Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center


2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA, 24017, United States   •  Weather:    •   Local Time:     •  Phone: (540) 563-9300   •  Hotel Reservations: 888-625-5132


Things to Do in Roanoke, Virginia

Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do

Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center boasts a central location in the heart of Roanoke, Virginia, ensuring travelers can enjoy seamless access to the wealth of things to do in the area. Discover a variety of attractions during your getaway to the Blue Ridge Valley; from unique cultural activities to exciting opportunities for outdoor adventure, there exists an endless array of things to do. Review our top recommendations below and plan your weekend in Roanoke today.

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Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do
Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do

Virginia Museum of Transportation

4 MI

Step out of our hotel's front doors and discover a train lover's playground at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. A popular thing to do with the entire family, this museum delves into Virginia's rich railway heritage.

Taubman Museum of Art

4 MI

Situated in downtown Roanoke, the Taubman Museum of Art features 11 unique galleries and hosts 15-20 exhibitions per year. The Taubman Museum of Art offers free general daily admission; hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m.


Salem Museum

5 MI

Located in the historic William-Brown House of Longwood Park, the Salem Museum seeks to preserve the past and inform the future. Through exhibits, programs, special events and preservation, the Salem Historical Society keeps the past of Salem and the Roanoke Valley alive. Admission is free.

Other Museums

  • O. Winston Link Museum
  • Roanoke Pinball Museum
  • Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Children’s Museum at Center in the Square
  • History Museum of Western Virginia
  • Harrison Museum of African American Culture
  • Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University
  • Raymond Loewy Gallery. Designer for a Modern Era


Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do
Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do

Appalachian Trail

12 MI

No visit to the Roanoke area is complete without seeing the Appalachian Trail and/or the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Appalachian Trail is arguably the country's most iconic hiking trail. Located just a short distance away from downtown Roanoke, McAfee's Knob is one of the most photographed parts of the trail, plus offers plenty of trailheads to connect up with the longest footpath in the world.

Not in the mood to hike? Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway is an experience unlike any other: a slow-paced and relaxing journey revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged Blue Ridge mountains. It's an essential thing to do when visiting Roanoke, Virginia.

River Rock Climbing

6 MI

Spend a weekend afternoon visiting River Rock Climbing, an indoor climbing facility in Roanoke, Virginia. Perfect for both climbing newbies and seasoned veterans, River Rock has something for everyone.

Hanging Rock Golf Course

5 MI

Overlooking the beautiful Roanoke Valley of Virginia, Hanging Rock Golf Club is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. The course, designed by Russell Breeden, offers a championship layout that guarantees golfers of all skill levels a challenging and exciting round.

Roanoke Valley Greenways

6 MI

The Roanoke Region is home to more than more than 30 miles of urban trails connecting the area’s natural beauty to its charming neighborhoods and vibrant downtown. The Roanoke Valley Greenways, which are defined as open-space corridors reserved for recreational use or environmental preservation that connect urban centers, are growing all the time. Plan your adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway and enjoy plenty of things to do, including hiking, biking, shopping and dining.

Smith Mountain Lake

24 MI

Virginia's most popular lake, Smith Mountain Lake, offers superb recreational activities, 500 miles of shoreline, and a wide variety of water sports. The area's great natural beauty--from the waters and woods to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia--is the perfect destination for your very own style of fun, whether you seek days full of activities or just plain relaxing. Be sure to visit the Booker T. Washington National Monument and the National D-Day Memorial, while visiting this beautiful slice of America.

Other Recreational Activities

  • Roaring Run Falls
  • Dragon’s Tooth
  • Sharp Top Mountain 
  • Splash Valley Water Park and Green Ridge Recreation Center


Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do
Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do

Roanoke City Market

5 MI

The Historic Roanoke City Market area is the oldest continuously operating open-air market in Virginia and just steps away from our hotel. Visit the Market year-round, Monday through Saturday, 8AM to 5PM for produce of every sort and the finest regional crafts. The entire Market District includes unique shopping, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, antique shops, museum shops, and much more.

Valley View Mall

2 MI

Valley View Mall is a two-story mall and the largest shopping mall in Roanoke. It has plenty of stores and an expansive food court, providing something for everyone.

The Grandin Village

5 MI

The Grandin Village is a little-known gem accessible via our complimentary shuttle service that is the home to top shopping, dynamic dining and the Grandin Theatre. Known as one of the more eclectic and family-friendly areas of Roanoke, Grandin Village has been noted as one of Roanoke’s best examples of a mixed-use urban village. Visit the Grandin Village Community Market on Saturday mornings and browse an array of independently owned retail and dining establishments, including unique shops offering formal furnishings, fine jewelry, funky antiques and natural foods.

Additional Shopping

  • Sports Haven Inc.
  • Bethlehem Restaurant & Grocery
  • Roanoke Valley Harley-Davidson
  • Roanoke Antique Mall
  • Country Corner
  • The Candy Store
  • Tower’s Shopping Center
  • Tanglewood Mall

Breweries & Bars

Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do
Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do

Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

5 MI

Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers was downtown Roanoke's first craft brewery. They are a family and pet friendly brewery featuring six flagship beers available year round and a rotating selection of seasonal beers. With their wide variety of hand crafted brews, special events and open air brewery, we believe there's something for everyone at Soaring Ridge.
Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers is located at 523 Shenandoah Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24016
Wednesday through Friday  4pm – 9pm, Saturday  2pm – 9pm, Sunday 12pm - 6pm

Big Lick Brewing Company

4 MI

Located within walking distance to Hotel Roanoke in downtown, Big Lick Brewing Company specializes in a rotating selection of beers with an emphasis on quality and variety. Rarely will they feature the same beer twice and recently announced major expansion plans just down the street.
Big Lick Brewing Company is located just across the tracks at 135 Salem Ave SW #100, Roanoke, VA 24011
Open:  5-9pm Thursday    4-9pm Friday    1-9pm Saturday

Blue 5

3 MI

Blue 5 is known as Virginia’s Best Beer Bar. There are 46 beers on type and is home to the flight- which is four 4 oz. pours providing the opportunity to try out different beers.

Other Breweries & Bars

  • Corned Beef & Co.
  • Lucky
  • Metro!
  • The Quarter
  • Parkway Brewing Company
  • Valhalla Vineyards


Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do
Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center - Things to Do

Roanoke Star

9 MI

No trip to Roanoke is complete without visiting the 100 foot neon star on Mill Mountain! The best part is that it is accessible by hiking, biking or by car. Within the park boundaries you will find the famous Roanoke Star and two overlooks with stunning views of the city and Blue Ridge Mountains, Discovery Center, 10 miles of multi-use trails, Mill Mountain Wildflower Garden and outdoor classroom, a unique playground, the Mill Mountain Zoo, picnic area and pavilion with grills and acres of natural beauty.

Mill Mountain Zoo

8 MI

Mill Mountain Zoo is a fun family adventure for people of any age. There's a variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles to look at. They also host special events and programs every 3rd Saturday from May-October. Remember, don't forget your camera!

Salem Red Sox

5 MI

Enjoy the warm weather by heading to the Haley Toyota Field and supporting the Salem Red Sox as they play other minor league baseball teams. The atmosphere at this park is energetic and kid friendly. There are games between innings and concessions as well. A great way to spend an evening.

Berglund Center

4 MI

The Berglund Center is Western Virginia's premiere full-service facility with a 10,500 seat coliseum, 2,151 seat Performing Arts Theatre, 14,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, and a new 46,000 square feet Special Events Center. Home of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and located within walking distance to the hotel, the Berglund Center features live entertainment, sporting events and cultural and concert performances by some of the biggest names in the world.

Elmwood Park

4 MI

City of Roanoke’s Elmwood Park is one of Southwest Virginia’s newest premier concert and festival venue. Elmwood Park features a 4,000+ capacity amphitheater with cascading grass terraces for seating, a state-of-the-art illuminated fountain in front of the stage, tree-lined walkway with decorative fountains, and an art walk with beautiful sculptures. Elmwood Park is about an 8 minute walk from the Hotel.

Harvester Performance Center

29 MI

Featuring more than 175 musical performances annually, with music and more for everyone, The Harvester Performance Center is a new, mid-sized music venue serving Rocky Mount, VA, and surrounding areas with amazing live performances in all kinds of genres. Check out their full music line-up and use the TNT’s Exclusive Shuttle Service for your next show at The Harvester! Enjoy comfortable seating aboard a Cool Bus as you're transported round trip from Roanoke.

Dixie Caverns

15 MI

Just down the road from the hotel is a 45 minute cavern tour and unique shopping experience at Dixie Caverns! The caverns were found by a couple farm boys back in 1920 after their dog fell through a hole that led to the caves. They decided to name the caverns after their dog in honor of his discovery. Guided tours of the caverns were begun in 1923. The best known attraction is a bell-shaped flowstone formation known as the "Wedding Bell". Weddings have been held under the Bell. The cave is located in a hill overlooking the surrounding region. Adults- 13 and over: $14.00; Children 5-12: $6.00; Under5: Complimentary.

Other Attractions

  • Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
  • Putt-Putt Fun Center
  • Star City Skate Center
  • Deciphered Roanoke

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What's Nearby

  1. Big Lick Brewing Company
  2. Blue 5 Restaurant
  3. Corned Beef & Co Inc
  4. Lucky Restaurant
  5. Metro!
  6. Parkway Brewing Company
  7. Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers
  8. The Quarter Restaurant
  9. Valhalla Vineyards
  10. Berglund Center
  11. Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
  12. Salem Civic Center
  13. Star City Skate Center
  14. Mill Mountain Star
  15. Appalachian Trail
  16. Dixie Caverns
  17. Downtown Roanoke
  18. Dragon's Tooth Trail
  19. Elmwood Park
  20. Green Ridge Recreation Center
  21. Hanging Rock Golf Club
  22. Mill Mountain Zoo
  23. River Rock Climbing
  24. Roanoke Star
  25. Roanoke Valley Greenways
  26. Sharp Top Mountain
  27. Eleanor D Wilson Museum
  28. O. Winston Link Museum
  29. Roanoke Pinball Museum
  30. Salem Museum
  31. Science Museum of Western Virginia
  32. Taubman Museum of Art
  33. Virginia Museum of Transportation
  34. Hollins University
  35. Roanoke Antique Mall
  36. Sports Haven Inc
  37. Tanglewood Mall
  38. The Candy Store
  39. The Grandin Village
  40. The Historic Roanoke City Market
  41. The Valley View Mall

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