The 9 Best Things To Do With Mom In Richmond, VA
What is the one thing mom always wants? If you answered flowers, get out of here. It’s always more time with you, her loving child who definitely calls more than once a month, right?! Whether for Mother’s Day, her birthday, or just a fun “Mom and Me” day, we’ve got you covered here with the 9 best things to do with mom in Richmond, VA!
Explore Richmond’s Restaurant Scene On A Food Tour
Moms love making sure you’re eating enough (they get that from grandma), so turn the tables for a day and take mom on a walking food tour! Explore the delicious food scene of one of Richmond’s most unique neighborhoods, including the Arts District, Carytown, Church Hill, and Scott’s Addition. Join us as we try tasty dishes, learn about Richmond’s ever-changing dining scene, and explore the city in a way you’ve never done before!
Explore Richmond’s Restaurant Scene On A Food Tour
Moms love making sure you’re eating enough (they get that from grandma), so turn the tables for a day and take mom on a walking food tour! Explore the delicious food scene of one of Richmond’s most unique neighborhoods, including the Arts District, Carytown, Church Hill, and Scott’s Addition (coming soon!). Join us as we try tasty dishes, learn about Richmond’s ever-changing dining scene, and explore the city in a way you’ve never done before!
Take In Art And A Cocktail
Is your mom a big museum fan? Or art fan? Or a fan of awesome outdoor spaces with cool sculptures? Then you’ve got to check out the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), one of the nation’s premier art museums! Take in some diverse and amazing (always-rotating) art exhibits, followed by a classy craft cocktail and noshes at Amuse Cafe on the upper level of the facility!
Score Tickets To A Concert At The National
The National is a historic theater and concert venue in downtown Richmond, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. You’ll find a huge variety of shows here, from 80s and 90s cover bands, to national and international touring sensations, to podcasts and speaker series! Grab tickets to a show with mom, and make sure to find a delicious local meal downtown beforehand.
Walk The Pipeline, Floodwall, And T-Pot/Belle Isle Pedestrian Bridges
We don’t know about your mom, but ours love to wander the countless hiking paths and unique walkways throughout Richmond! The Pipeline is a fun (short) little walk along the roaring James River atop an actual massive pipeline. Catch the entrance on Brown’s Island – the trailhead is behind an old ice cooler used for the Friday Cheers summer concert series. The Floodwall Walk can be caught at the Manchester side of the T-Pot Bridge, taking you under the Mayo Bridge and along the James. Walking the T-Pot and Belle Isle pedestrian bridges are also must-dos for great views (and epic sunsets)!
Grab Your Clubs And Hit The Golf Course
Richmond has some pretty epic golf courses, from Independence to Providence and beyond! Grab your clubs (or rent a set) and make a tee time reservation with mom. Spend a day outside, get some quality bonding time, and maybe enjoy a drink to cap off the day at the Clubhouse! Not really into the idea of an entire golf game? Check out Drive Shack or Topgolf for the shorter, less intense version of golfing!
Indulge In Afternoon Tea Or Sunday Brunch At The Jefferson
Head to The Jefferson for two Richmond traditions – Afternoon Tea and Sunday Brunch (complete with bottomless mimosas)! Afternoon Tea is served Friday through Sunday, with seatings between noon and 4:15 pm. You’ll enjoy pastries, scones, finger sandwiches, and a wide variety of teas in the gorgeous Palm Court Lobby. The Sunday Brunch takes place in the breathtaking Rotunda Lobby around the Mezzanine. Here you’ll partake in a grand buffet with anything you can dream of, a jazz trio, ice carvings, and more. These are traditions you don’t want to miss with mom!
Peep Richmond At Sunset From The Rooftop
Another thing Richmond is becoming quite famous for is the rooftop scene! Between Q at the Quirk Hotel, Byrd House at Graduate Hotel, Kabana Rooftop, and Havana 59 downtown, The HofGarden and Starr Hill in Scott’s Addition, and Postbellum in the Fan, you can pretty much catch a rooftop sunset anywhere in the city. All come with the opportunity for noshing, drinking, and perhaps even some dancing!
Participate In A DIY Flower Workshop
Okay, we know we said no flowers, but this is different! Join Vogue Flower Market on Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Scott’s Addition for their Flora Vino workshops. Sip a glass of wine and learn how to make your own gorgeous seasonal flower arrangements. All lessons taught by a professional floral designer! A family florist since 1985, Vogue Flowers was chosen as the best florist in RVA by Style Weekly in 2016 and the WeddingWire’s pick for best wedding florist in 2017.
Catch A Movie (And A Show!) At The Byrd Theatre
Built in 1928, the Byrd Theatre is the epitome of grandeur and beauty. Here you can catch both second run films and repertory films from the comfort of the brand new seats that were installed in 2019! The first thing you’ll notice when walking into the 1,200-seat theatre is the 18-foot-tall, 2 1/2-ton chandelier, made up of about 5,000 Czechoslovakian crystals and 500 bulbs that alternate between red, blue, green and amber. If you visit on a Saturday evening, make sure to get there early and enjoy a show from House Organist Bob Gulledge who will play the Mighty Wurlitzer for a few minutes before showtime.
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