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Southwest Virginia Attraction Guide

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Southwest Virginia Museum
Southwest Virginia Museum. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license

Southwest Virginia attractions include a variety of activities for people of all ages, families, couples and those with all interests.

While there are countless attractions, there is no way to visit them all when vacationing or passing through. Choosing from some of the more popular attractions may make your trip more enjoyable.

Southwest Virginia Museum – Big Stone Gap is home to this museum that was dedicated in 1948. It chronicles the exploration as well as development of the region. The museum has more than 20,000 pieces, with a third of them on display at any given time.

Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia – This 67-acre open air museum lets visitors have insight to the lives of those who settled the area. The site includes a 19th century living history farm.

Poplar Hill Cottage – Poplar Hill Cottage is located at Southwest Virignia Museum Historical State Park. The perfect getaway in the mountains, it is furnished with reproduction pieces and sleeps up to 6 guests.

Heartwood – The artisan gateway for Southwest Virginia, it features crafts from local artisans, plus music, food and local culture. It features live events and interactive exhibits.

Southwest Virginia Ballet – A pre-professional youth ballet, the troupe offers a full-length production of “The Nutcracker” each holiday season. Located in Salem, it offers a variety of performances throughout the year.

Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market – A state owned facility that is located in Carroll County, the market has been open since 1992. It offers the opportunity to buy fresh locally grown produce.

Southwest Virginia Golfing – Award winning golf courses dot the hillsides and valleys of Southwest Virginia. South of the Shenandoah Valley, mutliple golf courses are located within minutes of Interstates 77 and 81. A variety of packages and getaways are offered.

Moonlite Drive In Theatre – Abingdon is home to one of America’s favorite pastimes, a drive in theatre. Open seasonally, weather permitting, the theatre is a popular site for visitors and locals alike.

Farm Fresh Sunday Gospel Brunch – Part of the artisan gateway in Abingdon, it features a seasonally fresh menu that is rooted in the harvest of local farms and features live music from the region. The event takes place on Sundays and features free live gospel music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus the opportunity for a build your own country breakfast.

Animal Kingdom of Virginia – Located in Tazewell, this small, privately owned exotic animal facility is dedicated to the conservation of exotic species of animals. It has lions, camels, lemurs and other exotic species. It is open from May through September.

While all of Virginia offers plenty for everyone, Southwest Virginia is filled with heritage and beauty. With museums, golfing, parks, music and arts, there are plenty of attractions and activities for everyone.

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