As parents of young children, exercise is a must to stay energized…and sane. Stroller walks are an easy way to get your steps in without paying for a gym membership or for childcare. Richmond offers several scenic, stroller friendly walks, many of which provide water views. Consider the areas below for your next stroller walk.
RVA’s Stroller Friendly Walks with Water Views
Three Lakes Park (400 Sausilita Dr. Henrico, VA, 23227) is a 1.4 mile loop with beautiful water views. The trail is primarily through the woods, but be sure to stop at the water overlooks in the park, as Three Lakes Park is known for its wildlife sightings. If your children are old enough, the park also has a large playground and Nature Center. The nature and serene trail make this a top pick for stroller walks in RVA.
T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge: not only offers a view of the James River but also of Richmond’s downtown skyline. There are benches spaced throughout the bridge walk, should you or your little one need a break. The bridge is entirely stroller friendly, and with Brown’s Island on one side, a ready-made play and picnic area is set for when your walk is complete. Parking is available off Tredegar St. or between Semmes Ave. and 7th Street.
University of Richmond (410 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, VA, 23173) provides a picturesque lake and stunning architecture, making it a gorgeous place for a walk. The loop around the lake is less than a mile, add in the rest of campus to take in the beauty of U of R. There is a gazebo situated on the lake, providing shade and rest. Small children will enjoy seeing the ducks and playing in the many fields and greenspaces.
Joseph Bryan Park (4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA, 23227) has a 1.9 mile trail featuring a beautiful lake. Bryan Park is known as a popular bird watching site as well as for its rich history. In fact, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After getting your exercise, your little ones will enjoy playing at the playground, throwing rocks in the lake or playing soccer on one of the many fields.
Belle Isle: has an incredible pedestrian bridge and main trail that is completely stroller friendly. During this walk, you and your children can enjoy views of the water as well as of the downtown skyline and Hollywood Cemetery. Once you cross the bridge, children can enjoy exploring the natural play spaces. Parking is available off Tredegar St.
Richmond parents, as you venture out with your little one in tow, be sure to try one of the many places where you and your little one can take in nature and scenic views of the water, all while getting in your exercise. RVA has no shortage of options when it comes to gorgeous places to walk!
— By Lindsay Garrison
Richmond on the Cheap contributor Lindsay Garrison is a Richmond, Virginia based mom to two young children. A graduate from Chesterfield Schools and Randolph-Macon College, Lindsay is proud to call Richmond home. In the years prior to planning activities and outings with her own children, she was a French teacher. During her tenure she earned accolades for her creative teaching style and ability to connect with her students. Lindsay now applies the skills she learned when she was planning student trips to France, to her own family adventures. She can’t wait to take her own children to France one day! Follow the Garrison’s family adventures on Instagram: @thegarrisonsrva
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