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Things to Do

Hanover County and the Richmond region offer a wide range of recreational and tourism opportunities. From amusement parks to nationally-recognized historic sites to local events and festivals, the area offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Thrill-seekers can spend the day taking on Paramount's Kings Dominion. Kings Dominion attracts more than two million visitors per year and is known for its state-of-the-art roller coasters, ride and attractions.

Watt HouseHistory buffs will discover a treasure trove of historical sites. Historic homes, monuments and architecture are scattered throughout Greater Richmond. The region is also home to many significant Civil War battlegrounds. In Hanover County, you can visit Scotchtown, the home of legendary patriot Patrick Henry. Visitors and residents can also take advantage of other historical landmarks in Washington, D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg, which are within a day’s trip of the Richmond region.

The Richmond metro area also has a host of arts and entertainment venues. Stroll through the galleries at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, visit the Poe Museum or see a concert at the National. 

The area has a variety of shopping and dining available as well. Wine and dine at a swanky eatery in Shockoe Slip, or frequent locally owned restaurants that feature fresh ingredients from nearby farms and vendors. Take advantage of unique boutiques in Ashland's historic downtown, or go for upscale shops and stores at Short Pump Towne Center and Stony Point Fashion Park. 

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Sports more your style? Satisfy your need for speed at Richmond International Raceway during NASCAR weekend, or take the family out to a ballgame and cheer on Richmond's Flying Squirrels. 

Get a taste of the local culture by attending local festivals and events. Foodies, make sure the Virginia Wine Expo and Broad Appétit are on your calendar. Stop in at the Hanover Tomato Festival or Carytown Watermelon Festival. Celebrate the holidays by seeing fireworks at the Diamond or walking through the Gardenfest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Soak up the sun and the tunes at the Richmond Folk Festival. No matter what you're looking for or when you visit, Richmond offers a variety of delights year-round.

To learn more, visit www.VisitRichmondVa.com. You can also request a copy of the Richmond Region Visitors Guide, or view the guide online.