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James River

22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
804-780-5733
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Ranked #18 of 107 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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Boca Raton
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
39 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 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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3 attraction reviews
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 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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