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Richmond Attractions

Looking for a taste of Southern living? Search no further than Richmond, VA. Whether you are heading out for business or pleasure, let Expedia help you in making your trip meet all of your expectations. There are plenty of things to do in Richmond. Start planning now and don't miss out on the excitement as you discover top attractions in Richmond.

Things to Do in Richmond with Kids

There's fun for the entire family wherever you wander in Richmond. Here are a few family friendly experiences to enjoy together that will make your getaway unforgettable:

Map out your must see places and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.

If you come to Richmond, expect to take a walk back in history. Your Richmond tours should definitely include some of the tourist favorites like the Ford's Theatre and the Edgar Allen Poe Museum. Still looking for a blast from the past? Your Richmond excursions should include the Battle of Cold Harbor and the Museum of the Confederacy. The local residents will insist the best Richmond activities will recognize a heritage that is connected to the glory days of the Deep South.

Other Virginia hot spots include the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to delve in veritable, growing delights. Downtown Richmond will provide you with plenty of opportunities to shop, wine, and dine. Be sure to stop by Old City Hall, the Valentine Richmond History Center, and the Virginia State Capital to see fine examples of architecture. If you're looking for an outdoor adventure, Belle Isle is the perfect place for a picnic by the James River. Take in the sights and enjoy the day as you bask on the rocks and listen to the relaxing rhythm of the water lapping against the shore.

Need a place to stay? At, we'll help you in finding excellence when it comes to accommodations. Make your reservations at the Jefferson Hotel or the Berkeley Hotel. Find yourself in the heart of the action at the Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Richmond. We can help you find the best deals as you book your flight to RVA. Make the connections for rental cars as well. Everything you need is at your fingertips when it comes to arranging your travel plans and itinerary to Richmond. Enjoy your trip!

Free Things to Do in Richmond

They say the best things in life are free. Discover the following around Richmond:

Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center - Talk to the staff or curator and find out about the interesting collections on display at this museum.

Crossroads Art Center - When the time comes to get cultured, drop by and see the creative talent on show.

Three Lakes Park - Loads of action is in store for you at this unmissable place.

Richmond City Hall - Fans of architecture will certainly enjoy marveling at the impressive modern design of this local landmark.

Virginia State Capitol - Soak up some of the historical background of the area through this attraction.

Capitol Square - Find out for yourself why tourists and locals alike are in love with the character and charm of this place.

Canal Walk - There's something calming about being close to the water, so take your time here.

Library of Virginia - Speak to a few locals and find out why many tourists stop by this place.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church - Gain a better understanding of the local faith at this spiritual sanctuary.

City Hall Observation Deck - Get away from the concrete jungle and get in touch with nature at this incredible spot.

Libby Hill Park - Find your green thumb and marvel at the wide range of plants on display.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Richmond

Downtown Richmond

Downtown Richmond is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Broad Street and Shockoe Slip while in the area.

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Well-liked for its restaurants and shopping, you might stop by Children's Museum of Richmond and Science Museum of Virginia while you're exploring Dumbarton and the surrounding neighborhoods.



You'll appreciate the coffeehouses during your time in Innsbrook and you might want to plan a stop by Children's Museum of Richmond and Short Pump Town Center while you're in the area.

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Museum District

You'll enjoy the museums and monuments in Museum District. You might want to make time for a stop at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or Carytown.


Fan District

You'll enjoy the live music and monuments in Fan District. You might want to make time for a stop at Broad Street or Altria Theater.


Jackson Ward

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Jackson Ward. You might want to make time for a stop at Broad Street or Hippodrome Theater.


Frequently Asked Questions

What should I not miss in Richmond?

Put these attractions at the top of your must-see list to make the most of your visit:

  • Richmond International Raceway
  • Greater Richmond Convention Center
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Science Museum of Virginia

What can you do in Richmond for free?

You'll hardly have time to dig your wallet out of your pocket with so many great free attractions:

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Science Museum of Virginia
  • Virginia State Capitol
  • St. John's Episcopal Church