Best Group Activities in Richmond, VA
So you’re looking for something to do with a group. Perhaps you have some out-of-town guests, or your meet up group is running out of ideas, or maybe you and your friends are just looking for something different to do. Richmond is a great place to have such problems, as it offers plenty of solutions! Whether you’re looking for something to work up a sweat, stretch your mind, or tickle your tastebuds, our list of Richmond’s best group activities is sure to have something you’ll love.
Sport & Fitness Activities
1. Attend a Richmond Kickers game. Did you know Richmond has a professional soccer team? The Kickers play in the United Soccer League, and you can catch their home games at Richmond’s City Stadium, just south of Carytown. Founded in 1993, the team is one of the oldest continuously-operated teams in the US, and they’ve even won the US Open Cup! Catch them in action against a USL foe, or maybe even an English Premier League side, as they’ve had home matches against a team from the world’s top league in each of the last two summers.
2. Paddle down the James River. Richmond is the only US city to have Class IV rapids within city limits, meaning you won’t have to go far to find thrills. Bring your kayaks, canoes, or stand-up paddle boards to one of the numerous entry points to the river, and enjoy the outdoors right in the middle of the city! Don’t have the right equipment? RVA Paddlesports can provide kayaks, instruction, safety gear, and more.
Learning & Cultural Activities
1. Visit the Edgar Allen Poe Museum. Celebrate and explore the life of one of Richmond’s most famous residents – poet and writer Edgar Allen Poe. Located on East Main Street in Shockoe Bottom, the museum is located near Poe’s childhood home and first place of employment in Richmond, and features one of the world’s largest collections of Poe’s original manuscripts, letters, and possessions.
2. See a movie at Richmond’s Movie Palace. The Byrd Theatre in Carytown is Richmond’s oldest continuously-operated theater, and allows you to catch a modern flick while stepping back in time for a unique, original movie-going experience. Follow along with the vintage anti-littering PSA that has gained a following among locals, or arrive early for the Saturday evening film to catch Bob Gulledge play the Might Wurlitzer, the Byrd’s original organ.
Food & Beverage Activities
1. Take a food tour. Richmond’s food scene has boomed in the last few years, and garnered some impressive accolades in the process. The Huffington Post named Richmond one of the most underrated food cities in the entire world in 2014, and it seems not a week goes by without another national publication complimenting Richmond’s cuisine. You can experience several of these restaurants in a single afternoon with a food tour – a 2.5-hour, walking tour filled with lots of food, history, and fun! Check out a list of Discover Richmond Tours’ current offerings.
2. Attend a festival. There’s a festival going on somewhere in Richmond just about every weekend. Celebrating everything from bacon to watermelon and outdoor sports to music, festivals offer a great way to get outside, try a local food truck, and experience some of Richmond’s unique culture.
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