Though the entrance to the caverns is highly commercialized (with the world's most elaborate souvenir shop) the caverns themselves are stupendous. I was mostly overwhelmed by the extent of the Luray Caverns. We walked for an hour, continuously entering into vast new areas. Our guide, Tara, was delightful and very knowledgeable. Upon entering you descend a stairway of about 5 storeys (and those same steps await you at the end of the tour.) But after that the tour proceeds on a smooth and relatively level walkway appropriate for strollers and even wheel chairs for the determined. I regret never having taken my children to these caverns because I think they would be just thrilling for 5-10 year old children. But I loved them, too, and I collect Social Security.
We arrived in time for the 9:30 a.m. tour, which consisted of about a dozen people. As we were leaving, the tour buses were arriving. This would be much less pleasant in a huge crowd, so I'd call ahead and ask about peak visiting hours and try to avoid those windows.
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