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!
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 http://shenandoahcaverns.com/view.php?weddings-events
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.
- Shenandoah Caverns - Shenandoah Caverns Virginia
Thrilling visitors since 1922, Shenandoah Caverns is the only Virginia cavern with elevator service. Explore a world of breathtaking natural wonders. Only 2 minutes from I-81 Exit 269 in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.