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Best Things To Do in Richmond

Just like its slogan reads: Virginia is for Lovers, of history, that is. And like other major cities in the commonwealth, Richmond boasts some impressive American Revolution sites (like St. John's Episcopal Church) and an extensive chronicle of Civil War memorabilia (found in The Museum of the Confederacy or the Virginia Historical Society). There's also a good selection of activities for nature lovers, fine arts lovers, literature lovers and more. Get the picture? We're not done -- one of the best aspects of traveling to Richmond is how well the city also appeals to lovers of a good deal -- many top sites are free to the public or cost less than $10 to enter.

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#1
Maymont Free attraction
Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Maymont used to be the sprawling home of wealthy Richmond residents Major James H. and Sallie Dooley. Upon their deaths ... read more»

#2
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Most visitors are impressed with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), comparing its collections to what you would find ... read more»

#3
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: A TripAdvisor traveler says, "The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a breath of fresh air." A Virtual Tourist states, "It ... read more»

#4
Kings Dominion
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Travelers are generally pleased with this 400-acre water and theme park, and they particularly praise the facilities. According to one ... read more»

#5
Virginia Historical Society
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located in Richmond's Museum District, the Virginia Historical Society boasts an exhaustive collection of the commonwealth's Civil War ... read more»

#6
Virginia State Capitol Building Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This capitol building's big claim to fame is that it was partially designed by Thomas Jefferson. He supposedly based ... read more»

#7
Carytown Free attraction
Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Locals and frequent visitors agree that the city's hippest shops and restaurants converge in a Museum District-adjacent area known ... read more»

#8
St. John's Episcopal Church
Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Most tourists don't visit St. John's for liturgical reasons, but rather historical ones. This was the Richmond church ... read more»

#9
The Museum of the Confederacy
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Frommer's calls the Museum of the Confederacy a "required stop for Civil War buffs," thanks to its comprehensive collection ... read more»

#10
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: This museum on Main Street (located just outside the town's aptly named "Museum District") is perfect for people with ... read more»

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