Richmond has a lot to offer in the way of family fun. One thing you will never hear from your kids when you are in Richmond is “I’m bored”. From toddler to teens, Richmond and the greater metro area offers a variety of family fun opportunities for both the indoor and the outdoor enthusiast.
If it’s a rainy day or you want to visit museums, Richmond has a fine Children’s Museum, Natural History Museum and the Museum of the Confederacy, all of which offers loads of family fun.
James River Park
If however, the weather is fine and you are an outdoor loving family then head on over to James River Park. This five hundred acres park lines both banks of the James River from Huguenot Flatwater to Ancarrow’s Landing. The park offers the opportunity to kayak, canoe, swim, jog, rock climb, hike, fish, and bird-watch or just enjoy the great outdoors in the midst of an urban atmosphere. You can easily go from the park to the downtown area and any of the other activities your family wants to take part in.
You can spend a few exhilarating hours or an entire day. There is a visitor center where you can pick up a map and find out any tours that might be given during your visit. North Bank Park offers access to Belle Isle the site of a Civil War Prison and gives you the opportunity to throw in a history lesson along with your outdoor activities.
Segway of Richmond
If your children are old enough to enjoy this activity it is the best way to take a historic tour of Richmond. Hop on your Segway and let your well trained guide take you to the State Capitol, St Paul’s Church the Canal Walk on the James River and through Shockoe Slip. This and more will give you a unique perspective of Historic Richmond. Tours last for two hours and there are several to choose from including one of Hollywood Cemetery. How cool it that? Allow at least 2.5 hours for this activity since even for the most athletic there is a learning process that must be gone through before your tour begins.
G-Force Go Kart
Again for the teens and preteens this is a great way to get their attention and let them blow off a little steam and energy. Children 8 years and up are allowed to operate the go-karts and if the adults want to take part as well, who can blame them. You can do one race or up to 20 and even an all-day package. Once you make your first race you will be hooked so you may have to consider returning. Check their website for times and pricing.
Is there a family anywhere who doesn’t enjoy a visit to the zoo? This is a great way to spend a day outdoors visiting with the animals, watching the penguins being fed, riding the jungle carousel, taking a safari ride high above the zoo or feeding the giraffes. This is not an immense zoo but it certainly will offer hours of entertainment for the younger members of the family.
Maymont Children’s Farm
Bring the children to Maymont Farm for a hands on farm experience. They will get to interact with goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys and many other farm animals. Children get to participate in the regular life on a farm and learn to appreciate the part that these animals play in our everyday lives. Some rare breeds are living on the farm as well. The farm is open all year and offers a different experience in every season.
They also have a very nice cafe if you are getting hungry after spending time on the farm.
Located about 20 miles north of Richmond this is a full blown amusement park with the most roller coasters in the state of Virginia. Obviously this is a great place to take the older children but the little ones haven’t been neglected. Nickelodeon Central is a perfect place to meet up with Sponge Bob Square Pants or Dora the Explorer. The youngsters will love Rugrats Toonpike where they get to drive their own cars and the Taxi Jam coaster. This is a whole day of family fun and maybe even more than one.
So get your family together and head to Richmond. You will have plenty of family fun to keep you entertained no matter what age you are and if the kids learn a little history along the way, that’s a good thing too. Family fun in Richmond is easy to come by.
I have been an Internet writer for more than 16 years. While I specialize in travel, I write on a variety of subjects. I love genealogy, food, and fashion. I have 10 grandchildren so family travel is something we often do.