Things to Do In and Around Richmond

As the capital of Virginia and one of America's most historic cities, Richmond has been called the "perfect blend of old and new." Today, Richmond is a thriving cosmopolitan center, offering a wealth of cultural, business, entertainment and educational possibilities.

 

Historic Sites

Sightseers can set out on a leisurely cruise along the scenic Kanawha Canal . History buffs can tour historic St. John's Church or venture back to the Civil War at Richmond National Battlefield Park, which draws in 200,000+ people annually. You may want to tour or take a walk by the state capitol in Richmond.

Other popular historic sites include Hollywood Cemetery, Monument Avenue, and the Museum of the Confederacy. As for historic houses, Maymont is the only fully intact Victorian estate in the country.

 

Restaurants / Shopping

If you're looking for unique restaurants and shopping, don't miss Shockoe Slip and Carytown. NCPN will provide complimentary transportation to both locations on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

 

Museums

Don't forget to check out the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for renowned exhibitions and collections and the Black History Museum which continues to expand its collection to include fine art objects, traditional African artifacts, and the preservation of oral traditions. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar is the nation's first museum to interpret the Civil War from Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives. Founded in 1831, the Virginia Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the commonwealth's past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.

 

Gardens

With something for all ages and interests, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is a place to learn about plants, to marvel at nature, or to relax in a beautiful setting. A wide variety of experiences are offered through its diverse gardens and facilities. No wonder Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is consistently one of the most-visited attractions in the Richmond area.

 

Attractions Near Richmond

Just a short drive away you'll find Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg. Richmond is 90 minutes from Washington D.C. For information on purchasing train tickets from from Richmond to Washington D.C., click here

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