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You and your kids will love the attractions and museums in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains!
There are exciting, educational experiences and things to do for kids of all ages, including the adults who can still get in touch with the inner child in all of us. We've broken experiences down by section to help you and your family plan fun things to do in Virginia's Blue Ridge!
Be a family of #Trailsetters at the variety of kid-friendly museums in Downtown Roanoke, which includes an amazing collection of locomotives at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the opportunity to create your own masterpiece at Art Venture in the Taubman Museum of Art, join a community designed specifically for kids at Kids Square Children’s Museum, or play some classic games at the Roanoke Pinball Museum and Roanoke STARCADE.
There are also opportunities to get up-close and personal experiences with animals at attractions like the Mill Mountain Zoo and Alpacas of Smith Mountain Lake Farm. And remember to keep your eyes out for wildlife along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in recreation areas like Explore Park and Carvins Cove!
To introduce your kids to some of the history of the Roanoke Valley, take the family to the Booker T. Washington National Monument or Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum, which are both located in Franklin County. Other popular historical experiences include the National D-Day Memorial, Natural Bridge State Park, and Harrison Museum of African American Culture.
If you need a place to take the kids where they can burn off some energy, consider a visit to River Rock Climbing, Bounce Roanoke, Launching Pad Trampoline Park, or Splash Valley Water Park. For an underground adventure, make a stop at Dixie Caverns to explore beautiful limestone caves!
The following is a list of kid-friendly attractions and museums in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.