It has been a while since the Strange family got a chance to get out and explore Virginia but this week was perfect for it. With four days off and a brand new paycheck to fund our adventures, we set out to find something new.

We really wanted to just get away from work for a few days so Elisa got us a hotel in Lynchburg for a few nights. However, our journey took us to Roanoke for an afternoon and that is what I want to focus on. If you’ve been to downtown Roanoke, you know what I am talking about. If you have not been there, it is an incredibly interesting and unique little city. We will definitely¬†return.

When we first arrived, we were pretty hungry. After parking the truck, we immediately began looking for the perfect place to eat. After passing up a handful of places that looked amazing but provided food that only I would like, we settled on this place called Rosetti’s Family Bistro.

It sat directly across a courtyard from the museum that we would be exploring and had a pretty neat outdoor seating area so we gave it a try. It was amazing. The service was incredible and the food was even better. This place was definitely worth the price (which wasn’t really that much). If you are in the downtown area, I would recommend that you check this place out. You will love it.

After we finished up our meal, we made our way over to the Center in the Square. There were multiple museums and displays within the building but our focus would be on the Science Museum of Western Virginia located on the 4th and 5th floors of the building.

I was a little unsure what to expect from this museum. The cost was a little high ($60 for four of us) and the online reviews were mixed but we decided to give it a try anyways. It was worth it. While it was not a huge museum, there was a lot of interaction and we easily spent 3 to 4 hours in the place. Apart from their regular displays, they also have a butterfly house and an arcade available.

The Butterfly House is on the 5th floor and was very neat to walk through. They have two sets of doors at the entrance and exit to prevent butterfly from leaving the room accidentally. Inside of the room, the butterfly had free roam. You could not pick them up but they could land on you. There were also a handful of other insect displays available to see.

Across the hall from the Butterfly House was the Game Room. This is a free arcade that has something like 50 different games available. A few of them did not work but the majority of the games worked perfectly fine and were free. Guys, this was like stepping back into my childhood. It was amazing. I told Elisa that I would have paid $15 just to hang out in that room all day.

After we left the museum, we took the stairs up to the rooftop. There we discovered what might have been the best part of the day. This building has a rooftop garden which was very neat. Also, from the roof, you had an amazing view of the city and surrounding mountains.

All in all, this was a great trip. The kids enjoyed the museum. Elisa and I enjoyed just getting away and doing something different for a few days. It was relaxing and laid back. We are already talking about our next trip to Roanoke.

Alright, peoples, you know the drill.

Leave me a comment below about your trips to Roanoke.

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