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Visitors Guide - Padding
Riverside Outfitters 2013

James River

Escape on the Ultimate Richmond Virginia Whitewater Rafting Vacation

As the only urban setting with Class III and IV rapids, the Region offers James River rafting trips ranging from wild to mild. Come float along the river, keeping an eye peeled for native deer, blue herons, ospreys and bald eagles. Pack your rod and reel for the best smallmouth bass fishing on the East Coast. Take guided Richmond Virginia whitewater rafting tours, kayaking and canoe trips for a fun, safe and exciting ride.

Find the Best James River Rafting Guides

Get wet and wild in the Historic Richmond Region. Experience the best Virginia whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking and tubing along the historic James River -- with the only Class III and IV rapids in an urban setting. Start planning your trip now!


bioRide Wine & Brine

  • 208 Everett St, Richmond, VA 23224
  • Phone: (804) 926-0393
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bioRide is excited to offer Virginia’s first oyster and wine tour. Once you book your tour, you can look forward to some of the best oysters, wine, and scenery that the Commonwealth has to offer. Your tour will begin at a pickup location of your choosing.…more »

Discover the James

  • 7239 Lookout Drive, Richmond, VA 23225
  • Phone: (804) 938-2350
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Bald Eagles of the James Tour 2-hour tour: $45 per person Enjoy the majesty of resident bald eagles, bring your camera, or watch through binoculars. Venture into into an ecosystem that is considered the area with the best comeback of the bald eagle in the…more »

James River Park System

  • 4001 Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23225
  • Phone: (804) 646-8911
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The James River Park System is a 550+ acre oasis in the middle of the city, part of the city of Richmond's Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities. It is possible to hike or bike an 8 or more mile loop along the park's North Bank and Buttermilk…more »

Let's Get Frank Tours

  • 12613 Bradway Court, Richmond, VA 23233
  • Phone: (804) 360-1701
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Tours include “Richmond Then ... Richmond Now” and “Glimpses of Richmond” motorcoach tours as well as walking tours. All guides have been certified by the Historic Richmond Foundation. more »

Richmond Paddlesports

  • James River Park System, Richmond, VA 23224
  • Phone: (804) 898-0697
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RVA Paddlesports, based in Richmond, Virginia offers whitewater instruction for all levels of paddlers. The Upper James River offers the perfect playground for beginners to progress from flatwater to class II during half day intro clinic. On the second day…more »

River City Adventures, LLC

  • 100 Stockton Street, Richmond, VA 23224
  • Phone: 804-233-4000
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River City Adventures, LLC is located in the historic Manchester District of Richmond, Virginia. Our friendly and highly experienced staff are dedicated to providing you with a safe and exciting outdoor adventure on the James River. Whether you're whitewater…more »

Riverfront Canal Cruises

  • 139 Virginia Street, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Phone: (804) 649-2800
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Take a 40 minute narrated historical tour of the James River and Kanawha Canal. Cruises depart from the Turning Basin along Richmond’s Canal Walk between 14th and Dock Streets. Cruises run 12-7pm Friday-Saturday, and 12-5pm Sunday, spring & fall. During the…more »

Riverside Outfitters

  • 6834 Old Westham Road, Richmond, VA 23225
  • Phone: (804) 560-0068
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Come find out why Richmond is Outside magazine's 2012 Best River City in the U.S. Rent Paddleboards, Sit-On-Top-Kayaks or Mountain Bikes at our Brown's Island Outpost open Memorial Day weekend (May 23rd) through Labor Day, 7 days/week, 11am-6pm...Our staff of…more »