A 100-foot high star atop a mountain and visible from miles around welcomes you to the "Star City of the South," a great beginning for your weekend getaway to this city rich in culture, history, fun and entertainment. Close to the star is the Mill Mountain Zoological Park, where you'll see the endangered Snow Leopard, Amur Tiger and Red Wolf, along with 40-plus other animal species. The Center in the Square is the city's cultural hub, where you can catch a Broadway-quality show at the Mill Mountain Theatre or hear the celebrated Roanoke Symphony. Museums are everywhere, and whether your interest lies in art, history, science or transportation, you'll find a museum to match it. The Harrison Museum of African-American Culture honors achievements of African Americans and includes an impressive African exhibit. For underground delights, head over to the Dixie Caverns for a 45-minute tour of breathtaking cave formations, after which you can browse through pottery, rock and mineral and other shops. There's something to keep you occupied and entertained every minute in this environmentally-conscious, friendly and very welcoming Virginia city.
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4.5 based on 253 reviews
And perfectly located near the museum of transportation, both of which are a mecca for train bufs. I'm not, but I appreciate good photography and Winston Link took some beauties.
4.5 based on 139 reviews
We drove this route North from Roanoke for about 1 hour. We had to stop about 8 times to get out and take pictures. It was beautiful. Loved it and plan on doing it again someday.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
A "must see" on most visitors list, an 88-foot manmade star (the largest in the world) sits on majestic Mill Mountain along with a beautifully landscaped city park, that boasts hiking and biking trails, and a zoo.
There were three of us and we decided to hike up to the big star that looks out over Roanoke. The hike is pretty easy terrain wise but creeps up in elevation so I had to take breaks from time to time to catch my breath. It’s a couple of miles to hike round trip. I recommend bringing some water with you and a flashlight if it’s close to nightfall. The star is a great big star. At its base is a nice lookout point and you can see all of downtown Roanoke and distant mountains. There are public restrooms closeby to the star area and water fountains.
4.5 based on 575 reviews
Antique automobiles and trucks, electric and deisel locomotives, and vintage steam, are all part of the nostalgic show at this historic freight station that doubles as a museum .
We have enjoyed the Transportation Museum several times during the Christmas season. At Christmas the museum schedules train rides, Christmas decorations, a Santa Claus, crafts for the grandkids, and a concession area. There are so many examples of every type of transportation on wheels. Our grandkids especially like the massive model train display. The display is on several levels and can be viewed from several angles. The train ride is not long but we love riding with the kids. The craft area allows the children to move around and choose from several different things to make. The Virginia Transportaion Museum is close to downtown Roanoke and allows for a fun day.
4.5 based on 459 reviews
While visiting my daughter recently in Roanoke, we stopped in to thoroughly check this place out! I couldn't believe all the cool things you can find here! Got to snap a photo of THE black dog. LOL
4.5 based on 182 reviews
Adjacent to Market Square and the City Market, Center in the Square provides a home to four cultural arts and science non-profit organizations in our signature building in downtown Roanoke: Roanoke Pinball Museum, Harrison Museum of African American Culture, History Museum of Western Virginia, Science Museum of Western Virginia, and Mill Mountain Theatre. Visit our website or call for individual museum admission pricing. Mill Mountain Theatre and Children's Theatre of Roanoke tickets are available through our full-service box office. Come inside to enjoy our aquariums in the atrium and green rooftop without charge. Building Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, and Sunday 1 - 5 pm. [Note: Roanoke Pinball Museum is closed Mondays. History Museum is closed on Mondays October through April.]
It's all been said.......science museum, pinball museum, theater, accessible to downtown museums, restaurants, markets, etc.
5 based on 65 reviews
Saw this church while approaching Roanoke from the road. The size and double spires just stand out on the landscape. We drove up to the church and was only able to admire from the outside since a wedding was going on. Some day if back in the area would like to go inside too!
4 based on 329 reviews
It is a small museum downtown, but well maintained, and free. I'm not sure what they had on the first floor, but the second had about 6 exhibits. It was a variety of things to see but my favorites was a Lieber purses. That was...MoreThanks for coming, we hope you will visit again soon!
4.5 based on 84 reviews
The Roanoke Pinball Museum is an interactive museum dedicated to the science & history of pinball. We have over 45 machines with production dates ranging from the 1940s to the 1990s. Admission or membership allows unlimited free play! Our mission is to cultivate curiosity in science, art, and history through pinball while preserving and honoring its role in American culture. School tours and party rentals are also available. Tuesdays from 5 to 8 pm is members only and league night.
My son was in town for a visit and we had my granddaughter (his niece) over for a fun weekend. We went down to the Pinball Museum for an afternoon of fun and played game after game and he even ranked high on one of them. Both have already mentioned we need to do this again. My 7 year old g-daughter loved several of the games and has her favorites too! :)
4.5 based on 73 reviews
This is a really hard technical course.
I drove 2 hrs from NC to try it and glad I did.
It has incredible uphills to warm you up and then some really technical downhills.
Rode the upper mountain trails which were mostly single diamonds and some doubles.
These are not for the faint of heart, ,know your skill level.
Also everyone riding there was very helpful.
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