Richmond Travel Guide

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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 American Civil War Museum 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? That's not all: 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.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated September 26, 2017

  • #1
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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    #1 in Richmond
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Most visitors are impressed with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, comparing its collections to what you would find in the art museums of much larger cities. 

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  • #2
    Virginia State Capitol
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    #2 in Richmond
    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    This Capitol building's big claim to fame is that it was partially designed by Thomas Jefferson. He supposedly based the structure on the Maison Carrée temple (located in Nîmes, France), which he greatly admired. And in addition to learning about the building's design trivia, visitors also like to stroll the

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  • #3
    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
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    #3 in Richmond
    Parks and Gardens
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Purchased by a prominent Richmond businessman in 1895, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sits on property that was Powhatan Indian hunting ground. Now, the 50-acre garden attracts droves of Richmond visitors who come to marvel at its many blooms anddomed conservatory– the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic.There are also several

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  • #4
    Carytown
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    #4 in Richmond
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Locals and frequent visitors agree that the city's hippest shops and restaurants converge in a Museum District-adjacent area known as Carytown. But take note: Boutiques reign here, so don't visit expecting a Toys "R" Us, Best Buy or Crate and Barrel; instead you'll find quirky alternatives like the World of

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  • #5
    Kings Dominion
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    #5 in Richmond
    Amusement Parks
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    Amusement Parks
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    When you and your kids need a break from all the history lessons Richmond has to offer, head about 25 miles north of the city to Kings Dominion. This 400-acre water and theme park wins praise from recent visitors for its manageable size and family-friendly attractions. Thrill-seekers particularly liked all

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  • #6
    Virginia Historical Society
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    #6 in Richmond
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Located in Richmond's Museum District, the Virginia Historical Society boasts an exhaustive collection of the commonwealth's Civil War memorabilia, including books, newspapers, photographs, business and genealogical records– even sheet music. In other words, for museumgoers curious about Civil War history– you just might have hit the jackpot.

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  • #7
    Virginia Holocaust Museum
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    #7 in Richmond
    Museums, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Richmond has its fair share of Civil War history, but it's also home to a moving and impressive Holocaust museum. Founded in 1997 by one of Richmond's youngest Holocaust survivors, Jay Ipson, the Virginia Holocaust Museum focuses on two narratives: a broad detailing of the Holocaust's role in global history

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  • #8
    Maymont
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    #8 in Richmond
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Maymont used to be the sprawling home of wealthy Richmond residentsJames Henry and Sallie May Dooley (the estate name comes from combining Mrs. Dooley’s maiden name and the French word for hill). Upon their deaths, they left their home and its grounds to the city. Now, this 100-acre property is one

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  • #9
    St. John's Episcopal Church
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    #9 in Richmond
    Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Most tourists don't visit St. John's for liturgical reasons, but rather historical ones. This was the Richmond church where in 1775 Patrick Henry famously pleaded to "Give me liberty, or give me death!" And in the graveyard you'll find the final resting place of Elizabeth Arnold Poe (mother of Edgar

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  • #10
    American Civil War Museum
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    #10 in Richmond
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The American Civil War Museum actually comprises three sites: The Museum and White House of the Confederacy and Historic Tredegar can both be found in Richmond, while the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox sits in Appomattox, Virginia. Thanks to its comprehensive collection of Confederate artifacts, weapons and art, this museum is arequired stop

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  • #11
    Edgar Allan Poe Museum
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    #11 in Richmond
    Museums, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    This museum on Main Street (located just outside the town's aptly named "Museum District") is perfect for people with a passing interest in Edgar Allan Poe. More ardent fans of the writer's work might find themselves disappointed at the limited exhibits, however. 

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