Springtime in Richmond is a great time for families to enjoy what the city can offer. The colder temperatures start to become a distant memory and the warm days greet us like an old friend that you haven’t seen in a long time. The kids want to be active and your family is ready to spend time outside as the seasons change. You may wonder what kind of activities should your family do? Well, we have collected 5 things your family should try this springtime in Richmond!
1. Spring at Maymont
Maymont springs into spring with an action-packed, wonder-filled season brimming with programs and events for all interests and age groups showcasing every facet of this American estate. Get up close and personal with the goats, enjoy an in-depth look at the gardens, or chat with a Victorian lady! Fees vary for activities; some activities are weather-dependent.
Suggested activity: Your family should try the Family Scavenger Hunt at Maymont. On March 28, 30 & APril 1, explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a whole new way! Crack secret codes for clues, and use maps and riddles to find your way around the estate in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. This is a great activity for your family to have fun and be outside during the springtime in Richmond. Different difficulty levels are available. Ages 4 and older; adult must accompany child. $15 per family or group (up to four people)/$12 members.
2. A Million Blooms at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The Garden’s celebration of spring! A parade of blooms unfurls as the weather warms: daffodils, tulips, peonies, roses and many more. Events throughout the season include Butterflies LIVE!, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest (formerly the Spring Plant Sale), and activities in the Children’s Garden. Other Also, don’t miss our new Cherry Tree Walk with cherry blossoms and other blooms around Sydnor Lake.
Suggested activity: Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit is a great event for the entire family. Get a peek at early spring blooms in the Garden and lush displays in the Conservatory. Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs. Concert by the Richmond Concert Band on the lawn at Bloemendaal House (3/26). Easter Brunch in the Tea Hours by reservation only (3/27).
3. The James River Park System
The James River Park System, a unique part of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, includes over 550 acres of shoreline and islands in the capital of Virginia, extending in 14 sections from the Huguenot Bridge in the west to a half mile beyond the I-95 Bridge in the east. It includes most of the fall line of the James River. Rocks, rapids, meadows, and forests make for an area of unspoiled natural beauty — a little bit of wilderness in the heart of the city.
Suggested activity: Springtime in Richmond is a perfect time to go for an easy walk with your family in the woods and along the river at the James River Park System. Start at Pony Pasture parking lot and take the Louise Burke or R.B. Young trail east. You’ll come upon lovely river views and numerous side trails. When you reach Pleasant’s Creek, either keep the creek on your left and saunter back in a loop to the parking lot, or head across the bridge into the Wetlands for a longer walk.
4. South of the James Farmers Market
The South of the James Farmers Market is an open-air producer-only market where farmers and artisans sell locally-grown and hand-made items. Located in beautiful Forest Hill Park, the South of the James Market runs year-round. The farmers market is a rain or shine event. It does close if there are dangerous weather conditions such as lightening or excessive snow.
Suggested activity: Springtime in Richmond is a great time to see all of the great produce the local farms have to offer. Take the entire family to the farmers market and grab lunch while you are there. Have your kids help you purchase ingredients from local farms to use for dinner. Not only will your family be supporting local businesses but you will also have freshest in-season ingredients for your meal!
5. Metro Richmond Zoo
Home to more than 2000 animals representing over 190 species from around the world including many endangered animals such as tapirs, cheetahs, rhinos, tigers, and orangutans. Visit a herd of giraffes up close, and let these gentle giants eat right out of your hand! One of the few zoos to offer this unique experience. Immerse yourself in the budgie aviary and see hundreds of colorful birds as they fly down to perch on your head, arms, and shoulders. Hop aboard the Safari Train and ride into the African Savannah. Get up close and personal with free-ranging animals while receiving a guided tour.
Suggested activity: Your family definitely needs to try the Treetop Zoofari! Treetop Zoofari is Richmond’s first zip line and adventure park! If your family likes to be active and is adventuresome, this is a great place. It is located at the Metro Richmond Zoo in Chesterfield County. They have courses for adults as well as for the little ones all the down to 4 years old. Where else can your family zip by animals such as kangaroos and monkeys? You can also purchase their Zip & Zoo combo for some savings.