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PARI is a former NASA facility that is now an active center for research and STEM education. Radio telescopes 26M (85ft.), space flight artifacts, meteorites, minerals, scenic views, hiking trails. A ‘Dark Sky’ designated location. Day tour, night viewings with optical telescopes and astronomy instruction. Family style cabin rooms… Read More
Pisgah Forest Gem Mine – 2 locations close to Asheville, 507 N Main St. Hendersonville, 3338 Asheville Hwy Pisgah Forest. Open year round, indoor & outdoor gem mining, unique rock & retail shop featuring fine jewelry & t-shirts, waterfalls nearby. www.pfgems.com (828) 367-8330. Read More
One day here makes a lifetime of memories. From mild to wild, prepare for action-packed outdoor fun for all ages and skill levels! Raft, zip, rope, rock, paddle or saddle, mix and match to create your ideal vacation. Adventure awaits – call 800-PRO-RAFT or visit www.raftinginthesmokies.com to book today!… Read More
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies - Best U.S. Aquarium! Big sharks, penguins & thousands of exotic sea creatures. www.ripleysaquariumofthesmokies.com (888) 240-1358.
Riverstone Organic Farm - 708 Thompson Road, Floyd, VA. 3 miles from Parkway MP 150. Certified Organic working farm with vegetable and…
Explore Park is the place where adventure begins! This 1,100 acre recreation facility is operated by the County of Roanoke, VA and features direct access to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 115 and an easy fifteen minute drive to the cultural amenities in downtown Roanoke.   There’s so… Read More
SeaQuest Lynchburg takes guests on adventures through rainforests, deserts and the depths of the seas. With exciting exhibits and activities for families and children of all ages, guests can get wet with the stingrays, feed birds and reptiles, marvel at the sharks, take selfies with the snakes and more!… Read More
Explore an underground world of wonders that has been thrilling visitors for almost 100 years at Shenandoah Caverns. It’s Virginia’s only cavern with elevator service! There’s also a historic soda fountain serving classic menu items and American Celebration on Parade and Mainstreet of Yesteryear exhibits.  Open all year. (540)… Read More
The Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at the Edinburg Mill showcases an extensive collection of artifacts that represent Valley life through the years. The 1848 mill was one of the few to escape burning during the Civil War. Open year-round, except major holidays. Elevator and accessible parking available. Read More
Skyline Caverns - US 340, 1 mile south of Front Royal. Open all year. Miniature train, gift shop, fast food, Enchanted Dragon…