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92º | 44% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 5:56 a.m. | Sunset 8:33 p.m.

Got visitors? We’ve got suggestions.
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Richmond has plenty of great places to take visitors.|Photo by @cwclarke_photos
Whether you’re still harboring holdovers from Independence Day or you’re just prepping for the impending surge of tourists, you may find yourself wondering where to take visitors in Richmond. Fear not — we’ve got you covered.

🍻 Drink

You can find a delicious local beverage for any time of day. Fueling up for a day of exploration is easy in a town overflowing with coffee shops. And, if later in the day you find yourself craving a local brew, Richmond’s got you there, too.

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Richmond’s known for its local beer and coffee.


Photo by RICtoday

🍕 Eat

Richmond wasn’t named a world culinary destination for nothing. Start your day with local brunch, or grab a slice on the go from one of the city’s numerous pizzerias. Craving a burger? Richmond’s got the best in the country. Or, make a pit stop for hot dogs, mac and cheese, or tacos. If a member of your group is vegetarian or vegan, fear not — there’s no shortage of options in town for a meatless foodie.

🛝 Family fun

Looking for kid-friendly things to do around town? Educational destinations like the Children’s Museum, the Science Museum of Virginia, and the VMFA can be fun for all ages. If the great outdoors is more your style, try one of the Richmond area’s expansive parks.

A photo of the James River Park System trails on a sunny day

Even in the hottest time of the year, the James River Park System has no shortage of beautiful trails to explore.


Photo by RICtoday

🪩 Hit the town

It’s not hard to show your guests everything Richmond has to offer without breaking the bank. Spend the day wandering the city’s endless thrift stores, then head out and see a show — there’s no need to spend a fortune on tickets to see a great concert. Or, if you’re feeling brainy, take your pick of local trivia spots.

Did we miss anything? Where are your favorite spots to bring visitors to Richmond? Send us an email and give us your recommendations.
Monday, July 8
  • Skywatch | Monday, July 8 | 9-10 p.m. | RPL Westover Hills Branch, 1408 Westover Hills Blvd., Richmond | Free | Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society to observe the night sky and spot celestial objects.
Tuesday, July 9
  • Flying Squirrels vs. Harrisburg Senators | Tuesday, July 9 | 6:35 p.m. | The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | $10-$25 | Cheer on the Squirrels and get ready to party at Motown Music Night.
  • Bad Cop/Bad Cop | Tuesday, July 9 | 7 p.m. | Richmond Music Hall, 623 E. Main St., Richmond | $20 | The riot grrrl band will play with Oceanator and 40Reps.
Wednesday, July 10
  • Literary Virginia Book Group | Wednesday, July 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This month, the group will discuss “Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis.”
  • The Amazing Acro-Cats! | Wednesday, July 10-Sunday, July 14 | Times vary | Dominion Energy Center Gottwald Playhouse, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond | $28-$68 | Witness a troupe of trained cats give a one-of-a-kind performance filled with tricks, feats of agility, and an all-cat band.
Thursday, July 11
  • Tennis Under the Lights | Thursday, July 11 | 5 p.m. | Battery Park, 2803 Dupont Circle, Richmond | Free | Enjoy games, a free clinic, and a round robin to celebrate Arthur Ashe’s 81st birthday.
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News Notes
  • A new stretch of the Virginia Capital Trail is open. The new section, which connects Great Shiplock Park to Dock Street Park, made its public debut on Friday.
  • Joye B. Moore, founder of local pie company Joyebells, is a semifinalist for the Black Ambition Awards. The Richmond-based baker is in the running for a prize of up to $1 million. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • As some members of the community voice pollution concerns, the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors is weighing the pros and cons of a new natural gas plant. If built, the Chesterfield Energy Reliability Center will be on Battery Brooke Parkway. (Virginia Mercury)
  • Richmond-based healthcare logistics company Owens & Minor is officially moving. After 18 years in Hanover, the company has leased a space for its global headquarters in Henrico’s Innsbrook office park. (Richmond BizSense)
Fun Fact
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