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Address: 22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone Number: 804-780-5733
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Activities: Kayaking, Swimming
Description: This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing...
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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swinging bridge

while in the area decided to take in the swinging bridge. Scades of walkers, runners, and slow me. Thing looked like it cost a lot of money to build, but at least they were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Greenville, Mississippi, United States
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Greenville, Mississippi, United States
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90 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

while in the area decided to take in the swinging bridge. Scades of walkers, runners, and slow me. Thing looked like it cost a lot of money to build, but at least they were using it.

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delaware
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

After a two week road trip with kids we spent our last night with family in Richmond and they took us down to the James River for a float. So glad they did! Both of my kids decided this was their favorite part of the trip!! We had a blast!! Floated maybe a mile or two and that took us... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Neat area swimming,sun bathing, people watching and some very tough mountain bike trails 10 miles worth.

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Key West, Florida
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

So much to do and see here. The boulders that are all over the fall line make it easy to traverse the water. Get a float and make your way past Richmond's scenic sky line. The fishing and people watching make this a choice spot during the summer and a get place to contemplate during the fall and winter.

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Highland park nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We heard about locals swimming in James River and wanted to experience it after our VCU visit. We asked locals and they told us to go to 120 Tredagar St, Richmond VA. We parked there and follow locals walking across the suspension bridge! It was for bikes and pedestrians. The view was amazing and we saw remains of the old... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Long walk along the trails of the James River. It was hot- a lot of people in the water ( I am not sure of water quality)

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We walked to the river walk after visiting tredegar museum. We saw some whitewater rafters and kayakers. There was a history walk about the individuals who fled Richmond as the war ended.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Parking tends to be crowded at Tredegar St. on weekends -- only about 50 spaces. Large flat rocks surrounding the island make for good sunbathing, but the water is rough around the rapids and not suitable for swimming. Children should be supervised. Additional features include wooded trails, mountain biking trails, interpreted historical sites, wheelchair-accessible fishing at the quarry pond

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We walked 9,000 steps along the Canal Walk, Pipeline and Church Hill over an hour of wonderful sites and sounds! The weather was delightful- no humidity on this particular day.

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Richmond, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The boys build and put in a raft at Watkins and floated down to Robious Landing. A great stretch of flat river, maybe a little slow, (4-5 hours for 4 miles) but with only 2x4's, lashing and barrels, perhaps exciting water isn't required.

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