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Family Adventure and Kid Friendly Vacations...

Finding adventure and fun for the whole family can be a challenge.  But the Blue Ridge Highlands region offers numerous "Kid Friendly" and "Dog Friendly" places to visit and stay.  Take a look below and then look for the PAW PRINT or the FAMILY icons on other pages to quickly identify great vacation choices to add to your itenerary.

Mill Mountain Theatre | Roanoke

A year-round professional theatre, which produces several shows each season geared to children and their families. Drama Enrichment classes for students are also available.

website | (540) 342-5740

Mill Mountain Zoo | Roanoke

Mill Mountain Zoo is home to 74 species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including Snow Leopards, Red Pandas, Japanese Macaque, and Andean Condor. Ride the ZooChoo train, too! 

website | (540) 343-3241

Galewinds Amusement Park & Raceway| Wytheville

Jump behind the wheel of a go-cart and spin around four tracks!

Putt-putt your way through 18 holes of mini-golf, or escape a rainy day with the area's longest arcade.

Sinkland Farms | Riner/Floyd

Experience Sinkland Farms The Premier Event Venue in Southwest Virginia With the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, the rolling hills of Sinkland Farms offer a scene only nature can create. The Farm serves as a hub for environmental and agricultural education as well as a premier event center for weddings, musical events, and of course, the annual Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival and "Up in Smoke" Chili Cook-Off and Wine/Brew Festival. We invite you to explore the possibilities at Sinkland Farms!

website |  (540) 382-4640

Infinity Acres Petting Ranch | Ridgeway

A personally guided tour brings you to each of the animals to meet, touch and take pictures with. Great opportunity to cuddle a coatimundi, kiss an alpaca, nuzzle a miniature zebu, or give a bottle of milk to a baby goat.

website | (276) 358-2378

Back Country Ranch Alpacas | Pearisburg

We are open for farm tours, field trips, and good ole fashioned visits by folks who love alpacas or just want to learn! 63 acres of rolling pasture nestled in the Appalachian Chain provide great scenery and prime photo opportunities.

Our Country Store is also open; stop in for a visit!

website | (540) 599-3386

 Science Museum of Western Virginia | Roanoke

Features a 45-station Science Arcade, all hands-on fun! Children also love the Illusions Gallery, where things aren't all as they appear. The Hopkins Planetarium and MegaDome Theater are part of the total package of this kid-friendly fun place, too. Wonderful hands-on learning and fun. Check with the museum for special programs throughout the year.

website | (540) 342-5710

 Virginia Museum of Transportation | Roanoke

The Virginia Museum of Transportation fires the imagination! The whole family can climb aboard decades-old steam locomotives while watching modern trains zoom by on busy active tracks. Don't miss two "last of their class" steam giants: the N&W Class J 611 and the N&W Class A 1218. The museum is located in downtown Roanoke’s century-old freight station in the heart of Virginia's Rail Heritage Region. Explore our extensive collection of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, rail cars, and model trains. Visitors love our antique cars, trucks, and buggies, too. The Museum Store offers hard-to-find books, DVDs, toys and gifts. After your visit, stroll along the Goode Railwalk to the O. Winston Link Museum to watch trains and enjoy hands-on exhibits about Roanoke’s rail history. The Museum is Virginia's official transportation museum.

website | (540) 342-5670

Beagle Ridge Gardens and Herb Farm | Wytheville

14 theme display gardens showcase herb and perennial collections. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy tea on the patio and watch the hummingbirds feast on the flowers. The gardens are alive with colorful plants, butterflies and birds. Our shop contains our herbal bath line-soaps, lotions, seasonings and plants for sale

website | (276) 621-4511

The Children's Museum | Blacksburg

The Blacksburg Children’s Museum is devoted to nurturing the curiosity and creativity of children through the exploration of science, technology, the arts, and regional heritage. The future museum will serve families across the entire New River Valley and surrounding regions. Our founding board members live in Blacksburg, but we seek the best location to serve our public..

website | (540) 818-1781

Mountain Lake Conservancy | Pembroke

Women's Wellness Weekends, mountain biking, swimming, tennis, hiking, eco-floats, geo-caching at the Mountain Lake Conservancy. A  gorgeous 2,600 acre Virginia, mountain-top resort where you can "Do it all, or do nothing at all." Families have found Mountain Lake to be the best vacation option in the Southeast for nearly 150 years. Land and water activities, entertainment and adventures abound, while the environment is also perfect for simple relaxation or that well-deserved romantic getaway.

website  |  (800) 346-3334

New River Junction | Blacksburg

The river will draw you, gently, and peacefully, as you float over small riffles in your tube. About a mile down stream the rapids are splashing. Ride the rapids a few times then visit Big Falls Park, where the park grills will be hot and ready for cooking. The free shuttle bus will be available when you decide to go back for another trip down the river. A lazy, inner tube drift down a mile of pristine river cupped in a tree-lined mountain valley provides the perfect escape from a hot summer day.

website  |  (540) 639-6633

Randolph Park | Dublin

Evelyn Alexander Water Park is within Randolph Park. This state of the art park offers a 8 lane lap pool, walk in access to heated water, 38ft. long water slide, water basketball, shaded swimming and sitting area in the shallow end of pool, Frog and Boat Slide for little tykes, bath house, deck furniture and umbrellas and concessions with picnic shelter.

website | (540) 674-1513

Claytor Lake | Pulaski

With 472 acres of mostly hardwoods and pines, Claytor Lake State Park is now the centerpiece of 21-mile-long Claytor Lake.

website | (540) 643-2500

Splash Valley Water Park | Roanoke

This outrageous water park has 20,000 square feet of amazing fun for children of all ages. Take the plunge on one of two 32-foot water slides, float along a river current, and splash around in a spray area. Bring your little brother and your big sister - lots of fun and memories for the whole family!

Website (540) 777-6300

Wolf's Ridge Paintball, Inc | Riner
Recreational paintball at its finest. Open to public game days are usually held alternating Saturdays and Sundays on 11+ acres of varied terrain. Reserved days (for groups of 15 or more) available for groups such as Youth Groups, Church Groups, Training Groups, Birthday Parties, Business Groups etc. Playing field is located in the New River Valley, only 20 miles from V.P.I. and R.U. Use your own equipment or we have everything you need for a great day of fun at very reasonable rates.
website | (540) 529-5157

Fairy Stone State Park | Stuart

Home of the lucky fairy stones, Fairy Stone is well known for its 168-acre lake adjoining Philpott Reservoir just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The park offers cabins, a campground, group camping, a conference center, a lodge that sleeps 16, numerous trails, beach swimming, rowboats, canoes, paddle boats, hydro-bikes, picnicking and two playgrounds, including one in the water. Enjoy a paddle boat on the lake. Get back to nature by hiking a trail.

website | (800) 933-PARK

Galewinds Amusement Park & Raceway | Wytheville

Galewinds features FOUR Go-Cart Tracks: Kiddie Carts, Road Course, Spring Cars, and Super Speedway. An 18 hole mini-golf course and the largest arcade in the area add to the family fun! Visible from the Interstates, it is located at Exit 77 of I-81/77. Closed Monday & Tuesday 11-9 Wednesday & Thursday 11-10 Friday & Saturday 1-8 Sunday

website | (276) 228-3020

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing | Craig

Outdoor Discovery Camps and Classic Adventure Camps. With the Outdoor Discovery trip, participants not only learn how to camp, canoe, cave, rock climb, and other adventure activities but we will also blend it with more traditional summer camp activities including archery, soccer, kickball, and capture-the-flag which are more familiar to most kids.

website |  800/782-0779

New Rivers EdgeNew River's Edge | Pembroke

New River's Edge is located on the beautiful banks of the New River in Pembroke, Virginia - only 20 minutes from Blacksburg and Virginia Tech and 25 minutes from Radford University making it the perfect place to hang out on those busy graduation weekends. The rustic log A-frame cabin can accommodate up to 12 guests and offers a full kitchen and 2 full baths, lounging area with satellite television and a large deck overlooking the river and grounds. Perfect for families, youth outings, reunions, weddings and groups.

website | (540) 599-8382

house Huffman House at Creekside Farm | Newport

This meticulously restored historic home offers guests the rich history and experience of peaceful country living. Located in the 'Lost Community'of Huffman, 7 miles from Newport. Enjoy 61 acres of pastures, fishing streams, barns and animals, or just relax. Minutes from Blacksburg & Virginia Tech.Virginia Green

Website | Availability  | (540) 544-6942


Blackberry Morning RetreatBlueberry Ridge Cottages | Mountain Lake

In the mountains and with breathtaking views, nestle nine luxury cottages within the existing forest of the historic resort - while leaving the environment as undisturbed as possible, to preserve the mission of The Mountain Lake Conservancy. The Blueberry Ridge cottages are equipped with full kitchens - complete with cookware, dinnerware, glassware and silverware, dishwasher, garbage disposal, dining tables, living rooms with sofa beds, wood burning fireplaces - we provide the firewood - satellite TV, covered porch, and bedrooms with either one king or two queen beds with private baths. We offer 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom cottages that can accommodate up to 14 people.

website | (540) 626-7121

Mountain Lake HotelMountain Lake Conservancy and Hotel | Pembroke

Where the hit movie "Dirty Dancing " was filmed. Historic Mountain Lake Getaway Resort is a gorgeous 2,600 acre Virginia, mountain-top resort where you can "Do it all, or do nothing at all." Families have found Mountain Lake to be the best vacation option in the Southeast for nearly 150 years. Land and water activities, entertainment and adventures abound, while the environment is also perfect for simple relaxation or that well-deserved romantic getaway.

website  |  (800) 346-3334


Alpaca Fun!

Eastern Divide Ranger District
USDA Forest Service
110 Southpark Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
(540) 552-4641

Mon-Fri   8:00 am – 4:30 pm



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