Outdoor Venues

Social events and fund-raisers held at these one-of-a-kind venues will be unforgettable for your guests. Reserve private garden, lawn and pastoral meadow space with historical buildings as your backdrop. 

Bring your community group or organization out for a picnic or food-truck catered event on a reserved lawn space and then take a nature hike or go fishing in the Roanoke River and experience Explore Park’s abundant beauty. 

Explore Park offers the chance for students to investigate environmental education opportunities outside of the classroom. Don't forget to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Museum for a unique lesson about the region's history.

Current Venues Available

Hofauger House Historical Meadows

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Brugh Tavern Lawn

15 Brugh Lawn with Chairs

Journey's End

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Houtz Barn Field, Blacksmith & Grist Mill

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Houtz Barn Field

16B Houtz Barn Event (2)

Butterfly Garden Pergola

17 Explore Park Pergola Wedding (1)

Arthur Taubman Lawn

18 Reception Tent Outside Arthur Taubman

Rental Fee Schedule:


  • All Explore Park outdoor venues rent for $700


Amenities Include:



  • Use ANY catering service or event planner
  • Ability to decorate at outdoor venue as desired. Some limitations apply and will be discussed individually depending on the specific location.
  • Fourteen miles of hiking / biking / running trails
  • Alcohol permitted with proper permit
  • Ample parking
  • Use of outside trash receptacles / dumpster on site for waste disposal

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