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As one of the oldest cities in the nation, Richmond, Virginia is full of historical sites and cultural hubs. From the history buff to the fine arts lover, this timeless city features something for every taste. To help you make the most of your trip, here are 11 things you must do in Richmond, VA.
1. Visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
From ancient art to a rare book collection, this museum has it all. Admission to the permanent galleries is free to visitors and tickets to special exhibits can be purchased for a fee. This museum is best known as the home of five Faberge eggs, but is also noted for their large and varied collection of art.
2. Tour Maymont.
The Maymont is a 100-acre Victorian estate that has become a top destination for tourists. Featuring Japanese gardens, a petting zoo and an impressive 33 rooms, this mansion offers something for everyone. Best of all, this museum is only 15 minutes from the downtown area with some of the best hotels in Richmond.
3. Explore the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
This blooming part of northern Richmond is a top spot for tourists and locals alike. Home to fresh daffodils, roses and Japanese water irises to name a few, this garden is sure to please true flower lovers as well as those who appreciate pretty sights.
4. Take the family to Kings Dominion.
With more than 400-acres of water and theme park to explore, this is sure to be a family hit. Popular attractions include the 305-foot Drop Tower, the El Dorado pendulum ride, and a kid-friendly WaterWorks park.
5. Check out the Virginia Historical Society.
Located in the museum district, the Virginia Historical Society is home to an extensive collection of Civil War memorabilia. From books and newspapers to photographs and sheet music, is a must-see destination for history buffs.
6. Make a trip to the Virginia State Capitol building.
Designed in part by Thomas Jefferson, the Virginia State Capitol building resembles a miniature white house. The building is located in an area known as Capitol Square and features several important monuments that commemorate the Civil Rights Movement.
7. Visit Carytown.
After a long day of touring the city, Carytown is the perfect place to kick back and relax. This vibrant area is home to the city’s coolest boutiques and restaurants.
8. Stop by St. John’s Episcopal Church.
This church has been the site of many important historical moments. It was at this church that Patrick Henry famously gave his “Give me liberty or give me death!” declaration in 1775. Also, the graveyard is the final resting place of singer George Wythe and the mother of Edgar Allan Poe.
9. See the Edgar Allen Poe Museum.
Located just outside of the museum district, this spot is perfect for literary buffs and those interested in Edgar Allen Poe. Popular attractions include a collection of Poe’s childhood poems, an illustrated version of his famed poem “The Raven,” and first editions of various short stories.
10. Tour the Museum of the Confederacy.
This museum features an exhaustive collection of Confederate artifacts, art and weapons. Additionally, there are several flags on display. In addition to the museum itself, the location of the museum is also significant. Located on East Clay Street, the museum originally sat right next door to Confederate president Jefferson Davis’ home.
11. Check out the Library of Virginia.
This hidden treasure is a great place to conduct research. The library features tons of books, more than twenty digital microfilm readers, and a very helpful staff. Tourists often visit this spot to take advantage of special events hosted here throughout the year.
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