Great for burning off energy. Adventure World skating rink has a variety of themed skate nights with great music, team skating, skate lessons, laser tag, arcade games and a snack bar. Christiansburg, VA . Skating every weekend, too.
It's not fancy, the DJs are good and there are usually enough pros there during open sessions to emulate. Lessons available.
Pay as you go Zumba several times a week (see website).
Crimper's Indoor Climbing Gym is a first class indoor climbing challenge for climbers of all levels from beginner to expert. Immaculately clean and constantly changing, their expert employees are always available with friendly advice. Climbing is not just for the young! Color-coded routes are clear for all ability levels.
From their website: "Crimper's has several types of climbing styles: a 70 ft. wide and 16 ft. high bouldering area equipped with 16 in. padded flooring; a 23 ft. top-rope section with 7 top-rope stations; and a 30 ft. lead climbing section we termed the Gravity Well."
Great for rainy days, sunny days or days where everyone wants to build a little camaraderie!
Between Memorial Day and sometime in Sept, it doesn't get much better than spending a lazy day tubing on the beautiful New River in Blacksburg, VA. Tube rentals are available. Bring your own tube and hike back each time or pay for transport at New River Junction. On site camping also available, but reservations are highly recommended.
On April 16th, 2007, a crazed student wielding a gun shot and killed 32 of Virginia Tech's students and professors. There is a simple, but moving memorial to the victims on the Drillfield (the central lawn of the campus) in front of Burruss Hall, Virginia Tech's main administration building. The memorial consists of 32 small stone markers (one for each person slain) arranged in a semicircle. People leave flowers and other momentos to the victims throughout the year.
The Duckpond is a pretty pond on the Virginia Tech campus that is a nice place to walk around. It is a few hundred yards long and about 50 yards wide.
The Duckpond is lcated at the end of the Drillfield (the central lawn area of Virginia Tech's campus) opposite the War Memorial and its Pylons.
Virginia Tech has one of the most beautiful and welcoming campuses on the East Coast. Very open and inviting, this campus has matching building material to make every building seem, though some are modern, as if they were all built in the 1800's. The drillfield in the center was a great spot for me to chill out in good weather, and I love to park on Main Street and walk through campus to those fall football games.
Becoming an ACC school has brought in another level of competiton for VA Tech- going to a VT basketball game is no longer an easy ticket- schools like Duke, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest- all in a facility that gives you the up-close feel of a high school gymnasium...
Blacksburg is a college town, with more students than permanent residents. The heart of Downtown Blacksburg is Main Street, which features numerous bars, restaurants, and shops that cater to both the students and townspeople. The central business district is only about six blocks long, so it makes for an easy stroll if you want to check it out. It gets busiest during football weekends, when thousands of Virginia Tech alumni return to Blacksburg for Virginia Tech football games.
The drillfield is a large oval-shaped grassy area at the heart of the Virginia Tech campus. Its name derives from the period prior to 1964 when Virginia Tech's students were required to join its Corps of Cadets, a military student group that used the drillfield to practice military drills and marching. It is now serves as a large green space for the campus, where students can relax between and after classes.
Virginia Tech's campus is one of the most underrated college campuses in the United States. Its buildings are mostly built of Hokie stone in a style known as military gothic. The centerpiece of the campus is the Drillfield, an large oval-shaped lawn surrounded by academic buildings on one side and dormitories on the other.
Established by Colonel William Preston in 1774, Smithfield Plantation was one of the first large farms established in Southwestern Virginia. At the time, it was at the edge of the territory permanently inhabited by British settlers in America. Colonel Preston fought in the Revolutionary War (on the American side), and died shortly afterward in 1783. Following his death, his wife lived at Smithfield for another 40 years with their children. Preston's oldest son, James, served as the Governor of Virginia from 1816 to 1819. James' son William served as Secretary of the Navy under President Zachary Taylor in 1849. He was the last Preston to live at Smithfield. The plantation house is now owned and run as a museum by a non-profit organization, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. It is open from 10AM to 5PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, and from 1-5PM on Sunday (except January-March). Tours begin on the hour and half-hour.
The War Memorial is located at one end of the Drillfield in the center of the Virginia Tech campus. It consists of eight pillars which contain the names of Virginia Tech students and alumni who died in the United States' various wars. Sadly, a few new names have been added recently, as a handful of alumni died in Iraq and Afghanistan. A small chapel is located underneath the War Memorial, and is regularly used for religious services by the Virginia Tech students.
You cannot be from the Southwestern Virginia area and not attend at least one VA Tech football game. Even if you are not a fan, the energy at atmosphere is such an awesome experience. This small college town erupts with pride with every home game played at Lane Stadium, with tailgating and endless parties and events after every game, win or lose. The games have been sold out recently, so you may have to depend on local ads, Ebay, or scaplers to get decent seats for the home games.
Do whatever. There is nowhere that is dangerous to go and nowhere is off limits or restricted and you will almost never run into construction! If you want to shop...shop, if you want to sit on the curb...or one of the plentiful benches and talk...do that. This is so free and relaxing. just forget about making plans and go downtown and chill for a while.
Although it's officially called Henderson Lawn, and is a part of Virginia Tech, most of the people who like to hang out on this patch of grass downtown (most of my friends) call it Hippie hill. Nothing in Blacksburg is more relaxing than getting a Gyros from Souvlaki across the street and sitting down on the grass and eating it while you watch life happen on College av. downtown