Free Stuff to Do!
A 100-acre Victorian estate in the heart of the city, complete with mansion, gardens and animals. The perfect place for a picnic on a lovely day. Free admission to the grounds (there is a "suggested donation" of $5 to tour the mansion, or to tour the wildlife center...which totally has otters!).
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The VMFA is home to more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. Highlights include Faberge objects, Art Nouveau and Art Deco collections, Asian and African art, and paintings ranging from French Impressionist to modern and contemporary American. Admission to the museum's main collection is free (special touring exhibits often have a ticket fee).
Enjoy hiking, rock-hopping and other outdoorsy things? Visit Belle Island, Richmond's favorite place to play on a beautiful day.
Designed in 1847 by noted architect John Notman of Philadelphia, Hollywood Cemetery is a beautiful, park-like space to walk and explore. Today, it is the 2nd most-visited cemetery in the US, and serves as the final resting place for two American presidents, six Virginia governors, two Supreme Court justices, twenty-two Confederate generals and thousands of Confederate soldiers.
Kanawha Canal Walk
Extending about 10 miles through the city, the Canal Walk is a great place to get some exercise. The Kanawha Canal was constructed to allow river shipping to bypass the falls of the James River and reach further into Virginia's interior. Today the Canal Walk is popular with joggers and site-seers alike. (Boat tours also available for $6 a person)
Virginia State Capitol
Since 1788, the Virginia State Capitol has been home to the General Assembly, the oldest legislature continuously operating in the Western Hemisphere. Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the Capitol was the first public building in the New World constructed in the Monumental Classical style.
The Byrd Theatre
Experience Richmond's landmark movie palace! This theater was built in 1928 and is one of the few remaining true movie palaces of it's kind. Catch a 2nd run flick for just $2 and bask in the faded elegance.
Brought piece by piece to Richmond from Lancashire, England, Agecroft Hall is a carefully reassembled Tudor mansion. Tours are $8. (Check website for times. Closed Mondays.)
Embrace an actual laser cat at Richmond's cat cafe. Lasers not guaranteed. Open Wed-Sun.
$10 and up
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Offers year-round beauty on a historic property with more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens. A classical domed Conservatory is the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic and the views from the large treehouse are not to be missed! They currently have a Lego sculpture exhibit right now as well. $12 admission.
The Valentine Museum
Learn about Richmond at the Valentine, an institution that has been collecting and archiving local history for more than a century. Admission includes a tour of the Wickham house, constructed in 1812 as a residence for the family of notable lawyer John Wickham, who defended Vice President Aaron Burr in his treason trial.
American Civil War Museum
The ACWM includes three separate sites at two different locations in Richmond:
-500 Tredegar St - the main museum, housing exhibits on the Civil War from Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives.
-1201 E. Clay St - the Museum of the Confederacy and the White House of the Confederacy, where Jefferson Davis and his family lived throughout the Civil War
Richmond offers a wide variety of vintage & antique stores, but here are our two favorites for swing-era clothing.
All vintage. Great menswear selection!
Vintage plus lots of great reproduction pieces. Right next door to the Byrd Theatre.
Maybe craft beer is more your thing? Well, you are in luck: Richmond has several great craft breweries in town.
Day Trips (1 hour away or less)