Explore Richmond

outdoor activities

JAMES RIVER PARK SYSTEM: Explore the extensive park system along the James River, offering opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. Belle Isle, Pony Pasture, and Texas Beach are notable spots within the park.

CANAL WALK: Take a stroll or bike ride along the Canal Walk, a scenic path that follows the historic James River and Kanawha Canal. Enjoy beautiful views, public art installations, and learn about Richmond's history.

MAYMONT PARK: Visit this picturesque park that features beautifully manicured gardens, a Japanese garden, wildlife exhibits, and walking trails. Maymont Park also offers opportunities for picnicking and exploring the historic Maymont Mansion.

LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN: Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which spans 50 acres. Enjoy the various themed gardens, including a rose garden, a Japanese garden, and a children's garden.

VIRGINIA CAPITAL TRAIL: If you enjoy cycling or walking, check out the Virginia Capital Trail. This 52-mile paved trail connects Richmond to Williamsburg, offering scenic views of the James River and the opportunity to explore historic sites along the way.


BYRD PARK: Located near the Carytown neighborhood, Byrd Park is a popular spot for outdoor activities. The park features a large lake where you can rent paddle boats, as well as walking trails, picnic areas, and the iconic Carillon bell tower.

FOREST HILL PARK: Escape to Forest Hill Park, a 105-acre park with wooded areas, trails, and a lake. It's a great place for walking, jogging, picnicking, and enjoying nature.

HOLLYWOOD CEMENTERY: While not a traditional outdoor activity, a visit to Hollywood Cemetery is a unique experience. This historic cemetery is known for its beautiful scenery, stunning views of the James River, and the gravesites of prominent individuals from Richmond's past.

BRYAN PARK: Explore the trails, open fields, and serene lakes of Bryan Park. The park also features sports facilities, including tennis courts, a disc golf course, and a golf course.

POCAHONTAS STATE PARK: Located just outside of Richmond, Pocahontas State Park offers a wide range of outdoor activities. Enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and even swimming at the park's pool or in the lake during the summer months.


VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS: One of the largest art museums in the United States, the VMFA features an extensive collection of artworks spanning thousands of years. It includes works by renowned artists such as Monet, Picasso, and Kehinde Wiley, as well as a comprehensive collection of Fabergé eggs.

SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA: Explore the world of science through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and a planetarium at the Science Museum of Virginia. It offers engaging displays on topics like space exploration, energy, and natural history.

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MUSEUM: Discover the history of the American Civil War at this museum, which provides a comprehensive perspective on the conflict. It features immersive exhibits, artifacts, and educational programs that explore the war's causes, battles, and aftermath.

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF RICHMOND: Designed for young visitors, this interactive museum provides a range of hands-on exhibits and activities focused on learning, creativity, and play. Children can explore a pretend town, climb a giant brain, and engage in STEM-based learning.


EDGAR ALLAN POE MUSEUM: Visit the museum dedicated to one of the most famous American writers, Edgar Allan Poe. It showcases artifacts, manuscripts, and personal belongings of Poe, as well as exhibits on his life and literary contributions.

VIRGINIA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM: Learn about the Holocaust and its impact on the world at this museum. Through exhibits, survivor testimonies, and artifacts, it seeks to educate visitors about the atrocities of the Holocaust and promote tolerance and understanding.

THE JOHN MARSHALL HOUSE: Explore the historic home of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. The museum offers guided tours that provide insights into Marshall's life, his impact on American law, and the historical context of the early 19th century.

THE VALENTINE: The Valentine is a museum dedicated to the history and culture of Richmond. It offers exhibits exploring the city's past, including its architecture, social issues, and local stories. The museum also organizes walking tours and educational programs.


Top Breweries

Notable Restaurants & Cuisines

CITIZEN BURGER BAR: A burger joint offering a variety of specialty burgers made with locally sourced ingredients and an extensive craft beer selection.

GALLERY: A seafood-focused restaurant specializing in fresh oysters, fish tacos, crab cakes, and other coastal delights.

STELLA'S: A Mediterranean eatery serving authentic Greek cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

THE CONTINENTAL WESTHAMPTON: A neighborhood bistro with a retro-chic vibe, serving American comfort food with a twist, including hearty sandwiches and small plates.

LEHJA: An Indian restaurant with a modern twist, known for its flavorful curries and biryanis.

MEKONG RESTAURANT: A Vietnamese eatery serving flavorful pho, banh mi sandwiches, and fresh spring rolls.


EN SU BOCA: A lively taqueria serving up delicious tacos, quesadillas, and burritos with a variety of fillings and salsas.

RAPPAHANNOCK: A seafood-focused restaurant offering a variety of oysters and other fresh seafood dishes.

EDO'S SQUID: An Italian restaurant known for its homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and cozy ambiance.

KUBA KUBA: A vibrant Cuban cafe serving up traditional dishes like Cuban sandwiches, ropa vieja, and plantains.

CAN CAN BRASSERIE: A French-inspired brasserie serving classic dishes like escargots, coq au vin, and crepes.

ZZQ TEXAS CRAFT BARBEQUE: Authentic Texas-style barbeque, including brisket, ribs, and smoked sausages, served with classic sides like mac and cheese and coleslaw.

TAZZA KITCHEN: A casual eatery with a wood-fired oven, serving flavorful dishes inspired by Mediterranean and South American flavors.

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