Richmond, a city known for its rich history has so much to offer not only families, but people of all ages. “RVA” and its surrounding areas, are filled with opportunities to play, learn and explore.
From adventures on the James River to playing air hockey against a robot at the Science Museum of Virginia, there is truly something for everyone! Here is a list of our favorite local highlights!
Richmond Highlights & Local Favorites
1000 Westover Rd. Richmond, VA 23220
History, animals, and hiking all converge in 100 acres of beauty.
With free admission ($5 suggested donation), a variety of programs ranging from toddler activities to guided tours of the Maymont mansion, Maymont is a gift to our city.
Maymont provides an animal farm where you can feed goats, a Japanese Garden where visitors can cross a stream using stepping stones, a waterfall, and a Nature Center with adorable resident otters.
200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
As one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the country, VMFA is an inspiring, enriching experience for all ages. Museum admission is free, and it is entirely stroller-friendly.
With free scavenger hunt printables online, you could the VMFA your spot for a date night, or family field trip! Don’t miss the yummy treats in the 1st floor cafe, or the stunning sculpture garden.
10301 State Park Rd.
Chesterfield, VA 23832
The variety of recreational activities at Pocahontas is simply astounding. Whether you enjoy fishing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, or simply being surrounded by nature, you will find something to love here, at the largest state park in Virginia.
If you’d like to further enhance your experience, the rangers often run special programs and events, ranging from twilight hikes to junior ranger camps.
2500 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
This museum allows for hands-on learning and exploration, with three floors of interactive exhibitions. Children 5 and under will adore the “Light Place” exhibit, where they can climb, play and learn in this safe space made for them.
Older children will love The Forge, where they can participate in STEM challenges and use their critical thinking skills. All ages will love catching a film at “The Dome”, “racing” Usain Bolt, and the Lunch Break Science activities, where patrons can learn new science facts through a brief demo.
334 Tredegar St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Access to the James River, a bike skills area, and a pedestrian bridge are only a few reasons why Belle Isle always makes the list of things to do when we have out of town guests.
If you plan to hike the whole way, pack a towel and water shoes to step out on the rocks for the best views of the river.
1000 Bank St.
Richmond, VA 23218
Learn about history, politics, and the Virginians who play important roles in creating our government with a guided, or self-guided tour of the Virginia State Capitol. Tours are free, and last one hour. While you’re here, take in Capitol Square, which has statues, gardens, and a historic bell tower…not to mention, you may even catch a glimpse of the Governor as his mansion is here at Capitol Square as well!
1800 Lakeside Ave.
Richmond, VA 23228
With an expansive Children’s Garden, interactive exhibits and even its own library, there’s no wonder why Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was recognized by the Travel Channel as a best botanical garden.
Highlights include the conservatory, complete with a gnome house display that changes seasonally, special events, like the Garden Fest of Lights, and Fidos after Five, where four-legged friends are invited to the garden.
880 Roslyn Rd.
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
While this is a popular outing for young children who love “things that go”, you don’t have to be little to appreciate the evolution of trucks, gas pumps, and farming.
At 125,000 square feet, a trip to the museum can last 2 or more hours! Don’t miss the John Deere tractor at the front of the museum for a perfect photo op!
2801 East Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23223
You simply can’t fully appreciate Richmond until visiting Libby Hill Park.
With gorgeous views of the city, Libby Hill Park is a popular pick for photographers, date nights, and family picnics. Pack a ball or frisbee to enjoy in the field, or scooters and bikes to ride on the paved path.
8300 Beaver Bridge Rd.
Moseley, VA 23120
Not only can you see the over 2,000 animals that call the zoo home, you can also take a Safari Train Ride, try the Zipline Adventure Course, take a Behind the Scenes Tour, and run the Run Wild 5k.
Don’t forget to purchase food, so the giraffes can eat right out of your hand!
- More things to do in and around Richmond:
- The Ultimate List of RVA Parks and Playgrounds
- RVA Dog-Friendly Parks
- Richmond boat launches and marinas
- Richmond Historic Cemeteries offer quiet solace of nature, window to the past and notable art
- Richmond area farmers markets
- Richmond area scenic drives
- Professional practicing porch photography
- Visit Richmond MetroZoo