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Sandston, VA 23150
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The grim site of Chimborazo, one of the Confederacy's largest hospitals, begins a tour of the Civil War battlefields of Richmond. A map obtained here will lead you to the sites of the Battles of Chickahominy Bluff, Beaver Dam Creek, and many more. The bloodiest battle of all was at Cold Harbor. The losses here were greater than those at Gettysburg when time is figured in; 16,000 men were lost, 8,000 in one hour. Admission is free.Park battlefields are open sunrise to sunset. The park is closed on the following days: Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.
Richmond Slave Trail is a significant part of Virginia's history. The trail mainly describes the dark era when the trade of African slaves took place in Virginia in the 18th and 19th Century. It begins from the Manchester dock as it acted as a major port in the trade of enslaved Africans. The trail covers major landmarks of the period including former sites of the slave markets, Lumpkin's Slave Jail and the Negro Burial Ground. The trail ends at First African Baptist Church. Tours are provided by various agencies.
By boat or by foot the Richmond Canal Walk is a beautiful and educational experience. Take a guided tour or learn about the site on your own. Trek through wooden steps, cobbled streets, and dirt trails - you certainly won't be bored with all of the pathways this walk offers. Brass disks embedded in the sidewalk, maps, photos and artifacts note historical events and people associated with the canals and locks.
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.
The Manchester Wall is located below the Manchester Bridge and features routes for all sorts of climbing - from top roping to sports climbing, this sixty-foot granite wall is one monster to tackle. The wall is a reminder of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge which spanned the James River. Whether you are a recreational climber or an expert, Manchester Wall offers excellent fun and sport for those who love to scale walls.
The Belle Isle Skills Course is a set of trails that bikers can test their skills on. The nature and scenery is beautiful, with meadows, forests and rapids dotted throughout the trails. This course is an introduction for enthusiastic bikers to improve their skills. From a pump track to rock gardens and rock drops, this skills course will shape you into an expert in no time.
This 54-acre (21-hectare) island of the James River has undergone several avatars in its time. What once started as a home to a granite quarry, served the nation during the American Civil War by housing a prisoner-of-war camp. Today, the Belle Isle has shed that avatar as well to become a city park. A great destination for people fond of the great outdoors, Belle Isle gives visitors an opportunity for walking, biking, swimming, rock jumping, sunbathing, bird watching, kayaking and even boulder top picnicking. A natural habitat for wildlife, don’t be alarmed if you come across a raccoon or duck while you’re here. Belle Isle is accessible through pedestrian and bicycle traffic via McArthur Bridge.
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 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.
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.
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.