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“Nice walk, but wanted more.”

Center in the Square
Ranked #7 of 68 things to do in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Adjacent to Market Square and the City Market, Center in the Square provides a home to four cultural arts and science non-profit organizations in our signature building in downtown Roanoke: Roanoke Pinball Museum, Harrison Museum of African American Culture, History Museum of Western Virginia, Science Museum of Western Virginia, and Mill Mountain Theatre. Visit our website or call for individual museum admission pricing. Mill Mountain Theatre and Children's Theatre of Roanoke tickets are available through our full-service box office. Come inside to enjoy our aquariums in the atrium and green rooftop without charge. Building Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, and Sunday 1 - 5 pm. [Note: Roanoke Pinball Museum is closed Mondays. History Museum is closed on Mondays October through April.]
Canton, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
232 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Nice walk, but wanted more.”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a great use of an older city area with nice local shops and restaurants. The antique shop was really surprising since it was mostly asian antiques. Neat, but not what we expected. The pawn shop was OK too. We were disappointed in the Virginia Discovery Museum as it was dumpy and just too young for our children. We walked around for about two hours and left feeling like we may have wasted the afternoon. Maybe it just wasn't what we were looking for.

Visited August 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Touristy”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Restaurants did not have good ratings....check urbanspoon.com to find much better places to eat such as Local Roots, Blue Apron, Cuban Island, Pop's. Hard to find parking and the parking garages are expensive. The Saturday morning market is fun and had fruit and vegetable vendors along with local soap makers.

Visited November 2012
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nc
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212 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“central meeting spot”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

a good place to start your visit to downtown roanoke...use area parking decks. several small restaurants in the building, bathrooms, outdoor and indoor seating. good views of sidewalk activities.

Visited November 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
640 reviews
161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Nice area to explore.”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

A lot of nice shops, restaurants and cafes. Its a quaint place. Farmers market on the weekend. Not too busy, relaxing to walk around.

Visited September 2012
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Roanoke, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“When in downtown Roanoke this is the place to go.”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

This is not a specific business but a section of downtown where most the Roanoke's nightlife is. Good collection of restaurants with a lot of diversity. It's clean and safe and parking is usually not too bad.

Visited July 2012
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