Activities in Roanoke Rapids

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Nurtured on a 3,000-acre farm in Southampton County, Royal Oak’s jumbo Virginia peanuts boast smooth flavor and a notably hefty size. Enhance dishes and make fantasy-baseball drafts more authentic with three 10 oz. tins ($14.95) or a jumbo 40 oz. tin ($13.95) brimming with salty goodness. Gargantuan appetites can opt for The Royal Feast—a quartet of 10 oz. tins stuffed with salted, choca-nut, spicy Cajun, and honey-roasted tidbits ($24.95). A 20 oz. tin of peanut squares ($9.95) or an 18 oz. tin of cashew brittle ($16.95) provides a pleasantly saccharine treat for movie night, as well as potent bird-shot fodder during hunting season.

13009 Cedar View Rd
Drewryville,
VA
US

The Paragon Marketing Group LLC was created with charity in mind. Under the guidance of founder Scott Johnson, the firm has organized 5K races, football invitationals, and other fundraisers to benefit organizations such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Today, they continue to dedicate themselves to accomplishing great things through athletic contests and other events, earning mentions in publications from the Virginian-Pilot to Ebony magazine.

Joseph Jenkins Roberts St & Phoenix St
Petersburg,
VA
US

Eco Trek Adventures LLC rents out kayaks and canoes on a daily basis, with plans to add standup paddleboards to the fleet soon. But its staff also leads special expeditions on the Appomattox River and Lake Chesdin, including Midnight Paddles and watching fireworks from the water on the Fourth of July.

PO Box 1007
Petersburg,
VA
US

The Great Bull Run brings the thrill of Pamplona's historic event to cities across the United States. Modeled after the Running of the Bulls, this one-day event enables participants to race live bulls, keeping one step ahead of the charging animals to finally prove that toes are better for running than hooves. While the historic Pamplona event has had few serious injuries in its 102 years of existence, The Great Bull Run staff takes even more precautions to ensure runners stay smiling from beginning to end. Additionally, the bulls are given the full respect they deserve, and are not antagonized or harmed before, during, or after the run.

Following the race, runners and newcomers can gather together for a good old-fashioned food fight. Tomato Royale arms entrants with juicy fruit that they can fling at each other. Additional post-run activities include an after-party, live entertainment, and games as well as food and beverages.

8018 Boydton Plank Rd
Petersburg,
VA
US

Riding a flyboard might make adrenaline seekers feel as though they’re inside a prototypical, water-powered Iron Man suit. They take to local waters with their feet strapped into a main board that shoots powerful jets, and their arms control the board’s direction with two stabilizing sprayers. Atop the columns of pressurized water, riders can reach speeds of 18.5 miles per hour and heights of nearly 30 feet, enough to chase down gulls escaping with stolen hot dogs. With skillful manipulations of the stabilizers, boarders can perform spins, flips, and even cuts through the water.

Lake Chesdin Road
Dinwiddie,
VA
US

With 18 acres of blooming gardens and natural North Carolina wetlands, the Sylvan Heights Bird Park provides a home for more than 2,000 ducks, geese, and exotic egg layers. As they stroll along the trails and waterfront, guests can observe birds hailing from almost every continent, such as peacocks, flamingos, and toucans. In addition to the walk-through aviaries, the park aims to educate and entertain visitors with interactive children’s programs, tours, and activities such as scavenger hunts. Among its many attractions are the Bird’s Nest Treehouse and Beaver Pond Blind, both of which highlight the importance of wetland conservation, as well as the Landing Zone, where visitors can feed the birds with a seed stick.

500 Sylvan Heights Park Way
Scotland Neck,
NC
US