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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


Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Nov 28-Jan 12
Dominion GardenFest of Lights: a holiday tradition featuring half-a-million lights, botanical…more

Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing

Nov 1-Jan 1
Drawn from the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing, Forbidden City will offer visitors a…more

First Fridays

Jan 3-Dec 5
Downtown Richmond's long-standing monthly art walk happens year-round on the First Friday of every…more

Grand Illumination

Dec 5
This downtown Richmond tradition since 1984 kicks off the holidays as millions of tiny lights…more