1. Soak Up the River City
When visiting the River City, the one thing you can’t miss out on is of course, the river. You’ll find the river packed with adventurers of all kinds and everyone is welcome. For a day full of fun activities on the water check out River City Adventures and float down the river in an inner tube or test your limits with whitewater rafting. But if you just want to take in the beauty of the river, head to Belle Isle and hop some rocks, or chill out at Texas Beach.
2. Explore Richmond’s Local Art
The one thing you may notice when walking the streets of Richmond are the murals. Murals have been covering Richmond’s buildings for years and the artists just keep coming. Check out the Richmond Mural Project for your guide to all of the cities murals and if you aren’t up for walking around all day, then try out a Segway tour with Segway of Richmond.
3. Art + Happy Hour = Very Happy
Richmond has become a pro of Happy Hours, you’ll find them at most local restaurants. But one Happy Hour that you won’t want to miss is at the VMFA. Friday Art + Wine at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the go to Happy Hour to kick off the weekend. From 5:30pm to 7:30pm the VMFA offers beverage specials and free half-hour museum tours. What’s better that perusing art and getting your buzz on.
4. Chow Down
If you truly want to experience the River City like a local, then you have to experience it through the local grub. Richmond’s food scene is ever changing and evolving, but always good. From the Fan to the Bottom, you’ll find every type of cuisine to satisfy your inner foodie. To make sure you get to sample all of what Richmond’s food scene has to offer, try a food tour with River City Food Tours.
5. See the City from Quirk
Richmond may not be the largest city around but we do have our fair share of rooftop bars and the best spot to see the city is at the Quirk Hotel. Their rooftop bar is a prime spot to grab a cocktail or two and gaze up at the Richmond skyline. This may be a hotel, but it’s a favorite local spot on the weekends, you’ll find everyone from hotel guests to local Richmonders. So grab a cocktail and enjoy the view.
6. Sip on the Many Craft Brews of Richmond
Richmond’s craft beer scene has continued to grow over the last few years and now with 14 local breweries you’ll get to sample everything from Fried Chicken IPAs to a Sugar Shack Somoa Porter. You’ll find breweries spread across the city from Ashland to Scott’s Addition and each one is making its mark on Richmond’s craft beer community. To make things easy for all your brew hopping ventures, here is our guide to Richmond’s craft beer scene.
7. Jam Out at the Broadberry
You may not think of Richmond as a prime live music destination, but between bigger music venues and small restaurants, you’ll be surprise what you can find. The National and the Broadberry are two local favorites when it comes to listening to live music and you’ll find a wide variety of genres performing. They host the big acts and the small acts, these two venues are for those who love all types of music.
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