Luray Caverns
Luray Caverns
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
This spectacular natural formation features enormous chambers filled with towering stalactite columns, shimmering travertine draperies, and crystal-clear pools. Explore the caves through its well-lit, paved walkways and you’ll find yourself in magnificent cathedral-sized rooms with 10-story-high ceilings. Listen out for the haunting sounds of the “singing” rocks, thanks to the world’s largest musical instrument the Great Stalacpipe Organ, which plays the stalactites. Learn how this organ works and other cool facts on a guided tour of the caves. While you’re there, the nearby Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and Rope Adventure Park are worth a visit, too. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Eyekaytoo
    Leverkusen, Germany3,042 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful caverns revealing beautiful stalactites & stalagmites, reflective pools and huge chambers
    On one Sunday in June my son & I decided to leave Washington DC and head off in search of the Luray Caverns. We found them quite easily and parked for free in the extensive car park which was already quite full. It is clear that this place is fully designed for tourists. The facilities here are quite commercialized with a range of attractions, cafe, restrooms etc. We decided to focus on the "main event" – the caverns. Having paid our entry fee in the shop and general reception area we walked the long, windy covered pathway down to the actual entrance to the caverns themselves. There is a good deal of information available on the history of the discovery of the caves themselves and you are provided with a short, informative flyer which provides details of the dozen or so main viewing points within the caves. And they are magnificent. The clear, easily walkable path leads into the bowels of the earth. And the well illuminated points of interest are fantastic. The caves are full of impressive chambers with flowstone draperies & hundreds if not thousands of stalactites and stalagmites with reflective rock pools which provide wonderful opportunities for reflective photographs. We took our time and, like many other visitors, took loads of beautiful photographs. I was reminded of my geology lessons at school – stalagmites go up and stalactites go down... To me it was clear that when they constructed the pathway they must have destroyed quite a few of these geological formations which had taken literally millions of years to form. All in all, a special day out for us to view another aspect of our beautiful planet
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Dan D
    Concord, California226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge, well-lit caverns!
    Because of the volume of visitors coming to these caverns, the parking is HUGE! Check in was a breeze, although a little cramped as the line to show your ticket almost merges with the line to get into the few restrooms in the back of the gift shop. Once you present your ticket you walk down a wide covered walkway to get to the cavern’s entrance. Th tour is self-guided, which is good since the caverns are immense and a guided tour would take days to get through. The passages are narrow in only a few spots, so the crowd moves at a steady pace. You can easily spend 2-3 hours inside the caverns if you stop and enjoy the formations. We also visited the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, which is included in the cavern ticket. It is worth seeing after caverns.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Miller
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Added this stop to our road trip when I saw all the reviews, it was well worth it!!! The kids were blown away the whole time and loved following along and reading at each sign. What a beautiful way to look at what nature is capable of.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Norma F
    Newburg, Maryland553 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    Luray Caverns is a must see. We traveled with people aged 4-87 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Easy access in and out. Handicap accessible, easy to access absolutely everything. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. We will return again and again. It is awe inspiring and beautiful inside. So cool and interesting for all ages. The wall inside is approximately 1.25 miles with some inclines. Please go and visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Pamela C
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience!
    The Luray Caverns is an incredible experience. I have visited caverns in Pennsylvania, but the Luray Caverns in Virginia is truly amazing! It feels like as you are walking through the paved walkways you are at the Moon or on the planet Mars as mentioned by one of the younger guests. The beautiful towering formations that are both stalactites and stalagmites is a wonder of nature. The sparkling lake reflections are breathtaking.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • BAR845
    Englewood, Florida472 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunniny well done attraction
    Stunning caverns. They really did a lot of work. Miles of brick paths makes this handicapped accessible. (Though a wheel chair may need an assist on the uphill parts). Very clean. Well done attraction. Beautiful features and well lighted, not glaringly overdone. Use the app or the brochure to add information to this self-guided walk. Fairly easy walk at your own pace. Not too crowded. We did have a tour group enter at the same time but just let them go ahead and we mostly were alone. This is really a stunning attraction. Often, these attractions are over sold but not Luary Caverns. Can see it in less than 2 hours but don’t sell yourself short. Definitely has the WOW factor! It is part of a complex with three other attractions included in the ticket price. Two others are extra. (Maze and Rope Adventure Park). There are rest rooms and a café with an incredibly limited menu. Strangely, the café in the Shenandoah Village is only open sporadically. We went back into Luary to eat lunch. Totally worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Mychelle K
    55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceed expections
    We visited mid week and it was not too busy. The path is easy to walk. The caverns exceeded our expectations. Dream Lake was really amazing - could have stated at it for a lot longer than I did. Giants Hall and the Cathedral were stunning. There are also two cute museums for tots and transportation. The Shenandoah Hertiage Museum is also on site and worth visiting.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 25 August 2023
  • OBXLOKAL
    Manteo, North Carolina242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing, Great Experience!
    Absolutely Amazing! We pass nearby occasionally and finally made time for a visit. Mind-blowing, it was really hot outside, cooler in the caverns but still plenty warm. Very much worth the admission fee, and will take a couple of hours if you take your time and take pictures like we did. Not very crowded at all. The car museum was way more than I expected, don't miss that while you're there. And try a bottle of the root beer on ice in the gift shops there, it's delicious!! I was plenty warm in cavern but my girlfriend wore a light jacket, pathway was wide and well lighted, it was a great experience!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Travelbug
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW, just WOW!!
    We LOVED Luray Caverns!! We personally had no issues with it being self guided. I would rather go through at my own leisure. There are attendants stationed at different points of the cavern that were able to answer our questions and provide us with other bits of information that was not on the brochure. There was a gal that worked there and moved about to different areas of the cavern, her name was Virginia and she was GREAT! The gift shop was very nice. I have been in several caverns in the past and Luray was the best!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 September 2023
  • jodihawryluk
    Yardville, New Jersey37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW!
    What a magical experience! This tour was self guided. We took our time and were just amazed at how beautiful the cavern was. There were guides stationed throughout the cavern to answer any questions. It took us a little over an hour to walk the entire cavern but we definitely took our time to take it all in.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
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Carmen L
632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
After so many years of wanting to check out Luray, I finally checked out this underground gem. The line outside was long, but it went by quickly. The trek is easy once inside, as it’s a paved path. Some stretches are narrow, which means others can’t pass you. Please be mindful of that, otherwise you’ll back up everyone behind you. (The family behind us did it and caused a MAJOR backup).

There’s plenty of parking, a couple of gift shops, a small eatery to get snacks. Your ticket also gets you in to a couple of the adjacent museums, so it’s well worth it if you have kids and want to entertain them for a few hours.
Written 10 August 2020
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123Freckles
Holland, MI554 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We had never heard of this place before our visit to Gordonsville, VA. We happened to see a pamphlet about it and thought it might be interesting - it WAS! We are seniors, so our entrance fee was $25.00 each, which was well worth it since it also included the car museum. I thought the car museum would be boring, but I ended up really enjoying it! The caverns were beautiful! We especially enjoyed the organ that plays on the stalactites and the reflection pools. Some of the walkways were a little steep, but we were fine (we're 73 & 81). You may feel a little disoriented at times too! They recently finished a new wheelchair friendly entrance to the caverns. Plenty of photo-ops here!
Written 13 January 2020
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Gaynell C
Daphne, AL69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Social distancing in effect. Fortunately for us, we chose to go on a weekday instead of the weekend & it was lots less crowded. Early arrival is also a good thing. Wear non slip shoes as some areas are wet. We were allowed to tour at our own pace, which was great, as we enjoy taking pictures. Probably the best cave system we've ever been through & we've been to several. Loved that their was a Veterans memorial & a wishing well , of which the proceeds benefit different charities. Don't miss the car museum. It's included in your ticket price & also the heritage museum & outbuildings. Both were very nice. You could spend a couple of hours or half a day, or maybe a full day if you take in all of the attractions. Some are at additional cost ( the maze & ropes course ) Admission is $30 to the Caverns, kinda high, but if you take in all that's included, it's not bad. All employees that we encountered were
kind & helpful with questions. There's also a toy museum that's included that has antique toys. All in all, a must see for all age groups . Must be in good physical condition to walk through the caves.
Written 17 October 2020
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paprika
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Luray caverns advertises that it's now wheelchair acceptable so we went for my husbands birthday this past weekend. We quickly learned it is not.

When buying tickets we were informed that some parts were so steep, we would potentially need three people with me. Aka I would have to ask two strangers. I completely understand that they only have so much space to work with and that due to the structure of the cave it's not simple to keep things on an even level, but info like that should be made well aware on their site.

However the most upsetting thing was the bathroom. The handicap stall could not fit a wheelchair, not even close. I'm not really sure that's even legal? And to exit the restroom you have to roll out backwards since there's no turning room.

I wouldn't be so bothered if they hadn't exclaimed everywhere how accessible they are now. It's hard to enjoy the views when you and your partner are sweating up a storm trying to roll up a a steep incline. And degrading to have to leave your wheelchair outside of a bathroom stall to use it.

We still had an enjoyable weekend but I cannot recommend Luray at all if you are disabled.
Written 21 February 2020
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hopesicle
Florida166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
I was hesitant at first about visiting since it was a 3 hour drive from where we were staying and a bit expensive but it was absolutely worth it. We got the kids a flashlight (the youngest was scared at the thought of a cave) but it wasn’t necessary as there is ample lighting. We were all just amazed at all the different formations and the vastness of the caverns. The areas are clearly numbered and you get a pamphlet that tells you all about the unique features of that area. We toured the caverns portion in exactly one hour.
We did the full experience with the garden maze and ropes course. The maze was fun and the ropes course was wonderful and a highlight of our entire trip! The car museum only takes about 10 minutes but has everything from buggies all the way through early motorized cars. We had to rush through the Luray/Shenandoah museum because they were about to close. We spent 4 hours on property but didn’t quite get to experience everything. 5 hours would have been ideal.
Honestly we were annoyed to have to wear masks even during the ropes course and in the caverns but then other reviewers feel there weren’t enough precautions, so you can’t please everyone.
Either way, this is a definite must see!
Written 14 October 2020
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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We went to Luray Caverns after I read about a trip to the caves by the National Geographic Society in 1905, back when the train was taken on a steam train and wagons. We came down from Shenandoah National Park for an afternoon to come to the caverns.

The caves themselves were spectacular and worth the trip, if you can go when the lines are short and the cave not too crowded, as it was when we were there. The cave itself was a bit too altered and accessible for my taste, with smooth brick paths, handrails, and lighting making it feel like a Disney attraction taking you from one room to the next.

The rest of the Luray Caverns campus was less impressive. We ate lunch at the little cafe, which had a very limited menu of mediocre food, so we went to Wendy's afterward to fill up. The various museums felt rundown and the additional costs for the somewhat poorly maintained hedge maze was not worth it, except perhaps for small children. It felt overall like a roadside tourist trap.

My recommendation would be to walk the cave and skip the rest.
Written 11 August 2020
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Road_warriorXTRM
Philadelphia, PA340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021 • Couples
We were here 30 years ago, wow how times flies. Now it has become so much more than caverns. It is an experience and you can easily spend 1/2 day here or more. Admission includes the cavern, toy museum, car museum and the Luray County Museum. In addition to cavern I would recommend a visit to the Luray County Museum which is about 200 yards from the cavern entrance.

Overall a great day and we a pleasant experience on a 95+ degree day.
Written 1 July 2021
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Durwoody
Dallas, TX449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! This was my first trip to a cavern. It was spectacular! Thankfully, it wasn’t crowded, and I got to take some gorgeous photos. Soaring ceilings, rock formations and the multitude of colors will have you stopping in awe.

My jaw has not dropped in a long time and it did several times in the cavern. I thought the most amazing part of the caverns was the area with the mirror surface. It takes a minute for you to realize what you are seeing. There was not an audio tour when I went, but they give you a brochure with corresponding numbers of some of the formations. The self-guided tour takes about 90 minutes. Be sure to check out the cavern organ. There was a guide there who told us about the organ and how it was created.

The purchase of the cavern ticket allows you into the Car & Carriage Museum and the Toy Town Junction Museum. There are also garden mazes, food kiosk, picnic area, and a rope adventure park for an extra charge and more fun.
Written 23 June 2021
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Da-juiceman
Philadelphia, PA299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2020 • Family
The stalactites and stalagmites were stunningly presented and impeccably lit. We found one area, where the ceiling was mirrored by still water below, a photo worthy showstopper (as did many others). The entire exploration took our family of 3 about 2 hours to complete, and was surprisingly tiring. Although the entire route are ramps, they are not ADA compliant and can be very steep. We nearly lost control of our wheelchair in several sections, so wheelchairs and strollers need extra caution. Due to COVID restrictions, the outdoor ticket line had markings to keep people separated and everyone in the cavern had masks and were appropriately distant. As one of the main attractions in this area, the natural marvel is not to be missed.
Written 29 June 2020
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Les M
Cincinnati, OH467 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I was arriving just before Noon on a weekend, so I knew it would be pretty crowded. The line to get tickets was literally out the door, so I just bought tickets online on my phone (while in line) and then just went to start the tour.

The cave is really cool. I've toured a couple caves and Luray Caverns is the best I've ever been too! It really is well done. Its a massive system, and there's lots to see. Some spots were crowded, but I was able to walk through pretty quickly. I think the tour is designed to be done in about an hour. It took be just about 30 min to walk through it.

I hit the gift shop and got some trinkets for my kids but I didn't check out the car museum or any of the other stuff that comes with your admission. There was plenty of parking - even midday on a Saturday.

From a Covid perspective, they do have signs asking people to wear a mask, but it was hit or miss. I'd say a bit more than half of the people wore masks and maybe half didn't. If I wasn't fully vaccinated, I would have been hesitant about being trapped in an enclosed cave with a bunch of people... My 2 cents...
Written 2 September 2021
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