Plus, summer activities for kids
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Get the team together
Explore The Branch and enjoy lunch with your team in the garden. | Photo by RICtoday
Reader Janel G. reached out to us as a manager of a small team, requesting a roundup of corporate-friendly activities for a workday excursion. We came up with six ideas to get out of the office and explore Richmond.

Topgolf, 2308 Westwood Ave.
Take the team for some fun on the climate-controlled driving range. It opens at 10 a.m. each weekday. Have a larger group? See about event packages.

Hotel Greene, 508 E. Franklin St.
This self-described highfalutin’ mini golf course opens at 2 p.m. on Thursdays. Stop by with your small team or schedule a corporate outing for groups of over 16 people.

PlantHouse Richmond, 2100 Cary St. Unit 101
This plant store offers walk-in DIY terrarium building, and you can reserve space in advance — a table seats six. Pro tip: The shop is moving to a new location in Scott’s Addition at the end of June.

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Ave.
The galleries are open to explore Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with $5 suggested admission. Plus, bring or order lunch to enjoy in the garden.

Riverfront Canal Cruises, 139 Virginia St.
These 40-minute trips into Richmond’s history along the canal make for an ideal office excursion. Book in advance or walk up to the Canal’s Turning Basin kiosk; boats can accommodate 28 passengers.

RVATukTuk Tours
Embark with your team to see the city from an electric, open-air vehicle that seats six. Choose a daytime tour with offerings like the mural tour, bakeries tour, or scavenger hunt.

Keep Virginia Cozy
Help clean our community and get out in nature by signing up for a corporate cleanup. Pro tip: They typically host two per month on Tuesdays, so this activity would require some more advance planning. Send an email to inquire.

Like any team, we know collaboration is key. What would you add to the list? Click the button below to give your thoughts.
Monday, June 5
  • Kevin Hart: Reality Check | Monday, Jun. 5 | 7 p.m. | Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond | $80-$250 | The Emmy and Grammy-nominated comedian comes to Richmond.
Tuesday, June 6
  • Pierce The Veil + The Used | Tuesday, Jun. 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond | $46 | Rock out on the “Creative Control” tour with special guests Don Broco and DeathbyRomy at Virginia Credit Union Live.
  • Flying Squirrels vs. Altoona Curve | Tuesday, Jun. 6 | 6:35 p.m. | The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | $10-$25 | Grab your real-life twin or just your BFF for Twin Night.
Thursday, June 8
  • Flowers After 5: Landon Elliott | Thursday, Jun. 8 | 5-9 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond | $0-$17 | Walk the gardens and hear tunes from the singer-songwriter out of North Carolina.
Friday, June 9
  • Friday Cheers: Watchhouse | Friday, Jun. 9 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Brown’s Island, S. 9th St., Richmond | $10-$15 | Head to the island for this folk duo and local openers Palmyra.
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Lake Murray Country, SC: The perfect place to play + stay
An aerial view of Lake Murray Country, SC
From scenic sights to indoor fun and yummy bites, Lake Murray Country, SC has it all. | Photo provided by Capital City Lake Murray Country
In just a short drive from Columbia SC, you’ll find the “Jewel of South Carolina.” Enter: Lake Murray Country. Whether you want to spend time in the great outdoors or keep your adventures air-conditioned, there’s so much to see and explore in and around Lake Murray Country, including:

Outdoor excursions

  • Experience the natural wonders of Congaree National Park on foot or by water. With 25+ miles of hiking trails and 2.4 miles of boardwalk, there are many ways to explore the Congaree wilderness, including guided canoe tours.
  • At night, the Purple Martins take flight. Each summer the skies over Bomb Island on Lake Murray come to life as the Purple Martins arrive for their summer vacation. The best way to see this phenomenon? Book a boat tour. Pro tip: The number of birds peaks in mid- to late July.

Explore indoors

  • Housed in the historic 1893 Columbia Mill textile building, the South Carolina State Museum tells the history of the state through traveling museum exhibits, permanent collections, and educational programs. (Planning a date night? Check out Friday Night Laser Nights for classic rock and stunning visuals.)
  • Named one of the top 10 zoos in the country by TripAdvisor, the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to 2,000+ magnificent animals and houses one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens.
After your fun-filled day outdoors or inside, check out the culinary and nightlife scenes.*
News Notes
  • Watch out for congestion and closed lanes in the Stratford Hills area for the next few weeks. Starting tomorrow and going through Wednesday, June 21, the city will be paving 20+ streets.
  • Several Henrico high schools will host graduation ceremonies at the Siegel Center starting tomorrow at 11 a.m. Watch out for traffic on Broad Street near VCU through Thursday, June 8. RPS graduations are also taking place this week at the Altria.
  • Dominion is no longer moving forward with its plans for a clean energy park. The company had announced the project after scrapping plans to build an office tower on the downtown site. Now, the land will go up for sale. (Richmond BizSense)
  • Local company YME Landscape and the Dept. of Public Works have begun implementing the plan to revitalize the former site of the Robert E. Lee monument. The landscaping will add 6,000 plants and 28 trees to the site, which has been fenced off for over two years. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • PlantHouse RVA is moving from its home in the Fan to a new, larger location in Scott’s Addition. The plant store also hosts workshops and group events. Look out for the grand opening on Saturday, June 24.
Try This
  • Sea Suite Cruises RVA has launched its new cruise experience, Tiki Club RVA. The tropical boat can accommodate 30 passengers and is available for private charters and public tours.
  • The search for the Golden Ticket is on in Carytown. Through Saturday, June 10, shop for locally-made chocolate bars at these stores for a chance to win a prize pack valued up to $150. Bonus: The Byrd is showing “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” after the contest.
  • It’s Pet Appreciation Week, and it’s a great time to celebrate your furry friends. From stylish collars and leashes by Major Darling to healthy treats by Botanical Bones, our online shop (Six & Main) features the perfect products for your pets.
School’s out for summer — now what?
Baby goats visited Maymont in the spring. | Photo by RICtoday
Richmond and Henrico public schools let out this Friday, June 9 — and Chesterfield students have already said goodbye to the school year. If you’ve got kids who now have wide open schedules, consult our guide to kid-friendly activities.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main St. | 🎟️ Family memberships
Register for classes and camps that teach kids the basics of sewing, metalworking, stained glass, and more.

Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Rd.
This Chesterfield park was the largest state park in Virginia when it was created and is home to the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.

Maymont, 1000 Westover Rd. | 🎟️ Family memberships
Interact with animals on the farm, at the Robins Nature Center, and at wildlife habitats.

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. | 🎟 Family memberships
From daily demonstrations to visiting exhibitions to rat basketball, young scientists will find something to enjoy.

PARK365, 3600 Saunders Ave.
The park is designed to accommodate individuals with disabilities, but all are welcome to play.
The Wrap
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From the editor
If the two tour opportunities in today’s main story have you intrigued about seeing the city in a new light, check out our guide to tours of Richmond.
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