Roanoke Things to Do

Things to Do in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Roanoke StarThere are so many fun things to do in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. From galleries and shows to sports and shopping, there's always a new experience just moments away.

Roanoke has earned the nickname "Star City of the South" by being the recreational, cultural and business hub of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

It also boasts a unique railroad heritage, serving as home to the Virginia Museum of Transportation and its incredible collection of locomotives.

Roanoke and the surrounding cities and counties that make up the Roanoke Valley host more festivals and cultural events than any place west of Richmond.

With an outstanding offering of cultural activities and outdoor opportunities, the only difficult decision will be figuring out which things you won't have time to enjoy during your visit.

When you begin your day in the Roanoke Valley, a Blue Ridge Day full of adventure and excitement awaits you.

Visitors to Virginia's Blue Ridge have all kinds of variety of things to see and do, including the following:

  • Special Events - Hundreds of unique festivals, celebrations, performances, and events throughout the year.

  • Arts & Culture - Experience the arts & culture scene with exciting galleries and performing arts.

  • Attractions - Make memories at fascinating museums and attractions.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway - Take a ride on "America's Favorite Drive."

  • Breweries - Share award-winning craft beer with all your friends.

  • Historic Sites - Learn about the region's rich history and heritage.

  • Outdoors - Make Virginia's Blue Ridge your personal mountain playground with hiking, biking, and other adventures.

  • Roanoke Star - Stand beneath a 100-foot-tall, illuminated, mountaintop star.

  • Shopping - Find antique treasures, designer clothes, and locally-made goods during a shopping spree.

  • Spas - Indulge your senses with a relaxing spa experience.

  • Sports - Take everyone out to all the ball games.

  • Tours - Planned trips, routes, and guided activities to experience many amazing parts of Virginia's Blue Ridge.

  • Wineries - Drink in amazing views and fine wines.

We even feature a great assortment of FREE family-fun activities.

You can plan fun things to do with the kids, have a romantic getaway, learn about the area's unique culture and history by meeting our friendly locals, and enjoy all the outdoor adventures of being in a mountain destination.

Most importantly, it all happens amid the stunning natural beauty of Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Want help in picking some things to do during your visit? Take a look at our Sample Itineraries and consider booking a Vacation Package, which provides the convenient option of purchasing tickets to local attractions and events along with booking accommodations.

Header photo via Sam Dean Photography in Botetourt County

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