Relax and take in the southern charm of Richmond! Whether exploring side street cafes in the Fan or retracing routes of Confederate and Union soldiers across the city, there's plenty to enjoy while spending time in this river- side city.



:: FOR THINGS TO DO, GET STARTED HERE
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For things to do in Richmond, you can get started here by visiting the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau



:: MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
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The Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Learn about the life and career of the famous Romantic writer through a collection of pictures, relics and verse.

The Virginia Historical Society
Founded in 1831, the private non-profit organization serves as a teaching and research center for Virginia history. Tours and hands-on exhibits are offered within the historic Neo-classical building.

The American Civil War Center
Location of the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center and featuring the exhibit In the Cause of Liberty, the Center's mission is to tell the whole story of the conflict that still shapes our nation.

The VCU Anderson Gallery
The Virginia Commonwealth University consistently is ranked as one of the best public university schools of arts and design by U.S. News & World Report. The school's exhibition space is also acknowledged as a top venue for art in the Southeast.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Art
With a collection of art that spans over 6,000 years of art history and includes over 20,000 works of art. The newly completed 165,000 square-foot expansion includes new sculpture and spaces for art exhibits.

Art Galleries on Broad Street
Next to the Jackson Ward historic district is the area of Broad Street where many of Richmond's galleries are located. On the first Friday of every month new shows open and gallery patrons participate in an evening art walk. Some of the most interesting shows can be seen at Gallery 5, the building that is also Richmond's oldest police station and jailhouse.



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Belle Isle
The easiest access point to the James River Park System from the Omni Hotel is across the suspension bridge running under the Lee Bridge. Trails for walking and biking go around the island providing glimpses of a Civil War prison site, a historic iron foundry and James River whitewater rapids.

Brown's Island
Also located near the Omni is Brown's Island which offers views of the city skyline and the James River. The park is a common site for attractions, festivals, and concerts during the summer months.

Maymont Park and Zoo
Maymont is a 100 acre Victorian estate that contains Maymont Mansion (a historic house museum), an arboretum, formal gardens, native wildlife exhibits, a nature center, carriage collection, and petting zoo known as "The Maymont Children's Farm".

Hollywood Cemetery
Hollywood Cemetery is a large, sprawling cemetery overlooking the James River. It is the resting place of two United States' Presidents, James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as the only Confederate States' President, Jefferson Davis.



:: NEARBY ATTRACTIONS :: FEEL LIKE EXPLORING OUTSIDE OF RICHMOND?
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Pocahontas State Park
Located in Chesterfield, Virginia, just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, is Pocahontas State Park, one of the more popular parks in the state park system. Swift Creek forms the nucleus of the park, which is centered in a wildlife management area.

The University of Virginia
The University of Virginia is a public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson. Established in 1819, it is the only university in the United States to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, an honor it shares with nearby Monticello.

Wine Tasting in Charlottesville
Wine making has become a part of Virginia culture and the many vineyards throughout the state are garnering attention for the high quality of wine being produced. There are numerous wineries to plan a quick visit to just an hour outside of Richmond.

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg is the historic district of the independent city of Williamsburg, Virginia. It consists of many of the buildings that, from 1699 to 1780, formed colonial Virginia's capital.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
The park features a combination of world class roller coasters and Broadway-style shows for all ages. Busch Gardens has been voted the world's Most Beautiful Theme Park for 18 consecutive years



:: FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES
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The Science Museum of Virginia
The science museum with IMAX DOME contains over 250 hands-on exhibits and activities that further the interest and understanding of science and technology.

The Children's Museum of Richmond
For small children, this not-for-profit museum provides a chance for children to have fun while exploring activities that combine play and learning.

The Virginia Aviation Museum
The Virginia Aviation Museum boasts a collection of some 34 airframes, from reproductions of Wright Brothers kite gliders to the state-of-the-art SR-71 Blackbird.

Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion is an amusement park 23 miles north of Richmond with hair-raising rides, a huge water park, and stage shows for the whole family.

Richmond International Raceway
Richmond International Raceway hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. "America's Premier Short Track" also hosts the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and the United States Auto Club Silver Crown and National Sprint Car Series.



:: DINING NEAR THE OMNI RICHMOND HOTEL
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Cafe Gutenberg
Offering all day brunch for vegans and carnivores, the acclaimed menu is a local favorite found in Shockoe Bottom.

Millie's Diner
Carrying the title of Richmond Restaurant of the Year 2008 in Style Weekly, this diner is loved by locals for their successful blending of culinary styles.

Bottom's Up Pizza
Voted Best Pizza in Shockoe Bottom 2008 by Richmond Magazine, ever since its opening in the early 80's, Bottom's Up has served delicious pizzas in big quantities and is well known for their delicious crust.

The Tobacco Company
This four-story building has been at Shokoe Slip for 32 years and provides elegant dining and a club floor in a renovated building that was once an abandoned tobacco warehouse.

Richbrau Brewing Company
Richmond's first brew pub is large enough to accommodate parties of all sizes with its dining area, first floor pub, second floor billiards pub, and upstairs club.



:: ENTERTAINMENT
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Toad's place
Bands and musicians visiting Richmond are likely to stop by this new two-story music venue located in the heart of Shockoe Slip.

The National
Another downtown venue near Shockoe Slip that offers big name acts on a regular basis and adds a special concert-going experience with its renovated Victorian facility.

The Landmark Theatre
The building built in 1926 once served as the ACCA Temple Shrine for the Shriners and its name reflects its reputation as being one of the most recognizeable landmarks of the city.



:: GETTING AROUND TOWN
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Greater Richmond Transit System (GRTC)
For an inexpensive way to get around town, check the GRTC website for schedules, destinations, and fares. Prepaid fare cards are available in $5, $10 and $25 denominations.



:: LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS
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Feel like exploring Richmond's streets on your own? With its intimate size, it's easy to hop from one neighborhood to another for food, shopping, and entertainment.

Carytown
An urban retail district lining Cary Street. The area has thrived as a center for high-end, independent retail shops and boutiques. It is also home to one of the city's most beloved institutions, the Byrd Theatre, a restored movie palace that has operated continuously since 1928.

Shockoe Slip
A popular sightseeing destination for its collection of tobacco warehouses which have been converted to local shops, restaurants, and offices. The name "slip" refers to the canal boat slips nearby where goods were loaded and unloaded.

The Fan
The Fan is a district of Richmond, Virginia, named because of the "fan" shape of the roads that extend west from Belvidere St. Many cafes and locally owned restaurants are located here, as well as historic Monument Avenue.



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