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Local’s Guide to 18 Unique Things to Do in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Virginia Capital Trail and Skyline

Founded in 1737, it’s a no-brainer that Richmond holds a mega amount of history within its cobblestone streets, wrought-iron architecture, and renovated tobacco warehouses. It might surprise you that Richmond is also a hotbed for the arts, stage performances, world-class festivals, and thrilling outdoor recreation.

Add a thriving culinary and craft brewery scene to that list, and you’ve got the perfect set-up for a weekend getaway, family vacation, or even a solo excursion. While modern technology and cars have replaced the horse-drawn carriages of the days of yore, Richmond has just enough history to mix with modern times.

The tobacco warehouses are now home to museums, trendy restaurants, and upscale condos. And the cobblestone streets? Some are still here. We like to keep things interesting.

The capital city is close to the mountains of Charlottesville, the museums of Washington, D.C., and the shores of Virginia Beach. Richmond is also one of the best places to live in Virginia. Let’s get into the best things to do in Richmond, whether you live here or not.


Best of… Attraction/Activity
Best Place for Foodies Carytown
Best Attraction for Families Kings Dominion
Best Activity for Adults Brewery Tour
Best Free Attraction Maymont
Best Outdoor Activity Hiking and Biking along the James River
Best All-Around Accommodation The Hampton Inn & Suites – Richmond – Downtown

A Local’s Guide to 18 Unique Things to Do in Richmond, Virginia

1. The Virginia Capital Trail

Richmond Virginia Capital Trail and Skyline
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I’ll start with my favorite part of Richmond’s landscape…the Virginia Capital Trail. Running from the Colonial capital of Williamsburg to the current capital of Richmond, this paved path spans about 50 miles of scenery and history. Sites along the way include Shirley Plantation, Edgewood Plantation, Rocketts Landing, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, and Dorey Park and Recreation Center.

It was completed in 2015 and winds along Route 5, and it’s popular with runners, bicyclers, walkers, and in-line skaters. The eastern end is at Jamestown Settlement, and the western end is at the floodgates near Great Shiplock Park. Great Shiplock has parking, which makes for convenient access to the trail.

2. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Building of Museum Fine Art, Richmond  in Virginia
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Address: 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220

Opened in 1936, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is one of…

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