ARC Park- This is my favorite park in RVA! The ARCpark is the first of its kind in Central Virginia. It offers 3 playgrounds for toddlers, school-aged kids and every-age, a wheel-chair accessible treehouse with an extra-wide ramp, a custom-built, multi-sensory wall with panels that stimulate touch, hearing and sight, a play house, a small stage, water troughs and music instruments for creative play, water misting stations, charging stations for electric wheelchairs, family restrooms and shade picnic areas.
Byrd Park- This park offers three lakes for fishing [license required], peddle boat rides [call 646-5713 for details], 2 picnic shelters, Little League Ball fields, 12 tennis courts, an exercise trail, lighted areas, a Vita exercise course, and the Dogwood Dell amphitheater where the Festival of Arts is held June through August.
Maymont Park- This 100-acre Victorian estate, once home of Major James H. Dooley, is now operated by the Maymont Foundation. It has a wonderful nature center for the kids (and grownups!), petting zoo, museum house and Japanese Gardens. There are also tram and carriage rides.
Canal Walk- This downtown walk, which stretches for more than a mile along the James River and the Kanawha and Haxall canals, leads you through nearly four centuries of Richmond’s history. Filled with statues, monuments, and plaques that describe various events and people who helped to shape our city, the Canal Walk is a great way to get everyone out for a day of sunshine and exercise, while offering plenty to see and do.
Belle Isle- This 540 acre island is known for its outdoor offerings, which range from strolling and picnicking to running, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. A running and bicycling path circles the island, offering easy access to popular sunbathing and wading spots. Fishing is also popular in the waters surrounding the island.
Mary Munford Playground- This wooden playground, located at Mary Munford Elementary School, is special because of it's castle-like structures. It also has a play area for students with special needs.
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Enjoy the outdoors, ladies!