I went to Laurel Caverns yesterday with Paul, Amy, Diane, her son, and one of his friends. We did their guided family tour. We were in the cave for just under an hour, then we did Kavernputt, which is their indoor, cave-themed putt putt course.
My favorite part of the caves was their chapel room, where they turned off all of the lights and put on a show with colored lights and music. There was another area with sound-sensitive lights that only glowed when people talked. We only saw two bats, and both were sleeping. I like bats.
The cave has great atmosphere. You enter through the basement of the welcome center, which has carpeted stairs and light switch covers shaped like bats. As you walk down the man-made tunnel to get to the actual cave entrance, you go under a series of simple hanging chandeliers. I’ve been in other caves where you’re not allowed to touch anything, and that’s not the case at Laurel Caverns. The cave doesn’t have the stunning majesty of Luray Caverns in Virginia, but I liked the feeling of intimacy in Laurel Caverns. I hope that we get to go back and do the longer cave tour sometime this summer. I got to do some spelunking in college, and it was a lot of fun.
If you’re driving past Luray in Virginia, you really should stop to see the caverns. They’re incredible. They have a Stalacpipe Organ. And the Dream Lake is literally the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
After we got home, my friend Sabrina came over and we watched 27 Dresses and had pizza. It was a good day.