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James River

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Address: 22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone Number: 804-780-5733

This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides...

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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Best Local Spot to Relax

This is by far the best place to visit in Richmond. There are a ton of places to hang out along the river. If you want to get to the REALLY nice spots, follow the locals. It takes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Valley Cottage, New York
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Valley Cottage, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is by far the best place to visit in Richmond. There are a ton of places to hang out along the river. If you want to get to the REALLY nice spots, follow the locals. It takes a little maneuvering, but there are small trails that you can find that lead you to the weekend group of people that... More 

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There is a fantastic long pedestrian bridge across the James River with a spectacular view of this great river. All this is right in the middle of Richmond. There is parking in various places though on some days I suspect it is crowded. The river itself very picturesque with rapids and huge boulders in the middle. There is a wonderful... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We all had a great time exploring the river and park. We parked the car and walked along the park to take in the beautiful James. It's great fun for couples, friends, or family. Don't miss out.

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Shenandoah Valley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The James River flows like the lifeblood of Richmond, it is a wide and dynamic river, and reflects the pulse of nature and the citizens of Richmond. The waterfront teems with all sorts of people enjoying everything from picnics to performances, kayakers run the rapids, children run and play while couples stroll together, yet it seems like a calming oasis... More 

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Ellijay, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While in Richmond, Va you are looking for a free activity for family, couples or solo, this is the place to go. There is free public parking, so simply slip on your walking shoes for a river side walk about. Most of the terrain is flat with the exception of the incline to walk over the historic James under the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting walk along the James River Slave Trail that allows you to imagine the despair freshly landed slaves must have felt on their long walk into Richmond. Nothing remains of the old slave landing point of Manchester Dock, but a historical marker points out its original location. Happily the riverside area is now devoted to more pleasant pursuits... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you enjoy walking, exploring natures wonders, sunbathing on the rocks, or even sitting back taking in the sound of the rushing waters of the James River, this is for you! This is where modern day Richmond merge with the tranquility of mother nature.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Great place to go walk when downtown. We also took a dinner cruise on it at sunset which was lovely! We enjoy getting down by the water and having some nature while in the city.

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I was so close I had to check it out... glad I did! While I was there walking around people were in the water just lounging around and enjoying themselves on a hot day... made me wish I could join them

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Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

When visiting Richmond you must take time to go down to the James River and either walk over to Belle Island. Great little oasis from the city bustle. Being down by the River makes you feel like you are so far away from a bustling city when in fact you are only steps away from it.

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