Want to surprise your special someone with a romantic getaway? Or maybe you and your boo want to plan a fun weekend excursion together but you're not sure where to start?
Whether you and your partner prefer scenic views and outdoor adventures or fascinating museums and rooftop cocktails, we have something to please both of your palates. Here are some ideas to help you start planning a romantic Richmond vacation that will have you falling in love all over again.
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Were you aware that there is a top comprehensive US art museum with more than 5, years of art from around the world, right here in Richmond?! Image credit: Brian Lewis. Sugar Shack Donuts. With sprinkles. Or bacon.
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Now go treat your sweetheart to a morning sugar rush. There's something extra romantic about a beautifully landscaped garden filled with a bounty of gorgeous flowers and blossoming plants. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, ooh and ahh at the orchids and other tropical plants inside the Conservatory, enjoy a delightful brunch at the Robins Tea House, and browse through the fun finds in the gift shop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Helpful hint: The Garden stays open late for live music at Flowers After 5 every Thursday in the summertime, so plan accordingly and a lovely afternoon visit can easily segue into a romantic evening at one of the region's most scenic spots. Formerly the private estate of James Henry and Sallie Dooley fromMaymont is a special place where the man-made elegance of art and architecture is surrounded by the natural beauty of plants, animals, water and paths.
Whether strolling through the Italian and Japanese gardens, touring the Maymont Mansion, watching river otters play at the Nature Center, petting a goat, or picnicking on the lawn, Maymont is a gift of acres given for all to enjoy. Duke it out with a skeeball matchup or show off your champion pinball skills. Image credit: Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Agecroft Hall rests serenely on the banks of the James River, more than 3, miles from its original home overlooking the River Irwell in Lancashire, England. Agecroft Hall had its beginnings in the late 15th century, but by the mid's, the building had deteriorated largely due to coal mining in its vicinity. The structure was bought by successful Richmond businessman T.
Williams Jr. After decades as a private residence in Richmond's Windsor Farms neighborhood, it is now a house museum with glorious gardens, all of which pay tribute to the Elizabethan Age. Take a house tour, wander the gardens, and imagine what life might have been like for those who lived in Agecroft Hall across the sea many years ago.
Richmond is a living canvas with many walls throughout the region painted by local and international artists. Home to over murals and counting! Grab your S. Treating your sweetheart to a romantic dinner is the perfect culmination of a lovely day spent wooing each other all over Richmond. Consider booking your dinner reservation ahead of time, since many of the popular spots tend to fill up pretty quickly around here, especially on weekends.
So go ahead and book a table right now so you don't have to worry about hangry-ness ruining a lovely evening. Image credit: Kip Dawkins, courtesy of L'Opossum. Did we get your attention with that delectable slice of salted chocolate caramel cake? Uh huh. Thought so. Prefer to take your dessert s with you to enjoy elsewhere? No problem.
Image credit: Shyndigz. Does your partner have a need for speed? Head to Thunderbolt Indoor Karting and challenge him or her to a thrilling go-kart race! You will both have a blast as you take to the track for a bit of friendly competition, Formula One style!
Loser buys drinks or dessert afterward! Raise a glass and toast to your love for each other and your newfound love for RVA! Their delicious ciders are made with rare and heirloom Virginia apples prized for their tannin, acidity, and flavor. Image credit: Paige Stevens Photography. Feel like teenagers again as you stroll, hand-in-hand, through the amusement park, scoping out which coaster to ride next.
Get your adrenaline pumping, watch some stellar shows, eat delicious food, and have a blast spending such a fun day together! With over species of animals from around the world, at the Metro Richmond Zoo you will see everything from snow leopards, giraffes, camels, and monkeys to flamingos, penguins, lions, tigers, and even a pygmy hippo! Visit Kumbali the cheetah and his best pal Kago the yellow lab and watch them romp and play. You're never too old to visit the zoo, and what date could possibly be cuter than seeing adorable animals together?
Catching an evening ballet, symphony, or theatre performance just screams romance, doesn't it? Image credit: Richmond Ballet. A blend of urban convenience and quaint rural appeal, James River Cellars Winery has been producing fine Virginia wine since Located in historic Hanover County, the winery is just a short drive north of Richmond and less than 2 miles off I Sample wines in the newly expanded tasting room, or pack a picnic and head outside to enjoy a bottle of wine while admiring the views from the patio or terrace.
If you or your boo happen to be literary enthusiasts, you can't miss the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. As you might expect, the Poe Museum celebrates the life and influence of Edgar Allan Poe by documenting his accomplishments and focusing on his many years in Richmond. The museum is located in the Old Stone House, built circa and cited as the oldest original building in Richmond.
The Poe Museum houses and displays the largest museum collection of Poe memorabilia in the world! Pretty cool, huh? Browse the fascinating exhibits, stroll through the Enchanted Garden, visit the Poe Shrine, and meet Edgar and Pluto - the resident black cats of the museum. It's a dreadfully good time, we promise! This one is a no-brainer, especially if you or your S. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place where you and your sweetie can discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region.
After you tour the galleries, be sure to check out the gift shop and pick out fun RVA mementos for each other.
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Grab your special someone and head to one of RVA's popular live music venues to rock out to your favorite bands or discover new ones together! Throughout the year you can catch awesome acts at The NationalThe BroadberryAltria Theaterand The Camelplus many more live music hot spots. Prefer a more intimate setting where you and your love can enjoy a seated dinner and drinks during the show?
Imagine this scenario. Walking hand-in-hand across the James River with your love. Gazing across the river at the lit-up city skyline. Leaning in for a kiss and stopping to enjoy the moment while first in the scenic view as the flowing water provides a serene soundtrack. Make it happen with a stroll across the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge. Share your love for art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Were you aware that there is a top Richmond US art museum with more than 5, years of art from around the world, right here in Richmond?!
Stop to smell the roses or tulips at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden There's something extra romantic about a beautifully landscaped garden filled with a bounty of gorgeous flowers and blossoming plants. Date nature and Victorian elegance at Maymont Formerly the private estate of James Henry and Sallie Dooley fromMaymont is a special place where the man-made elegance of art and spots is surrounded by the natural beauty of plants, animals, water and paths. Spy for Street Art Richmond is a living canvas with many walls throughout the region painted by local and international artists.
Make a Dinner Reservation at One of Our Incredible Restaurants Treating your sweetheart to a romantic dinner is the perfect culmination of a lovely day spent wooing each other all over Richmond. Spoil your sugar pie with sweet treats at Shyndigz Did we get your attention with that delectable slice of salted chocolate caramel cake? Rev things up and get behind the wheel at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting Does your Virginia have a need for speed? Image credit: Paige Stevens Photography Share some exhilarating thrills together at Kings Dominion Feel like teenagers again as you stroll, hand-in-hand, through the amusement park, scoping out which coaster to ride next.
Enjoy a night at the ballet, symphony, or theatre Catching an evening ballet, symphony, or theatre performance just screams romance, doesn't it?
Sip and savor local wine at James River Cellars Winery A blend of urban convenience and quaint rural appeal, James River Cellars Winery has been producing fine Virginia wine since Delight in a night of live music Grab your special someone and head to one of RVA's popular live music venues to rock out to your favorite bands or discover new ones together!