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397 Caverns Road
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If you ever wanted to see a float up close, here you go!
This is owned by the owner of Shenandoah Caverns and included in the price of the cavern ticket, but I believe this can also be toured separately. If you've paid for the cavern ticket, this is worth taking a look at. Basically, what this is is a collection of parade floats and props. The owner has worked for many years producing floats for major parades, such as Presidential Inaugural parades, the Rose Parade, Mardi Gras, and various Thanksgiving parades. Inaugural props are a special focus. I've visited this three or four times and have found that there is some changing of the floats, but many remain the same. Some of the floats have buttons to push so you can see the moving parts move. The sheer size of the floats is impressive and the text accompanying them, which touches on aspects of the float-making business, is interesting. This isn't as interesting to kids as you might think; our five-year-old mostly ran around pressing buttons and got bored after she'd pressed them all and run up and down a few sets of steps. Our 13-year-old was just plain bored, but then again, she's seen it before. One other feature worth mentioning here is that there's a nice model train set-up to one side of the gift shop. Across the street is the Yellow Barn, which is free and features a few more parade bits, a bee hive that you can look into, and various little shops.
There is plenty of room to maneuver in this museum! I believe that the signage and buttons are at a reasonable height for a wheelchair (this is always a bit of a tough call for me because my daughter's wheelchair is taller than usual, and because she doesn't have much reaching ability). I did not visit the bathroom on this visit but think it was OK when I was here before (this building opened in 2000, so unlike the cavern building, is post-ADA). The one thing that a person with a mobility impairment will miss out on is being able to climb up some of the exhibits - there's a train float that can be climbed into, a big stage, and a couple of other exhibits that use stairs. All of the major features are easily visible without climbing, however. There is even a reasonable amount of handicapped parking.
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