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What to do in Richmond these Last Weeks of Summer? Here’s My Short List.

I LOVE Richmond, and I love summer, but I’m not gonna lie- by August, the heat and humidity start to get a little old. Whether you have younger kids, for whom the break from school is starting to get a little boring, or you feel like you’ve done all the summer things and you’re just ready for a change…

Here are a few things you may not have done, that just might make the last few weeks of hot RVA summer a little more bearable.

  • Did you know Richmond is the ONLY city home to Class II-IV Rapids? Get wet with RVA Paddlesports or Riverside Outfitters on a raft, a kayak, or a paddle board!
  • If the kids are bored, everyone’s SO HOT, and there’s just nothing to do, get yourself to the drive-in! The Goochland Drive-In always has great movies, you can fill a carload for $25, there’s great food that’s not going to set you back tons of money, and a playground if you have littles (or bigs) that have a hard time sitting still, they can get a little energy out.

  • It’s HOT, but it wouldn’t be summer in Richmond without a day at the Carytown Watermelon Festival. Head to Carytown on August 13, from 10-6 for music, vendors, fun, and of course, all the watermelon you can eat.

Speaking of fruit, picking berries won’t help you beat the heat, but you will get berries, and that’s better, right? Picking dates are up for August at Agriberry Farm, but book soon, because space is limited. Go get you some raspberries!!

Want to wander in the cool, solo, with a special someone, or with the whole family? There are so many museums here, it’s almost impossible to list them all, but here are a couple that may be a little lesser known.

  • Keystone Tractor Museum in Colonial Heights: My dad would take my son here when he was a kid, and it was a hit with both of them. Anyone who loves trucks, tractors, fire trucks, or the like, will enjoy a visit here!
  • Virginia House was formerly an English manor house that was relocated to Richmond in 1925. (Amazing, right?) Now owned and managed by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture (another great museum), this period home is a fantastic step back in time.
  • If you’re anything like me, you might not like to do something that’s creative, and if so, head to Scrap RVA on Brookland Park Blvd, to browse the amazing, ever-changing supply of art and craft materials, take a class, or bring the kids to a “Crafternoon” where for $5 or so, they can drop into a class and come home with something they’ve made. Bonus- Ruby Scoops is right across the street, so you’ve got to get a little ice cream afterward!
  • Finally, if the temps aren’t too bad, go for a walk at the Canal Walk, take in the murals, and at the Turning Basin, buy a ticket to a Riverfront Canal Cruise. These narrated tours of the canal feature some history that may be new to you, as well as giving you a tour of areas your feet cannot take you. (I recently did this for the first time, and it was so much fun!)

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and stay cool and hydrated out there!