With the summery weather, it’s time to think about fun outdoor activities on a budget. Check out this list of FREE and cheap Richmond-area pursuits. Be sure to check in with the organization and events to see operating hours. Volunteering is another way to access these sites and help the community.
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Hot summer fun!
•Boat Launches and Marinas. Living in Richmond gives you great access to the James and Appomattox Rivers. You can also enjoy boating on Lake Chesdin in Chesterfield County. Check out a marina or boat launch near you and enjoy boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking in Virginia.
•Farmers Markets. The Richmond area offers many weekly outdoor farmers markets where these individual vendors sell their produce, meats, and many other products. And when you buy it straight from the person who grew it, you know it’s as fresh as possible. Many local markets carry organic produce and meats. No middle man, means savings for you.
•FREE Stuff for kids. There are many FREE activities you can do in Richmond with your kids in the summer from participating in your local library’s summer reading program to cooling down in pools and splash pad.=
•Local museums – History, nature and art are on view in Richmond’s many museums, many have with free admission. Many have online materials for virtual learning.
•Metro Richmond Zoo The Richmond attraction features over 1,000 animals and other fun activities like a zip line that requires a fee.
•Parks and fun places. Richmond and the surrounding counties are loaded with plenty of FREE parks and fun natural places for kids and adults. Most of the city, county and state parks are FREE and accessible for activities as diverse as hiking along the James River, throwing a Frisbee or canoeing on a lake.
•Bicycling routes around Richmond are a great way to exercise and see sights as well as enjoy nature.
•Richmond area scenic drives allow you to enjoy a change of scenery on a tank of gas. Bring a picnic and hiking boots.
•FREE festivals feature musical or culinary or agricultural events for adults and kids (food and some attractions at festivals require a fee).
•Stay home. Buy and set up old fashioned backyard games – ring toss, horseshoes, bean bag toss, croquet, jump rope, badminton or volleyball to make your backyard a fun oasis. Cool down with a sprinkler or inflatable pool for the kids.
And more FREE Stuff
•FREE flag cleaning at Puritan’s cleaners. Anytime.
•FREE yoga classes. Indoor and outdoor classes across the area – many virtual
•National Parks: FREE annual passes to America’s National Parks for military personnel with entrance to over 2,000 parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands. Show military ID at any national park or wildlife refuge that carries an entrance fee.
•Other FREE crafts and events. At area stores or buy and do at home. Check for scheduling.
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- Metro Richmond Zoo
- Richmond boat launches and marinas
- Fairs in RVA and Virginia
- Richmond Museums: Some Admission Free
- 26+ Parks and Fun Places
- Richmond’s Public Pools & Splash Pads
- Discount Tickets: D.C. & NoVA Shows & Events