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Santa Barbara, California
November 11, 2010
July 31, 2006
From journal ~Luray caverns baby!~
March 24, 2006
From journal Fun in Virginia... Despite the Timeshare Pitch
February 2, 2006
From journal Virginia
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
July 14, 2005
You have a guide who gives a history of the caverns. There is a series of lights that are turned on and off as the groups move forward, so it's hard to say how large the cavern is. The effect of this, though, is that you want to make sure that you stay with the group and not straggle behind. It also fills you with expectation of what is coming up ahead. I didn't expect it to be so large and tall. The walk goes up and down several times. It's not anything too strenuous, but it is a nice long tour. We never got a sense of claustrophobia because of the size of the caverns. If you go to the area in the summer, you definitely want to visit the caverns, which are nice and cool inside. All in all, it is a very different kind of scenic wonder that is highly enjoyable and fascinating.
From journal Shenandoah Springtime
July 25, 2004
Luray Caverns features a 1.5-mile underground pathway featuring drip formations - stalactites and stalagmites, some still actively dripping. The pathway has been paved smooth and handrails added to keep folks safely on the path and away from the formations. As a result, the path is fairly easily navigable for most anyone. Note that the temperature is constantly around 54 degrees (F) - so if you're bringing grandma, bring her sweater!
Some of the formations are quite stunning, some begin to seem rather passé, just because of the sheer quantity the hour-long tour provides. But the guides posted along your walk are fairly knowledgeable, and keep things interesting with the stories behind the various creative names for different formations. And you may end up learning something about geology if you're not careful.
A big highlight is the organ, which uses stalactites and stalagmites as pipes. Pretty amazing. Also the most tampering that the caverns' owners seem to have done with the natural formations, outside of lighting them.
Take all the pictures you like - but as you'll see from my photos, the dramatic lighting requires some special photographic care. This is also why it's worth going, since it's very hard to reproduce some of the effects, like the big reflective underground lake, via film.
Now, the Americana part of it means that you will pay $18 per adult ($8 children 7-13, $16 seniors, group rates available) to walk through this cave. And you will be joined by two or three dozen folks, a random sampling of tourists who may or may not have showered, trained their children to listen quietly, or care at all if anyone else gets to enjoy the caverns while they are there. Gratefully, the tour is rather free-form, so you can always rush ahead or hang back to join a group that better fits your standards of etiquette.
The Luray Caverns crew has also provided a number of other ways for you to spend your money while you're here:
- Car & Carriage Caravan Museum
- Stalactite Cafe and Restaurant
- The Garden Maze
- Luray Singing Tower carillon
- Caverns Country Club Resort
- Luray Caverns Motels (East and West)
We took advantage of the picnic tables on the edge of the parking lot, for a free lunch of our own design before we descended into the caverns.
Open every day, tours depart approximately every 20 minutes, approximately 9am-4pm. 540/743-6551 http://www.luraycaverns.com
From journal Day Trip to Luray Caverns
June 22, 2004
The outdoor maze is also a fun side trip located next to the parking lot for Luray Caverns. The cost is $5 for adults to do the maze.
From journal 2004 Family Reunion in Virginia
April 28, 2004
We were staying at Massanutten and getting to Luray took about 90 minutes. We spent time driving through the mountains, which really adds to driving time.
Luray Caverns has added some extra things to visit around the parking lot. We went to the Maze. That was a GREAT time!! We spent over an hour in the maze. It was $5 for adults, $4 for children over 7.
Once had our water and settled down, we prepared for our journey through the caverns. We brought the stroller for our infant because we didn't want to carry her. The whole path is paved, but we had to carry the stroller down the stairs. The maze was good for our boys because they were still in the mood for new things, but the were slower than before we did the maze.
Tickets were more than most of the other activities we went to: $17 for adults; $8 for ages 7-13. The caverns are interesting to see. It's hard to believe all those were made from water. We had a tour guide that walked a group of us (maybe 30 folks) and allowed us to take our time looking at everything.
Check out their web site: Luray Caverns
Here are some pictures from our visit:
Photos of Luray Caverns
From journal A Real Disappointment
by Rose (Bud)
September 8, 2003
Standing in the massive centre of the cavern, surrounded by 20 foot (and higher) stalagmites, you are treated to the sounds of a natural stalactite and stalagmite "organ", with the rocks chosen to match notes of the scale. The sound of "Shenandoah" played in this setting brings tears to your eyes! As a bonus, there's also a classic car museum near the site.
From journal Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure