Maymont

Maymont, Richmond: Hours, Address, Maymont Reviews: 4.5/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Farms • Gardens
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Maymont is a 100-acre American estate, an extraordinary gift given to the community by James and Sallie Dooley who lived there from 1893 to 1925. Whether strolling in the gardens, touring the mansion, watching river otters at play, or petting a goat, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
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Rachael K
7 contributions
Aug 2021
The guided tour was well worth it, the mansion was absolutely gorgeous and you could tell the people who built it were just dripping with wealth. Nice that they have updated the tour to include information about the servants who worked there as well, since the house is post-slavery but still employed low-wage African Americans for many tasks. Wouldn't recommend the environmental center unless you are traveling with children, it's very small and over-priced for what you get to see.
Written August 25, 2021
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Darlene D
Sarasota, FL94 contributions
Mar 2022
Incredible treasure. Immaculately maintained museum mansion has stunning works of art and a glimpse into an era long gone. Unfortunately the downstairs and top floor were closed for renovation on my visit but they said they should be open sometime in June. It's a must-see in Richmond and the audio tour was informative and took about a half hour.
Written March 12, 2022
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John L
Olympia, WA69 contributions
Feb 2020
This was a grand estate, willed to the city of Richmond and now restored and operated as a park. There is the restored mansion, a farm exhibit and a nature center and a zoo of sorts on over 100 acres. We saw the farm exhibit and the mansion. It being winter most of the gardens were dormant.
Tours of the mansion aware available for a 5 dollar donation and are very worthwhile. A great deal of history and culture are discussed.
This is a wonderful facility. Don't miss it.
Written February 12, 2020
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Vanessa B
1 contribution
Jul 2021
Well.....Where Do I start.
Everything was fine in the beginning. I spoke with the sales agaent, book the Italian gardens, and paid eveyrhting that needed to be paid for.

To my surprise, I found out on the day of my wedding that my "package" didn't inlcude chairs. Yes, you read that correctly, there were no chairs present at the wedding. Imagine how I must have felt when my fiance called me telling me this. I understand that I had a small wedding but i had some guests who really did need the chairs. We tried to get them to get chairs but the top "boss" said absolutely not.

After the ceremony I emailed my representative expressing my disappointment over the chair situation. My email was forwarded to Ellen, who is the Sr. Manager of Special Events and Event Sales. She confirmed that I was not well informed that the package that I had booked was the "micro wedding package". Now, I know what you may be thinking, " How does she not know what package she booked?". Well thats because the mico wedding package was never presented to me. The information that I received (the info flyer) did not include a information on the micro package, nor did my sales representative ever state that I purchased that package, AND the contract did not indicate this as well. Also, they had asked muitple times for a final head count, so naturally I thought it was for the chairs. Since per their info flyer, they will provide up to 32 chairs for the Italian garden, but you may have up to 200 guests in that garden.

By the way, for all future brides who may be reading this anytime in the future, per the email that Ellen sent me, the micro packages DOES NOT INCLUDE the following: eremony rehearsal, chairs, dressing room, transportation or event staff. If you get the micro packaged the dressing room and transportation will cost you an extra $100 each.

I will say that they are pretty responsive, but obviously through my experience they aren't very straightforward. My advice, call them out on everything and asked for clarification over every little detail. Because the only thing that they are straightforward about is how to submit your payment.

In thier defense Ellen did claim that they will be updating their flyer info and contracts regarding micro weddings, so this "confusion" won't happen for future brides.

Other than that the venue is beautiful and I got some nice pictures out of it.
Written August 15, 2021
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tedmc_12
Richmond, VA173 contributions
Jul 2021
Maymont is more than a standard passive City park. It is a Richmond institution. As a native son I started going on Sunday afternoon dates while in my teens. More recently, I lead trips there with retirees of a local hiking club. The bears are always happy to see us.
Maymont has rolling fields with ancient trees, situated on a high bluff on the north bank of the James River with river vistas. It contains, a formal Japanese garden, rose garden, Richmond's unofficial zoo, historic carriages, a new contemporary nature center building, and the Dooley Mansion, both open to the public. Something for every interest.

This huge property was donated to the City but is run by the non-profit Maymont Foundation.. Remember to make a donation to keep free admission to Richmond's crown jewel of parks.
Written July 6, 2021
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Jeff_and_family
Vienna, VA USA180 contributions
Sep 2021
The Maymont is an estate turned park. There are several buildings, but we were not there to explore the buildings so we're not sure which ones were open to visit, if any. The residence is available for paid tours, which we did not do.

There are two large gardens, the Japanese garden and the Italian garden, offering the expected flavor of those two countries.

The grounds are beautifully maintained, with many interesting trees (however, no signs or tags giving you any information about them).

There is a long flat walkway to enter leading to the residence, easily accessible. However, the walkways to the gardens are rocky and sometimes steep, not appropriate for anyone with limited mobility.

There is no required admission fee but there is a payment kiosk on entry to pay the recommended minimum of $5 per person.
Written September 9, 2021
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Michael V
Northern Virginia, VA115 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We came on a brief trip to Richmond to celebrate our anniversary. Having our afternoon and evening planned out we realized that we had some time to spare. A quick check of the area showed Maymont and the nature center highly recommended! We too recommend - 5/5 stars!

There is so much property, beautifully designed so that there’s more than one route through. You have plenty of space to picnic, or lounge around, walk miles upon miles, look and FEED ANIMALS!! What!? WHAT!?

There’s beautiful landscaping throughout, water features (currently turned off due to the season), and simply so much to look at, read, or photograph.

The nature center has a wonderful river life theme going right now, at a cost, but the rest of the grounds is free (donations accepted). We gladly paid $10 for our short visit today and will definitely be back in the spring for all the blooms!!

This is a RVA must see/do. Beautiful!
Written March 7, 2021
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Meander708971
1 contribution
Apr 2021
The area outside at Maymont was beautiful, but Robin's Nature Center was not great.

The cages were pretty dirty. The worst part was that the otter seems incredibly depressed. He floated around, barely moving at all, then buried his head in a rock and stayed there. Otters are usually energetic and playful. His water was super dirty and he looked like he didn't feel well. I have never seen such a thing. Perhaps this center should consult a zoologist or biologist in order to create a better habitat for it. It made us really sad to see this.
Written April 11, 2021
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Sierra H
Richmond, VA1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Friends
We went to the park today. We traveled an hour and a half to get to here. The front desk agent knew that the main attractions that were open were not working. Such as the water fall and the lion fountain it was very disappointing! Not to mention only one vending machine worked to get water out of which was in the very front of the park.... we tried at other vending machines when running out of water all of which took our money.... i would have appreciated when we told the front desk clerk that we had never been here and, it was our first time her speaking up and, saying that the waterfall nor the lion fountain was working! We will not be traveling back here do to the rude staff who also made excuses when she was confronted about our issues!
Written August 8, 2020
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Gea2500
Richmond, VA36 contributions
Nov 2020
I have been going here since I was a kid. It’s always been one of my favorite places in Richmond. Most recently I visited with my sister and her 5 children, and had the joy of seeing another generation enjoy this beautiful place. The main appeal for me is just walking around the beautiful grounds. Hopefully my photos can describe that experience because it’s too pretty for words. There are also some farm animals, bears, birds and a little nature center so plenty for all ages! The kids (from infant to 14) all seemed to enjoy just climbing and running around in the sunshine. The waterfall is off every now and then- I usually just expect it to be off and am happy when it’s on. Wear comfortable shoes and water. It’s fine for strollers, but you may not be able to get to certain areas easily. Bring snacks and drinks. Mask is required for nature center, which you also may need to walk through when you enter so bring one along. Tons of people were not wearing them outside because I think we all were assuming we’d be socially distanced. However, on this pretty afternoon there were MANY areas where crowds convened (bird areas, bears, farm animals, paths around the Japanese garden) so be careful. Overall, this is a must do in Richmond- and it’s free!!
Written November 11, 2020
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