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Shenandoah Caverns

Updated on December 21, 2015

The Caverns

Shenandoah caverns is a wonderful caving experience for beginner and family experiences. Guided tours are given with detailed explanations of formations and mineral deposits. During the tour history of the caverns are explained as well. Creative lighting creates a more exiting experience. The tour begins by descending into caverns via elevator. This makes it easier for elderly, children, or slightly disabled tour goers. I would not recommend this for extremely elderly or disabled as the rest of the tour is walked. I found it easy to navigate with a one year old in a stroller.

The geological formations have been named the Diamond Cascade, the Grotto of the Gods, the Rainbow Lake, the Oriental Tea Garden, and the Capitol Dome, and these are lighted for display. The "bacon" formations were featured in a 1964 issue of National Geographic Magazine. The caverns' temperature naturally remains at 54 degrees year round.

Inside the Caverns

Museums and Attractions

As part of the experience there is also "The Yellow Barn", "American Celebration on Parade", and "Main Street of Yesteryear". The exhibits were bright, colorful, and interactive. They create hours of fun to round of a day full of exploration, natural and social history!


Admission Prices

Adult - $23.00
Seniors (62+) - $20.00
Children (6-14) - $10.00
Children under 6 - no charge

AAA & Military Discounts Available

Caverns tours are 1 mile long and last approximately 1 hour. Wear a light jacket and comfortable shoes.

Admission includes a personally guided tour of Shenandoah Caverns and self guided tour of Main Street of Yesteryear. American Celebration is open seasonally. The Yellow Barn is subject to close for private events.

The caverns are open every day with the exception of Christmas. All three exhibits are included in the admission price which makes it well worth the value!

Where are the Caverns?


Events can be held indoors or outdoors. Both the "Yellow Barn" and "American Celebration on Parade" can be reserved. The caverns are a great backdrop for photos. For more information please check out the following site


The name for the area is Shenandoah and is Native American in origin. It is said to mean "the daughter of the stars". The caverns are named after their location.

The caverns were discovered by accident by railroad workers in 1884. They were formed into a tourist attraction and opened to the public in 1922.


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