The Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge offers a variety of options for student groups.
“Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains are alive with the kind of hands-on adventure and rich history that students and groups of all ages will have a blast discovering,” said Taylor Spellman, public relations manager for Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. “From galleries and shows to sports and shopping, there’s always an unforgettable experience just moments away.”
Don’t miss a stop at the Roanoke Star, which sits atop Mill Mountain and overlooks the entire region. The 100-foot-tall neon star makes for a great photo op.
Taubman Museum of Art
Located in the heart of downtown Roanoke, Taubman Museum of Art is home to artwork in various mediums, including paintings, sculptures and photographs. With 11 galleries, the museum averages 15–20 exhibits per year. Permanent collections include works from John Cage and Petah Coyne. Grade-appropriate student tours are available.
Roanoke Mountain Adventures
Uncover outdoor thrills with a stop at Roanoke Mountain Adventures, a full-service outfitter offering both guided and self-guided activities. Choose from mountain biking, road cycling, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and tubing. Guided trips are tailored to each group’s preferences and skill levels.
Virginia Museum of Transportation
Located in downtown Roanoke’s century-old freight station, Virginia Museum of Transportation represents all aspects of transportation from the commonwealth. The stars are two locomotives from the golden age of steam: the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 and Class A 1218. Museum staff can design a field trip to meet the group’s needs.
Roanoke Pinball Museum
The Roanoke Pinball Museum is an interactive museum dedicated to the science and history of pinball. Students will learn about science, art and history through pinball while learning about its role in American culture. The museum has more than 50 machines produced from 1932 to 2016. Educational materials are available.
Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge
540-362-7848, ext. 127