- The list below includes 40 free or cheap things to do in or near Roanoke, Virginia, including 54 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Music Venue, Art Museum and Breweries.
- From Center in the Square to Read Mountain Preserve, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Roanoke and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Bedford, Salem, Christiansburg and Hot Springs.
This passive recreation area features a five mile trail system, include a two mile trail to the summit of Read Mountain. Visitors who are interested in photo opportunities may enjoy the view that the Read Mountain Preserve has to offer.
With lots of grassy area, Highland Dog Park is popular with dog owners. And with designated spaces for both small and large dogs, it is suitable for all breeds. Other park amenities include doggie water fountains, waste bags and benches.
The largest manmade star in the world is on display at the Mill Mountain Star & Park. It is considered to be a signature landmark of Roanoke and lights up the night in addition to the park activities like hiking, biking, and a zoo that surround the star.
Roanoke Food Tours offers food and cultural tours of downtown Roanoke. The company has outings for birthday parties, baby showers, work socials, anniversaries, corporate events, and educational field trips, bridal events, and culinary groups.
The O.Winston Link Museum is located in a restored Raymond Loewy designed passenger railway station. It displays the largest collection of the famous photographer's images of life during the 1950s along the railroad.
The Grandin Movie Theater is one of the few theaters left that shows shows independent movies. This movie theater shows a wide range of movies from classics to modern blockbusters. Patrons say the concession costs are low.
With a history that dates to 1964, Mill Mountain Theatre has spent the last 50 years offering regional performances. The two stages present shows that include musical theatre, comedy improv, and free live readings.