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As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Richmond offers visitors a huge array of museums and historic sights, as well as plenty of family-friendly activities.
Many significant moments in America’s history were played out in the Virginia State Capitol building, so it is a great place to start your visit. The building itself was designed by Thomas Jefferson in the 1780s and is still home to the Virginia General Assembly.
Take a tour of the Old House and Senate chambers, which are open to the public as a museum. There’s plenty to learn about the Civil War here, but if you want to know even more, head to the Museum of Confederacy a few blocks north.
For history of a different kind, head west to Hollywood Cemetery for a mix of history and recreation. The sprawling cemetery has a monument to the 18,000 Confederate soldiers and 25 generals buried there. Take a guided tour or pick up a map and see the mausoleums of two U.S. presidents – John Tyler and James Monroe – who are buried alongside artists, writers and millionaires.
For a taste of Richmond’s historic grandeur, head further west and arrive at Maymont, a 19th-century mansion and grounds covering 100 acres (40 hectares). As well as the beautiful architecture of the opulent house, which has been maintained as a museum, families can enjoy a petting zoo and wildlife exhibits.
A great way to escape Richmond’s notoriously hot and humid summers is at the city’s museums. For families, there’s the Science Center of Virginia and the Children’s Museum of Richmond right next door. The nearby Museum District has art spanning 5,000 years at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. See Russian jewels, and ancient sculptures and paintings by Monet and John Singer Sargent.
Hire a car to navigate the city with ease. Free parking is plentiful. Richmond’s landscape is hilly, and the attractions spread out, which makes walking or biking difficult. Public Transport is limited to a bus service. Buy a Go Card from a grocery store or newsagent and top-up to ride.
Situated in Petersburg, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Blandford Church, Centre Hill Museum, and Farmers Bank. Siege Museum and Sycamore Rouge Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Southside, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Putt-Putt Fun Center, Chesterfield Towne Center, and Stuffy Bear Factory. Rockwood Park and Mid-Lothian Mines Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Chester, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Parker's Battery Park and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from The Lazy Daisy. Point of Rocks Park and Dutch Gap Conservation Area are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Dumbarton, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Regency Square Mall, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and Markel Building. Shops at Willow Lawn and Crossroads Art Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Virginia Aviation Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. John's Episcopal Church and Edgar Allan Poe Museum. Dabbs House Museum & Henrico County Tourist Information Center and Dorey Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Southside, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Blue Bee Cider, Edgar Allan Poe Museum, and Virginia State Capitol. Artspace and Ancarrow’s Landing are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Richmond, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Short Pump Town Center and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Children's Museum of Richmond. Hunting Hawk Golf Club and Regency Square Mall are also within 9 mi (15 km).