in Richmond, VA (showing 1 - 6 out of 6)

There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!

Brown's Island

S 7th St
Richmond, VA 23219   Directions

(804) 788-6466


Brown's Island was named for Elijah Brown who acquired the land from Rhode Island in 1811. This piece of land is strategically located near downtown and is now part of the James River Park. Live concerts are held there on Fridays during the summer, and the land features footpaths and hiking trails that prove to be popular with nature and outdoors enthusiasts from all over the area. Added attractions include the fast water with large and small rapids and a path that leads down to the river behind a pier that all make for a great opportunity to commune with nature.

Byrd Park

Richmond, VA

(804) 646-0761


The Maymont section of Byrd Park is where you will find a captivating and inviting set of recreational trails. While you will want to bring water, a working cell phone and a camera as neccessities, remember to be extra careful as there are several bears in this part of the park!

Joseph Bryan Park

4308 Hermitage Rd
Richmond, VA 23227   Directions

(804) 646-0036


The Joseph Bryan Park may be an inviting place for families to play and relax in the great outdoors, but, like plenty of places in Richmond, it has an interesting history. Before it became a park, the property was part of the Young family's Westbrook estate in the 1700s. It was also a gathering place for participants in Gabriel's Rebellion in 1800. In addition to a walking path and tennis courts, there's also a great playground and picnic area and a tot lot that features a very popular sandbox.

Major James H. and Sallie May Dooley

1700 Hampton St
Richmond, VA 23220   Directions

(804) 358-7166


Maymont began as the 100-acre Victorian estate of Major James H. and Sallie May Dooley. The couple's mansion was complete in 1893 and over the next three decades they created lush garden scenery, picturesque landscapes and beautifully crafted outbuildings. Today, visitors can not only enjoy all of that natural allure, but there are such amenities as the Maymont House Museum, historic gardens, a carriage collection, nature center, wildlife exhibits and a children's farm to enjoy, as well. Still, there are several choice spots to enjoy an outdoor picnic on this inviting piece of historic land.

Metro Richmond Zoo

8300 Beaver Bridge Rd
Moseley, VA 23120   Directions

(804) 739-5666


The Metro Richmond Zoo lets your kids get up close to the animals. They'll marvel at the towering beauty of the giraffes as they get a chance to actually pet them. They'll giggle uncontrollably when they hear the orangutan whistle or watch the monkeys monkey around with each other. The kids will have plenty to see as the zoo features more than 400 animals in their natural habitat attraction. It'll be a day full of wild fun, so be sure to stop at the zoo's gift shop to pick up a neat souvenir to commemorate your family's very own safari.

Three Lakes Park

400 Sausiluta Dr
Richmond, VA 23227   Directions

(804) 652-1470


Three Lakes Park offers plenty of recreation and much to look at as you hike on the trail that winds through the three lakes. Both aquatic and avian wildlife is plentiful, and the trail is a great diversion. Located in northern Henrico, this trail gains more popularity by the day.

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