Richmond Virginia: A Cosmopolitan Civil War City

The city of Richmond Virginia is one that holds deep historical significance as it was heavily involved in the Civil War period.  There are many historical markers and sites that pay tribute to this period of time in Richmond.

Over the past few years, some statues devoted to famous Civil War generals have been removed, causing anxiety and division among the populace.

Besides its role in the Civil War, Richmond is now becoming an emerging tourist destination with craft breweries and eateries that have put this city on the map.

The James River flows through the city of Richmond, offering city kayaking to anyone.
The James River flows through the city of Richmond, offering city kayaking to anyone.

Richmond includes the wonderful James River, which many will find kayaking, canoeing, or even swimming in the calmer parts of the waterway.
Richmond is also decked with areas of great natural beauty including many parks where visitors are found hiking, biking, bird watching, and horseback riding.

Things to Do in Richmond VA:

American Civil War Museum, White House, & Museum of the Confederacy

Richmond is one of the best places in the south to find out about the Civil War and learn the history of the battles and the Confederacy.

The White House of the Confederacy is better known as the official residence of President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War.

There are many guided tours of the mansion where visitors will learn about the historical and cultural significance of these landmarks.

The museum is located directly next to the White House and spans three floors which all include exhibits of Civil War memorabilia.

Belle Isle

On the James River Park System, cross the scenic footbridge that leads you to the small island. Belle Isle is a small area of land that is known for being surrounded by rocks that have been smoothed by the water so that they are flat in shape. Many locals come here to sunbathe on the rocks in the summer months. Belle Isle is also a great place to mountain bike.

Take some time on the walking trails around the island that take you through wild woodlands.

Hardywood Craft Brewery in Richmond VA.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond VA.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

For those interested in tasting some fresh brews, make your way to Hardywood Park, one of the most famous breweries in Richmond. Here you will find a delicious tasting room. You can also take a tour and learn how the beer is made before sampling some of the best beverages on offer. Many food trucks work with the brewery outside, as well as live music nights and special events and festivals.

Thinking of bringing your children to Richmond? Have no fear! It’s not all history and drinking. There’s plenty to do with your little ones in this city!

The Science Museum of Virginia is the place to come if you love science and want to know more. There are plenty of permanent exhibits here that are divided up into themed sections such as space, electricity, health, and geology, as well as rotating galleries.

The museum also features The Dome Theatre which is home to a 76-foot screen that has a claim for being the largest in all of Virginia.

Dooley Mansion at Maymont, Richmond Virginia.
Dooley Mansion at Maymont, Richmond Virginia.

The Maymont Children’s Barn features wonderful art and architecture for the parents to enjoy while children can play on the mansion’s grounds or just go wander through the gorgeous flower gardens. You can also tour the mansion on the property if you’re up for it!

The river goes through Maymont and you can sometimes find otters swimming in the waters, or you can play with the animals on the farm that sits in the grounds.

If you need one last place to take the kids to keep them occupied, try the Metro Richmond Zoo!

Places to Stay in Richmond VA:

If you’re looking to be centrally located in Downtown Richmond, stay overnight at the Hilton Richmond Downtown. It’s only steps from the Greater Richmond Convention Center and minutes from The National.

Belle Isle in the James River, Richmond VA.
Belle Isle in the James River

This hotel features 250 air-conditioned rooms with refrigerators and LCD televisions. Each room comes with a Select Comfort bed. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment.

Highlights: Besides the beautiful guest rooms, enjoy the indoor pool, spa tub, and 24-hour fitness center. Other features include complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a fireplace in the lobby. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 2 mi.

The Holiday Inn I 64 West End in Richmond is close to the airport and minutes from Crossroads Art Center and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. This hotel is within close proximity of the Shops at Willow Lawn and Markel Building.

This accommodation includes 142 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment.

Highlights: Enjoy the outdoor pool and fitness center. Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available daily for a fee.

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