When your long work week is said and done, you deserve to treat yourself (#TreatYoSelf) to a top-shelf kind of weekend. In Richmond, you can enjoy the comfort of not having to travel out of town to experience new and exciting things. Here is a list of things to do in Richmond, Virginia:
1. James River:
Let’s start with the James River, which runs along the southern border of the city. Starting farther upriver to the west is Pony Pasture, a park next to the river with nice walking paths. When the weather is nice locals enjoy wading out into the river’s very mellow rapids.
A Richmond institution and a favorite brunch spot for many for locals, Millie’s is often packed on the weekends, but well worth the visit. If there’s a wait, you can sip a mimosa on the patio or watch the chefs in action—maybe that’ll help you decide on what to order. Old favorites including the world-famous Devil’s Mess and Huevos Rancheros are always palette-pleasing, as are some awesome lunch sandwiches. Everything is made from scratch, from the delicious desserts to the bread sauces. The chefs are constantly trying to create new offerings and variations to their classics.
3. Maymont Park:
Closer to the city is Maymont Park, which is an old private estate from the turn of the 20th century that was donated to the Richmond community. There are for-fee activities available in the mansion, but the gardens surrounding the estate, the visitor center, and wildlife exhibits can be enjoyed for-free (that ‘r’ makes a big difference, right?). A walk through Maymont Park is one of the top things to do in Richmond on any given weekend.
Located across the James River on Forest Hill Avenue, Galley is an American-style restaurant with tastes inspired by many countries and cultures. Brunch is served all day, and some of the best dishes are pub classics with a modern twist. Loosen your belt, because these huge portions are offered at a great value. Galley’s continuously changing selection of draft beers is also a Richmond must.
5. Monument Avenue:
Although it’s just an avenue running east-west through the city, it has one stretch that everyone should drive. Beginning at Harrison Street in the Fan District, this historic trail of landmarks showcases monuments honoring Richmond’s most historical characters, from military generals to tennis champion and philanthropist Arthur Ashe, Jr. It extends west to Horsepen Road and is accessible year round. Some of the old townhouses date back to the 1800’s and give you a feel for what the city of Richmond may have looked liked during the Civil War.
There are plenty of things to do in Richmond. Hopefully this list is a good start for you.
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