The city of Richmond is a place of deep historical significance as it was heavily involved in the Civil War period.
As such, there are still many historical markers and sites that commemorate this period of time in Richmond, and a wealth of interesting museums.
As well as its role during the Civil War, Richmond is now known as an emerging tourist destination, and a huge number of exciting attractions have sprung up in recent years, including craft breweries and eateries that have put this city firmly on the culinary map.
Richmond sits on the impressive James River, and it has category III and IV rapids which mean that you can go out on the water and enjoy kayaking and canoeing, or even swimming in the calmer parts of this gorgeous waterway.
For those that prefer to keep their feet on dry land, Richmond is also studded with areas of great natural beauty including a wealth of parks where hiking and biking can be enjoyed, along with bird watching and horseback riding.
Lets explore the best things to do in Richmond:
1. Metro Richmond Zoo
Metro Richmond Zoo is known for having over 2,000 animals and if you come here you will find over 190 different species of wildlife that hail from all over the world.
Many of the animals that are homed here are endangered species like orangutans from Borneo as well as rhinos and tigers, and there are giraffes, tapirs, and cheetahs at Metro Richmond Zoo.
You can even feed the giraffes if you visit the zoo at certain times of day, which is certainly an unforgettable experience.
As well as animals you will also find birds here including a budgie aviary and there are fun attractions like a Safari Train that will take you on a tour of the African Savannah.