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“Beautiful Park, Interesting Home”
Review of Maymont

Maymont
Ranked #2 of 185 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. NEW! Golf cart tours are now available. Explore the rolling hills and winding path with ease with a personal tour guide!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 19, 2012

We toured the home in its Victorian Christmas splendor, so our review is a bit seasonal. We loved the self-guided basement kitchen and service areas, which offered a good perspective on the behind scenes life at such a mansion in the Gilded Era. The main house was very interesting, as is the story of the Dooleys, but we really enjoyed some of the little Christmas traditions we learned about and saw. I admit it helps I"m in the midst of learning more about this particular era of American history and I have a background in architecture, but we weren't the only young couple enjoying the history and architecture. The park in which the mansion is situated is expansive and serene, but the eclectic gardens and water features in the rear of the house were fantastic. We didn't know about this place before visiting Richmond, but we were glad to discover it during our trip. Timing it with the Christmas display was just good fortune. All said, I'd agree this is more for adults; most of the kids we saw were outside in the gardens and around the pond/Japanese tea garden/waterfall area. The "fee" is really a donation, one we gladly made.

Thank curlysteve
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

go around christmas time....nestled along the james river in the heart of Richmond, it is affordable, fun to see and great for summer time picnics with the kids

Thank doctortv
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Something for everyone here at any time of the year. Whether you come on a weekday for some quiet time, or on the weekends when it's usually busy or for a special event, you're sure to have a good time here.

Plenty of free parking.

From the formal Italian Gardens down the beautiful stairs to the Japanese gardens, then around the bend for the zoo of local animals including a children's petting zoo and all for free!

Don't forget to take a tour of the Dooley mansion for a little park history if you have the time. They also have a relatively new Nature Center.

Carriage rides are also available on weekends and special occasions.

You can't beat Maymont for a great time.

Thank Greg Y
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

I can only imagine what this place looked like when the original owners called it home. Donated to the city by the family, this is a gem smack in the middle of the city. So much to do and see. There's a petting zoo, old car museum, tram ride, bears, bald eagles, Japanese gardens - you name it. I've been there now 4 times at the least - and will certainly go again. Perfect place for a long walk, picnic, fun with the kids. Outstanding landscaping. Not sure if they have public restrooms but I'm sure they have. Bring drinking water, snacks if you plan to spend a few hours here.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Gardens are spectacular (I know this is a popular wedding spot). Lots of trails for wandering and biking, and a couple animal enclosures.

Thank Hippie_Groomer
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