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Richmond – A Visitors Guide to Richmond Virginia

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Richmond – A Visitors Guide to Richmond Virginia

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Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a vibrant city with 400 years of history and a wide range of attractions offering a fun and affordable weekend getaway destination. The Richmond region has something for everyone with plenty of upscale shopping, fabulous restaurants, world-renowned museums, elegant homes and gardens and family-friendly attractions.

Getting to Richmond
Richmond is located right off of I-95 and is about a two hour drive from the Washington DC area. Amtrak just recently expanded its service to Richmond and provides an easy train ride from Union Station.

Following is a guide to help you plan a getaway to the historic region.

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Attractions for Kids – Page 2
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Top Richmond Attractions

The historic region has dozens of attractions to appeal to a wide range of interests. Here are the highlights of some of most popular places to visit.

Virginia State Capitol
Bank and 10th Streets, Richmond, Virginia. The Capitol Building is home to the oldest legislative body in the U.S. and the seat of government for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The building was recently restored and expanded. New visitor amenities include a gift shop, cafe and exhibit gallery. Free one-hour guided tours are offered daily.

The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
500 Tredegar Street, Richmond, Virginia. The museum is the first of its kind to interpret the war through three interwoven perspectives: Union, Confederate and African American. Located on 8 acres on the historic James River in downtown Richmond, the site contains five buildings illustrating the Iron Works era. The National Park Service operates the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center located in the restored building next door.

Maymont
2201 Shields Lake Drive, Richmond, Virginia. The 100-acre Victorian country estate was donated to the city of Richmond by Major & Mrs. James H. Dooley. The Maymont Mansion, a restored 33-room house museum representing the luxurious lifestyle of the Gilded Age, is open for tours year-round. Maymont Children’s Farm and Children’s Farm Barn features rare breeds of domesticated farm animals while the Maymont Wildlife Exhibits provide outdoor habitats for native Virginia wildlife including black bear, bison, fox, bobcat, birds of prey, White-tail and sika deer. The Nature & Visitor Center features James River exhibits, interactive galleries, 20-foot waterfall, fish, turtles, owls, river otters and more. Also on site are an Italian and Japanese Garden, a Carriage Collection; an Arboretum and a Café.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, Virginia. The popular attraction features more than 50 acres and a dozen themed gardens including a Healing Garden, Sunken Garden, Asian Valley, Rose Garden, a wetland garden, a Victorian garden, and a Children’s Garden. There’s also a Conservatory with indoor displays, a Garden Shop, Garden Cafe, an Education and Library Complex, meeting space and exhibits. The Robins Tea House restaurant serves lunch daily and overlooks the lake and gardens.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard Richmond, Virginia. The museum features a permanent collection that includes more than 22,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. The museum is also home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Contemporary art, and renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. General admission is free, although some special exhibitions require an admission fee. In May 2010, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts completed a $150 million expansion.

Virginia Historical Society
428 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia. The Virginia Historical Society tells the story of Virginia's history from prehistory to the present. The 13 exhibition galleries feature the largest display of Virginia artifacts on permanent view.

Hollywood Cemetery
412 S. Cherry St. Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1847, the cemetery is the final resting place of two U.S. presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler), other famous Virginians and thousands of Confederate soldiers. Overlooking the James River, it is a beautiful site and lovely to stroll through.

Edgar Allan Poe Museum
1914-16 E. Main St. Richmond, Virginia. The museum boasts an extensive collection of Edgar Allan Poe's manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings. The Poe Museum provides a glimpse into early nineteenth century Richmond where Poe lived and worked. The garden is available to rent for weddings and special events. Closed Mondays.

Agecroft Hall
4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, Virginia. The manor house was actually built in Lancashire, England in the late 15th century and shipped across the Atlantic and then reassembled in a Richmond neighborhood known as Windsor Farms. The house and gardens are open for tours year-round.

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