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James River

22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
804-780-5733
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Ranked #19 of 104 Attractions in Richmond
Type: Bodies of Water
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... more » 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. « less
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The James River is the heart of the city. When we visited the National Civil War Center at Tredegar, we did the Canal Walk on Brown's Island and saw kayakers and swimmers in the river. The next day we took a tour by canal boat from the eastern end and saw some of what we'd seen on our walk plus... More

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Lithuania/VA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I keep coming to the river, at different places, almost each time I visit Richmond for 7 years already. Each time- be it winter or summer, the river is nice and gives a great oportunity for a walk along it. Those who are more adventurous like canoing in its dangerous (in my humble opinion) waters. In hot summer the level... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Perfect place for chilling and swimming. Also good for tubing as the current of the river can take you with it.

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Richmond, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Bridge still looks like it will collapse... Did they learn anything from the Kansas City skyway collapse... You don't suspend a bridge underneath another bridge, it weakens the upper bridge and increases the risk of a collapse.... Since the only access route to this state park is unsafe AVOID IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE. Go to Browns Island instead.

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Franklin, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Belle Isle is on the southern side of the James River in Richmond, Va. and is a nice hike or bike ride that includes historic civil war through WW1 references and landmarks. It is all a state park now with walking and bike paths and is pet friendly. There are no amenities so bring bathing suits for swimming and food/water... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have been there a couple of times, they often have some festival, fair, concerts, etc. in the premises. A lot of young families & their dogs! A fun & safe place to be in a sunny day!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
39 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We did not get out on the river because we only had three days. Other people seemed to be having great fun. Take the pedestrian bridge to Belle Island to get a better look.

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Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The James River has something for everyone. Miles of trails, bike paths, islands, rocks to walk to the middle, whitewater for kayaks......We like to hike on Belle Isle from the Shockoe area, walking around Brown's Island is also a favorite.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a lovely river to take a stroll, sit with your thoughts, or watch people kayaking. There is a walking path with historical information about Richmond's slave trade that is interesting. The James is a peaceful place to enjoy while in Richmond.

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VA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is a nice scenic place to visit. The river is beautiful and there are places where you can rent boats. Just be careful if you are walking along the edge or you might just fall in like our 7 yr old daughter!

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