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2000 J P Fishburn Pkwy, Roanoke, VA 24013
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Discovery Center

The Mill Mountain Discovery Center will be closed to the public on Wednesday, April 24th and Thursday, April 25th for a National Association of Interpretation course.

The Mill Mountain Discovery Center is Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s newest recreation center, most commonly used for Nature Education programs. The Discovery Center features a beautiful wildflower garden, as well as interactive educational exhibits and live creatures. The Discovery Center’s is home to a bee hive, as well as a black snake, corn snake and box turtle.

Reserved for a wide range of special occasions, including birthday parties, weddings, dinner parties and community events, the Discovery Center is a popular attraction atop Mill Mountain.

Discovery Center Amenities:

  • ADA Accessible Restrooms
  • Water Fountain
  • Tables
  • Wildflower Garden
  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Black Snake Exhibit
  • Corn Snake Exhibit
  • Box Turtle Exhibit

Birthday Parties at the Discovery Center

Looking for an educational and fun way to celebrate your child’s upcoming birthday? Book a birthday party at the Mill Mountain Discovery Center! The fun-packed two-hour parties include a 45-minute nature program led by a Parks and Recreation Naturalist and tables and chairs. 

Based on your child’s interests, you can pick from a range of fun birthday party themes, including:

  • Our Feathered Friends (Ages 4-12)
  • Amazing Animal Adaptations (Ages 4-12)
  • Radical Reptiles (Ages 4-12)
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt (Ages 4-12)
  • Owl Pals (Ages 4-12)
  • Letterboxing Hike (Ages 8-12)


The fee for birthday parties is $225 and a maximum of 15 children. Learn more and reserve your party by calling 540-853-1236 or emailing

Discovery Center Hours:

April – October
Wednesday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

November – March
Wednesday – Sunday
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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