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James River

22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
804-780-5733
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Ranked #19 of 99 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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Lexington, Kentucky
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69 reviews 69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Be sure to take the walking bridge over the James River to Belle Isle. You can also takes bikes across. There are paths all along the river, both through Richmond and Belle Isle.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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143 reviews 143 reviews
60 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A impressive fast flowing river, with rocks opposite Richmond that make passing it with a ship impossible, so George Washungton designed a canal system to bye pass the city and link the the river to another river, the Kanawaha, which was a key development for the City's trade. Sadly the canal is out of action due to la k of... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

What an amazing place to spend a couple of hours or the entire day! From the canals designed by George Washington to the historic remnants of Belle Isle, this area is a great tourist destination. It is also a huge hit with locals. There is some unbelievable mountain bike trails, climbing routes, jogging trails, a pump track and many places... More

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Suffolk
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We went today to hang out on the rocks. We entered at 22nd st. There is a port-a-pot and water fountain. The trails were littered with trash- beer bottles, cigarette butts, cups etc. Lots of teens and 20 something's hanging out. Wear sneakers for walking on the rocks and walk with care, lots of slippery areas. Also, bring water and... More

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Toluca Lake, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The captain.was knowledgable and the history of Richmond was fascinating. We met people from all over on our boat and everyone enjoyed the experience. Here's a tip: be the last to enter the boat. We went on first and were crammed in--knees touching the person across from us. If the boat isn't full then you have a space of your... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Many unique opportunities around the city. Possibilities include swimming and rafting down the rapids, historic civil war museums, fishing, hiking the canal walk is worth the time to explore.

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Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Pretty much like rivers all over the country and the world. . .and definitely competitive in the polluted category (water is chronically brown) . . . price is right (FREE). Definitely wouldn't swim here or consume anything I caught from it.

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Tappahannock
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122 reviews 122 reviews
75 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I've been going to the James River much of my life, but Richmond has really focused on the river and we enjoy the festivals and hiking trails regularly nowadays. We really enjoy hiking from Maymont Park across the old Nickel Bridge, which was then the dime bridge and I don't know what it is called today. Anyhow, we walk across... More

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Richmond
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

First time paddle boarding on a beautiful Saturday morning on the James. Our guides Ben and Brian with riverside outfitters made it epic!

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Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Very scenic....took the kids to Pony Pasture...had a blast walking the trails and jumping from rock to rock. (got our feet wet also)

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