Top Activities in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia, is a must for food-lovers, shoppers, art fans, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs.

Richmond rafting
Water-lovers can kayak, canoe or whitewater raft the James River, a historic river with Class III and IV rapids.
Virginia Capital Trail, Richmond, Williamsburg, cycling, bike, bicycle, trails, pedestrian, outdoor, recreation, USA
The 54-mile long Virginia Capital Trail travels from Richmond to Jamestown, the current and past capitals of Virginia.
Richmond craft beer
The beer scene is so dynamic that it’s one of the reasons Frommer’s named the city a worldwide, must-see destination.
Richmond rafting
Virginia Capital Trail, Richmond, Williamsburg, cycling, bike, bicycle, trails, pedestrian, outdoor, recreation, USA
Richmond craft beer

Whether you want to stroll past murals created by artists from around the world, kayak down the James River, shop fashionable boutiques or tour historic American Civil War sites, a fun-filled time awaits in Richmond, Virginia. In fact, Lonely Planet named Richmond #7 among its prestigious “Best in the U.S.” list of compelling destinations to visit in 2018, citing the James River and the Virginia Capital Trail as beacons for outdoor adventurers.

Craft Beers on the Richmond Beer Trail

Virginia is for craft-beer lovers. The Richmond Region’s award-winning craft breweries offer tasting rooms on large farms, in beer gardens and oustide on patios in the city. The beer scene is so dynamic that it’s one of the reasons Frommer’s named the city a worldwide, must-see destination. VinePair recently named Richmond the #1 Top Beer Destination in the World. With more than 30 breweries, the Richmond Beer Trail makes it easy for you to navigate the region’s vast craft-beer offerings.

Best Neighbourhoods for Dining

The Richmond Region continues flexing its culinary muscle with the help of James Beard-nominated chefs and buzzworthy restaurants. Foodies will love eating their way through these four neighbourhoods firing up the city’s dining scene. It won’t take long to see why National Geographic named Richmond a top place to travel for food.

  • Downtown Richmond. From Southern meat-and-three classics at Comfort to genuine French cuisine at Bistro Bobette to farm-to-table fare at Lemaire, Downtown Richmond has something to please every palate.
  • Church Hill. This historic neighbourhood is a burgeoning restaurant and bakery mecca. Must-stop spots include Dutch & Co., Sub Rosa Bakery, Metzger Bar & Butchery, and The Roosevelt.
  • Short Pump. Tucked in among this open-air shopping centre, visitors will find local restaurants like The Boathouse, which dishes up expertly prepared local seafood and Lehja India Delicious, serving classic Indian and modern takes on street food. You might even catch a glimpse of Peter Chang himself in the kitchen or dining room of Peter Chang China Café.
  • Scott’s Addition. Within a compact and walkable historic district, numerous breweries, two urban cideries, several distilleries and a meadery have made the area a hot spot for craft beverages. In 2017, Chef Brittanny Anderson opened popular restaurant Brenner Pass, serving rustic Alpine-inspired cuisine, and several other restaurants have followed suit, dishing up delectable bites that pair well with the area’s craft brews.

Top Outdoor Adventures for All

Whether it’s hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing or kayaking, the Richmond Region is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

  • On the ground. If you want to boost your heart rate while seeing the sites, you can hike or bike the hundreds of miles that weave through and around the city. Nature lovers can hike, bike, fish or camp in one of more than 100 parks, like Pocahontas State Park, which at 7,950 acres is the state’s largest.
  • On the water. Water-lovers can kayak, canoe or whitewater raft the James River, a historic waterway with Class III and IV rapids that runs right through Downtown Richmond.
  • On the road. Cyclists can practice mountain-biking skills on Belle Isle, while road cyclists will love pedalling through Bryan Park’s azalea garden. Bike, run or walk 400 years of history on the Virginia Capital Trail. This path runs 54 miles, protected from traffic, from Richmond to Jamestown.

Fashion, Shopping, Arts & Culture

Browse trendy boutiques, antique shops, farmers' markets and vintage neighbourhood gems throughout the region. Indulge your inner fashionista at Need Supply Co., Ledbury, Shockoe Atelier and Mod&Soul.

Discover our vibrant creative culture and delight your artistic side! From stage productions and live concerts to art galleries and world-class museums, Richmond has something for everyone.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts houses a remarkable permanent collection of 33,000 works of art from almost every major world culture. Throughout the city you will find art around every corner with more than 100 murals decorating the region’s walls. Early in 2019, look for an expansion of the American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar, which will be set into the hillside and offer more gallery space and an experience theatre, in addition to incorporating ruins from the historic Tredegar Iron Works.

For more details on travel to Richmond, Virginia: www.visitrichmondva.com.

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