Thursday, February 26, 2015

Great places to go on spring break: Luray, Virginia

Luray, Virginia has a lot to offer families. Nestled deep in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, and located roughly two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., there is lots to see and do. It's been a while since I stopped in Luray when traveling through Virginia, but I plan to go back to see what else there is to explore.

We found the Luray Caverns very family-friendly and easy to navigate. The tour offers both an adult and child audio tour so the kids can listen and tour the caverns on a level they understand; the tour was both fun and informative. 

Also on the grounds are several other family-friendly activities. There is a bonafide English Garden Maze that is fun to get lost in, a Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, and the Singing Tower. There is also a new museum on the grounds called the Luray Valley Museum, however, I haven't had the chance to see it yet. Hoping to get there this summer.

The Luray Zoo is a rescue zoo located not too far from the Caverns areas.There is a reptile jungle, petting zoo and several outdoor animal exhibits - the site promotes housing 250 exotic animals. What's special about this zoo is all animals have a unique story to share in their rescues. The Luray Zoo mission is to provide homes for unwanted, abused or confiscated exotic animals; a great teaching opportunity for kids while they experience hands-on fun.

In addition to these attractions, there are many beautiful places to picnic, hike and enjoy the great outdoors in the Luray section of the Shenandoah Valley, making the region a terrific spring break destination. 

Honestly, I am just totally in love with the Shenandoah Valley overall.

Some of the best spring break destinations are the ones that are off the beaten path. When people think spring break, their mind often drifts to beaches, sun and sand. However if you're looking for something a little different for your family spring break vacation, you may want to consider places such as Luray, Virginia. 

Related reading:
Great places to go on spring break: Charlottesville, Virginia 
Great places to go on spring break: Washington, D.C.

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