These are just a few of our favorite attractions located close to the “Mountain Cottage”.
Luray Zoo is home to over 250 animals, and is the only true rescue zoo in Virginia! The zoo is privately owned and operated by Mark and Christine Kilby. Luray Zoo receives no government funding. All admission, gift shop sales, donations, outreach programs fees, and birthday parties fees goes directly to help support and care for all the animals.
4,000,000 centuries in the making beneath Virginia’s storied Shenandoah Valley, this “must see” U.S. Natural Landmark awaits your discovery. One hour tours, from well-lighted, paved walkways lead visitors through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high. Enormous chambers are filled with towering columns, shimmering draperies and crystal-clear pools.
Luray Valley Museum
The Luray Valley Museum is an intriguing and thorough presentation which celebrates our early Shenandoah Valley culture. Visitors begin the tour at the log Stonyman building which houses an overview of the Valley’s history, supplemented with historic documents, decorative arts, items of clothing and artifacts. The museum displays items in chronological delivery from pre-contact Native peoples to life in the bustling 1920s. A 1536 Swiss bible in the German vernacular, the centerpiece of the collection, connects the Valley’s history and development of the European immigrants who settled the region from Pennsylvania through the ports of the northeast. Natives, Africans and Europeans carved out a life together in the original American frontier.
Bear Mountain Ziplines
Find adventure in the Shenandoah Valley at Bear Mountain LLC! With over 50 acres of scenic forested area, they offer zipline and climbing fun and excitement for all levels of experience.
Yogi Bears Jellystone Park
Water slides, paddle boats, laser tag, mini golf, fishing, swimming, game room, playground, Old Faceful Mining Company, jumping pillows, planned activities for the kids and much, much more!
The Garden Maze
Unravel the mystery of the largest hedge maze in the Mid-Atlantic states – a one acre ornamental garden at Luray Caverns. Eight foot tall hedges create a pathway of puzzlement. A misting fog provides cooling and visual effects. On your journey through the maze, you will travel past fountains, through hidden tunnels, and over a lookout tower. A-maze-ing fun!
Shenandoah National Park
You’ll be nestled near one of the country’s most beautiful national parks. With breathtaking views and abundant hiking trails, the Shenandoah National Park has something for everyone. The most popular hike leads to the area’s 14 waterfalls. Other hikes lead to places of historical interest within the Park. The most popular of these are old, pioneer homes, churches and cemeteries. Many of these homes are in ruins, but enough remain intact that hikers are treated to a bit of early Americana, and a taste of days gone by when they come across these relics of the past. You can even retrace the path that Confederate General Stonewall Jackson and his troops used to cross the mountain from west to east, on his way to Fredericksburg. Some of the trails are easy enough to hike through with most family members. They’ll be amazed at the panoramic views, the deep canyons, the amazing sights, and general beauty of the area.
Hunting and Fishing Trips, ATV and canoe rentals
Valley Star Farm
Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze