Fun Things to Do in Richmond
NBIA will be keeping conference attendees busy, but those looking for a little extra fun will find plenty to do in Richmond. A bustling city that still holds onto its historic roots, Richmond has plenty of touring hotspots and hidden avenues of culture and charm. Check out the following highlights – and don’t forget about NBIA’s tours to Colonial Williamsburg and Berkeley Plantation, two early-American landmarks not to be missed!
If you’re a museum lover, then Richmond is your kind of city! Soak up the culture at more than 80 museums and galleries including the Science Museum of Virginia, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Poe Museum and the quirky Eggspace Gallery, located underneath a highway on Richmond’s south side.
Interested in a little shopping? You’ll find an old-fashioned walk-and-shop experience at "On the Avenues." Named for the intersection of its two main avenues, Libbie and Grove, this charming shopping district lets visitors explore a variety of shops – from antiques to clothing boutiques and specialty stores. For a more unconventional shopping experience, check out Carytown. This stretch of West Cary Street between Nansemond and Colonial streets features an eclectic mix of locally owned cafes, boutiques, salons and restaurants.
Catch a scenic ride down Richmond’s Monument Avenue and you won’t be disappointed. The street is lined with monuments to some of Virginia’s most famous citizens, including Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart and Arthur Ashe.
Mmm … Beer
At the end of a busy day, you might be looking for a place to kick back and relax. Check out the Legend Brewing Company, located on the James River, about 5 to 10 minutes from the conference hotel. It’s a great place to grab dinner or sample a Richmond-brewed beer. You can even tour Legend’s own brewing facilities.
Thrills and Excitement
Central Virginia is the home to three major theme parks: Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Paramount's Kings Dominion and Water Country USA. King’s Dominion is only a 15-minute drive and boasts 12 roller coasters, including the only compressed-air launched coaster in the United States.
A Day at the Park
For some outdoor fun, visit Maymont Park. Formerly a 100-acre private estate, it’s now a public getaway, complete with manicured gardens, picnic areas, a petting zoo and a nature center housing everything from otters to bears.
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