Shenandoah Caverns

Shenandoah Caverns is a commercial show cave in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia that has been thrilling visitors for over 90 years. The Caverns are the only caves in Virginia with an elevator service, making it an easy and comfortable experience for visitors young and old.

Named after a Native American chief from the 17th century, the Shenandoah Caverns were well known and used by the Native Americans of the region long before the settlement of European. The Caverns were accidentally discovered in 1884 by railroad workers working on the construction of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad as they cut through the mountains. After being developed as the Shenandoah Caverns in the early 1920s, the caves were opened to the public as a tourist attraction and have been exhilarating visitors with their natural beauty ever since. Shenandoah Caverns


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The Shenandoah Caverns offers a tailor-made mile-long guided tour, which explores 17 connecting chambers within the caves, highlighting the cavern’s breathtaking natural wonders and amazing crystalline formations, such as the Oriental Tea Garden, the Diamond Cascade, and the Capitol Dome. Expertly lighted for special effect, these spectacular ‘bacon’ formations, including the world renowned ‘Breakfast Bacon’ formation, have been featured in various magazines around the world. Other awe-inspiring sights during the tour include soaring rooms like the Long View Hall and the Grotto of the Gods and the mystical underground Rainbow Lake. The temperature in the caves naturally remains at between 54 and 56 degrees all year round. Things to Do in Virginia: Shenandoah Caverns - Photo: Shenandoah Caverns

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Additional attractions at the Shenandoah Caverns include The Yellow Barn, American Celebration on Parade, and Main Street of Yesteryear.

The Yellow Barn offers visitors a variety of unforgettable experiences from exploring Virginia’s agricultural heritage through informative displays that include antique carriages and vintage farm equipment to seeing a working beehive and visiting farm goats. The Yellow Barn is home to an array of unique gift shops, including a large Virginia wine shop that offers daily wine tastings and can also be rented out as an event venue for special occasions and celebrations. Things to Do in Virginia: Shenandoah Caverns - Photo: Shenandoah Caverns

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The American Celebration on Parade is a seasonal attraction with 20 enormous full-size parade floats that highlight national celebrations such as Tournament of Roses, and Presidential Inaugurals. Visitors can experience the floats up close during the procession and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience.

Main Street of Yesteryear is a beautiful display of antique department store windows dating back to the 1940s and 1950s. This fascinating attraction features elaborate window displays from yesteryear with big brown bears from the Rose Parade welcoming visitors and gorgeously decorated shopfront windows filled with animated figurines, many of which are original displays from more than 50 years ago. Things to Do in Virginia: Shenandoah Caverns - Photo: Shenandoah Caverns

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The Shenandoah Caverns are located at 261 Caverns Road in the Shenandoah Valley and are open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission to the caverns includes a personally guided tour of Shenandoah Caverns and a self-guided tour of the Main Street of Yesteryear, the Yellow Barn, and the seasonal American Celebration attractions. Cavern tours are approximately one hour long, and comfortable shoes are advised as the tour involves walking for about one mile. Shenandoah Caverns also welcomes groups of all types with special rates offered for groups of 15 or more. The Caverns are not handicapped accessible.

The Caverns Café is open during the summer season from June to Labor Day and features an original 1957 soda fountain. The café serves a menu of American cuisine, including hamburgers, BLTs, and other items. There are also picnic tables scattered around the property, and pre-packed picnic lunches are welcome. Things to Do in Virginia: Shenandoah Caverns - Photo: Shenandoah Caverns

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The Yellow Barn offers a unique venue for private events and functions such as weddings and other celebrations. Surrounded by different snippets of history in a beautiful barn setting with over 5,000 square feet of space, the Yellow Barn can cater for events large or small. The venue features a large catering kitchen and an outdoor ceremony area with a gorgeous metal and stonework gazebo for up to 150 guests. Rental of the Yellow Door includes tables and chairs set up according to specifications, extra time to personalize table centerpieces and other decorations and staff assistance.

Another unique venue is the American Celebration on Parade. Boasting over 9,000 square feet of open space, this site can be utilized for almost any type of event, from job fairs and trade shows to holiday parties and corporate events. The venue offers stadium seating for up to 1000 guests or table seating for 600, and the event space can accommodate up to 50 trade show booths.

261 Caverns Road, Shenandoah Caverns, Virginia 22847, website, Phone: 540-477-3115 Things to Do in Virginia: Shenandoah Caverns - Photo: Shenandoah Caverns

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