UPDATE: Virginia's Blue Ridge is Now Open in Phase Three

Virginia's Blue Ridge is now open in the Phase Three stage of the Commonwealth's Forward Virginia plan. Learn more about the program and what it means for various types of businesses & experiences in the region with our Phase Three Guidelines page. Phase Three >

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Kid Friendly Things to Do in Roanoke, VA

Kid Friendly Things to Do in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

You’ll be able to keep the kids entertained with lots of kid-friendly things to do in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Be a family of #Trailsetters with an outdoor adventure on the amazing trails for hiking, biking, and paddling, which vary in difficulty for explorers of all ages and skill levels.

Roaring Run Recreation Area

In addition to the trails, the local outdoor scene includes amazing views and iconic spots that make for great family photos, such as standing beneath the Roanoke Star, Natural Bridge of Virginia, atop the Swinging Bridge over the James River, or from a scenic overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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You can also experience many kid-friendly museums and attractions in Virginia’s Blue Ridge that will showcase the history, culture, and fun nature of our region.

Get an up-close look at steam locomotives at the Virginia Museum of Transportation and then have a family tournament at the Roanoke Pinball Museum and Roanoke STARCADE, both located inside Center in the Square.

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Looking to save? Take advantage of the VBR Savings Pass to get exclusive special offers and discounts at local attractions, restaurants & shops.

Roanoke Pinball Museum - Downtown Roanoke, VA

For an artistic perspective, don’t miss the kid-focused Art Venture at the Taubman Museum of Art or check out a performance by the local Virginia Children’s Theatre, formerly the Roanoke Children’s Theatre. Mill Mountain Theatre also presents an annual Young Audience series, with kid-friendly stories that spotlights the young theatrical talent in the region.

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The kids will love the animal-focused experiences in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, including a visit to the Mill Mountain Zoo, meeting the alpacas at Smith Mountain Lake Farm, or making a few furry friends at the Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum.

Two other family and kid-focused websites with resources about things to do in the region are Macaroni Kid Roanoke and Roanoke Valley Family Magazine.

The following pages can offer more information on kid-friendly things to do in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Your kids will love exploring these local museums!


Family-friendly trails and outdoor adventures!


Arts & culture activities created specifically for kids.


Roanoke Valley Spotlight