Richmond is packed full of exciting adventures that are sure to delight with options like museums, zoos, and thrilling theme parks. The museums are quite comprehensive, whether you're looking to learn about history, science, or art. Of course, the animal offerings are quite extensive for a city this size, thanks to the zoo and local children's barn with friendly farm animals. The local theme park can provide adrenaline-inducing thrills that you can't find elsewhere in town. Learn all about the best things to do in Richmond.

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    Metro Richmond Zoo

    See exotic animals

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    Metro Richmond Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals and several notable attractions, like rides and an adventure park that offers endless family fun. You'll find all sorts of animals here including giraffes, which you can even feed yourself. Additionally, you'll find camels, bison, warthogs, and monkeys, amongst others. Aside from the animals, you'll find several rides, such as the jungle carousel and the safari train ride. Kids will particularly enjoy the Treetop Zoofari Zipline and Adventure Park. You'll find it all around a half-hour drive to the southwest from Richmond's city centre area.

    Location: 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd, Moseley, VA 23120, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 5 pm (closed on Sunday)

    Phone: +1 804-739-5666

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    American Civil War Museum

    Visit a multi-site museum

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    The American Civil War Museum is a multi-site museum where you can learn by visiting the White House of the Confederacy, the museum in Tredegar, and the museum in Appomattox. Amongst the collections at these museums are a comprehensive collection of artefacts, imprints, and photographs from the era. The White House of the Confederacy is particularly interesting in that it served as the presidential residence of Jefferson Davis before the Union army took the town. You can start exploring at the Tredegar location just west of city centre by the James River.

    Location: 480 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 804-649-1861

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    The Science Museum of Virginia

    Enrich your life through science

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    The Science Museum of Virginia is a comprehensive museum offering innovative programmes, lab demos, and technology demonstrations designed to wow and inspire all kinds of people. While you'll find plenty of permanent exhibits, don't forget to check out temporary exhibitions that are showing during your visit. The theatre in the museum is particularly impressive as the screen measures a massive 76 feet. That's enough to make it the largest screen in all of Virginia. You'll find this museum about 2 miles northwest of city centre past the Fan District.

    Location: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 9.30 am to 5 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 804-864-1400

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    Riverfront Canal Walk

    Enjoy a riverfront stroll

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    • History

    Riverfront Canal Walk is a popular attraction in town where you can walk along the central canal to see art, statues, restaurants, and exhibits along the way. You can traverse the path on foot or a bike, though walking gives you more time to take in all the sights. One of the most prominent features of this walk is the history medallions. The path contains 22 in total, and you can see them all embedded in the ground along the path, with each highlighting prominent historic sites in the area. You'll find this path along the James River with entrances at nearly every block between 5th and 17th.

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    Deep Bottom Park

    Relax at a park

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    Deep Bottom Park is a water-centric park that lets you enjoy a variety of aquatic activities in addition to wide open green spaces and walking paths. You can cast out into the James River for some fishing off of the many piers, or you can use the boat ramps to experience the river more directly. In addition to the James River, this park also offers convenient access to Four Mile Creek. This smaller waterway lets you venture out in a canoe or fish in a more isolated area. You'll find this park a few miles southeast of city centre in Henrico.

    Location: 9525 Deep Bottom Rd, Henrico, VA 23231, USA

    Open: Daily from dawn to dusk

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    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    Explore incredible artworks

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    The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is home to numerous collections of fine artworks gathered all across the world from various periods. The African art collection is particularly impressive, as it contains around 500 objects with most hailing from Kongo, Yoruba, Akan, and Kuba cultures. You'll also find ancient art with works dating back to the times of the Egyptians, Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, and Byzantines. You can find all of these collections fittingly on the east end of the Museum District.

    Location: 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Open: Saturday–Tuesday from 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday–Friday from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 804-340-1400

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    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

    Venture through 50 acres of gardens

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    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a collection of immaculately maintained gardens that frequently host events amongst its vibrant greenery and in its accompanying conservatory. You'll find more than a dozen themed gardens amongst the grounds here, including a rose garden, a cherry tree walk, and a children's garden. Consider when you want to plan your visit here, as the local events can be one-of-a-kind. During the holiday season, for example, you'll find impressive light displays set up throughout the garden. Spot this destination a few miles north of city centre by Lakeside.

    Location: 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228, USA

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +1 804-262-9887

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    Maymont Children's Barn and Nature Centre

    Meet friendly farm animals

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    Maymont Children's Barn and Nature Centre lets guests, including children, get up close and personal with friendly farm animals and feed them tasty treats. You'll find a wide variety of animals on-site, including donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, cows, and pigs. Additionally, you can meet horses and domestic rabbits. All these animals are friendly and happy to meet visitors. You can feel the wool of a sheep all while an impatient goat gently nudges your leg, looking for some extra treats. Experience it all for yourself right by Barker Field in Carillon.

    Location: 1001 Spottswood Rd, Richmond, VA 23220, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 804-358-7166

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    The Fan District

    Feel like a local

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    The Fan District is one of the most iconic areas in Richmond known for its 19th-century architecture, local shops and restaurants, and historical monuments. Amongst the local architecture, you'll find many different styles all originating from the same period, including Queen Anne, Italianate, Colonial Revival, and Richardsonian Romanesque. Getting around this area is easy if you take advantage of the local bike share. Renting a bike is affordable and, with their app, you can pick up a bike virtually anywhere in the city. You'll find this district northwest of city centre next to the Museum District.

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    Kings Dominion

    Find thrills at an amusement park

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    Kings Dominion is a historic amusement park that features more than 60 rides that the whole family can enjoy, from small children to adult thrill-seekers. Twelve of the rides at this amusement park are coasters with some being relatively tame, and others having multiple inversions at incredibly high speeds. In addition to the coasters, you'll find numerous other rides, including a log flume and a suspended swing. The park even features bumper cars and a go-kart racing track. You'll find it all about half an hour north of Richmond's city centre in Doswell.

    Location: 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047, USA

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +1 804-876-5000

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