Sightseeing in Radford

Visit and Walking Tour for Two or Four from National D-Day Memorial (Up to Half Off)

National D-Day Memorial

Bedford

$20 $10

88-acre memorial with gardens, reflecting pool, and statues honors soldiers and commemorates pivotal WWII battle.

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Historic Smithfield Plantation (50% Off)

Historic Smithfield Plantation

Blacksburg

$16 $8

Visitors travel back to the 18th century as they traverse the plantation house, garden, and grounds led by a costumed interpreter

Admission for Two or Four to O. Winston Link Museum or History Museum of Western Virginia (Up to 52% Off)

History Museum of Western Virginia

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

Two museums explore 10,000 years of Native American heritage via ancient artifacts, and more recent locomotive history through photographs

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Downtown

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Roanoke's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Stony Knoll Vineyards (Up to 50% Off)

Stony Knoll Vineyards

Dobson

$29 $15

Winery nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills with a tasting room that overlooks more than 48 acres of crops

Museum-Visit Package for Two or Four at Virginia Museum of Natural History (50% Off)

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Martinsville

$20 $10

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Natural-history museum's new Living on the Water exhibit opens July 26; other exhibits include Wild Watersheds and Fossil Overlook

Two or Four Individual Admissions for a Full Day to Children's Museum of Winston-Salem (Up to 43% Off)

Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

South Marshall

$14 $8

A nonprofit museum where kids can climb a beanstalk, build forts with oversized blocks, and shop in a pretend-supermarket

Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Avoca Museum & Historical Society (Up to 53% Off)

Avoca Museum & Historical Society

Altavista

$10 $6

During 90-minute tours, explore a restored 1901 mansion whose grounds include six other historical buildings and a family cemetery

One or Two Tickets to the People's Transit Pub Crawl from Royal Limousine (45% Off)

People's Transit Pub Crawl

Greensboro

$20 $11

Revelers hop on a bus to travel from bar to bar during a weekly pub crawl held on Friday nights

30- or 60-Minute Private Reptile Encounter for Up to Five People at North Carolina Reptile Center (Up to 54% Off)

North Carolina Reptile Center

Troutman

$250 $125

Meet reptiles such as crocodiles and great pythons with up to five of your friends inside an interactive center filled with scaly creatures

One-Hour Safari Encounter with Baby Animals for One, Two, or Four at Zootastic Park (Up to 50% Off)

Zootastic Park

Barringer

$112.50 $59

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For one hour, guests can interact with baby animals such as a tiger, camel, kangaroo, and lemurs; guests may take pictures throughout

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The Historic Smithfield Plantation invites visitors to step back into 1774. The house has sheltered the Preston family through the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and now stands as a document of the past with a home and plantation grounds.

1000 Smithfield Plantation Rd
Blacksburg,
VA
US

While stationed on Long Island to conduct secret war research for the U.S. government during World War II, O. Winston Link started snapping photographs of the Long Island Railroad tracks behind his lab. Eager to capture large-scale railroad pictures at night, he built his own customized flash equipment. After the war, Link harnessed that creative curiosity by spending five years photographing the Norfolk and Western Railway, the last large steam-powered American railroad. From his 20 trips to the railway's tracks in four states, Link collected 2,400 pictures.

His work didn't garner attention until the 1980s, when he published his first collection of railroad photos in the lauded book Steam, Steel & Stars. The West Virginia Historical Society continues to preserve his legacy with the O. Winston Link Museum, which showcases Link's Norfolk and Western project while filling in its historical context. Throughout seven galleries, patrons hear the sounds of bustling locomotive engines, adjust the lighting of an interactive diorama's photograph, and ogle Link's original photographic equipment, including flashbulbs, power boxes, and super power boxes. The museum underscores its edifying galleries with a plentitude of tours, workshops, and ongoing photography programs.

101 Shenandoah Ave NE
Roanoke,
VA
US

In the 1850s, the Norfolk & Western Railway made its way to Big Lick, Virginia, transforming the sleepy town into a locomotive hub of the south. The Virginia Museum of Transportation walks visitors through this industrial change with its historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, model trains, and rail collection, which features more than 50 pieces of rolling stock, including some of the most advanced Roanoke-made steam engines ever built in the Norfolk & Western Class J-611 and Class A-1218. Railway exhibits recount the exploits of the industry’s most renowned names and provide an opportunity for visitors to hop aboard an actual diesel locomotive and complain loudly about the lack of complimentary peanuts. Additional engine-powered attractions include a century’s worth of automobiles and the recently reopened Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery collection.

303 Norfolk Ave SW
Roanoke,
VA
US

Old Salem Museums & Gardens whisks visitors to the cozy streets of a reconstructed 18th-century Moravian town that encompasses 100 restored and reclaimed buildings and expansive, pristine gardens. As they stroll through the 90-acre homage to early Americana, visitors can interact with hands-on activities, such as the German paper-cutting art of Scherenschnitte or the colonial tradition of libeling a governor with accusations of actually governing. Old Salem's horticultural marvels include the Miksch Garden—a living illustration of Moravian subsistence farming—and the Family Gardens of Salt Street, which demonstrate the innovative practice of seed saving. In addition to year-round attractions, special exhibits rotate through town, celebrating momentous occasions, notable people, and game-changing presidential pets. After traversing the grounds, visitors can peruse souvenirs at a number of gift shops or sidle into Winkler’s Bakery for a piece of renowned Moravian sugar cake.

900 Old Salem Rd.
Winston-Salem,
NC
US

Amidst the painted pots and chalk drawings in the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem's Surprise Garden stands the Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam's Kaleidoscape, reflecting the museum's motto, "where learning happens through play". Far from a hands-off installation, the multi-colored, crocheted structure is always covered with swinging, climbing kids. Clambering is an equally popular activity inside the nonprofit museum, whose lobby is full of wavy platforms and a beanstalk climber that stretches all the way to the second floor.

But climbing isn't the only way to stay busy at Children's Museum of Winston-Salem. At other exhibits, youngsters can pretend-steer a rowboat, man the conveyer belt inside a child-sized Krispy Kreme factory, and construct buildings with magnetized blocks. After full days of play, kids can unwind during staff-led story times in the museum library or gather with other children for programs such as teatimes.

390 S Liberty St
Winston Salem,
NC
US

The Avoca Museum & Historical Society was once the site of the Revolutionary-era home of Colonel Charles Lynch and the centerpiece of a sprawling plantation. Today, it houses native artifacts and Civil War memorabilia curated to preserve local history.

  • Size: 54 acres of land, including the sprawling Victorian house
  • Eye Catcher: the main house, an American Queen Anne?style home built in 1901 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places; the interior has been lovingly restored to appear as it did in its heyday
  • Permanent Exhibits: the replica of the 1880 cabin that originally stood on the site, including a rope bed and stone fireplace
  • Don't Miss: the family graveyard?as well as a graveyard for the plantation's slaves?stand as a reminder of the land's history and provide some information about what African American life was like before the Civil War
  • Pro Tip: the Avoca Museum is a popular wedding venue, so check the website's homepage or call ahead to make sure it's not closed for a private event
1514 Main St
Altavista,
VA
US