The historic city of Richmond has plenty to occupy a day visitor. If you’re unsure of which museums to visit, restaurants to try or what else lies in store, just give our helpful guide below a look.
Your Richmond Daycation Recommendations
Restaurants – Richmond has a great selection of dining options. Amongst the best is Cuban cuisine from the cunningly named Kuba Kuba, sushi and more from Asian-fusion restaurant LEVEL Restaurant & Bar, and fine American dining from Amuse. Mexican, Italian, vegetarian and other styles also await you. Maymont – Maymont is a 19th century estate where visitors can tour the mansion, grounds, and wildlife center. Maymont Farm includes a petting zoo sure to please the little ones, whilst the Nature Center is a beautiful nature reserve and home to fish and reptiles. Maymont Japanese Garden is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy a stroll amidst the well-tended greenery. Theatrical Delights – The Byrd Theatre is an opulent landmark dating back to 1928 where fans of the silver screen can view second-run films in quite some style. If you prefer your theatrical performances to be live, there are a range of venues to try, including the Carpenter Theatre, where comfortable seats meet excellent acoustics. Museums – The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts contains a smorgasbord of artistic delight, with its works varying from Fabergé eggs to antiquities, from African art to English silver. Those traveling with children may want to visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond, where interactive exhibits encourage children to climb, draw, farm, play, and generally have fun.
Six Interesting Facts About Richmond, VA
The settlement was first founded in 1737, and was named Richmond because the view of the river was reminiscent of seeing the Thames from Richmond (in England).
Richmond’s St. John’s Church was the venue for Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech during the American Revolution.
Richmond was the capital of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.
Today, Richmond is the capital city of Virginia.
The city was used for filming the 2012 Oscar-winning film Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
One of the city’s most famous residents was the renowned writer Edgar Allan Poe.