Have you ever been to the Shenandoah Caverns in VA? If you’re in the surrounding area, you have to make a trip. I took my 2 year old grandson to visit, and I couldn’t get him to leave. Not only do they have the caverns, but they have an American Celebration building that houses floats from the Rose bowl parade and props from several Presidential Inaugurations. They have the Yellow Barn which houses antiques, a play area, a train ride and a huge tree full of squirrels to delight youngsters. The third attraction is Main Street Yesteryear, which is filled with window displays of delightful characters.
The caverns are owned by a gentleman whose family has been building floats since 1946. Not only do they build floats, they have been involved with every Presidential Inaugural Celebration since 1949. I wondered what props they would have on display from Clinton and Obama’s Inaugurations. The Shenandoah Caverns were on my list of things to do with my grandson this summer, so I was really excited to make the trip.
It didn’t disappoint. We started in the American Celebration building. It almost ended there as well. Xavier was so thrilled by the floats I couldn’t get him to leave. It was a room filled with bunnies, ducks, elephants, dogs, Barney, Dumbo and the list goes on. He pushed buttons over and over to make the animals move and stirred at them in awe. I must admit, I had just as much fun as he did. The photos will make a great scrap book of our summer adventure. I finished the tour with my grandson standing on the stage that was used for Reagan, Bush and Clinton’s inaugurations. They also had Obama and Biden’s Seal on display. My grandson wouldn’t go near it. I wonder if that’s a sign that he’s going to be a Republican, lol.
They had several picnic tables on the grounds where you could bring lunch and enjoy the outdoors. Had I known, I would have packed a lunch for Xavier and me. Not to worry if you don’t want to go through the trouble, they have a cafe where you can purchase fare.
We moved over to the Yellow Barn, which featured a cute display of squirrels and a play area for the children. You can also put your child on a train ride here for a $1.00. A buck doesn’t get you much these days, but here you make a memory for you and your child. That’s priceless. They don’t have as many displays in this particular area as they do in the American Celebration building, but Xavier found the play area and once again I couldn’t get him to leave. They have a rocker that he fell in love with and an old fashioned rocking horse. I’m glad there weren’t any other children around, I may have had a hard time getting him to share. He made pancakes on the antique stove, peeped into the squirrel’s tree house, and played with an adorable family of wooden bees.
They also have wine tastings in this building if you need a little refreshment. You can also purchase jams, jellies, mixes and just relax while your child plays. You don’t feel rushed and everyone is friendly. Unfortunately we had to end the day here. Main Street Yesteryear and the caverns are still on our list of things to do, so we will definitely be making another trip to the Shenandoah Caverns. They are open every day except Christmas. It’s a world of make believe that generates lots of giggles and amazement. It’s the things that make us wish we were children again. It’s a time for the young and the young at heart. It’s childhood innocence. They have truly built an environment worthy of my time, energy and money.
Stay tuned for my post on Main Street Yesterday and the caverns. Leave us a comment and let us know where your family has ventured off to this summer.