Richmond region itineraries
A few suggestions for a winning visit
Here are just a few suggestions for making the most of your time here. (Note: you might want to extend that hotel reservation.)
The Family with Young Ones Tour
Once they’re done playing, it’s time to play RVA-style.
- Start with breakfast. Check out Sugar Shack donuts, Nate’s Bagels, or any of the close to 900 restaurants here.
- Head out to Kings Dominion. Planet Snoopy is awesome for younger kids. And if it’s hot, cool down at the Soak City water park.
- Check out the millions of blooms at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where the kids can climb a 100-year-old mulberry tree, and tour the world in the Garden’s International Village.
- Downtown, the Science Museum of Virginia is filled with fun, hands-on exhibits (and a rat basketball team.) The Children’s Museum of Richmond is right next door, and it’s great for kids from stroller-sized to middle school.
- Tour the beauuuutiful grounds of Maymont, where you can meet animals and tour amazing gardens. Or head to Metro Richmond Zoo, where you can actually feed a giraffe.
- Spend some time in the stroller-friendly Short Pump Mall or Stony Point Mall. They’re both outdoor malls with great stores and restaurants.
- Get some rest. Those kids have had a long day.
The Impress Your Teenager Tour
For your very cool child. This is a very cool place.
- Start the day with breakfast in Carytown. The Galaxy Diner is retro fun – or people watch during your French breakfast at Can Can.
- Check out the funky shops of Carytown. Show them what an album looks like at Plan 9.
- Go the VFMA and take in the magnitude of Rumors of War.
- Hit up a hipster coffee shop in the Fan.
- Drive downtown and check out the 100+ street murals along the way.
- Rent bikes and ride the Virginia Capital Trail. Stop in Rocketts Landing for dinner with a view of the James River.
- Give them a drive-through tour of one of the seven colleges in the region.
- See what’s in at The Byrd, a historic movie theater in Carytown. Or head back to your room and rest up for tomorrow.
The Push It to the Limit Tour
For athletes who can’t get enough physical activity.
- Rent a kayak or a whitewater raft and take on class IV rapids of the James River.
- Take a jog on the Canal Walk, through the Fan, or through downtown Ashland.
- Rent a bike and ride the Virginia Capital Trail, which goes all the way to Williamsburg from here.
- Try the Manchester Climbing Wall downtown.
- Do some mountain biking on Belle Isle.
- Head out to a Richmond Kickers game. It’s like a great big party. Body paint welcome.
- Or, cheer on the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
- After all that, you’ll probably want a nice cold craft beer. We’ve got 30+ craft breweries that would love to serve you one.
The I Can’t Get Enough Sports Tour
This is where sports people do sporting events.
- Get tickets for a Richmond Kickers game. (Join the Red Army, if you’d like.)
- Watch the Richmond Flying Squirrels MiLB Game (AA Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants)
- If it’s football season, check out a Randolph Macon-College, Virginia State University, or Virginia Union University game.
- If it’s basketball season, cheer on the VCU Rams or U of R Spiders.
- Did we mention NASCAR? It’s here every spring and fall.
Want to see more itineraries?
Check out the Two-Day Foodie Tour, The Cheers To Richmond Tour, The “Tucker Out The Kids” Tour, The Richmond Arts And Culture Immersion, The Historical Attractions + Museums Tour, The Outdoor/Action Tour, and The Shopping Excursion itinerary. They’re all here.