Construction on one of the most popular attractions in Virginia began millions of years ago. To be exact, the formation of the Luray Caverns, located in Luray, Virginia, began 4,000,000 years ago. The formation of these caverns continues and the stalactites grow about 1 cubic each every 120 years.
Today, these caverns are the largest in eastern America and visitors come from every state and over 50 foreign countries each year to visit the site. There are well-lit, paved walkways that meander through the caverns, so visitors need not worry about squeezing through tight spaces as is necessary at other similar attractions.
As guests explore the stalagmites, stalactites and the still pools of water, the tour guide is able to provide information about how the Luray Caverns were formed over the last 4,000 centuries. The tour of the caverns typically lasts about an hour.
Luray Caverns is home to a one-of-a-kind feature called the Great Stalacpipe Organ. It is the largest musical instrument in the world and guests can hear it on each tour.
Luray Caverns features some other attractions for its visitors.
The Luray Singing Tower
The official name of this structure is the Belle Brown Northcutt Memorial. It was built in 1937 in memory of the wife of Col. T.C. Northcutt. The 117-foot tall tower contains 47 bells. The largest weighs in at 7640 pounds while the smallest is just over 12 pounds. Recitals take place regularly on a schedule that changes with the seasons.
The Garden Maze
This maze consists of a path that is one half mile long made up of over 1500 Dark American Arborvitae. There are many twists and turns and visitors must attempt to solve a riddle as they find their way through the maze.
The Luray Fudge Company
Visitors can enjoy a free sample of fudge that is made from the same recipe used since 1830. Cookies and beverages are also available.
There is also a cafy on the property as well as three gift shops.
Visitors tend to provide mixed reviews about their visit to Luray Caverns. Some visitors are disappointed by the commercialization of the property. Others find the admission too high. Many others say that putting up with the downsides are worth it to see the natural beauty of the caverns.
One visitor from Washington D.C. was disappointed with her guide, but still found the visit worth the trouble. She said, "The caverns themselves were really interesting - particularly the reflecting pool. It was fascinating to see what we're walking around on every day. If you've never seen any caverns, it might be enjoyable to do it once.''
Luray Caverns are open every day. The schedule for the Singing Tower changes with the seasons, so it is a good idea to check the current schedule when planning a visit.
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