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Things to do in Roanoke

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“The largest illuminated man made Star just celebrated it's 70th birthday. Amazing views of the Roanoke Valley. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Art Museum
“For those who like museums, Roanoke's art museums reflect a rich culture. Taubman is a work of art in the building itself as well as having changing exhibits that are thought provoking and amazing. In addition to the Taubman, Center in the Square Museums is downtown and includes: African American Culture Museum, a History of Western Virginia, Roanoke Pinball Museum, and Science Museum of Western Virginia. Visit Eleanor D Wilson at Hollins University or Olin Hall Galleries at Roanoke College for special exhibits and permanent collections. Include a stop at Salem Museum for additional history about the area. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Mill Mountain Zoo offers educational and conservation learning experiences. The home of many species of animals the zoo is a popular place for families to visit.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Great vegetarian options as well as a full, wonderful menu. Catch a movie next door at the Grandin theater. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
History Museum
“Roanoke began as a railroad town, now all grown up. There is much history in the Transportation Museum and the O. Winston Link Museum. See history with trains and automobiles at the Transportation Museum. O. Winston Link (1914-2001) was one of America's most exceptional photographic artists; he memorialized the steam era. O. Winston Link created the story of trains passing in the night and photos behind the scenes of railroads in their heyday. His intriguing life story and dramatic art scandal was made in a documentary: "The Photographer, His Wife and Her Lover". ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Award Winning Food & Atmosphere Blue 5 is your destination for fine food, craft beer and great live music.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“You will probably need a reservation but the wait is worth it! The bartenders are all mixologists so you can start the evening off with the perfect drink. The farm to table cuisine is superb. This is a favorite with great music and a very relaxed vibe.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Inexpensive tacos and lots of tequila! Very small restaurant (no reservations), but has some outdoor seating.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Food
“An excellent selection of brews and an impressive outdoor seating area. Near plenty of restaurants that deliver.”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Live music schedule, daily specials, amazing gourmet mac and cheeses and ahi tuna fondue”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This is one of our favorite coffee shops. It is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and get some computer work done. During the summer, they host delicious food trucks almost every Friday evening. Bring your own glass for $1 off your drink. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Interesting architecture and independent films as well as current popular movies”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“One of our favorite restaurants. They have awesome burgers, nachos, and pizza, among other dishes. Great selection of beer and ciders on tap.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Downtown joint with bras hanging from the chandelier, lots of strange yet delicious burger options, and a huge beer list. Decent night spot.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Food
“Great beer selection and live music. Also, right around the corner. Go left out of the driveway, left at the stop sign and it is located on your left. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Adirondack chairs and fire pits right on the Roanoke River Greenway! Great food and drinks. Deck dining and occasional live entertainment.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Great vegetarian options as well as a full, wonderful menu. Catch a movie next door at the Grandin theater. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Award Winning Food & Atmosphere Blue 5 is your destination for fine food, craft beer and great live music.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“You will probably need a reservation but the wait is worth it! The bartenders are all mixologists so you can start the evening off with the perfect drink. The farm to table cuisine is superb. This is a favorite with great music and a very relaxed vibe.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Inexpensive tacos and lots of tequila! Very small restaurant (no reservations), but has some outdoor seating.”
  • 11 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Live music schedule, daily specials, amazing gourmet mac and cheeses and ahi tuna fondue”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
“This is one of our favorite coffee shops. It is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and get some computer work done. During the summer, they host delicious food trucks almost every Friday evening. Bring your own glass for $1 off your drink. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“One of our favorite restaurants. They have awesome burgers, nachos, and pizza, among other dishes. Great selection of beer and ciders on tap.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Downtown joint with bras hanging from the chandelier, lots of strange yet delicious burger options, and a huge beer list. Decent night spot.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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