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Things to do in Rappahannock River

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“The museum is beautiful and peaceful. Worth a visit and it's walking distance from the Polar Bear.”
  • 177 locals recommend
Waterfront
“Beautiful waterfront with very nice restaurants, bars, and shops. A very walkable neighborhood.”
  • 160 locals recommend
Spa
“Nightlife, casino, concerts, luxury shopping, and fine dining! MGM is only 20 minutes away without traffic. Considered the 2nd biggest casino in the U.S. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Visit and watch the Changing of the Guard, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Home of the World Champion Washington Nationals! Great ballpark to catch a game if they're in town.”
  • 171 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Large mall, newly renovated. Usually packed, depending on season has lots of school tourist groups. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“National Harbor is home to exciting food spots, MGM Casino and plenty of outdoor activities! ”
  • 145 locals recommend
Historic Site
“ No history buff’s trip to D.C. is complete without a visit to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Home to our first president and his wife Martha, this expansive eighteenth-century estate is remarkable preserved. On what is still an impressive amount of land, you’ll find their stylishly appointed home, lovely gardens and grounds, and several historic outbuildings like a distillery and gristmill. It’s all been carefully preserved, and in some cases extensively restored, and it remains a fascinating look into the way wealthy Americans lived in the period. While this attraction is comprised of a few distinct buildings and does require some outside time, you’ll be able to spend the bulk of your experience in these lovely historic venues to avoid the rain.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Boutique Shopping in the heart of the city with unique finds and plenty food options. ”
  • 123 locals recommend
Park
“great on a summer day - trails wrap around the isle and along the river! Easy - moderate hiking / walking. Wonderful pedestrian bridge over the river. Bike trials as well! ”
  • 123 locals recommend
Cinema
“The historic Byrd Theatre is a great place to a see a movie-- tickets are $5, and there are a bunch of restaurants and dessert shops right next door to complete your date night experience :)”
  • 84 locals recommend
Art Gallery
$$$
“This is a former munitions factory turned Art Center located in beautiful Old Town Alexandria. The facility now houses the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios under one roof. You can view any of the seven galleries ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Historic home tour ($ ) and nature center ($) with complimentary grounds and Japanese garden. Lovely any time of year. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Cemetery
“amazing history! Great beautiful walk and view of the city/river! I highly​ recommend their guided tours! ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Museum
“Once upon a mid-night dreary ... Before you go, pick up a copy of Silverman's biography of Edgar Allan Poe ( or read the first few pages of the beside copy in our studio). You won't put it down and you won't miss the Poe Museum. In fair weather, don't miss the Poe Museum's weekly ":Unhappy Hour" on Thursdays for drinks in their ancient, eerily enchanting boxwood courtyard. The Poe museum collection is housed in the oldest residential property in Richmond, a charm of great gray stones, mortar, and slate. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Outdoor outlet mall across the river. Right behind the MGM Casino and National Harbor. Lots of stores at discounted prices.”
  • 63 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Garden
“The botanical garden is one of our gems in the neighborhood. only minutes by bike or foot you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful plants,ponds,a huge playground with splash pad and a beautiful conservatory ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Great food and excellent cocktails. Acclaimed New Southern fare in a homey, country-chic space with craft cocktails & Virginia wines.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“3 blocks, 5 minute walk. Small neighborhood grocery (good wine/beer selection) and Café. Cozy bar, inside and outside seating area. Great sandwich and soup specials. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Brewery
“If you like brewed beer and flights of wine in a cool place, you should try! ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“Brunch or lunch you can't go wrong with this Cuban-American spot. Traditional meets modern and never takes itself too seriously. Great for families or a drink to cure your hangover.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Café
“This is my favorite spot for coffee and brunch on the weekends. The spot is very unique and you can bring your dog and sit outside. Great food too!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Brewery
“One of the first local breweries in Richmond. Great views of the city and wonderful food. Beer menu includes long time favorites and seasonal brews. Wine, cider and other selections are also available. Often has live music on the weekends.”
  • 35 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Can Can is actually a great place to eat lunch or dinner, but I like it most in the early morning for coffee. it's perfect place for an 8am business date, or to go read a book with french press and the windows open. They also have an absinthe bar for later in the day.”
  • 41 locals recommend

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