Find educational and leisurely things to do near Richmond, VA

Downtown Richmond is located about 15 minutes from the Country Inn & Suites, Richmond I-95 South, VA, making our rooms and suites the perfect launching pad for exploring Virginia’s capital. See the exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts before grabbing a bite to eat at a restaurant downtown. If thrilling sporting events are more your speed, you can catch a race at Richmond Raceway or cheer on the VCU Rams at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, both within 25 minutes of the hotel. Looking for kid-friendly things to do nearby? The Science Museum of Virginia boasts interactive exhibits that will keep your little ones entertained, and the Canal Walk provides opportunities to learn about Richmond’s historic past.

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Downtown Richmond

9.76 mi / 15.7 km from the hotel
A visit to downtown Richmond provides the opportunity to browse through eclectic shops, dine in charming restaurants, and stroll along the scenic riverfront.

The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar

9.36 mi / 15.06 km from the hotel
View over 500 Civil War artifacts on display at this educational museum, located on the site of the former Tredegar Ironworks. Over the course of the war, the ironwork facility provided nearly half of the artillery used by the Confederate army.

Berkeley Plantation

14.69 mi / 23.65 km from the hotel
Built in 1726, this mansion was the birthplace of US president William Henry Harrison and the ancestral home of his grandson and fellow president Benjamin Harrison. Guides in period costumes conduct tours of the mansion.

Canal Walk

9.34 mi / 15.03 km from the hotel
Take in stunning views of the James River as you stroll along the picturesque Canal Walk. The pathways are lined with educational blurbs that detail the role that Richmond played in the Civil War.

Kings Dominion

30.29 mi / 48.75 km from the hotel
Plot out your roller coaster route and enjoy more than 60 rides at Kings Dominion. This theme park also includes a 20-acre water park and Planet Snoopy for younger kids.

Richmond Raceway

12.85 mi / 20.69 km from the hotel
This track welcomes the NASCAR Cup Series and also hosts the Richmond Highland Games.

Science Museum of Virginia

11.34 mi / 18.25 km from the hotel
Kids of all ages get a kick out of visiting this museum, which includes hands-on exhibits about the human body and the universe. Visitors can also watch immersive nature films on a 76-foot-high screen in the Dome theater.

Short Pump Town Center

20.57 mi / 33.11 km from the hotel
This Richmond mall has more than 120 stores and restaurants and features popular retailers like Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Macy’s, and J.Crew.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

11.05 mi / 17.78 km from the hotel
Browse some of the world’s greatest works of art at this museum, which houses more than 50,000 pieces. Admire paintings by masters like Degas, Goya, Monet, and Renoir, and discover new artists in the modern art collection.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

9.63 mi / 15.49 km from the hotel
Dating back to 1838, the VCU School of Medicine is home to the largest and oldest medical school in Virginia.

University of Richmond

13.56 mi / 21.82 km from the hotel
Join fellow Spiders at this liberal arts university, which boasts strong internship and study-abroad programs.

Virginia Commonwealth University

10.31 mi / 16.59 km from the hotel
Nearly 30,000 scholars call the campus of this popular university their educational home. Students have their choice of over 200 programs of study, including unique-to-Virginia options like Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.