Richmond is a city steeped in history. As such, it has an array of historical, artistic, sports, and cultural attractions. There are plenty of reasons to get out of the house and spend the day with friends, grandkids, or on your own exploring all that Richmond has to offer.
The Boulevard is home to many of Richmond’s large general museums. This is where you can find the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). It is home to more than 22,000 works and is one of the largest art museums in North America. The VMFA is open 365 days a year and is always free. There are permanent collections separated into South Asian, English silver, East Asian art, Ancient art, American art, Modern & Contemporary, Faberge, European art, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Ancient American art, and African art galleries.
Richmond is home to many battlefields and museums of the American Civil War as the primary former Capital of the Confederate States of America. Attractions include the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, the Museum of the Confederacy, and the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitors Center, which consists of thirteen significant sites.
Located just adjacent to Richmond in Henrico County is Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. It features a healing garden, a glass conservatory, an accessible-to-all children’s garden, and a rose garden. The garden is also a public place for the scientific study and display of plants. In fact, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is designated a state botanical garden and is one of only two independent public botanical gardens in Virginia.
Richmond is one of the largest cities in the country that does not have a major professional sports team. However, there are several minor league and college sports teams in the city. The two most popular teams are the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League and the Richmond Flying Squirrels of Class AA Minor League Baseball. The Flying Squirrels play at The Diamond which is located on the Boulevard and has a capacity of almost 10,000 seats. The city is also home to the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. Both field NCAA Division I athletic teams.
Each year in October, the city plays host to the Richmond Folk Festival. Drawing visitors from across the country, this is one of the largest events in Virginia. This three-day festival is free and celebrates the richness, variety, and roots of American culture through traditional crafts, music, food, and dance. There are more than two dozen performing groups on seven live music stages with nonstop dance and music performances.
If there is one thing you can say about Richmond, it is that they know how to relax. There are several day spas throughout the city, but two of the best ones are in Carytown. Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Beauty Lounge focuses on skin care. While, Perception Organic Spa specializes in nails. They are just a couple of places where you can enjoy a day in Richmond.
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