A Summer Family Road Trip to Luray-Page County
Summer is the best time to grab the family, pack up the car, and hit the road for family fun. With family-friendly shops, restaurants, attractions, and events, Luray-Page County is an ideal destination for your summer family road trip.
Thrills for the Whole Family
Kids love to be adventurous. Whether it’s climbing, swimming, or hiking, Luray-Page County has plenty of thrills for the entire family to enjoy.
For those that love being outside with their family, Shenandoah National Park has plenty of hiking that’s fun for adults and little ones. While you’re up there, you’ll also get to enjoy their delicious restaurants and other exhibits. Shenandoah River State Park also has great hiking, fishing, and more for you all to enjoy.
If water is more of your thing, we have you covered. Hawksbill Recreation Park and Pool offer visitors a place to splash around, enjoy the company of other visitors, and spend an afternoon in the sun. Lake Arrowhead has a sandy beach for sunbathing and an area specifically for swimming. If your little ones just want to enjoy some calm water activity, Luray Hawksbill Greenway runs along Hawksbill Creek, where you can get your feet wet and cool off for a while. If you have a larger group with you, head up to Massanutten Resort to enjoy their indoor or outdoor waterpark. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground also offers a pool and waterslides at their facility. The Shenandoah River is another great place to chill out and cool off. The Shenandoah River Outfitters, Shenandoah River Adventures, and Downriver Canoe Company all give their guests the option of floating down the river in kayaks, canoes, or tubes.
If you kids are basically little monkeys, why not give them a chance to climb around? At Bear Mountain Ziplines they have the Baby Bear Ropes Course, as well as a rock-climbing wall. Or you can take the challenge at the Rope Adventure Park at Luray Caverns. Speaking of monkeys, what kid doesn’t love animals. Luray Rescue Zoo has a variety of animals on display, including a massive reptile exhibit. After you’re done learning about all the cool species that call them home, you and your little ones can also enjoy their petting zoo.
Parks are a great place for your kids to climb around and run off some energy. Ed Good Memorial Park, Hawksbill Recreation Park and Pool, WigWam Village Playground and Tennis, Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park, and Inn Lawn Park have great playgrounds and setups that are perfect for your little ones.
Beat the Heat
July is known for its hot days. In Luray-Page County there are plenty of indoor places to have fun where you can beat the heat.
Luray Caverns is the perfect place to get out of the hot sun. You’ll get to learn about rocks, what the Earth can create, and more. After your tour, head to the Car, Carriage and Caravan Museum and the Shenandoah Heritage Village, Toy Town Junction, and more. Shenandoah Caverns also boasts a unique tour underneath the Earth for visitors to enjoy. After your tour, you can visit their America on Parade Museum and see classic and famous parade floats.
Some other great indoor place to beat the heat is the Warehouse Art Gallery. Home to local artists, visitors will get to check out hundreds of pieces of unique art made in the Shenandoah Valley. Escape 211 is perfect for families that love completing puzzles and taking on challenges. With three different rooms, you can choose which challenge is best for you. At the Page Theater, you can catch the latest movies that are out right now and eat classic movie snacks like popcorn. Before the movie, you’ll get to see their intricate and unique decorations.
Sitting Down for Meal with the Family
There’s nothing as special as sitting down for a meal with your family. When you’re out and about in Luray-Page County, make sure to stop and enjoy some delicious food from local restaurants.
Adults love pizza almost as much as kids. Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant in Shenandoah has a menu filled with authentic Italian food and pizzas that will make the whole family happy. You can also grab some delicious pizza from Il Vesuvio Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, which has plenty of classic pizza choices and other dishes for you to enjoy.
Kids also love burgers and fries. At Brookside Restaurant, you’ll find Country style meals like burgers and fries, sandwiches, and more. If a simple sandwich is what you’re in the mood for, West Main Market’s menu ranges from intricate sandwiches to classics like ham and cheese or even peanut butter and jelly. Rudy’s Diner not only has breakfast items that everyone loves, but also lunch and dinner items that will make any tummy in your group happy.
After a delicious lunch or dinner, don’t forget the sweet treats. Flotzie’s Soft Serve has unique weekly flavors, a giant menu of ice cream treats, and even pup cups for anyone traveling with their furry friends. Karen’s Frozen Favorites in Shenandoah also offers soft serve cones, shakes, and other tasty ice cream items.
There are also plenty of events going in Luray-Page County during July that are perfect for families to enjoy. Check them out below:
From 6:00-11:00 PM, celebrate the end of Stanley’s 55th Homecoming with a parade through town, carnival rides, live music, and end the night with a magnificent firework display.
Music, foodtrucks, and family friendly activities. Throughout the day you can enjoy activities in downtown Luray, follwed by fireworks that will start at dusk
Evenings on Main Concert Series
A free concert series hosted by the Town of Luray that brings in a variety of musical talents to Ruffner’s Plaza in Luray from 7:00-9:00 PM.
July 8th - The Seven Bends Band
July 22nd – Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner
Music Under the Arbor
Free family-friendly concerts every Saturday at Wisteria Farm & Vineyard, from 5:00-7:00 PM.
July 9th – Michael McCray
July 16th – Greg Ward
July 23rd – Haze & Dacey
July 30th – Brian Coughlan
Come enjoy the Cruz In with music and food on First Street in
Shenandoah from 6:00-9:00 PM.
They'll be featuring poetry readings and writing, as well as free music. From 11:00 am – 5:00 PM
Free showing of Elf at Hawksbill Recreation Park and Pool, starting at 9:00 PM.
Free Music in the Park featuring Crossroads Band from 7:00-9:00 PM.
Summer is a time for family. Whether you want to just get away with your family for a few days to relax, or want somewhere to take the kids to run off some of their energy, Luray-Page County is chock-full of plenty of attractions, activities, and restaurants to make even the youngest one of your family happy.