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James River

Address: 22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone Number: 804-780-5733
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Ranked #16 of 87 Attractions in Richmond
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Kayaking, Swimming
Owner description: This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides on an antique...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Kayaking, Swimming
Owner description: This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides on an antique paddlewheel steamer or on a raft with a trained guide, as well as wading, fishing, rafting, kayaking or simply relaxing on the river banks and gazing out at the city.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Richmond is blessed with/by the James, and not only because it means there is one place The Man can't build some Tower to Commerce on. It's like fresh air into the lungs. Downtown Richmond is struggling (to put it mildly), and it's sad to see all the money going down along the river, but at least it's tax base that... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Whether you drive the road on the north or south side of the river between Richmond and Williamsburg and Jamestown you will be treated with more history than you can imagine. The historic plantations and the views of the river are great. Some of the plantations are still owned by members of the original families. When you connect the owner... More 

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Richmond
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Sections of the James River is so cool. The Buttermilk trail makes you feel like your in the mountains. The trail could take some time to do. Beware of the bikers. The rocks are neat to jump when water is low. Watch for snakes. Beaware of your surroundings. Use life Jackets on River. Under tow and currents are dangerous. Follow... More 

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Loved the view of the river from Oregon Hill, watching the traffic on the bridges crossing over is very relaxing. Walking the rocks along the river gives a thrilling adventure of nature.

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Gilroy, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Anyone with Virginia connections (and even those who do not) will enjoy the historical sites along the James south of Richmond. The plantation homes have been beautifully kept, and the guided tours are great. Everyone has favorites - mine are Berkeley and Shirley. Scenic drives and wonderful weather in the fall.

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Warsaw, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I always love a nature hikes and the river rolling over those fameous James river rocks. Bring a Camera to photograph Nature. But look out for strangers doing odd things .I suppose people have different ideas of what it means to " enjoy nature". I prefer the water,trees.

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Boca Raton
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Kayak or run or bike but please experience the James River. Every time our family can get to the river we do.

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Singapore, Singapore
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Go for a walk across the pedestrian bridges, hit up Brown Isle, go see the historic landmarks along the river, take a picnic, bring a dog, Go down Pony Pastures, jog the paths, take a tube ride for a couple hours. How could you not rate this a 5?? :)

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Dallas, Texas
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130 reviews 130 reviews
39 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Did a 6 mile or so loop. Parked at Reedy Creek (James River Park System on Google Maps). Ran west to the bridge, crossed over, ran east to the other bridge, went through Belle Isle and back. The run was enjoyable at 9AM with only a few folks on the trail itself, and a few more near Belle Isle. I... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This was not a white water trip,it was more like a float trip. You know if there are kids swimming next to your raft, the water is not moving.

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