- Type: Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Maymont used to be the sprawling home of wealthy Richmond residents Major James H. and Sallie Dooley. Upon their deaths, they left their home and its grounds to the city. And so now, this 100-acre property is one of the top activities for travelers, as well as Richmond residents on the weekends. The Japanese gardens are a particular highlight, but Maymont also has a carriage collection, a children's farm (or petting zoo) and an arboretum, not to mention a truly spectacular and well-maintained 33-room mansion. And it's all about a 10- to 15-minute walk from the downtown area.
According to one on Virtual Tourist: "Maymont is the best place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Go to the Robins Nature and Visitor Center to see wildlife up close and personal, then trek along the path around the two lakes to see more wildlife and the beautiful Japanese Gardens." Other travelers urge you to pack a picnic to enjoy on the mansion lawn. Maymont's only sincere problem is that there's too much to see and do for just one day. Many of Maymont's TripAdvisor reviewers plan on making a return trip.
You can visit the Maymont estate grounds and visitor center Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but various areas (like the Children's Farm) have extended hours during Daylight Savings Time. The mansion itself is open to the public from 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are suggested for several of the indoor exhibits and the mansion tours. Visit the website for more information on the various exhibits open, tour times and more.
Nearby Things To Do
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts1.5 miles away
Virginia Historical Society1.6 miles away
Carytown2.0 miles away
The Jefferson Hotel1.9 miles away
The Berkeley Hotel2.4 miles away
Omni Richmond Hotel2.3 miles away