to walk, with a couple of very large rooms decorated with the requisite rainbow lights that most commercial caves have. However, they also have a rotational exhibit and access to the nearby farm shop and, wait for it, parade float depot are included. Yep, parade floats. Other than getting to see creepy animatronic store displays (which were pretty amazing) I also got to see a couple dozen enormous parade floats in their splendor. It seems an odd combination and it is, but theres also a dinosaur, picnic area, playground, and a fun gift shop to wander along with a place to get ice cream floats. All in all, a really fun space to visit and everyone there was kind.