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Parks & nature in James River

Garden
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“Year-round locale with 50 acres of themed gardens, dining options & a classical domed conservatory.”
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Park
“Great lookout that is the "view that named the city". If you're looking for a workout, join in on the Libby Hill Steps! It is a WORKOUT. When you're done, enjoy the sunset. You won't be disappointed. ”
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Park
“The grounds for the monument take visitors on a archival journey through World War II and the politics and perils that embody the time period. Paying tribute to the men and women who served their country in one of its most dire battles, the D-Day National Memorial creates a solemn atmosphere for veterans and visitors alike to gain insight and learn more about the events that shaped our nation’s and our world’s history. ~dday.org”
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Trail
“AMAZING views and street art on the canal walk. If you're into taking photos - you'll definitely want to bring your camera when visiting. There are also canal tours available.”
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Park
“Start at the entrance on Langhorne Rd. and you can do the whole paved trail. Great place for a bike ride or run. ”
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Park
“My absolute favorite park in Richmond - the sprawling urban green space features century-old Italian and Japanese gardens, a collection of antique and reproduction carriages, national and state champion trees, wildlife habitats with native Virginia animals like black bears and bald eagles, a Nature Center with giant aquariums and creatures of the James River, and a Farm with goats, pigs, cows and other livestock. Look for special programs and events throughout the year. Whoever you are, you can find something to delight, educate and inspire you at this Richmond treasure. Admission to the grounds and gardens is free. ”
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Capitol Building
“The oldest State Capitol in the U.S., designed by Thomas Jefferson. Pretty views of the city, grounds and picnic benches for sitting. ”
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Park
“Noted as one of the World's Wonders in the 1700's; surveyed by George Washington, later owned by Thomas Jefferson. Hike under the arch along Cedar Creek, plus numerous other hikes in the Park. See the Basecamp Nature Exhibits, Monacan Native People's Village, local artisan crafts for sale, too!”
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Ski Area
“Want to go Skiing but its summertime? No problem! This is the place for you! There's snowboarding, skiing and tubing all year round. Practice your moves, improve your skills, or just have fun!”
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Zoo
“So much fun to drive through the fields and feed all the exotic animals. Watch out for the greedy camels! Live demonstrations, snacks and a great gift shop.”
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National Park
“Views, Views, Views! While in Virginia you must see the Parkway - it is awesome. -15 min by car”
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Park
“Its a beautiful place to share an afternoon. There are English and Japanese gardens, 100 acres of grounds, and a mansion and a nature center to explore. ”
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Campground
“Although situated on the second largest body of freshwater in the state, Smith Mountain Lake State Park is not just for water enthusiasts. In addition to a full range of water related activities, including swimming, fishing and boating, the park offers miles of hiking trails, cabins, primitive camping, picnicking, a visitor center and interpretive programs. Size: 1,248 acres.”
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Park
“Along both sides of the river. Secluded spots, class 5 rapids, birdwatching haven, sunbathing on the rocks on the southside (near Belle Isle or west at Pony Pasture), off road biking, jogging trails. ”
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History Museum
“Wrought from the ruins of the Tredegar Ironworks factory, producer Confederate munitions during the Civil War, the American Civil War Museum is a tour-de-force. Too much to take in during a single visit, it is a life-long learning center. ”
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Cinema
“Get a taste of marine history including the Merrimac and the Monitor and the Battle of Hampton Roads during the Civil War. A new exhibit of the America's Cup includes a huge catamaran from the 2013 America's Cup. I still remember the fascinating Ship Model Gallery from my childhood. It made quite an impression --tiny ships in great detail. Admission is only $1 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. ”
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