Last Updated: 2010-07-22

Black History Museum & Cultural Center

Located at 00 Clay Street, Carroll Anderson founded the museum in 1981 before moving the museum to its current location. The museum is a neoclassical style structure built in 1832 and purchased by Maggie L. Walker in 1922. In 1932, it became the African-American branch of the Richmond Public library; in 1991 it was converted to a museum and cultural center for visual, oral and written records and artifacts commemorating the lives and accomplishments of Blacks in Virginia from their arrival in 1619 to present. Artifacts, videos, historical documents, and photographs are used to highlight the achievements of African-Americans in Virginia through. For more information, call (804)780-9093.

Busch Gardens Amusement Park

Located off I-64 East at exit 199 in Williamsburg, Busch Gardens has been acclaimed as America's "Most Beautiful Theme Park" for nine consecutive years. It is also nationally ranked with two of the top 10 coasters in the US - the Loch Ness Monster and Alpengeist. Shows and rides of all kinds fill the park's European themed villages, dozens of thrilling rides and attractions, eight main stage shows, a wide variety of authentic foods and shops, and a great kids place, Land of the Dragons - all make Busch Gardens Williamsburg the ticket to a world-class adventure. Open from mid-March to the end of October. Combination tickets with Water Country USA are available.

For more information, call (757)253-3350 or (800)343-SWIM (7946).

Camps N Kids Program

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities offers various summer camps each year. For more information, call (804)646-1026.

River District Canal Cruises

Enjoy 35-minute historically narrated tours or private charters of the James River & Kanawha Canal along the historic Canal Walk in a covered boat that accommodates up to 38 passengers and departs on the hour from the Turning Basin between 14th and Dock Streets in downtown Richmond's River District. Richmond's canals began in 1789 after George Washington lobbied the General Assembly to proceed with his vision of a canal and turnpike system that would connect the harbors of the east to the trade and market opportunities in the west. Today, you can enjoy the journey through the River District from April through November.

For more information, or to book a private charter, visit www.venturerichmond.com. Call Venture Richmond at (804)788-6466 or (804)649-2800.

Completely Kids Website

Visit this family friendly website for information on things to do and see in the metro Richmond area. Also contains a list of other sites that may be interesting to families, and information about homework help.

Children's Museum of Richmond

Located at 2626 W. Broad Street in Richmond, come out and explore over 250 interactive exhibits including the wonders of flight, illusions and astronomy in the 42,000 square-foot museum. An interactive, hands-on museum for children ages 6 months to 12 years. Permanent participatory exhibits include - How it Works, the Feeling Food Neighborhood, the Art Studio and Our Great Outdoors. There is also an OMNIMAX film and multimedia planetarium show. (804)474-CMOR.

Community Centers

The city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities provides leisure time projects, programs and activities for the enjoyment of Richmond residents of all ages, from athletics and aquatics to activities for seniors and programs in art, dance and crafts.

Community Centers are located throughout the city and offer programs of interest for citizens of all ages, from the tiny pre-school aged participant to the senior citizen. Programs range from arts and crafts to sports and fitness opportunities.

Crafts Website

Discover life's little Pleasures with Crafts. Do you need a stress buster? Visit this innovative website for information on all types of craft projects, lesson plans for teachers to incorporate crafts into the classroom, and project ideas and suggestions.

Family Events

For a calendar of family events in and around Richmond, visit this website for more information.

Federal Reserve Virtual Money Museum

Located in on their website, this virtual museum has information about currency, rare bills and gold and silver bars.

Festival of the Arts

June to mid-August, Annual Festival of the Arts in Byrd Park at Dogwood Dell. For more details, call (804)646-1437 or the Dell hotline (summers only) at (804)358-DELL.

Kids Website

Jokes, games and activities, this "kid" friendly website is "just for kids" and lots of fun.

Maymont

Located at 1700 Hampton Street, this 100-acre Victorian estate, once home of Major James H. and Sallie May Dooley, was bequeathed to the City of Richmond in 1925. Features include: nature center and gardens, a carriage collection, children's farm and native Virginia wildlife exhibits (with more than 300 animals, almost 60 species), and the restored mansion. Since 1975, Maymont has been maintained and operated by the private nonprofit Maymont Foundation.

For more information, call (804)358-7166.

Metro Richmond Zoo

Located at 8300 Beaver Bridge Road, more than 400 animals (some of which are endangered species displayed in spacious, naturalistic exhibits. For more information, call (804)739-5666.

Paramount's Kings Dominion

Located off of I-95 at exit 98, in Doswell, Paramount's Kings Dominion is only 20 miles north of town. This 400 acre theme park has the most roller coasters in one location on the east coast! The newest addition is the Volcano and The Blast Coaster - billed as the World's fastest suspended coaster! Be a part of the action with James Bond 007: A license to Thrill adventure film, or the kids can check out Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats at Nickelodeon Central, but don't get slimed! Lots of fun for the whole family! This theme park draws on Paramount movies and TV series for its inspiration. Star Trek characters such as Klingons, Vulcans, and Romulans stalk the grounds and the rides are patterned after such movies as Days of Thunder, Top Gun, and Wayne's World. Shows, simulator rides, water slides, and roller coasters offer traditional theme park thrills.

For more information, call (804)876-5000.

Paramount's Water Works

Located off I-95 North in Doswell, Paramount's Water Works is Bigger, Better, Wetter and one price covers both Paramount experiences! There was a major redesign in 1999 of Paramount's Hurricane Reef Water Park! Cool off and chill out on those hot summer days with some quality time spent in a cool wet world with some great water slides, rapids and thrills! Try Pipeline Peak, the tallest, fully-enclosed water ride in the country! Check the weather, open May through early September and swimsuits are required. For more information, call (804)876-5000.

Park Search Application

This tool provides searchable information on Richmond parks, playgrounds and community centers. Through a comprehensive database, this application identifies which facilities are equipped with athletic fields, ball diamonds, basketball courts, exercise trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, tennis courts, swimming pools, and tot lots. It also provides information on how to make reservations at one of our facilities.

Parks & Playgrounds

No matter where you are in Richmond, you're never far from one of the many city parks. Each park offers a wide range of opportunities for outdoor recreation. At our parks, you can enjoy a picnic, jog, go fishing, or find a quiet spot to get away from it all. Come see what we have, just for you.

Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities - "Where the Fun Begins"

Visit the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities website to get information and activities on cultural arts, athletics and fitness, parks and playgrounds, clubs and activities for seniors, community center activities, special programs and a calendar of annual events.

For more information, call (804)646-5733.

Richmond Kids

Visit this website to get family resource information for childcare, health and family services, places to eat, toy shops, recipes, movie reviews by children more.

Science Museum of Virginia and Ethyl Imax Dome & Planetarium

Located at 2500 West Broad Street, the Science Museum is the best Richmond has to offer in the way of hands-on science. Adults and children alike will be fascinated by the exhibits, which explain the physics of aviation, the insides of a computer, or the astronomy of the night sky. Fly a flight simulator, write a computer program, grow your own crystals, or catch an omnimax film in the planetarium. Traveling and seasonal exhibits give visitors a dynamic, current perspective on science.

For more information, call (800)659-1727.

Three Lakes Nature Center

Located at 400 Sausiluta Drive, the Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium brings together three worlds: air, water, and land, for visitors to explore. The center features a variety of exhibits designed to give the visitor hands-on knowledge of the plant and animal life of the area. A 50,000 gallon aquarium gives visitors a "fish-eye" view of the underwater world. The exhibits introduce wildlife living in the wetlands and woodlands of the park. Through self-guided tours, appropriate for all ages, hands-on activities, and animal habitats, the Nature Center makes the world of nature come alive.

For more information, call (804)262-5055.

Water Country USA

Located off I-64 East at exit 199 in Williamsburg, Water Country USA, is the largest water park on the east coast. Seasonally open from mid-May through early September, this is a wet and wild 50's beach party for the whole family. A great respite from those hot summer days, the park has something for everyone, from lazy raft rides to lots of spiralling water slides and just for the little ones, play lagoons. Combination tickets with Busch Gardens are available.

For more information, call (757)229-9300.

Contact Information:

Office of the Press Secretary
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 201
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Fax: (804)646-5945

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