With its tree-lined streets of Victorian architecture, Richmond is famous for its scenic beauty and boasts of loads of family vacation spots ranging from water parks to roller coasters and zoos. History buffs can visit the Civil war sites while you can also see magnificent homes, vintage churches and beautiful plantations in this exciting capital city on the shores of the James river.
1. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
This museum houses some unique artworks and is very friendly to visitors. It offers free walk in tours and also does not charge an admission fee for its permanent collections. My wife loved the wonderful Art Nouveau and the modern art wing which has some great exhibits. We enjoyed nice lunch at the restaurant and spent close to three hours at this interesting place.
2. Maymont Park
We loved touring Maymont, an American estate spanning over 100 acres. This is a great place to bring your family and walk around enjoying the mansion, the beautiful grounds and watching the animals. It provides some good photo ops and is a must visit for everyone.
3. St. John’s Episcopal Church
We went on a guided tour of this beautiful church.The history of this place is interesting and so was the info on Patrick Henry and some of the founding fathers from Virginia. If you are interested to know more about American history then this is the right place.
4. Virginia Capitol Building
We liked this beautiful building, designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau. Our tour guide was phenomenal and gave us some interesting tid bits about the history of this place. You should have ample time to enjoy this place and also the buildings close by .Also, call up to get info on the guided tours otherwise you will have to rely on the leaflets and signs to get an insight into the history of this building.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the Jefferson and had an amazing experience. The service was top notch and the décor was beautiful with paintings on the ceilings, the detailed wood work and a grand staircase. The bar is comfortable and cozy and there is a lot of variety in the menu.
Other good options for stay include Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, The Westin, Hyatt etc.
Where to Eat
The Main Street in uptown area has a plethora of restaurants and cafes. We had lunch at Mama J’s Kitchen which serves some amazing chicken. My wife loved the rum cake and if you visit this place, you should definitely try the cakes.
Stella’s serves unusual and delicious Greek cuisine and the ambience is great. Other good options include HogsHead Café, Tarrant’s Café, The Black Sheep and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.
Tips for Tourists
- Plan a trip in spring or late fall as the weather is good at that time.
- Visit The Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau for maps and tour info.