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What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:08 pm

My company is sending me to Richmond, VA for a couple days of training. The class and hotel are near RIC airport. Is there anything to do there?
 
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RE: What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:35 am

Monument Ave is a great place for pics lol. The VA museum of Aviation is there too.
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RE: What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:54 am

Paramount's Kings Dominion Theme Park. Only 20 minutes north off of good ol' I-95.
 
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RE: What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:12 am

Make your way into downtown and visit the Capitol Square (near the intersection of with the recently restored Thomas Jefferson-designed (with additions in 1906) state capitol building, also the final capitol of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War (aka the "War of Northern Agression").

I'm not sure how much of the facitlity is open to the general public since the Senate of Virginia is one of my [favorite] clients and I'm always under escort but it is a beautiful building with a rich history, and part of the renovation included construction of an underground visitor's center. Capitol Square is bordered by Broad Street to the North, 9th Street to the West, Bank Street to the South, and Governor St. to the East.

It's an easy drive (15-20 minutes at the worst) from the airport. The Homewood Suites practically right across the street is my preferred hotel in the area, I've also tried the Double Tree and Hampton Inn (no longer a Hampton Inn) and was less than impressed with either of those.

If you're up for a longer drive, Washington DC is just up the road about 2 hours the other direction, but the one trip I had enough extra time to try to make a trip up there I spent an hour and a half looking for somewhere to park before giving up and driving back to Richmond (I did see most of the tourist spots out my driver-side window though-- and I also felt like my life was in danger every second I tried navigating the streets of DC. You think Los Angeles drivers are crazy....)
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RE: What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:47 pm



Quoting Gocaps16 (Reply 2):
Paramount's Kings Dominion Theme Park.

Paramount sold the park in 2006, it is just Kings Dominion now.
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RE: What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:40 pm



Quoting Dragon6172 (Reply 4):
Quoting Gocaps16 (Reply 2):
Paramount's Kings Dominion Theme Park.

Paramount sold the park in 2006, it is just Kings Dominion now

Lol, I'm in ORF. I've never been to KD, I should go!

There is an airshow late this month in Hampton, VA! Langley AFB! Air Power Over Hampton Roads!
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RE: What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:55 am

Thanks for the ideas. The aviation museum is near the hotel so I will probably go there. Time permitting, I might also check out the Capital area.

Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 5):
There is an airshow late this month in Hampton, VA! Langley AFB! Air Power Over Hampton Roads!

Thahks for the heads up.
 
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RE: What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:42 am



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 3):
I'm not sure how much of the facitlity is open to the general public since the Senate of Virginia is one of my [favorite] clients and I'm always under escort but it is a beautiful building with a rich history, and part of the renovation included construction of an underground visitor's center. Capitol Square is bordered by Broad Street to the North, 9th Street to the West, Bank Street to the South, and Governor St. to the East.

I was just there 1.5 months ago. The underground visitors center is open 6 days a week (I believe it's closed on Sunday). Also, the entire inside of the capitol is open to the public, including the old house room that collapsed at some time in history. You can also get on the balcony of both the house and senate even if they are in session.
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RE: What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:48 am



Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 5):
Lol, I'm in ORF. I've never been to KD, I should go!

I used to go to KD every summer when I was living in Arlington. Until I moved down to Virginia Beach couple years ago, I've been going to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg since I really like Busch Gardens and it's closer form where I live. I heard Six Flags or used to be AdventureWorld in Maryland sucked but i'm not sure about now. Been almost 10 years ago since I was there.
 
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RE: What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:46 pm

I liked Pamplin Park and of course Dominion Shooting Range  Smile
 
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RE: What To Do In Richmond, VA?

Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:15 pm

There's honestly not much for tourists in Richmond. You can walk up and down Cary Street, which has a wide variety of interesting shops. There's a holocaust museum and you can visit Edgar Allen Poe's house. Hollywood Cemetery is pretty interesting. It's very, very big and contains the grave of a couple Confederate generals and the old confederate president. It's a great place for walking, especially in the spring and summer when all the trees and flowers have blossomed. Richmond was the old confederacy capital. You can go swimming in the James River if you come in the summer, but that's more reserved for the youth. There are two hookah bars near Broad Street if that appeals to you. Near the airport there is not much to do at all. I've never been to the museum even though I fly out of RIC 15-20 times a year. I find Richmond pretty boring but I'm sure for the first time visitor you will be able to find enough to do for the day.

King's Dominion is sort of "ghetto" and more out of your way than the more prestigious Busch Gardens, which actually can't be more than a 30 minute drive east of the airport in Williamsburg. Busch Gardens is valued more for its cultural displays than its coasters. The park is based on 4 or 5 European countries and offers a variety of restaurants and other cultural activities. It's much better for the older generation; plus it's right next to the Anheuser-Busch brewery, and I see in your profile that you like to collect shot glasses. So Busch-Gardens may actually be an attractive option for you. If your up for the drive, Williamsburg has many, many historical landmarks and museums from the colonial days if that suits you. I despised that place as a kid, but many people come to RIC just to visit Williamsburg and Jamestown.

Hope this helps. From this analysis it seems to me you may enjoy renting a car on your day off and taking a trip east to Williamsburg to visit Anheuser-Busch and some old colonial settlements. I'll be honest with you though, I've never been to the Anheuser-Busch brewery so I don't know if tours or even buyable shot glasses for that matter are available. Richmond, in my opinion, is a drab city, but I live here so I've seen most of it many times.

Richmond:
http://www.poemuseum.org/
http://www.richmondgov.com/VisitorTypeVistors.aspx
http://www.va-holocaust.com/

Williamsburg:
http://www.anheuser-busch.com/breweryWilliamsburg.html
http://www.buschgardens.com/BGW2/
http://www.history.org/
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