Many of the interesting places to visit in Richmond are either free or offer a senior citizen discount. Since the ages for senior discounts vary between locations, call ahead to see if you are eligible. Some facilities view ages 50 and older as seniors, while other sites may not give a discount until the individual is age 62 or older.
Art museums can teach one about life, perspective, and instill an appreciation for other cultures. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts carries more than 35,000 works of art in its permanent collection. These art collections include African, American, Ancient American, Ancient, American and European Design, East Asian, English Silver, South Asian, 21st Century, Rare Books, and more. After your stroll through the halls and rooms of the museum, you can have lunch at the Best Café or dine at the Amuse Restaurant.
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden sits on 50 acres of land with themed gardens and a domed conservatory. Walk through the outdoor Rose Garden or Asian Valley, admire the indoor plants within the conservatory, and then eat at one of the two restaurants, Garden Café or Tea House, before continuing your tour of the more than a dozen themed gardens.
History buffs will enjoy the guided tours through The White House of the Confederacy and its attached museum. The building was once home to the Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The museum contains artifacts from the Civil War and that period of time.
If you love figuring out how things work, you will find the interactive Science Museum a fun and educational experience for all ages. Sit back in the Dome and watch live astronomy shows, Cosmic Expeditions, and Giant Screen Movies with technology that makes you feel submersed in the experience. You can get your hands dirty in the live science labs and be entranced with the science demonstrations.
This 6,500 square foot center features exhibits that combine air, water, and land. The aquarium holds 50,000 gallons of water and lets you see the underwater world up-close. Plan on bringing your fishing poles as you can fish in two of the three lakes. Relax on the water’s edge and look for turtles and different species of birds native to Richmond. Admission is free, although you may have to pay a fee for special events.
The Park System is another site to enjoy your time outdoors, either on the trails or in the water. There is plenty to do at the park. You can pack your own picnic lunch, go walking, fish, swim, try bird watching, take a tour, and more. If you are with a group and are able, you may want to consider canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, or tubing.
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