Friday, April 29, 2011

Exploring Luray Caverns!

A couple weekends ago my family and I checked out the Luray Caverns in Luray, Virginia. The caverns are located in the Shenandoah Valley about 80 miles west of Washington D.C. The kids and I had never experienced the caverns before and I wasn't sure what to expect.

Once we stepped inside the main building we were sent through a very unassuming doorway. A set of stairs took us to the beginning of the caverns. Here we were instructed on how to use our headsets they give out. At certain points along the pathways there are markers indicating you can listen to audio about the caverns. The pathways are made of brick and they wind down and around through cavern. The "Dream Lake" was breath taking and is actively replenished from rain water that finds its way into the cavern.

I wasn't sure that the kids would be super excited to see the stalactite and stalagmite formations but they loved being in the cavern or "tunnel". The cavern is lit up beautifully and I was in awe of its natural beauty. After the cavern you can take your ticket and check out the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. You can also purchase tickets to run through the Garden Maze. Picnic tables are available near the parking lot if you packed a lunch and they also offer a cafe and ice cream shop.

Back to civilization......Take me out to Nationals Park for some baseball!

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