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. Check websites for prices for special events, exhibits, rentals, and other costs.
A Playground for Katie and Friends at Huguenot Park – 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! Free.
Armour House & Gardens at Meadowview Park – This Victorian style home is located directly behind Arthur Ashe Elementary School. The surrounding property boasts a scenic walking trail, tennis courts, a garden, flowing fountain surrounded by arbors with blooming vines, and children’s gardens and play areas. Available for rent, The Armour House and Gardens is an ideal setting for small gatherings, celebrations, meetings, or retreats. A large shelter facility with a fireplace is also available for rent. A variety of classes and events are offered for both children and adults throughout the year. Free (some exhibits/events incur fee).
Bryan Park – 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. Free.
Byrd Park – 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. Free.
Cheswick Park – Henrico’s oldest neighborhood park features picnic shelters, approximately a mile of walking trails, and a playground. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Free.
Crump Park Playground & Meadow Farm Museum – 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. Free (some exhibits/events incur fee).
Deep Run Park – 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. Free (some events incur fee).
Deep Bottom Park – Ride your boat, pier fish, or picnic on the James River. Deep Bottom Park features two boat ramps for access to the James River and a canoe launch on Four Mile Creek. Picnic facilities and fishing are also available at this site. The boat ramps are available twenty-four hours a day to launch and retrieve boats. The park grounds are open from dawn to dusk. Information: Richard Huddleston, 501-5127. Free.
Dorey Park – Available for rent, Dorey Recreation Center is an ideal facility for various size gatherings, celebrations, meetings, or retreats. Open daily dawn to dusk. Dorey Recreation Center is located within beautiful Dorey Park. The park includes a large pond with walking trail, meandering walkways through the woods, a playground, and open space as well as a gazebo and picnic shelters. Dorey Park also has an off-leash dog park, 1 acre in size, with 5 foot enclosed fence with two areas – one for small dogs and the other for larger dogs. A variety of classes and events are offered for both children and adults throughout the year. Dorey is connected to the Virginia Capital Trail! The 0.4 mile connector trail begins near Dorey’s dog park and passes near the disc golf course leading to the Virginia Capital Trail. This will give trail users access to restrooms and additional services at Dorey Recreation Center/Welcome Center. Fishing, horse ring and trails, disc golf course, and more. Free.
Forest Hill Park – 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. Free.
Goochland County Parks – 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. Free (some events incur fee).
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Leakes Mill Park – Leakes Mill Park is a 167 acre facility located 3 miles west of Goochland Courthouse. The park features 2 fully irrigated multi-purpose athletic fields, playground and walking trails. Future development will include additional irrigated multi-purpose field space, picnic shelter, concession stand with restrooms, additional trail heads and parking. Leakes Mill Park is home to Goochland United Soccer Association.
Hanover Parks – 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. Free.
Humphrey Calder Community Center Playground – 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. Free.
James River Park. – 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. Free.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens – 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! Membership or daily per visit fee.
Maymont – 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. And great fun in winter too! With so much to do, we thought it might help to give a quick overview. A first visit to Maymont is best started at the Robins Nature & Visitor Center—Maymont’s front door—but a history lover will soon find a path to the 1893 Maymont Mansion, while a plant lover will find the elaborate Japanese and Italian gardens. And animal lovers will delight in the Nature Center, Wildlife Exhibits and Maymont Farm. Seekers of solitude will select the perfect spot under a stately elm or beside a babbling brook. (Free to visit, enjoy petting zoo, grounds, picnic – some tours, mansion, and exhibits incur fee).
North Anna Battlefield Park – 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. Free
Osborne Park & Boat Landing – Osborne Boat Landing features three double boat slips and a canoe launch available from dawn to dusk. An accessible fishing pier extends out into the James River. Adjacent Osborne Park, featuring a playground, shelters, and trails is open from dawn to dusk. Information: Richard Huddleston, 501-5127. Free.
Pocahontas State Park – 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. Free to visit, explore, hike, bike, and other (some events and activities require fee).
Pouncey Tract Park – 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. Free.
Powhatan Parks – You’ll find Powhatan State Park, open dawn to dusk, in the northwest corner of Powhatan County on the historic James River. The park’s address is 4616 Powhatan State Park Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139. The park has three car-top boat slides accessing the river as well as diverse wildlife habitat, from open fields to upland hardwood forests. Other amenities include a full-service campground, a canoe-in campground, a group campground, multi-use trails, wildlife observation areas, picnic shelters and a playground. Click here for more. Free.
Rockwood Park – 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. Free including nature center.
Short Pump Park – Open dawn to dusk – spray fountains 9am-7pm weather permitting. This park includes a dog park, spray fountains, athletic fields, play equipment, picnic facilities, and a restored 1902 two-room schoolhouse. Picnic Shelter Reservations: Please note, the picnic shelter by the soccer/football field accepts reservations. The picnic shelter by the dog park does not accept reservations. Free.
Spray Fountain Guidelines: Get Wet, Have Fun, & Be Safe
- Running is prohibited
- Food, drinks, and glass containers prohibited in spray fountains
- Water shoes and swimwear recommended
- Swim Diapers required if not toilet-trained
- Pets are not allowed in spray fountains
- Skating and cycling are not allowed in spray fountains
Springfield Park – 4600 Springfield Road, Richmond VA. This neighborhood park features a picnic shelter and a fantastic playground. Free.
Three Lakes Nature Center – Three Lakes Park and Nature Center (400 Sausiluta Drive) brings together the three worlds of air, water, and land for visitors to explore. The Nature Center is a 6,500 square foot facility featuring a variety of exhibits designed to provide hands-on experiences. The 50,000 gallon aquarium also gives visitors a “fish-eye” view of the underwater world. The exhibits in the Nature Center will introduce visitors to the plant and animal life native to the area and wildlife living in the wetlands and woodlands of the park. By providing an assortment of live exhibits, dioramas, and interactive displays, the Nature Center offers something for every field of natural interest and is appropriate for all ages. Programs and tours are held throughout the year at Three Lakes Park & Nature Center. Free (some events and exhibits may incur fee).
Virginia Capital Trail – The Capital Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond along the scenic Route 5 corridor. The Trail traverses approximately 52 miles alongside some of Virginia’s most beautiful and historic sites on one of the first inland routes in North America. Free (Tours, events, bike rental, and more available for a fee.)
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