Things to Do in Richmond


Arts and Culture

  • VCU Campus
    • The Anderson Gallery: The Anderson Gallery opened in 1931 and served as Richmond’s only art exhibition facility until the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1936.
  • RVA Arts and Museums
    • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA): The VMFA has hosted the work of Picasso, Dale Chihuly and many other top-notch artists. The building, with its beautiful outdoor seating area and two solid eating establishments, isn’t just a great place to see art of all shapes and sizes. It’s become the cultural center of the city.
    • Richmond Ballet: Dedicated to the promotion, preservation and continuing evolution of the art form of ballet, Richmond Ballet strives to keep meaningful works of dance alive and to produce and foster new works that remain true to these values.
    • Science Museum of Virginia: The Museum features permanent exhibitions about space, health, electricity and Earth—to name a few—and hosts visiting exhibitions from around the world. The Dome Theater, at 76 feet, is the largest screen in Virginia and provides guests with the ultimate immersive experience.
    • The Valentine: The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond, Virginia's stories for more than a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the history of this important region.
    • Richmond Mural Project: Artists have been contributing to the Richmond Mural Project since 2012. Find some time to take a walk and embrace each piece of artistry around the city.


  • Metro Richmond Zoo: There are over 150 species of animals from around the world represented at the Metro Richmond Zoo!  The Zoo is well known for its various endangered primate breeding programs such as the Diana monkeys and Swamp monkeys.  The Zoo also has one of the most successful breeding programs of both the African Penguin and Cheetah in the United States.
  • Virginia State Capitol: The Virginia State Capitol houses the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere. Guided tours are available from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


  • Carytown: Carytown is an urban retail district lining Cary Street at the southern end of the Museum District in Richmond, Virginia. Located near The Fan District, the district has an eclectic flavor and includes over 230 shops, restaurants, and offices.
  • Shockoe Slip: Named for the creek that once flowed through it, this historic area was Colonial Richmond’s commercial hub. Today its cobblestone streets and alleyways are lined with fashionable boutiques, charming specialty shops and a host of fine dining establishments.
  • The Fan District: Named for its streets that fan out, this neighborhood is home to pretty much any other kind of Richmonder you can imagine. It’s great for walking and packed with one-of-a-kind bars and restaurants.


  • 7 Hills Seafood & Brewing Company: Extraordinary craft beers, food, and atmosphere.
  • Triple Crossing Brewing Company: Our brewery tasting room located in Richmond, VA is roughly 3,000 sq. feet. You can see the entire brewhouse inside the tasting room and we have a deck that is conveniently accessible from inside.
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery: We operate two adjacent buildings in Richmond's Historic German Brewing District. Our outdoor beer garden is open during posted hours every Tuesday through Sunday, with corn hole and bocce ball available. We offer an eclectic mix of live music and community events that are free to the public and open to all ages.
  • Buskey Cider: Focusing on semi-sweet and dryer ciders in addition to using innovative techniques typically found in beer, Buskey is receiving great interest and enthusiasm about their refreshing cider.
  • Blue Bee Cider: Virginia’s first urban cidery, Blue Bee Cider is located in the historic Scott’s Addition district of Richmond, VA. Our ciders are made with rare and heirloom variety Virginia apples that are prized for their tannin, acidity and flavor.
  • Isley Brewing Company: Our goal here at Isley is to embrace the talents of our professional brewer with the passion commonly found in home brewing to create a true crafted beer. Come try the fruits of our labor!
  • Three Notch’d Brewing Company: Located in the fermentation-centric neighborhood of Scott’s Addition, our 3.5 barrel brew system pumps out collaborative brews with local restaurants, homebrewers, and nonprofits. We have 12 taps, featuring our award-winning flagships and locally-crafted collaborations.



  • Richmond Trolley Tour: If you are visiting, new in town or have lived here your whole life, you are sure to learn some new Richmond tidbits as we explore.
  • Segway Tours: Segway of Richmond offers more than five tour routes for guests to choose from. Their Segway guides are among the most knowledgeable in and about the city and are very good at combining stories around the rich history of Richmond with humor and wit.
  • River City Food Tours: Feel like an insider as we explore Richmond’s most unique and exciting neighborhoods through food. Visit several different restaurants and cafes, hear how each of these food purveyors got their start, and learn from expert tour guides about the fun and quirky history of the neighborhood!
  • Richmond Canal Cruise: Join Richmond Canal Cruises for an informative, 40-minute, historically narrated tour or private charter of the James River and Kanawha Canal along Richmond’s historic Canal Walk.


  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: With something for all ages and interests, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a place to learn about plants, to marvel at nature or to relax in a beautiful setting.
    • Butterflies Live: Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit available for viewing from Mid-April to Mid-October filled with fun family activities for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycles.
  • Maymont: This preserve of flora and fauna is the perfect place to stroll through or relax in on a fall day.
  • Belle Isle: The 540-acre island is known primarily for its outdoor offerings, which range from strolling and picnicking to running, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. A running and bicycling path circles the island, offering easy access to popular sunbathing and wading spots. Fishing is also popular in the waters surrounding the island.
  • Virginia Capital Trail: The Virginia Capital Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that connects the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. The Trail traverses approximately 52 miles, four jurisdictions, and more than 400 years of history along one of the first inland routes in North America.
  • Hollywood Cemetery: The skillful design and natural beauty of Hollywood Cemetery have made it one of the most beautiful garden cemeteries in America. Hollywood is open daily for the public to enjoy its winding paths, stunning views and impressive history.

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