Whether you are looking for a peaceful, scenic picnic spot, historic homes, botanical gardens, good running or biking trails, or a natural environment to explore and hike through, Richmond’s parks are sure to please you. Below, you can read descriptions of Richmond’s most popular parks.
Top Seven Richmond Parks
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers more than 50 acres of dazzling gardens, dining, and shopping on a historic property. Not only does the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offer more than a dozen themed gardens, it also offers educational classes, a unique classical domed Conservatory, a wheel-chair accessible tree house, an Adventure Pathway, and sand and water play areas. The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a non-profit organization and is partially funded by its Garden Cafe and Tea House and the Garden Shop.
Located at 1700 Hampton Street, Maymont is a grand 100-acre estate which was donated to the city by James and Sallie Dooley who lived on the estate from 1893 to 1925. At Maymont, you can explore the mansion and get a sense of what it might have been like to live upstairs as James and Sallie did, or downstairs as a domestic employee. Outside the mansion is a nature center with a waterfall and playful pond animals, a children’s farm, wildlife exhibits, and a variety of splendid gardens. The history and beauty of Maymont makes it a popular place for weddings, birthdays, and other important events.
Located at 4305 Sulgrave Road, Agecroft Hall is a Tudor estate which is hundreds of years old. Originally built in England, in 1925 it was sold at an auction to Thomas C. Williams who had it shipped back to Richmond, VA where it was reassembled and still stands today. Over 500 years old with furnishings just as old, Agecroft Hall is a pleasure to visit. For a breath of fresh air, wander through the park-like setting where you will be delighted by traditional, English gardens.
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Located at 3215 E. Broad Street, the Richmond National Battlefield displays Richmond history between 1861 to 1865. At this park you will see a naval battle, an industrial complex, a hospital, original fortifications, and many spots where soldiers actually stood and fought. Although this park offers cultural resources, visitors are encouraged to recognize the importance of the natural resources protected in the 1,400 acre park.
Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium
Located at 400 Sausiluta Drive, Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium is is a 6,500 square foot facility with many exhibits and hands on experiences. A 50,000 gallon aquarium gives visitors a “fish-eye” view of the marine world. People of all ages enjoy a variety of programs and tours that are held throughout the year at the Nature Center.
Capital Square Park
Located at 9th & Grace Streets, the Capitol Square consists of the State Capitol Building, gardens, numerous points of interest including: Governor’s Mansion (1813), Bell Tower (1824), Equestrian Statue of George Washington (1858), Zero Milestone, and many others. Capitol Square Park is a great place to take pictures or go for a stroll.
Located in Pamplin Historical Park, Breakthrough Trail is a historical walk through many original features of the battlefield of 1865 when Confederate soldiers fought to determine the fate of Richmond and Petersburg. Points of interest include the Hart House and original Civil War fortifications.