The West End Mom
5 Fun Adventures Around Richmond
Updated: Jul 25, 2021
Looking for an easy activity with your family? Here are a few of our favorite half day adventures around Richmond. Most of the locations are cheap to visit (or free), and you can pack a picnic or add a treat spot if you want!
Animal Adventure: Anyday
Maymont: We love Maymont because it has so much to see: animals, gardens & trains. We always start at the Children's Farm, and we love having picnics near the mansion. Less than 5 minutes away is John B. Cary Elementary School's caboose playground. Since RPS are completely virtual, you can visit this playground daily from dawn to dusk.
*This adventure is free!
Click here for my review on Maymont and here for my review on John B. Cary Elementary playground.
Donut Adventure: Tuesdays Only
Mrs. Yoder's Donuts: Mrs. Yoder's food truck is at Westbury Pharmacy every Tuesday from 8-12, so this is perfect for early risers. We like to pick up the *best donuts in Virginia* prior to playing at Cheswick Park, less than 5 minutes away. Cheswick Park is Henrico’s oldest neighborhood park & it has a playground, picnic shelters, open spaces to run and a mile of walking trails. There’s lots of shade and a stream that runs through the park, making it incredibly peaceful!
While Mrs. Yoder's is only available on Tuesdays, you can visit the Ridge Shopping Center for snacks on other days. It's 6 minutes from the park, and it has Shore Dog Cafe & Coco & Hazel.
*Playing at Cheswick Park is free.
Click here for my review of Mrs. Yoder's Donuts and click here for my review of Cheswick Park.
Garden Adventure: Thursday - Sunday, 12 to 5
Agecroft Hall: This tudor manor has beautiful gardens, trails with views of the river & train tracks. It is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for students, and children 6 & under are free. Since Agecroft doesn't open until noon, we like to play at Mary Munford Elementary School's amazing playground & take a picnic lunch to Agecroft afterwards. Spring and summer are our favorite times to visit, and the tulips bloom from the end of March to April. Also, Taste is family-friendly with a large outdoor patio and it's 3 minutes from Mary Munford Elementary School.
*This adventure costs around $10, depending on family size.
Click here for my full review of Agecroft and click here for my full review of Mary Munford playground.
Ice Cream Adventure: Anyday
Coco & Hazel: This is one of our favorite treat spots in Richmond. We love to walk around Westhampton Lake or the Eco Corridor at University of Richmond and then stop for treats on Coco & Hazel's patio. Both paths at UR are bike & stroller friendly.
Coco & Hazel is also walking distance from Third Church's playground. We like to play and then walk across Ridge for treats.
*Visiting University of Richmond & Third Church are free.
Click here for my review of Third Church , here for my review of UR's campus, and here for Coco & Hazel.
Park Adventure: Anyday
Short Pump Park : This park is in the heart of Short Pump & there's a brand new fence around the playground. We like this park because it has lots of swings, two playgrounds, open green space, a garden & a paved trail. The trail is perfect for scooters & bikes. There is also a dog park next to the picnic shelter.
After visiting the park, head to Short Pump Mall to see Prismatic Kaleidoscope Experience and get Frost Gelato. Prismatic will be at the mall through April 27.
*Playing at Short Pump Park & visiting the Prismatic Kaleidoscope Experience are free.
Click here for my review of Short Pump Park & click here for my review of Prismatic.