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Luray Caverns

101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, Virginia 22835 USA

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Fri 9a-7p
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“Shenandoah geological wonder discovered in 1878”

The Wishing Well is a 6-foot deep pool of water at Luray Caverns where visitors toss coins and even paper money. Once a year, all of the coins are removed and donated to various charities. So far, since 1954 almost a million dollars has been collected and donated. 

Since discovery in 1878 by a tinsmith and a local photographer, visitors by the millions have made Luray Caverns the most popular cave in Eastern America and an internationally acclaimed destination.

Luray Caverns, a U.S. Natural Landmark, is noted for the profuse variety of formations and unsurpassed natural color. From well-lighted, paved walkways explore cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high, filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools. 

Also, hear the haunting sounds of the Great Stalacpipe Organ, the world’s largest musical instrument. This most unique one-of-a-kind instrument uses stalactites covering 3 1/2 acres of the surrounding caverns to produce tones of symphonic quality when electronically tapped by rubber-tipped mallets. 

For more than 130 years, Luray Caverns has been renowned as one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders. A subterranean wonderland of magic and majesty, still as marvelously beautiful as described in the newspaper headlines over a century ago. Today, Luray Caverns attracts one-half million visitors annually from around the globe.

In 2008, this venerable attraction hosted guests from throughout North America including all 50 U.S. states and 52 foreign nations. Russell Gurnee, noted author and former president of the Explorers Club, summarized in his book Discovery of Luray Caverns, Virginia, "Luray Caverns remains a tribute to the courage and vision of explorers who will persevere to seek out secrets of our world. In an imperfect human world it is reassuring that the discovery of these men of vision has been preserved for the enjoyment of this and succeeding generations.”

Luray Caverns is truly America's underground classroom as the U.S. Natural Landmark is visited by more student tours each year than any other cave in the world. Thank yous come in many forms upon their return home.

Luray Caverns is the Largest and Most Popular Cavern on the East Coast, just 90 minutes from Washington! 
*Today's Hours: 9a-4p (5pm on the weekends)* 

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January 4, 2014

SO gorgeous. And that wishing well is crystal clear. It doesn't look 6 feet deep at all. The pictures i have from this trip are some of my very favorites.

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March 10, 2014

This is a great road trip - add to your agenda the nearby old car museum (optimal kitch) and walking maze!

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January 21, 2014

I've visited Luray Caverns about 4 times and each time I see something new. I wish they didn't make you wait so long in the "shop" before entering the caverns...we've almost left because of the wait. The caverns are WONDERFUL! Absolutely amazing. Bring a jacket, it's cool underground.

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July 19, 2014

The caverns were absolutely beautiful. Our tour guide was great & the family had a blast in the garden maze. Rain and all, it was a memorable day.

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June 27, 2014

These caves are really beautiful. Very touristy though, but at least you know you won't get lost.

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December 25, 2013

This is an awesome place to visit! There's so much to explore, I enjoyed it very much going with my school's history club to tour the caves.

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July 24, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous!! I was amazed by this place. The organ was so cool. I would recommend this to anyone.

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November 26, 2016

This place is one of best and most memorable caverns that I've been to in the area. Beautiful and lots to see.

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November 21, 2016

Absolutely beautiful. Very very touristy though. Paved and roped off. Gorgeous non the less.

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September 1, 2016

Four stars - very educational and informed tour but not worth $26 in my opinion. I stopped 25 minutes away at stony man mountain so figured it was a good double header. I don't regret it and it some great pictures and a bit more knowledge.

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July 28, 2016

Wow! Incredible! Be prepared for a mile long walk through the caverns over the course of about an hour. There's a line to get in, so count at least 15 minutes for that as well. Not a quick stop, but very cool. Unlike anything I've ever seen!

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July 24, 2016

Great stop on our trip. Nice and refreshing to go underground. Its an hour (just over a mile) guided tour through the caverns. The guide takes groups of about 40 people together and stops about 10 times or so to explain what you are looking at. Don't need the little phone info gadget as the tour guide tells you the exact same information. Certainly worth it. Not nearly as cold as everyone else said. we brought jackets thinking it was 50-60 degrees but it was fine, shorts ok.

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June 21, 2016

Our tour guide wasn't the best and the tour itself was a little pricey ($26 per adult for an hour) but the Dream Lake, Wishing Well, and Stalagpipe Organ made our trip worthwhile.

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May 10, 2016

First time ever going underground and this was an absolute dream! Best money spent and the car & carriage museum was awesome as well as the Luray museum!

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April 24, 2015

Great stop with 4 kids( 11, 8,7 and 3.5)...doesn't seem like much from up top but once down in caverns it is awe inspiring....tour just shy of hour and walk about 1 mile+....didn't do any of the other attractions

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January 31, 2015

For $26 you get a one hour and 1+ mile tour. Seriously beautiful. Loved the clear pools that reflect the ceiling of the cave in a pretty breathtaking way. The Stalacpipe was literally a once in a life time experience. I would say worth the stop if it is no more than 2 hours away, and you enjoy nature's beauty.

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January 31, 2015

My beau and I enjoyed exploring this cave! The tour lasted for about 30 minutes. My favorite arenas of the cavern were the Dream Lake and the Wishing Well. Overall, this cave is a natural wonder made of little wonders. Great for a cave date!

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Luray Caverns

101 Cave Hill Rd
Luray, Virginia
22835 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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