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James River

22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
804-780-5733
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Ranked #19 of 102 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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Carlingford, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

if you don't want to get jnto water activities the path along the James River is beautiful, combine it with the canal boat ride and you will learn so much about the history of the river and it's importance to Richmons and Virginia.

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Alexandria, VA
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525 reviews 525 reviews
223 attraction reviews
325 helpful votes 325 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The historic James River is a nice attraction in Richmond. We enjoyed walks along the river! I cannot improve on the description in the James River Park system. "James River Park System... opportunities abound for strolling, whitewater rafting, paddling, fishing, tubing, hiking, mountain biking, trail-running, swimming, sunbathing, bird-watching, picnicking, rock climbing, rock-hopping, dog-walking, nature study, photography, even recreational tree climbing,... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

To get to Belle Isle, you have hike across a suspension bridge, which is situated above the James River, but below a highway. It's a little nerve-wracking, but adventurous at the same time. Once on the island, there are hiking trails, historical markers, dirt bike paths, an abandoned hydro-electric power plant, and easy access to rocks on the river. It's... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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69 reviews 69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
60 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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