Thursday, May 14, 2009

Top Five Things to do in Richmond

When you live in a downtown Richmond condo, you’ll find a wealth of things to keep you busy in your downtime. After a long workday, you can relax in any of the city’s nearby parks, take in live music at a favorite club, or enjoy a lively sports events. Richmond is rich in historical and cultural flavors, and whether you live in this state capital or are visiting, you are certain never to be bored.

What are the best things to see and do in Richmond? It’s difficult to come up with a definitive list, but here are – in no particular order – what we think are the Top 10 attractions and suggestions for a fun day or night in Richmond, Virginia.

Stop and smell the roses! And daisies, and petunias, and…well, you get the idea. The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a popular destination for local lovers of flora. Tour the manicured Victorian gardens and see Virginia in bloom. Summertime brings live music to the garden, so pack a blanket, relax, and enjoy the tunes.

Hunt for ghosts! Haunts of Richmond is the city’s only walking ghost tour. When the sun goes down, go for a guided stroll through the Shockoe area and learn about the darker side of Richmond. Who knows who you’ll meet – living or otherwise – along the way.

Indulge your sweet tooth! Ask any local where to find a creamy, delicious milkshake and more than likely you’ll be pointed to the legendary Dairy Bar. This Richmond institution has been serving up the sweet stuff for over fifty years, along with sandwiches and other great lunches.

Cheer on the Spiders! These Spiders don’t spin webs, they are the might athletes of the University of Richmond. Whether your sport is baseball, football, soccer, or men’s or women’s basketball, the Spiders are always ready to play. Get tickets for a home game or match and enjoy.

Savor the taste of fresh fruit! The Carytown district of Richmond hosts an annual Watermelon Festival in early August. Stroll along the “Mile of Style” – as Carytown is known for its stylish boutiques and cafes – and sample delicious, fruity treats made with locally-grown watermelon. Just watch where you spit the seeds.

Kathryn Lively

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