Quality Inn West End
8008 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23294
Phone: (804) 346-0000
Fax: (804) 346-0006
In the 1880s, Lewis Ginter, a wealthy businessman, opened a resort on this land just northwest of Richmond. An avid gardener, he planted and cared for much of the foliage that still thrives in the park today. Upon his death, the property passed to his niece who opened a hospice for children in Ginter's home. She also cultivated the gardens and imported several rare plants. The land is now operated by the city as a botanical garden. Explore the Victorian garden, nature trails and the home, and perhaps stop at the Tea House for lunch.
Belmont Golf Course is situated in Henrico County and is one of the most impressive golf courses around. This one features an 18-hole PGA championship golf course, an eatery called The Fairway Grill and a full service pro shop that offers the latest equipment and apparel. Golf lessons are available upon appointment and gift cards may be purchased for friends and family who are golf lovers.
The Bryan Park is a prime historic park in the northwest of the city. Spread over a large area, the park offers an array of hiking and biking tracks. Another promising feature is the Joseph Bryan Park Azalea Garden. It boasts of over 450,000 azalea plants of roughly 50 varieties, as well as a small pond with a fountain. The park also features a well-designed golf course. It also hosts cultural events and festivals throughout the year. Admission is free, and in this fast-paced world of gadgets, a visit can revive your mind and soul.
Ukrop Park is a 45.5 acre sports complex that is home to the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club. The park features 7 athletic fields, with five of them sporting natural grass and the other two with synthetic turf surfaces. The fields are available for rentals, for various sports tournaments, field days, or private events. Located in Chesterfield County, there is no better place to play sports than at this spacious park.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayettte were all entertained at this stunning Georgian plantation home. Wilton was built by William Randolph III in 1753. It was moved from the Virginia countryside to Richmond's historic Windsor Farms neighborhood in the 1934. Period furniture and original wood paneling create a charming atmosphere.
The Arthur Ashe Center was built in 1982, and was the place where the funeral of tennis star Arthur Ashe was held. It is a 6,000 seater sports arena with 72,000 square feet of space. This sports facility contains a basketball court, and an indoor track, but it can hold any sports event. The seats are adjustable and the size of the track can be increased. This Center is also available for trade shows, community events, cultural shows and conventions.
The Diamond is home to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. All the seating is around the infield and the roof provides respite from the elements. The stadium is easy to get to and has plenty of parking space. The Diamond is known for its imposing size and concrete architecture.
The canal that was built to favor the passengers who traveled through the water ways was the James River and Kanawha Canal. Although frequently destroyed by the floods, the canal stood still in its appearance and continues to serve the passengers. This canal is spread over 138 acres (56 hectares) and is a great visiting place for the tourists. If you are still debating whether or not to visit, keep in mind that it is listed on the register of National Historic Places in the year 1971. The public pathway is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This 9,071 seat center was built in 1972 and is home to the University of Richmond Spiders basketball team. It is on campus and also houses other athletic programs through the university. Check the website for tickets and event listings.
For adventure lovers and enthusiasts, Riverside Outfitters offers a wide range of outdoor activities to choose from. Activities on water are rafting, downriver paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing. Climbing activities are tree climbing, ziplines, canopy ropes, limb walks etc. These are all done under supervision of guides in order to maintain safety of participants. The company also undertakes and tailors events and parties.
42nd Street Island is a scenic area that you can hike through to enjoy the view of the James River and a view of the Richmond Skyline. There are a bunch of big rocks to sit on, so after a long hike you can lounge around and immerse yourself in nature.
Gleaming gold and shining silver, and other examples of money through the ages fill this museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Exhibits include items once used for barter all over the world. Collections also highlight paper money of Virginia from 1755 to 1865, including the currency of the Confederacy. Prior reservations are required, see their website for further details.