Winter is over and spring is here, which means one thing: it’s time to get out and enjoy life. Need some inspiration? Here are the top 7 things for seniors to do in Richmond.
1. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is one of the leading art museums in the United States. With over 5,000 years of art, collected world-wide, The Wall Street Journal recommends taking two days to see and enjoy it all. Good news: It is open 365 days a year and admission is always free. Grab a friend or family member and go explore the museum. Learn more at their website.
Location: 200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
This 100-acre estate is an extraordinary place to visit. Donated to the community by James and Sallie Dooley, residents from 1893 to 1925, it offers free tours of the mansion and gardens. Take a walk or pet a goat at the tiny petting zoo, it’s totally up to you! Golf carts are now available to enjoy the rolling hills and winding paths. Come explore one of the most beautiful spots in Richmond! It is recommended you plan to spend 2 hours at the estate. Admission is free, but consider bringing a few dollars for the gift shop. Learn more here.
Location: 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
3. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Come learn more about plants, enjoy being outside or simply relax in one of Richmond’s most beautiful places. Once you see it, you won’t struggle to understand why it is one of the most-visited attractions in Richmond. USA Today ranked it #4 in the nation of public gardens. With a beautiful butterfly exhibit, a reasonably priced cafeteria and a cool fountain for hot days, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. Price of admission: $11 for seniors (55+). Find a list of free admission days at their website.
Location: 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
4. Virginia Holocaust Museum
The Virginia Holocaust Museum does a beautiful job memorializing and documenting the horrific events of World War II. Through careful exhibits, thoughtful programming and regular outreach, the museum uses history to teach important lessons about the dangers of willful prejudice and indifference. Bring youth or visit on your own. Either way, you will be moved. Admission: Free. Learn more at their website.
Location: 2000 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23223
5. Virginia Capitol Building
Come visit the place where tourists say they were “pleasantly surprised” by what they discovered. Step inside the white columns of the state capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. (His goal? To create a building that resembled a Roman temple.) Find the only sculpture of George Washington that was created during his lifetime. Enjoy a meal in the cafe, take a guided tour or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll; you decide. Either way, come see where history and current events meet on marbled floors. Museum admission: Free. Check out the Capitol Visitor Guide here.
Location: 9th & Grace Sts, Richmond, VA 23219
6. Historic Landmark Trolley Tour
Enjoy a 2-hour historic trolley tour where you will see and learn about Richmond’s favorite historical landmarks. View the riverfront and see amazing architecture without ever leaving your cushioned seat on an air-conditioned trolley. Your driver and tour guide will share historical facts mixed with great stories and a sense of humor. Catch a glimpse of the Capitol, Monument Avenue, St. John’s Church and the museum district – to name only a few of the things you’ll see! Bring friends or take the trolley tour yourself. You’ll be glad you did. Runs 7 days a week. Admission: $32. Buy tickets here or call with questions: 800-311-ONCE
Location: 1301 East Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
7. Agecroft Hall and Gardens
Truly one of a kind, Agecroft Hall is an authentic 16th century English manor house that was taken apart and shipped across the Atlantic, piece by piece, and reassembled in Richmond in the 1920s. Today, it is open for tours and special events and is home to the Richmond Shakespeare Festival. It is recommended that you plan one to two hours to get the most out of your visit. From its noble passageways to its intricately carved staircases, this home has 500 years of stories to tell. Admission: $7 (for seniors 65+) Get more details here.
Location: 4305 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221-3256
Visit Verena at the Glen
While you’re out and about, why not stop in and see us at Verena at the Glen? We are a vibrant retirement community who happens to believe that wellness is a way of life. Our beautiful Glen Allen location is a short drive from many delightful sites, including parks and the famous Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. We encourage life in our community so that you can continue to be socially active, doing the things you love most. At Verena at the Glen, you’ll discover a beautiful combination of first-class amenities and upscale apartment living in a sophisticated retirement community.
Bottom line: We want you to continue to live a life of purpose and meaning! Contact us today to schedule a tour.