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Visitors Guide - Padding



Things to Do in the Richmond Region

Connect with the colorful legends and lore of the Historic Richmond Region, where echoes of the past blend vividly into the present.

Pay tribute to Virginia's early colonial days and Civil War legacy at inspiring, interactive historical attractions. Thrill to pulse-pounding thoroughbred and harness racing at Colonial Downs racetrack. Soar high above the scenic Virginia countryside aboard a hot-air balloon. Stroll through the eclectic River District, where trendy eateries occupy century-old warehouses and live bands serenade crowds on the lawns of Brown's Island. Buy fresh produce at the 17th Street Farmers' Market, one of America's oldest public markets. Or stop by the Edgar Allan Poe Museum to see how the mysterious writer spent his time in Richmond.

Use the links below to explore the Region's unique landscape.

Nature, Gardens & Parks

The Richmond Region is a garden lover's paradise. Take a tour of a historic home with gardens bursting in color. Attend a local garden show. Or just relax in a scenic, tranquil park.

Local Tours

Fall in love with the Richmond Region's family-friendly tours and excursions. From ghost walks and river cruises to Segway tours, you can choose from a host of adventures.


Experience the Region's fun, exciting museums and attractions. Discover everything from historic homes to Revolutionary War and Civil War sites.

The Arts

From cutting-edge galleries to world-class dance and music venues, the Richmond Region has something special for everyone.

Sporting Events

Consult our comprehensive recreation and sports guide for information on the Region's best golf courses, outdoor adventures and spectator sports.


After a day of sightseeing, unwind with a massage, facial or spa treatment




Featured Events


A Chicken in Every Plot

Jan 28-Jun 26
Featuring the work of nationally-known Richmond photographer Alyssa C. Salomon, this exhibition…more

Carytown Food & History Tour

May 2-
Carytown, otherwise known as The Mile of Style, is an eclectic mix of restaurants, boutiques, and…more

Romeo and Juliet

Feb 19
A lush new production of Gounod’s classic opera Romeo and Juliet will immerse you in…more

Monster Cross 2016

Feb 21
Monster Dash Trail 5.5 mile run, MINI-Monster 25 Miles Bike Race on Mountain or Cross bikes, and…more

Leon Russell

Mar 6
Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been performing…more