In August of 1878, Luray Caverns were first discovered.

The New York Herald reported a “thousand candles illuminated the antechambers making it nearly as bright as day.”

Sounds magical, doesn’t it? You won’t need a time machine to experience the enchantment found in the caverns 144 years ago.

Join our annual Discovery Day celebration that will begin with live music that can be heard across the campus, and then take a special Grand Illumination Tour. Throughout the tour interpreters will be dressed in period costumes, and will lead you through candlelit sections of the caverns and share the discovery of this wondrous landmark here in Luray, Virginia. Amidst the magic of the caverns, you may be surprised at what you yourself will discover. In the afternoon, hear the trio Augusta Blue as they perform at the Shenandoah Heritage Village from 1pm to 4pm. Finally, the day will close with a spectacular fireworks display held at dusk.