Springtime beckons us to get outside for the lovely weather, colorful blooms and picture-perfect settings throughout the Richmond Region. Whether you’re seeking a stunning location to capture on camera or a breathtaking backdrop for a family photo shoot, these 10 spots offer some of the best nature scenes and cityscapes for fabulous spring photos in RVA’s great outdoors.

1. Maymont

Maymont Victorian Gazebo with Peonies in May Spring

With its beautiful Gilded Age architecture, Japanese and Italian gardens, and 100 acres of green space, Maymont is a photographer’s paradise. The native Virginia wildlife and farm animals make great photo subjects too!

2. Historic Polegreen Church

Historic Polegreen Church

This unique, open-air historic church site in Mechanicsville provides a peaceful setting for capturing architectural details and serene landscapes. See for yourself.

3. Henricus Historical Park

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Step back in time at this living history museum and take photos of reenactments, authentically crafted colonial buildings, and scenic views of the James River. Plan a visit.

4. Colonial Heights Cucumber Tree 

Colonial Heights Cucumber Tree

This massive tree, thought to be 200-300 years old, is one of the largest of its kind in the world.  Stand among its far-reaching branches or frame your shot with the neighboring Violet Bank Museum to truly capture the scale of this natural wonder. Learn more. (Photo credit: Lisa Rochelle Photography LLC​)

5. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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Explore 50 acres of stunning gardens, ponds, and the iconic Conservatory at this award-winning botanical garden, perfect for flower and plant photography. See all the blooms.

6. Downtown Ashland

Secretariat Downtown Ashland

Discover the charming streets of Downtown Ashland and snap a photo with the famous Secretariat statue, a tribute to the beloved racehorse.

7. T Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge

T Tyler Potterfield Bridge with Family T Pott

Known to locals as the T Pott Bridge, this pedestrian walkway spans across the James River in downtown Richmond. Camera-worthy scenes include the river itself as well as the downtown skyline, water activities and wildlife.

8. Jolene Family Winery

Jolene Family Winery Lakeside Lounge Tent

Visit this family-owned winery in New Kent County located on a tranquil lake surrounded by towering pines. Rent one of their lakeside lounge tents for a rustically elegant photo shoot. Sip wine, snap pics. 

9. The Fan, Museum District, and Carytown neighborhoods

Fan District colorful row houses in spring

Explore the historic architecture, colorful murals, and trendy shops in these vibrant neighborhoods for scenic urban photo opps. Include a stop at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts sculpture garden where the views are striking in every direction. Get to know the neighborhoods.

10. Kings Dominion

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How about a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower without leaving the U.S.A.? Kings Dominion’s centerpiece attraction is a one-third scale replica of its famous counterpart in France. Thrill-seekers and amusement park lovers can also capture memories of exciting rides, live entertainment, and colorful landscapes during a visit.


Whether you're a professional photographer or just looking to snap some Instagram-worthy shots, these picturesque places in the Richmond Region are sure to provide plenty of inspiration for your outdoor photoshoots. Grab your camera and start exploring these stunning locations today!


There's so much more to do and see throughout the Richmond Region this spring! Click below to read our seasonal events & activities roundup!


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