Local Activities


The Lyric Theater: Downtown Blacksburg: http://www.thelyric.com/ (plays current releases, documentaries, and indie films) $5-$6 per ticket

Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille: Blacksburg. http://franktheatres.com/locations/virginia/first-main-stadium-11-imax/  Bowling, Movies, and Food

NRV Super Bowl: Christiansburg, nrvsuperbowl.net, Laser Tag, Bowling, Arcade, etc.

Starlite Drive In:  Christiansburg, starlitedrivein.info, new outdoor movies from your car, also sells food and is fairly inexpensive! Get there early as the line to get in gets very long.


New River Junction: Float/tube down the New River, check website before going (closed to the public if water level is too high) http://www.newriverjunction.com/
Open S-Sa: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Adult tube rental: $10 (weekends); $8 (weekdays)

Cascades: 4 mile roundtrip hike to a waterfall in Giles County: http://gilescounty.org/cascades.html
Open S-Sa:  Dawn to dusk, $3 parking fee
Can swim in the creek/at the falls, but it is COLD year-round

Mountain Lakehttp://www.mtnlakelodge.com/ Hiking, Frisbee Golf, Geocaching, Ropes Courses, etc.
Also famous for the movie Dirty Dancing.

Virginia State Parks: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/ Hiking, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, etc.
We are surrounded but TONS of parks of various sizes all offering different things.

Cox’s: http://www.coxgolf.com/wordpress/ Driving Range, Batting Cages, and Mini Golf

Venture Out: https://www.recsports.vt.edu/content/venture-out

Natural Bridge and Safari Park: http://www.virginiasafaripark.comwww.naturalbridgeva.com/

Dixie Caverns: dixiecaverns.com

Wine Tours: Beliveau Estate, Chateau Morrisette, Villa Applaccia, and many more within an hour’s drive or less.


Summer Solstice Festival, Stepping Out Festival, Chocolate Festival, Holiday Parades, Weekly Music and Movie Festivals in the summer both in Blacksburg and surrounding areas.  http://nextthreedays.com/

Day Trips/Amusement Parks:

North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Roanoke and other parts of Virginia

Museums, Zoos, Oddities, Ski Resorts, Racing, etc.

Carowinds: https://www.carowinds.com


The Homeplace: Historic farmhouse restaurant located in Catawba, VA. Serves endless Southern-style dishes, $$, worth the wait and drive! Also near the Appalachian Trail!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Homeplace-Restaurant/115564841808913

The Swinging Bridge:  Historic farmhouse restaurant located in Paint Bank, VA.  Has the best Buffalo dishes from local Buffalos and worth the drive!  Also near the Hawk Observatory (easy hike with beautiful views) and other hiking locations. theswingingbridge.com

Local Restaurants: (all walking distance from campus)

Souvlaki: Greek food, $, fast, located in Downtown Blacksburg
Blacksburg Tap House: locally grown/raised menu, local beers, $$ - $$$, Downtown Blacksburg
Gillie’s: Vegan/vegetarian food, $$, located in Downtown Blacksburg
Benny Marzano’s: Serves GIANT slices of pizza, $, located in Downtown Blacksburg
GobbleCakes: cupcake shop, $, Downtown Blacksburg
Café de Bangkok: Thai food, $$, Downtown Blacksburg (behind the bank)
Mill Mountain Coffee: Specialty coffees, pastries, sandwiches, $, Located near roundabout
Next Door Bake Shop: specialty coffees, bakery, sandwiches, $, Located very close to ICTAS/Kelly Hall
The Cellar: Greek, lots of pizza/calzones/pasta, $$, Downtown Blacksburg
Green’s: Mediterranean/Sushi, $ - $$, Downtown Blacksburg
Happy Wok: quick Chinese food, $, Downtown Blacksburg
Boudreaux’s: Cajun food, $$, Downtown Blacksburg
India Garden: Indian food, $, near roundabout
Cabo Fish Taco: specialty drinks, seafood, $$ Downtown Blacksburg

Depending on your interests, the New River Valley and surrounding areas have a ton of things to do all year round!
This is just a small list of some of the most popular things in the area. 

Campus Attractions:

Venture Out (Virginia Tech’s organization for outdoor activities)

Break Zone (Indoor activities on campus)


Other Virginia Tech departments, institutes, and peers:

Virginia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

Virginia Tech Biotrans

Virginia Tech Fralin Life Science Institute

Virginia Tech Center for Injury Biomechanics

Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering

Virginia Tech College of Vet Medicine

Virginia Tech Bioinformatics Institute

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute