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Life's Rich in Richmond

A family trip to Virginia's state capital.



We drive past Richmond on our way to Hampton Roads often. At least half a dozen times I've said, "We should stop and see what's going on there." But, as way leads to to way, that road has proverbially been left not taken.


Until recently, when our family took a trip to Virginia's state capital for a few days. We discovered Richmond offers plenty of culture and entertainment, while providing a sense of familiarity and friendliness found in small towns.



The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a must-go destination.

VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free.




Belle Isle Historic Park is a 54-acre island in the heart of Richmond. Part of the James River Park System, the main access to Belle Isle is by pedestrian footbridge from Tredegar Street.


It was so secluded on a chilly afternoon that we thought we had wandered into the wrong place. We walked the long bridge and discovered the beauty of Belle Isle. The views were both grim and spectacular as there were natural spaces and grey industrial buildings surrounding us.


Our favorite restaurants by meal:


Breakfast: Baker's Crust Carytown


Lunch: Istanbul Kabob House


Dinner: The Fat Dragon


Dessert: Proper Pie Company


Snack: Sugar Shack Donuts


What can I say? We like to eat!


If you are looking for a place to take the kids this spring break, consider #Richmond, Virginia. It's full of history and wonder, not to mention great food and lots of fun.

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