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Richmond is the capital city of the state of Virginia. The city is a very pleasing amalgamation of the old-world charm and the modern lifestyle. The city has a rich historical and cultural background along with amazing beauty of nature. There are many places worth interest in the city ranging from gardens to historic sites.

There are many museums in the city which you can visit. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the biggest art museum in the south eastern United States. You can see some unique and interesting works of art. Another good museum is The Science Museum of Virginia which houses more than 250 interactive exhibits like the wonders of flight, illusions, and astronomy. The museum also has an IMAX and a multimedia planetarium show.

The Children’s Museum of Richmond is fit for kids between the ages of two and twelve. They can have fun while learning through many hands-on exhibits and interactive exhibits. Also located here is a 40-foot replica of a Virginia limestone cave. The kids can explore this cave along with their parents. The Play Works has a mock bank, supermarket and much more. Also visit the Aviation Museum to know about the history of the aviation industry. There are many activities fit for the kids including a flight simulator.

There are many historical sites in Richmond. The Executive Mansion a governor’s residence which has been occupied for the longest time continually. The mansion has been in use since the year 1813. You can take a tour of the Executive Mansion free of cost. Also visit the hundred acres Maymont House & Park. This Victorian estate has a children’s farm, nature centre, gardens, and a restored mansion. You can also enjoy tram and carriage rides.

History lovers should also visit the Richmond National Battlefield Park. You can take a tour of the sites related to the civil war battle years. Many historical programmes and visual presentations are conducted. Richmond is also home to the Virginia Historical Society. There are seven museums consisting of galleries. These galleries have exhibits like George Washington’s diary and Pocahontas’ hat buttons. Also visit the library for historical and genealogical research.

Take a site seeing tour down the famous Monument Avenue. The hand-paved boulevard is lined with trees. Many restored houses are located here. you can also see statues honouring Southern Civil War heroes such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

There are many outdoor activities worth mentioning in Richmond. The city has numerous parks including Byrd Park which has the Dogwood Dell amphitheatre. Also located in the park are ball fields, tennis courts, three lakes, paddleboats, and picnic areas. Pocahontas State Park is also a good place for outdoor fun. You can enjoy activities like boating, biking, hiking around Beaver Lake, wildlife exhibits, and a swimming pool. The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is a must visit if you love nature. You can stroll through the meadow, botanical gardens, teahouse, and garden shop.

Take a cruise down the James River on The Annabel Lee Riverboat. The boat has a capacity of 350-passengers and offers casual dining, entertainment, and plantation cruises.
Another interesting place in Richmond is the Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium. You can see a 50,000-gallon freshwater aquarium. Many interactive exhibits are located in the centre depicting flora and fauna that are unique to Richmond.

The city has a rich cultural background. There are many performing centres here like the Carpenter Centre for the Performing Arts. This centre has a capacity of 2,000 people and feature many productions and hosts business conventions. Do attend a concert by The Richmond Symphony or attend a performance of the Virginia Opera at the Carpenter Centre.

You must take a tour of the various cathedrals and churches located in the city. St. John’s Church is the venue where Patrick Henry gave his famous speech in 1775. Also visit The Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which has earned the reputation of the northern hemisphere’s largest mosaic cathedral. Richmond has close to 1800 churches and temples, cultural clubs, and ethnic food markets. Many festivals are held in the city through the year including Jewish carnivals, Greek and African festivals, Oktoberfest celebrations, and Native American Pow-Wows.

Richmond is a city of contrasts. There are many attractions which are of interest to the visitors. A visit to Richmond will be a unique experience as you enjoy its rich colourful history, beautiful architecture, friendly people, and diverse culture.