Center in the Square

The city's cultural heartbeat, where you'll find three museums, a butterfly garden, aquariums and a theater. The museums cover African American culture, pinball and science. The atrium aquariums and green rooftop can be visited free of charge; admission fees apply for other attractions.

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2. Taubman Museum of Art

0.11 MILES

The jewel in Roanoke's cultural crown, this impressive museum is set in a sculptural steel-and-glass edifice. Inside, you'll find a small permanent…

3. O. Winston Link Museum

0.16 MILES

Trainspotters aren't the only ones who will find this museum fascinating. It is home to a large collection of photographs, sound recordings and film by O…

4. Roanoke Star & Mill Mountain Park

1.47 MILES

Mill Mountain Park has walking trails, a discovery center, a zoo (adult $9, child aged three to 11 years $7) and grand views of Roanoke. It's also home to…

5. White Rock

13.01 MILES

The setting is lovely at this winery and brewery 17 miles east of Roanoke. Pop into the tasting room to try its crisp White Mojo, a blend of Pinot Gris,…

6. Peaks of Otter Winery

19.49 MILES

The countryside around Bedford is speckled with vineyards, including this winery with attached orchard (pick your own fruit August through October). It…

7. Hickory Hill Winery

19.66 MILES

This winery, anchored by a charming 1923 farmhouse, welcomes picnickers including family groups. Try its Mist, a blend of chardonnay and Vidal Blanc.

8. National D-Day Memorial

22.6 MILES

During WWII, 30 Bedford National Guard soldiers joined the invasion of Normandy. Nineteen were killed in action on D-Day, the highest per capita loss of…