This article was originally published on September 26, 2017, on Rocket Beach
Richmond, Virginia, is well-known as a destination for travel and recreation, but figuring out exactly what you want to do on your visit can be intimidating in a city that offers so much to do. If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Richmond, Virginia, in the near future, you’ll want to look over this list of the finest attractions on offer.
Library of Virginia
Bookworms in your family will love the Library of Virginia. A venerable city institution, with roots stretching back to 1823, the library houses an incredible collection of governmental and cultural artifacts produced in the state over the years. Located near the hotels and other conveniences of downtown Richmond, the library is a researcher’s delight, with a huge amount of archival material to sort through. Please note that while much of the material is available to the public, more valuable or rare items might be kept in the special collections, requiring supervision and a valid ID to access.
James River Park
If bringing your pets along on your adventures is important to you, you might want to visit some of the parks and other natural attractions in Virginia. The James River Park, named after its most prominent feature, has a series of dog walks, bike trails, and other outdoor features to keep you entertained. Local wildlife and vegetation make the route a scenic one, and regular events like audio tours and meetups give your visit a focus.
Science Museum of Virginia
Science museums are a great way to make the sciences and learning more tangible to kids, and the Science Museum of Virginia is no exception. With a convenient location for out-of-town visitors, the museum is the town’s preeminent source of public science education. The giant screens of the Dome show movies and special presentations alike in an immersive and comfortable environment, and the rotating exhibits show off scientific principles in a fun way. Tickets are reasonably priced, and regular visitors can purchase memberships to receive free admission.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Only a short trip from many Richmond hotels, the Depression-era Virginia Museum of Fine Arts hosts one of the world’s largest collections of Indian and Himalayan art, along with a wide selection of other works, both classic and modern, all housed in a massive and picturesque building. Admission is free, and doors are open 365 days a year.
The former Carpenter Theater Center for the Performing Arts is now the CenterStage structure for the Richmond CenterStage, but many still refer to the CenterStage as the Carpenter Center. It was originally a Lowe’s Theater movie palace, built in the 1920s by Loew’s Theaters for the burgeoning metropolis. It’s now part of the Dominion Arts Center group, and its stage has been repurposed for a variety of local and touring live productions. Those looking for stage culture and nightlife should book their stay near the Carpenter.
A visit to Richmond is a visit to one of America’s cultural centers, full of interesting things to do no matter your age and interests. Come to town and see what all the fuss is about.