Maymont Park is a 100-acre stretch of verdant green in southern Richmond. The serene park lands dotted by myriad trees with ... More
Maymont Park is a 100-acre stretch of verdant green in southern Richmond. The serene park lands dotted by myriad trees with rich vegetation, flora and fauna that are a treat to the eyes. Within the park is located the sprawling Maymont Mansion , an esteemed venue for weddings, private bashes, concerts and a host of other events. The 'Italian Garden' with is gorgeous statues and fountains and the 'Japanese Garden' with its soft, intimate ambiance and beautiful waterfalls are major attractions at Maymont Park. Horticulture enthusiasts can take a round of the Arboretum, while leisure-seekers can enjoy the cool shades of trees. Maymont Park is a delightful oasis by Richmond's Lakeside. Check website for more information.
Our visit to Maymont was a joy. With energetic youngsters, out doors is the place to be and price is important. This park has a low suggested donation to enter and I think $2 to ride the tram. The park is so great that it had them sleeping on the ride home. We saw the petting zoo, every wild local animal exhibit, the stables, and Japanese Garden, all from stroller-accessable winding paths. There must have been a hundred families but we never felt crowded. The Park has petting zoo (bring a cup and quarters to feed them from a gum ball machine full of sweet feed), animal exhibits, snack bar, ice cream vendor, not to mention a lavish estate. The day we went, there was a large wedding in its Italian Garden, but even with that closed, we spent 3 hours and still didn't get to see everything. There's also a tram to help you from place to place if you get tired or need assistance (runs every 30 mins.) Do watch out for the tram though because it does move fast and youngsters will accidentally run out in front of it. Bring a picnic if you think snack bars are too pricey. There are lots of great places to sit and eat a picnic lunch. We saw young and old, new married couples and teenage couples, photographers (don't miss the Japanese Maples), and athletes. Definitely worth the trip.
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