Make the absolute most of your time in downtown Roanoke, Virginia by making sure to stop through Center in the Square! This cultural center is a hub of fun, food, learning and entertainment, sure to leave the whole family smiling. Whether you’re looking for a watery day tucked away in an aquarium, or hoping to be inspired by a lively performance, Center in the Square combines plenty of options for tons of fun every time you’re in town.  

Aquariums and Museums 

Center in the Square is home to amazing underwater life, and you only need to step into one of our inspiring aquariums to get an up-close look! Take some time to visit the Living Coral Reef Aquarium for an exotic experience including over 400 creatures from across the globe! For some local insight, The Turtles of Virginia Fresh Water Aquarium introduces guests to several species of fantastic turtles hailing right from West Virginia. 

Once you’ve made your way through the underwater adventures at Center in the Square, there are four museums ready and waiting to thrill and inform visitors of all ages. Check out the Roanoke Pinball Museum for some interactive gaming fun or The Science Museum of Western Virginia that comes complete with a butterfly garden hosting over 20 species of Orchids to dazzle visitors and delight the butterflies within! Center in the Square also hosts the Harrison Museum of African American Culture as a space dedicated to awareness and appreciation along with Kids Square which is a fun zone built for kids under the age of 10 to run, play and develop gross motor skills along the way! 

Performances

While Center in the Square provides the museum and aquarium stops visitors crave, there are also plenty of opportunities for seeing a show or two. Whether you’re passionate about opera, ballet or a variety of musical genres, there is a theater in the area to fit your taste. Make sure to check out the Center in the Square website for the most up-to-date listings of upcoming performances at. 

Educational Tours and Special Events

With so many cultural opportunities tucked into one convenient place, Center in the Square is the perfect location for educational field trips or booking your next event. Happy to accommodate corporate meetings as well as weddings and beyond, events can be organized by reaching out to 540-342-5700 or via email at info@centerinthesquare.org 

Nearby Attractions and Activities to Enjoy

A day or more spent exploring and enjoying the many options for fun available at Center in the Square is bound to be a highlight of any journey to Roanoke. Between the many tours and special events, performances, and aquarium visits, there’s sure to be something that speaks to every interest travelers hold dear. When you’re looking to make even more of a day in this area, there are plenty of options to choose from as well! Whether you’re in the mood to maximize time in museums, can’t wait to get out into green spaces, or are simply looking to attend to your appetite before or after the fun, you’ll never run out of choices that caters to them all. Here are a few to add to the top of your list while you’re in town.

Virginia Museum of Transportation

Located nearby at 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, the Virginia Museum of Transportation is a great place to keep on your radar when you’re a museum enthusiast with a heart for learning more about transportation innovation through the ages. This museum is an amazing stop when you’re excited to get up close to displays that feature everything from cars, trains, and planes that have carried people and cargo across cities, states, countries, and beyond! A certain number of rides and tours are available to guests daily making this an interactive stop but perhaps the most intriguing aspect of a visit is the fact that the museum is built into a former freight depot!

Belmont Park

Looking for a quiet moment to rest, relax, and restore the energy before heading out for more fun? Belmont Park is the place to find it! Located at 923 Montrose Avenue SE, Belmont Park is the perfect combination of walking trails, towering trees, and green spaces to beckon to any visitor to come and enjoy a moment or two. Complete with picnic tables, shelters, a baseball diamond, and plenty of pathways to enjoy, a stop at Belmont Park is ideal no matter when you arrive. The park is open to the public daily between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm.

Lucky Restaurant

Found at 18 Kirk Avenue SW, Lucky Restaurant provides a one of a kind menu complete with southern-inspired fare as well as a global infusion, making it a place to please nearly every palate. The ambiance is welcoming yet decidedly elegant and farm to table food is always featured. If you’re not in the mood for a full meal, make the most of the extensive cocktail menu and relax at the bar with friends.

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