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“Beautiful, artsy, local flavor, free family fun too!”

Downtown State Street
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Bristol has a proud heritage going back more than 150 years of being both a fun place to visit and a “Good Place to Live”. With so much to do and enjoy, everyone feels at home in Historic Downtown Bristol. As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy.
Honaker, VA
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102 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Beautiful, artsy, local flavor, free family fun too!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you want a great time and are traveling on I-81 north take exit 3, if you are traveling south take exit 5, to enjoy FREE family fun, do the "Caterpillar Crawl" a downtown scavenger hunt, which kids and adults will enjoy, start at the public library, where you get your scavenger hunt map, which is next door the the Blackbird Bakery....yum yum, get your map, and find the little bronze caterpillars hidden throughout the beautiful downtown area, based on the children’s book "The very hungry caterpillar". Check out great arts and crafts shops, a great pawn shop, which has a genuine soda shop style lunch counter! Eat at "Eatz on Moore Street, and go back to the Blackbird bakery, and get your goodies and walk across the street to the “war memorial/veterans park" and finish your trip downtown in a perfect fashion!

Visited December 2012
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Bristol, Tennessee
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60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The Place to Go”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Traversing State Street is fun by yourself but truly great with others. There are numerous specialty shops, great places to eat, plentiful parking, art and antique stores. You name it - you'll find it on State Street, plus great music events throughout the year...in the Street and at the Paramount. Plus, stand in the middle of the street and you will be standing in two states (TN and VA) at the same time.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank lmblake
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Bristol, Virginia
Level Contributor
28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Art, entertainment, and good food!”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Downtown State Street has attracted everything from antiques and art to restaurants that appeal to varied tastes. A fun street!

Visited September 2012
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Cleveland, OH
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49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion was a hit again.”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Just returned from the BRRR. Again this year the music was outstanding. Only $35 for a three day pass to see over 150 bands perform, bluegrass, country, blues, etc. We took our 20 year old son and his girlfriend and they loved it also. There are many local bands which we had never heard of that were great. We bought 5 CD's of groups we loved. Parking is free, food is very reasonable. During any downtime we shopped the many vendors and local antique stores and pawn shop. A wonderful, relaxing weekend.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank vidalia917
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great venue for a concert”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

We visited State St. for a concert in August, and this was a great place to go see a show. The main street had outdoor seating set up for the event, and there were great food and drink deals all up and down the street. I would love to come back and see another show here.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank HokieVol
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