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Has anyone been to Luray lately?  I've never been, but I was thinking that my seven year old daughter might enjoy it.  I wanted some first hand perspective before I drive two hours to get there and discover that it's 20-minutes worth of sightseeing.

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Haven't been there in 8-10 years, but it's more than 20 minutes.  Take the tour, check out the gift shop, etc.  Don't remember what the tour cost, but I took my wife, and it wasn't much.  It might be posted on their site.

I'll take a wild guess and say that the tour was 30-45 minutes.
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How about driving two hours north instead, to this cave, and if she doesn't like the cave, you could drive 10 minutes further to here?

edit: in between the two is this (much better in bricks and mortar form than the website
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Has anyone been to Luray lately? I've never been, but I was thinking that my seven year old daughter might enjoy it. I wanted some first hand perspective before I drive two hours to get there and discover that it's 20-minutes worth of sightseeing.

I have to admit that I only went 'cause I got in free - I was working for another museum at the time. The tour is definitely more than 20 mins and there are some amazing formations, but to be honest I'm not sure it's worth the $24/adult and $16/kid. The associated car and carriage museum and hedge maze were also fun. There are better (much better!) caves, but that one's worth going to once...if only to marvel at commercialism.  :)

(I'm an occasional wild caver, so I may be a bit biased.)
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My mom grew up right next door and never went and raised me (us) 2 hours down the road and never bothered to take us if that's any indication. I never had an inclination to go because like Fifeplayer, I was a wild caver and very few commercial caves piqued my interest.

Take a long weekend instead and head to Mammoth Cave in KY.


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If you have other stuff also planned it is probably worth the stop (despite the ticket costs) because kids tend to think caves are wicked cool. But as the sole destination for a 2+ hour car trip? Not really.

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Thank you everyone.  I think you've pretty well confirmed what I suspected.  Unless I can convince the family to do some hiking in Shenandoah afterward, it's probably not worth the drive.  As much as I'd like to convince myself that the family would enjoy Mount Vernon or Monticello, I'm not that far into self delusion.  

Now, ki0eh's suggested trip north would take me quite close to a number of other attractions.  I've never been in a cave of any size, so that might make a reasonable starter.


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There are caves closer to where you live than Luray. I took my kids to one last year, I just need to remember which one.

Luray Caverns is fine if you've got other things to do. So, for example, if you decide to do a leaf peeping car trip through SNP then I would suggest you take the time to see the caverns.


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