Maymont
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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 a river otter at play, or petting a goat, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
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  • Elizabeth R
    Bradenton, Florida52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful grounds, cared for animals
    This was much better than we expected, especially for the price ($5 suggested donation). You are not actually required to pay anything to enter, but we donated at the self pay station. What we appreciated the most was how clean the farm animal enclosures were (most animals were in the barn with the fans blasting on them due to extreme heat warnings) and we loved how large,green, and natural feeling the enclosures were for the animals in the wildlife area. We’re from Florida, and sadly, this is not the norm in our area. It was great to see what seemed to be well taken care of animals who have room to roam. The grounds were absolutely beautiful and well maintained. It is quite a hike, but that’s something we enjoy. We had our three kids with us (ages 5, 3, and 8 months) and they had a blast. We brought our double stroller and it fared well. We just stopped by as a little pit stop as we were passing through and so glad we did. What a pleasant surprise.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Mike O
    Roanoke, Virginia1,333 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable Couple of Hours
    We stopped by for our first visit after having lunch in nearby Carytown. It was an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. Most all was green, the summer flower beds were in full bloom, the Manson was definitely worth the admission price, and young kids were enjoying the Nature Center.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Donna
    Richmond, Virginia14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Delightful Mother's Day Escape at Maymont
    Our Mother's Day adventure at Maymont in Richmond, Virginia was an absolute delight for the whole family. Nestled in this serene oasis, we were treated to stunning views of nature at its finest. The picturesque landscapes served as the perfect backdrop for our memorable day. One of the highlights was the opportunity to interact with a variety of animals. We even had the chance to feed some friendly goats, which was a joy for both kids and adults alike. The peaceful ambiance allowed us to unwind and connect with nature. While we enjoyed the tranquility, it's worth noting that Maymont does involve quite a bit of walking. Although certain sections of the park are not stroller-friendly, we discovered alternate routes that made our journey more accessible. It's advisable to bring your own food and water, as the vending machines were not very reliable during our visit. One aspect we truly appreciated was the fact that Maymont offers free admission, with the option to donate if you wish. This generous gesture ensures that families from all walks of life can enjoy this wonderful experience. This marked our second visit to Maymont, and it won't be our last. The entire family cherished every moment, and I couldn't help but fall in love with this beautiful sanctuary. Maymont, with its natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and welcoming atmosphere, is a gem that Richmond should be proud of. It made our Mother's Day truly special and memorable.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 3, 2023
  • VaChica
    Richmond, Virginia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Slice of heaven in the city
    I live in Richmond, drive here to walk the grounds a few times a week. There are many options for different paths to try, some w/ steep steps, some flat, but always beautiful changing scenery. Totally safe to walk solo as a woman. Multiple entries and parking areas, good restrooms, water fountains. It is a steep incline back up from almost anywhere you walk downhill so beware, stroller pushers! Happy, wholesome vibe- picnickers, families, people on dates- everyone on good behavior. It's a famous backdrop to come for graduation, quincienera photos. No pets allowed. Free to enter grounds and donations are accepted. I think you might have to pay to tour mansion or Nature Center? The whole place is clean, classy, chill, with a variety of people who are just happy to be out in such a pretty area.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Cheri D
    Yardville, New Jersey473 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful estate
    Beautiful gardens with themes. Technically, there is no fee to visit the grounds, but a donation is recommended, and of course, there is a fee to tour the inside of the mansion. We did go into the Carriage House, but unfortunately, the Mansion was not open for tours the day that we visited. It was magnificent from the outside. We could have spent perhaps an hours more here, but were on a schedule. i would recommend at least 3 hours to see all the grounds, and of course, more when the mansion is open.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Sandy Byrum S
    Mount Airy, North Carolina3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Earth Day in the spring was beautiful.
    Maymont is a huge park with a lot of activities. My family was there for a celebration of one of my brothers who had died a few months before. Catering was allowed, and seats and tables with tablecloths were provided. We were not totally outside for the event, but the threatening weather did get some of the family drenched as they left the event. Lots of steps to get to the parking lots.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 29, 2023
  • archman8
    Troy, New York496 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent
    What a magnificent facility, even on a crappy day. We enjoyed walking the beautiful grounds with the Japanese and Italian Gardens, which we assume are even more spectacular in the spring. The mansion was closed during our visit, but what an amazing design. The garden hall, garages, and water towers were of equal beauty. Hope to return in better weather.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 29, 2023
  • usnamom2001
    Bellport, New York284 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Maintained Majestic Home
    The house and grounds of this attraction are beautiful. The home is gorgeous and the information shared fascinating. Anyone looking for historical homes and a glimpse into life of the rich will truly enjoy a visit to this estate.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Kyle
    Indiana523 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk
    We visited in October 2023 as a last minute stop before getting to the Richmond Airport. We didn't have time to explore all of the grounds or the animals, but we did get to go inside the mansion and make it to at least the Italian and Japanese gardens. The inside of the mansion is beautifully maintained and is a real step back in time to the 1920's. The grounds are beautiful and we even saw some deer along the way. Don't forget to visit the basement of the mansion which isn't directly connected to the mansion. This is where the kitchen, pantry, and servants' quarters are.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Stephanie D
    Atlanta, Georgia1,426 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful home with beautiful grounds and a fascinating tour!
    My friends, and I recently toured the house in the gardens, and we were not disappointed. It has been very well-maintained, and the tour was excellent and since it was self guided, you could go at your own pace. I would definitely recommend visiting Maymont when in Richmond… The price was excellent.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 25, 2023
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Vanessa B
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Sierra H
Richmond, VA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Elinor D
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
The park is still nice & well worth a visit ,but it didn't seem as well kept as when I was in the area years ago. I went specifically to revisit the Japanese gardens. Alas, they looked sadly stagnant. The water fountain that used to cascade downhill from the Italian gardens to the Japanese gardens was dry & from other reviews last year I assume this is either ongoing or ..... (hopefully not!) Permanent. This park doesn't charge a fee for entry so perhaps that's the problem?

There's a donation kiosk near the entry & when I was making a donation someone asked if it was to pay for parking in the lot. I said no it's for making donations for park upkeep. He said 'oh' and walked off.

Later when I was leaving, I sat at a nearby bench & watched many people walk in without giving the kiosk a second glance. The parking lot was nearly full. While I'm sure some people genuinely couldn't afford to donate, I somehow doubt that covers most of the guests that day.

If you go there and want to put a dollar or 2 in rather than the suggested donation of 5$, it will let you, even though that's not technically an option. Just select 5$ & enter your dollars. The machine will just stay on the first screen waiting for you to put more money in until it times out. It doesn't return the money after the home screen comes up. I assume of course that you couldn't do that with a debit card.

Thought I'd mention that in case someone wants to help support the park even a little bit. A dollar here and there adds up!
Written June 16, 2024
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Michael V
Northern Virginia, VA141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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tedmc_12
Richmond, VA186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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CruiserDM
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Our family enjoyed a wonderful walk through the gardens. The waterfall, bridge and pond are beautiful! The self guided walk is free, but I strongly recommend that you give a donation for the upkeep. Well worth the visit!
Written August 7, 2020
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Gea2500
Richmond, VA93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Darlene D
Sarasota, FL96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Meander708971
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jeff_and_family
Vienna, VA USA184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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