It's time to start planning those summer family getaways. If you're in
search of a trip that combines earth-friendly experiences, learning and
fun, then Luray, Virginia is the destination for you. Luray, Virginia is
home to Luray Caverns, a world renowned U.S. national landmark and one
of the largest cavern systems in the country. Walking through the Luray Caverns'
tunnels is an amazing experience for kids and families, introducing
them to a whole new world underground. Nestled in the Blue Ridge
Mountains, historic Luray is also minutes away from Shenandoah National
Park, treetop adventures and ropes' courses, history and museums,
camping, hiking and the breathtaking views of Skyline Drive.
Families will find excellent camping opportunities in Luray, Virginia.
Our preferred base camp in Luray is Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
, which offers tent and RV camping as well as furnished cabins and endless activities for kids. We avoid the hotels and definitely
the motels - camping or cabin rentals are the way to go if you want
your family happy and comfortable. Whether you prefer tent camping or
fully furnished cabins (or something in between), the mountain views and
the campfires alone will bring so much joy to your trip. Stay a few
days or more.
Takes kids on an underground adventure with a tour of Luray Caverns.
Luray Caverns is accessed only by tour and tour groups depart every
twenty minutes. If you get there early, you'll avoid the potentially
long lines. Tours include historical information, the geology of the
caves (... what's the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite?)
and beautiful underground views. There are no super tight spots so if
you're the claustrophobic kind, you should have no problem.
The walkway through the caves are paved but due to the continuing
process of cave formation, seeping water sometimes creates slippery
spots. Rails are available to keep you upright and safe. Strollers are
permitted BUT there are a lot of steps at the entrance and exit so small
strollers are recommended. The entire tour is 1.25 miles long with
repeated stops to discover natural formations, take pictures and
descriptions by the tour guide. The cave is open year-round.
FUN TRIP IDEA: When we visited Luray Caverns, we'd just finished
up a Lord of the Rings movie marathon. We themed sections of our trip
around different Middle Earth environments, from The Shire (our
campground) to the Dwarf Caves (Luray Caverns) and the forests and
mountains were the perfect backdrop for this themed trip.
Fascinating Luray Caverns Facts:
1. Luray Caverns formed when rainwater picked up diluted carbonic acid
as it sunk through decaying vegetation in soil. The hollow spaces
formed as the acidic water traveled through the limestone, dissolving
layers of rock. As the water filled the empty spaces, the hollow areas
grew bigger and continued downward creating the huge chambers seen
today. The process continues and Luray Caverns grows one cubic inch per
2. The National Park Service and the Department of the Interior named Luray Caverns a Register National Landmark.
3. The largest body of water inside the cave, known as Dream Lake, has
only a maximum depth of 18 to 20 inches. The lake's perfect surface
creates a mirror image of the ceiling, tricking the eyes.
4. All formations in Luray Caverns are made of calcite. Pure calcite is white.
5. When a stalactite and a stalagmite come together, they form a column. The tallest column in Luray Caverns is 47 feet tall.
6. Luray Caverns is home to the Stalacpipe Organ, the largest musical instrument in the world.
7. A cave kiss gives you good luck for one year! (... so I'm told. And we got lots and lots of kisses).
Admission to Luray Caverns includes admission to the Car & Carriage
Caravan Museum and the Luray Valley Museum. The Garden Maze and Rope
Adventure Park are additional fees.
Luray Caverns General Admission Rates
Seniors (62 & up): $22
Children (6-12): $12
guided Luray Caverns Tour and self-guided tours of the Car &
Carriage Caravan, Toy Town Junction and Luray Valley Museum.
Children ages 5 & under are free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Disclaimer: Four Little Monsters Blog received admission to Luray
Caverns in exchange for promotion and review. All opinions belong to the