- The list below includes 50 free or cheap things to do in or near Salem, Virginia, including 53 different types of inexpensive activities like Bowling, Movie Theaters, Breweries and History Museums.
- From Salem Rotary Dog Park to Dixie Caverns, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Salem and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Roanoke, Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Bedford.
Home to two trails, Rock Castle Gorge and Black Ridge, Rocky Knob Recreational Area offers forested hills for visitors to explore. The park has a variety of wildflowers scattered across the fields for visitors to look at.
Live butterflies are held within a climate-controlled indoor garden at the Butterflies at the Bridge attraction. Hundreds of butterflies from around the world and the local region are housed in the building with an open-air setting to come face-to-face with the creatures.
There is a lot to learn from a hike though the caverns by the Natural Bridge. Guides describe the history of the caverns as well as the bridge, which has been included as a one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of the World.'
Within Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains is a naturally formed rock shape and related caverns that is called the Natural Bridge Caverns. The natural trail around the landmark explores the stone arch, Cedar Creek, and Lace Falls while there is also an indoor butterfly garden for visitors.
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US 11 & 130, Natural Bridge, VA 24578 MoreLess Info
The stone archway that is known as The Natural Bridge of Virginia serves as a main outdoor landmark in the state. It is 20 stories tall and 100 feet wide then 40 feet thick, and the stone monument is accessible by a smooth nature trail.
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PO Box 87, Natural Bridge, VA 24578 MoreLess Info
One of the largest collections of childhood toys and memorabilia is housed at The Toy Museum at Natural Bridge of Virginia. A wide variety of games, toys, and relics from childhood contained in the collection date back to 1740 and even include modern collectibles.
Originally an April Fool's prank conducted by Mark Cline, Foamhenge has become a popular attraction for visitors since it is free to view. The site is an exact replica of the Stonehenge site in Britain and is easily accessible along the roadside of U.S. 11.
For a plethora of toy choices there is the Toy Museum Natural Bridge which is a toy museum that features toys from different eras. There are many from different decades of recent history, including toys from popular movies.