Richmond is loaded with plenty of free parks and fun places for kids and adults. Most of them are FREE so get out and explore Richmond.
10901 Robious Road, Midlothian, VA 23113
The park is fenced, and the equipment is meant for young children. The ground is covered with wood chips so falls are cushioned. Two pillars decorated with colorful tiles of children’s art support the arch at the entrance. Most of the equipment is purple and yellow, and the bright colors and winding shapes are enticing as they offer children lots of fun. Great place to play or just relax. Smooth surfaces for wheelchair and resilient for kids or adults who fall!
4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond VA
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the park was the site of a planned slavery insurrection known as Gabriel’s Rebellion. To learn more of the park’s history, you can purchase “An Illustrated History of Bryan Park” from the Friends of Bryan Park, a non-profit group that supports the park and offers many park activities. The Audubon Society hosts bird walks in Bryan Park on the first Sunday of each month, 30 minutes after sunrise. The park also offers a disc golf course and is home to many festivals and events. The Market Emporium, a farmer’s market, is held in the park on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. May through November. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
600 S. Boulevard, Richmond VA (Dogwood Dell: 804.646.DELL)
This 287-acre park in Richmond’s Near West End is one of the city’s most popular. Spread along both sides of The Boulevard and Blanton Avenue starting at the Columbus Statue you will find Fountain Lake, a self-lighted tennis complex for anytime play, and two softball fields. Sunbathing and pedal boat rides at Fountain Lake are popular in the summer, and a full-service concession building at the lakes offers snacks, lunch, restrooms and free Wi-Fi during the summer season.
3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
A great playground for kids and lots of wide-open spaces. Meadow Farm, one of the last remaining 19th-century farms in Henrico County, Virginia, is now an 1860 living history farm focusing on middle-class rural life just before the upheaval of the Civil War. On select weekends, they demonstrate daily and seasonal activities in the farmhouse, barn, doctor’s office, blacksmith forge, kitchen, fields, and pastures. The Museum also offers a full schedule of workshops, special events, living history programs and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The Meadow Farm Museum Orientation Center features a reception area for visitors, exhibit galleries, a gift shop and program room.
9900 Ridgefield Parkway, Richmond, VA 23233
The park includes ponds, walkways, playgrounds, and open space as well as a gazebo. A variety of classes and events are offered for both children and adults throughout the year. Two playgrounds, trails, and lots for kids and adults.
Forest Hill Park hosts FREE Music in the Park concerts monthly through October. Music in the Park Concert Series is all about fun, family, friends, and neighbors congregating one Sunday evening a month to picnic, recreate, relax, and enjoy great music. Sponsored by the wonderful Forest Hills, Westover Hills, and Woodland Heights Neighborhood Associations along with the City of Richmond Parks and Recreation. 2015 Lineup:
This season’s lineup:
May 10, 6-8pm – Mother’s Day – The Atkinsons (Alt-Country/Americana)
June 14, 6-8pm – Tin Can Fish Band (Folk Rock & Roots)
July 12, 6-8pm – Hotel X (African Jazz/Funk)
Aug. 9, 6-8pm – Mighty Joshua & Zion #5 Band (Reggae)
Sept. 6, 5-7pm – Elana Lisa and the Hot Mess (Hot Jazz and Swing)
Oct. 4, 5-7pm – New Misty Centrals (Folk-Pop & Rock)
Walking trails, baseball fields, soccer fields, picnic shelters, volleyball courts, basketball, walking trails, playgrounds, concession stands, restrooms, gymnasium and dance studios, and much more. Hidden Rock Park, Tucker Park at Maiden’s Landing, and Goochland Sports Complex all 3 offer plenty of fun for kids and adults. There is also a Central Recreation Complex with 2 multi-purpose athletic fields, walking track, and picnic area. For more information on classes, programs and special events offered by Goochland County Parks & Recreation, please visit the department website at www.co.goochland.va.us or call the office at (804) 556-5854 for further details.
2938 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
2748 Dogtown Road, Goochland, VA 23063
2938 River Road West, Goochland, VA 23063
1800 Sandy Hook Road, Goochland, VA 23063
1920 Hidden Rock Lane, Maidens, VA 23102
held here as well.
Leakes Mill Park
1851 Dickinson Road, Goochland, VA 23063
1300 Maidens Road, Maidens, VA 23102
Boat ramps, picnic shelters, playgrounds, athletic fields, grilling facilities, trails, and much more are available in over 9 Hanover Parks. Visit website for more information.
414 N. Thompson Street, Richmond, VA 23221
It is located in the city at the intersection of Kensington and Thompson, right next to a fire station. It seems like there is something for everyone at this park; soccer, basketball, volleyball and of course the playground itself.
4301 Riverside Drive, Richmond VA
Richmond’s largest, most unique and best known park is actually a system of parks along both sides of the James River as it passes through the city, making Richmond the only urban city in the country with Class IV white water rapids in the middle of downtown. The 550-acre park itself is an area of unspoiled natural beauty and adventure recreation unlike that found in any other city in the country. It is internationally known as the site of the XTERRA triathlon and has been recognized as the Southeast’s Best Urban Park and named Best in Dirt for its running trails.
1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228 Phone: 804.262.9887
Here children and their grown-ups have up-close and personal interactions with the natural world—not as passive bystanders, but as active participants who touch, smell, taste, and enjoy learning together. It’s a safe, playful, and relaxed setting, offering a rich array of hands-on, child-centered activities—so come outside and play!
1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA 23220 Phone: 804.358.7166
A petting zoo, trails, and much more. A landmark. A retreat. A treasure. A living classroom. That’s how many Richmonders describe Maymont. With so much to do, we thought it might help to give a quick overview.
11576 Verdon Road, Doswell 23047
The largest Civil War battlefield park not operated by the National Park Service was dedicated in Hanover County on May 24, 2014. Hanover County’s North Anna Battlefield Park consists of 172 acres of woodland, within which lie six miles of interpretive trails. The trails are designed for visitors to easily see the earthworks dug by Confederate and Union soldiers during the battle of North Anna, which took place May 21-27, 1864.
10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 28382.
Just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, Pocahontas offers boating, picnicking, camping, camping cabins, hiking, and interpretive and environmental education programs. The Aquatic Center offers seasonal water-based activities for the entire family. It has a kiddie pool, fountain wet deck, three-foot and five-foot-deep leisure pools, an activity pool and two tubular water slides. Rowboat, paddleboat, kayak and canoe rentals also are available at the 200-acre Swift Creek Lake during the summer. The park’s two fishing lakes have crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. The park has more than 80 miles of trails throughout 7,925 acres open to hiking, bicycling and horseback riding.
Pouncey Tract Road, Henrico, Va 23228.
This park features sand volleyball courts, softball and multi-purpose athletic fields, picnic facilities, and a playground. There is a walking trail and the playground is perfect for smaller kids.
4616 Powhatan State Park Road, Powhatan, Virginia 23139
You’ll find Powhatan State Park in the northwest corner of Powhatan County on the historic James River. The park has diverse wildlife habitat, from open fields to upland hardwood forests. Guests can use the park’s car-top boat slide to get in the river. Other amenities include a canoe-in campground, multi-use trails, wildlife observation areas, picnic shelters and a playground.
Lighted soccer fields, baseball, softball, playgrounds, pavilion, walking trails, disc golf course, track, concessions, picnic areas, and much more at numerous park locations. Click here for more.
3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond, VA 23236. Phone: 804.748.1623
Soccer, baseball and lots more games and activities. Nature hikes through wooded terrain, a nature center, picnic tables, and lots of fun events all year round.
3401 Pump Road, Richmond, VA.
This park includes athletic fields, play equipment, picnic facilities, and a restored 1902 two-room schoolhouse. An expansion of Short Pump Park is in the works, for updates visit our Park Projects page.
4600 Springfield Road, Richmond VA
This neighborhood park features a picnic shelter and a fantastic playground.
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