Short Pump Family Things To Do & Historic Richmond Attractions
Richmond Virginia - Things To Do.The heart and soul of Richmond is just beyond our hotel’s front doors! Explore 400 years of history through exquisite architecture and monument-lined cobblestone streets. Enjoy Broadway shows at the Landmark Theatre, concerts at The National, and the hottest shopping and dining at Short Pump Town Center and the Sunday Vintage Market. Catch NASCAR action at Richmond International Raceway, thoroughbred racing at Colonial Downs, and Richmond Raiders football at Richmond Coliseum. Celebrate the history and culture of Richmond at events like the annual Brunswick Stew Festival and the annual Historic Garden Week with tours of gorgeous homes and gardens. Nature lovers will discover whitewater heaven on the Class IV rapids on the scenic James River and brilliant fall foliage on Monument Avenue. [Top]
Richmond, Virginia Top Attractions
Short Pump Town Center.Located in the West End of Richmond, Short Pump Town Center is a lively shopping, dining and entertainment destination. From cool couture to hot Harleys, Short Pump Town Center features upscale boutiques, shops, national retailers, department stores and eateries. Anchored by Dillard’s, Dick’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom, Richmond’s open-air shopping center features Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Bose, Buckle, Crate & Barrel, Eddie Bauer, Express, Fossil, Guess?, Hollister Co., J. Crew, Gap, Pottery Barn, Richmond Harley-Davidson, Swarovski, and Victoria’s Secret. Enjoy restaurants like Baker's Crust Café, Bar Louie, Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Copper Grill Lobster & Steakhouse, Firebird's Wood Fired Grill, Maggiano's Little Italy, and Tara Thai, as well as a Food Court. Enjoy a night out at Dave & Buster’s and Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant. Visit www.shortpumpmall.com
Greater Richmond Convention Center.Virginia's largest exposition and meeting facility, the Greater Richmond Convention Center inspires millions with its special events, conventions, trade shows and expos. With its prime Richmond location, vast capabilities, advanced technology, catering, and state-of-the-art business center, this enormous venue is one of the most exciting meeting destinations in the Mid-Atlantic. Situated in Virginia's capital city, minutes from Richmond International Airport, the 700,000-square-foot event facility features 178,159 sq. ft. of exhibit space, 32 meeting rooms and the Grand Ballroom. Whether planning a gala wedding celebration or a national convention, the Center is the ideal venue for conferences, conventions, meetings, trade and consumer shows, banquets and galas, and sporting events in Richmond, VA. Visit www.richmondcenter.com. [Top]
Metro Richmond Zoo.The Metro Richmond Zoo's naturalistic exhibits showcase 600 animals, including tigers, kangaroos, giraffes, chimpanzees and penguins. Visit a herd of giraffe up close, and let these gentle giants eat out of your hand. Learn about the African penguins at zoo’s daily feedings. Kids love fun rides like Safari Sky Ride and the Jungle Carousel. Visit www.metrorichmondzoo.com.
Richmond Coliseum.Richmond Coliseum is a world-class arena that hosts blockbuster concerts, events, shows, entertainment and sports, including indoor arena football, minor league hockey, college basketball, and professional wrestling. Starting in the 2010 season, Richmond Coliseum will be the home of the Richmond Raiders, a professional indoor football team in the American Indoor Football Association. Richmond Coliseum presents scores of concerts and events throughout the year, including Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Freedom Classic Festival, Martina McBride and Trace Adkins, and the CAA Men's Basketball Championship. Visit www.richmondcoliseum.net. [Top]
Virginia State Capitol / Governor’s Mansion.The beautifully renovated Virginia State Capitol has been restored to its early 1900s grandeur. An architectural blend of new and old, Virginia’s Capitol offers a fascinating look at the themes presented by Thomas Jefferson as well as a 21st-century experience of the future of the Commonwealth. The new Capitol features a Visitor's Center, Meriwether's Café and the Capitol Shop in the underground extension. Guided tours include the Rotunda, Old House and Old Senate chambers, and one of the newly-restored 1906 legislative chambers located in the wings. Tour the restored Governor’s Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, furnished with early 20th century antiques. See the original woodwork, plaster cornices, and ornamental ceilings. During the Civil War, when Richmond was the Capitol of the Confederate States of America, the Mansion served as the center of leadership. For tours, visit www.virginiacapital.gov.
Kings Dominion.Virginia’s most exciting theme park, King’s Dominion offers 400 acres of ultimate family fun and entertainment. Enjoy hair-raising rides and coasters, sizzling shows, a wild water park, and lots of entertainment and events. King’s Dominion features the wildest scream machines on the East Coast - 13 pulse-pounding roller coasters, including El Dorado, Dominator, Anaconda and Grizzly, a beastly wooden coaster. Get pumped on thrill rides like Berserker, Flight of Fear, and Xtreme SkyFlyer. Kids love kid-sized coasters, rides and attractions like Nickelodeon™ Central! and the live show Planet Snoopy. Enjoy wet and wild fun at WaterWorks, 20 acres of splashy slides, rides, flumes, and waves on attractions like Pipeline Peak, Zoom Flume, and Tidal Wave Bay. Visit www.kingsdominion.com/#actions. [Top]
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.Richmond’s historic Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a beautiful garden where you learn about plants, connect with nature, relax in a magical setting, enjoy gardening classes, or have a wedding. One of the most popular attractions in the Richmond area, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers diverse gardens, peaceful landscapes and facilities for a variety of experiences. Marvel at the million tulip blooms, encounter wildlife, walk the pathways around Sydnor Lake, explore the Children’s Garden, browse the Garden Shop and enjoy events such as GardenFest of Lights and Flowers After 5. Visit www.lewisginter.org.
Maymont Park and Mansion.Celebrating a decade of history, habitats and horticulture, Maymont Park is a 100-acre Victorian country estate in Richmond, featuring Maymont Mansion, a historic house museum, historic buildings, an arboretum, formal gardens, native wildlife exhibits, a nature center, a carriage collection, and a petting zoo - the Maymont Children's Farm. Explore the Romanesque-style mansion completed in 1893 - an expression of Gilded Age opulence and luxury - and wander through the breathtaking gardens and landscapes that took three decades to create. Tour the Normandy-style Carriage House, Stone Barn, and Water Tower. Visit www.maymont.org. [Top]
Innsbrook After Hours.In its 25th season, Innsbrook After Hours presents Richmond’s most exciting concerts, musicians, shows, and events. Enjoy an intimate concert under the stars at this outside pavilion in nearby Glen Allen. For upcoming concerts and tickets, visit www.innsbrookeafterhours.com or email email@example.com.
Richmond International Raceway.Rev up your Richmond vacation with high-speed racing action at Richmond International Raceway - known as America’s Premier Short Track. One of the most popular raceways in motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well the IndyCar Series. Feel the high speed thundering under the night lights on the unique ¾-mile D-Shaped oval track that offers fans racing perfection. For upcoming race events, visit www.rir.com. [Top]
Landmark Theatre.Built in 1927, Richmond’s Landmark Theater presents a variety of stage performances and events, including Broadway shows, symphony, ballet, children’s theater, lectures, concerts, fashion shows and The Richmond Forum. Nestled in the Virginia Commonwealth University campus - just west of downtown Richmond - the theater is one of the country’s greatest performance houses and a spectacular venue for concerts, live theater and Broadway shows. For tickets and upcoming events, visit www.landmarktheater.net.
The National Theatre.One of the East Coast’s most dynamic concert venues, The National Theatre in Richmond presents a diversity of exciting concerts, musicians, tours and events in every genre of music - from rock to folk to country. Upcoming concerts at The National include: 311 and Gregg Allman Band. Parking decks are available behind the venue. For information and tickets, visit www.thenationalva.com or www.livenation.com/venue/the-national-theatre-tickets. [Top]
Virginia State Fair.Come celebrate at the annual Virginia State Fair - one of Virginia’s greatest traditions since 1854. Enjoy toe-tapping live music, exciting shows and exhibits, great food, fine arts and crafts, fun attractions, and Virginia’s top livestock, equine and agriculture competitions. Held at the Meadow Event Park, the Virginia State Fair is a wonderful family adventure full of animals, agriculture, equestrian sports, baked goods, crafts and events like the Black Tie & Boots! Visit www.statefair.com
Colonial Downs Racetrack.Colonial Downs is Virginia’s top thoroughbred horse racing track, featuring a summer thoroughbred racing season, a fall harness racing season, and year-round events like the Patriot Trot and Day of Champions. Kicked off by the Racing to the Stars & Stripes Festival over July 4th weekend, summer thoroughbred races are run on the 180-foot wide Secretariat Turf Course, the widest grass surface of any track in North America. The 1¼ mile dirt track - the country’s second largest - hosts the Virginia Derby, Colonial’s showcase event attracting thoroughbred racing’s top three year old turf horses and jockeys to compete for the $750,000 prize. Fall harness racing starts in mid-September with the New Kent County Fair. Visit www.colonialdowns.com. [Top]
Richmond Area Historic Landmarks - Day Trips & Tours
Jefferson’s Monticello.Ginspired at the magnificent mansion Thomas Jefferson. Set in Central Virginia, Monticello is the masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson, designed, built and furnished for his family for over 40 years. Enjoy a guided tour and see the beautiful furnishings, art, books, gadgets, and objects that reveal Jefferson’s vision for America’s human rights, democratic values and revolutionary independence. Tour the 5,000-acre Monticello plantation, once a center of agriculture and industry. Explore the beautiful flower, fruit and vegetable gardens, a botanic showpiece and experimental laboratory of plants from around the world. Explore spectacular landscaped grounds with forested groves, trees, and roundabouts - traces of Jefferson's original roads. Visit www.monticello.org/house/index.html.
Colonial Williamsburg.One of the top 10 family destinations by Southern Living, Colonial Williamsburg reveals the sights and sounds of the 18th century and lets you experience life during our nation’s earliest years. Explore historic homes and buildings where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry inspired the fight for America’s independence. Walk through the Historic District, a recreated town with hundreds of original buildings, shops, homes, public buildings and gardens over 301 acres. Enjoy daily programs with costumed interpreters, tradespeople, and guides that present the emotions and triumphs of the Revolution. See rare treasures at the Colonial Williamsburg art museums, where ancient objects tell colorful stories. Don’t miss Colonial Williamsburg's "Revolutionary City", a dramatic living history experience that covers the American Revolution (1774 to 1781) through streetscape events and vignettes. Visit www.history.org. [Top]
- Virginia Commonwealth University - www.vcu.edu - Distance 12.8 miles
- University of Richmond - www.richmond.edu - Distance 12 miles
- University of Virginia - www.virginia.edu [Top] - Distance
- J. Sargeant Reynolds - www.jsr.vccs.edu - Distance 2.3 miles
- University of Phoenix - www.phoenix.edu - Distance 7 miles
- ECPI of Technology - www.ecpi.edu - Distance 3 miles
- South University - www.southuniversity.edu - Distance 1.8 miles