10 Things to Do in McGaheysville That You Shouldn't Miss

September 5, 2017 Franklyn Hardiman

McGaheysville ( /məˈɡækiːzvɪl/ mə-GAK-eez-vil) is an unincorporated community located in Rockingham County, in the U.S. state of Virginia. It is located along U.S. Route 33 between Penn Laird and Elkton, and sits at the base of the Massanutten.
Restaurants in McGaheysville

1. Massanutten Resort Water Park

1200 Adventure Dr, McGaheysville, VA 22803-1227 +1 540-437-3340
Excellent
37%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 765 reviews

Massanutten Resort Water Park

Reviewed By Courtney O - Norfolk, Virginia, United States

First off, the water is freezing. I love water parks, but I hate being cold and wet so I didn't really want to do anything. We spent a lot of time in the "Warm Springs" pool, which I think was supposed to be hot - it was not. It was lukewarm, and the temperature the rest of the water park *should* have been. Second problem we had was my 6 year old was very upset at being sprayed with (cold) water in the face on almost everything he tried to do. The big center portion of the park sprays a huge amount of (cold) water out in every direction... he was too big for the kiddie pool, and wanted to try some slides and other fun water stuff, but couldn't because he didn't want cold water spraying in his face and dumped on his head. Heck, even I didn't want to ride anything because of the spraying water - it's the only water park I've ever visited that I didn't want to participate for this reason (there are no slides available that aren't forcefully spraying water. Suggestion? Build a few slides in a "quieter" place that would be for kids AND adults who don't like sensory overload). We mostly did the kiddie pool and swam in the "warm springs." We had fun because we made the most of it and enjoyed being together as a family. However, it was an expensive dip in the pool and wish we could have done more... won't be returning.

2. Teddy Bear Factory

Route 33, Piney Mountain Gifts, Massanutten, VA 22840 +1 540-289-4046
Excellent
0%
Good
75%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Teddy Bear Factory

Reviewed By jkilby13 - Bay Village, Ohio

There are many shops where kids can "build" a doll or animal. So why go here? Bottom line - cost. The most reasonable cost I have come across. We left paying less than $40. But the joy of watching my grandson picking through the animals, then he and his mom filling the animal with the stuffing and the smile on his face as chose what went inside the special pocket was as they say "priceless." The options are many in terms of personalizing your animal with outfits. After making the animal, he and his father were on the computer creating the birth certificate. All in all a family affair for a good price.

3. Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

780 University Blvd Msc 3705, At James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807-1020 +1 540-568-3194
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 201 reviews

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Reviewed By JCW3-V - Luray, Virginia

Parking is limited and confusing for someone that is not familiar with the area. There is alot of see at this place and we always enjoy stopping by. Dont forget your camera, its a lovely place to take photos.

4. Grand Caverns

5 Grand Caverns Drive, Grottoes, VA 24441 +1 540-249-5705
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 292 reviews

Grand Caverns

America’s oldest continuously operated show cave, voted #2 in America by Parade magazine, and a National Natural Landmark, Grand Caverns is a prime example of history and beauty. With our abundance of rare shield formations and history around every turn, come see for yourself why we are ‘Grand’.

Reviewed By CShawver - Newport News, Virginia

As a fan of caverns my wife and I sought the chance to visit here while in town and we loved it. Our guide was funny, knowledgeable, and very professional. There are a few areas that may bother those that dislike small or cramped spaces....but it is a cavern. There were relics from the past and the guide explained them in relation to there use from tours during time without electricity. Take a stop and have a go, totally worth it.

5. Green Valley Book Fair

2192 Green Valley Ln, Mount Crawford, VA 22841-2430 +1 800-385-0099
Excellent
63%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Green Valley Book Fair

Reviewed By regiontravelreturns - Roanoke, Virginia

Unusual and fun shopping destination for books, educational toys, gift items, and classroom supplies. Books up to 90% off retail price and often includes relatively new titles. Convenient to interstate, although in a markedly rural area. Hours vary--check website. Expect weekend crowds.

6. Massanutten Resort: Zip Line and Canopy Tours

McGaheysville, VA
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Massanutten Resort: Zip Line and Canopy Tours

Reviewed By Andria1055 - New York

Always wanted to do a canopy tour. This one involved a little bit of obstacle course too but nothing too crazy. Our leaders made it all fun but more importantly made sure we always were safe. (Shout out to Ryan & Ryan! You guys were great)

7. CrossKeys Vineyards

6011 E Timber Ridge Rd, Mount Crawford, VA 22841-2550
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 204 reviews

CrossKeys Vineyards

Located in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, CrossKeys Vineyards is a family-owned 125-acre estate winery that welcomes every guest with a warm smile and award-winning wines. Our Tuscan-style villa and gourmet onsite Bistro offer beautiful panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and an easy to love setting for weddings, private events, or a quick weekend escape.

Reviewed By G C - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Food and service were ok. Nothing special. My major complaint is the dining area was over run by black flies. Kind of hard to get into an expensive gourmet lunch when there are black flies crawling over everything.

8. Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center

212 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3605 +1 540-432-8935
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 131 reviews

Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center

Discover the history, culture, and amenities that make Harrisonburg one of the Virginia's most visited cities at the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center. Browse our library of brochures, maps, and travel resources for the areas best best place to explore, shop, dine, and recline. Exepreince what makes life better in the 'burg -plan your next adventure at the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center. Awarded with the "2016 Virginia Green Travel Star Award"

Reviewed By jehenson81

This visitor center is the home to four different things. The mian thing is a visitor information center with brochures for the area as well as nearby regions of Virginia. When I was looking at the racks of flyers, a very nice lady came over...MoreThank you so much for stopping by. We are glad to hear you had a great experience.

9. SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts

193 W Spotswood Ave, Elkton, VA 22827-1118 +1 540-298-5222
Excellent
81%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 34 reviews

SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts

SoLace Studios fine handcrafts is the working studio of marbling fiber artist Barb Polin. In addition, to Polin's marbled creations in silk and leather, you will find unique handcrafts of over 250 American craftsmen. The shop is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains off the Swift Run Gap exit of Skyline Drive. In a completely restored circa 1920's building paralleling the Shenandoah River, SoLace offers pottery, clothing, jewelry, stained glass, garden sculptures, fine art, handcrafted soap and many more uniquely designed gifts, souvenirs and fine handcrafts. If you're staying at Massanutten Resort, visiting Skyline Drive. just driving through the backroads through Shenandoah National Park or canoeing the Shenandoah River, your visit to SoLace is sure not to be your last.

Reviewed By bikinglady - Pennsylvania

We enjoyed our visit and shopping experience at this wonderful store. A variety of artists and crafters' work is displayed everywhere!! Marbled silks, clothing, pottery, lighting, glass pieces, and much, much more. Not pretentious with some humorous items, different items and beautiful items as well....MoreIt was a pleasure to have you as one of our guests and hope to have the same opportunity often in the future. We appreciate your kind words and how you enjoyed your visit.

10. Grottoes and Grand Caverns

5 Grand Caverns Drive, Grottoes, VA 24441 +1 540-249-5705
Excellent
64%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Grottoes and Grand Caverns

America's oldest continuously operated show cave, voted #2 in America by Parade magazine, and a National Natural Landmark, Grand Caverns is a prime example of history and beauty. With our abundance of rare shield formations and history around every turn, come see for yourself why we are 'Grand'. .

Reviewed By fava - north carolina

Spectacular cavern. Out of the ordinary. Our grandson loved the experience. The guide was well trained. We felt safe. The group was fairly large but we were able to hear and see everything. 6 year old granddaughters were a little to young for spending just over an hour on the tour, but some kids that age with good attention spans would be fine. Cool escape from the heat. Unusual but not risky.

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