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Best things to do in Roanoke

Park
“Enjoy the beautiful mountain views of The Blue Ridge Mountains. Has hiking trails. Zoo Kid friendly. Handicap accessible.”
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Art Museum
“The permanent collection of more than 2,000 works of art includes prominent 19th- and early 20th-century American art, as well as significant modern and contemporary art, photography, design, and decorative arts, and several smaller collections including Southern folk art.[6] The American art collection dates from the mid-19th through the second quarter of the 20th century, providing exemplary works from the Hudson River, American Realism, American Impressionism, and Arts and Crafts art movements; works by self-taught artists are a small but important subsection to this collection. American artists include Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Maurice Prendergast, John Singer Sargent,”
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Bar
“Great vegetarian options as well as a full, wonderful menu. Catch a movie next door at the Grandin theater. ”
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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.”
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Food
“Plus live music. Relaxed. Can bring your own food and have a picnic there outside! Pet friendly.”
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Restaurant
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“Award Winning Food & Atmosphere Blue 5 is your destination for fine food, craft beer and great live music.”
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American Restaurant
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“Live music schedule, daily specials, amazing gourmet mac and cheeses and ahi tuna fondue”
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Bakery
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“Another awesome local coffee shop that has a lovely menu as well! Built in an old historic home, the feel of this place is very cozy and you can either be out in the middle of the crowd or tuck away in a corner or unused meeting room. Keep an eye out for events here!”
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History Museum
“Admissions Rates: $10.00 adults (19-59) $8.00 seniors (age 60+) $8.00 students with student ID (19-25) $8.00 youth (13-18) $6.00 children (ages 3-12) Members and Kids under 3 visit for free!”
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Movie Theater
“Super cool old fashioned architecture. There's a great mix of independent and modern films in popular Grandin court area. Several restaurants and shops nearby to make for a nice evening or rainy day activity.”
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Route
“This beautiful trail runs along the Roanoke River and is located just outside the front door of The Stone House. ”
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Restaurant
“Inexpensive tacos and lots of tequila! Very small restaurant (no reservations), but has some outdoor seating.”
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Bar
“Excellent eats and brews right on the Roanoke River Greenway - patio also available.”
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Zoo
“Hours and Prices Starting April 1, Mill Mountain Zoo will be open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm, with admissions ending at 4pm. The Zoo Choo will be running Fridays-Sundays, weather and temperature permitting. Check the home page for weather and holiday related closures. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for children 3-11 and children 2 and under are free. Seniors are $9.25. We support our military! Anyone who presents their military ID card will receive 10% off their admission. Any patron that visits the Don & Barbara Smith Children’s Museum located at Center in the Square and brings their receipt to the Mill Mountain Zoo will receive $1.00 off admission; and, patrons of the Zoo that visit the Children’s Museum and bring their Zoo receipt will receive $1.00 off admission.”
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Bar
“Best Sliders and Fries in town. Funky bohemian décor. You'll be back. . . ”
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Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Café and bakery in the cutest part of the Old Southwest neighborhood. Great for lunch or dinner. Sidewalk seating if you are looking for a place to enjoy the neighborhood outside.”
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