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Address: 22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone Number: +1 804-780-5733

This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides...

This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides on an antique paddlewheel steamer or on a raft with a trained guide, as well as wading, fishing, rafting, kayaking or simply relaxing on the river banks and gazing out at the city.

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A Summer Staple for Richmonders

I love Summers at the river. Its always a bit busy when it's hot out, but its always a social event. The only complaint I have is the lack of cleanliness.. There are many bottles... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love Summers at the river. Its always a bit busy when it's hot out, but its always a social event. The only complaint I have is the lack of cleanliness.. There are many bottles and beer cans left behind by people. A lot of them end up in the water, and I worry about stepping on glass while swimming.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First visit to this amazing city. Great to view from Church Hill. The history is rich and often sad (slave trade.) essential to American Revolutionary War and civil war history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a beautiful place. Saw many kayaks going down the river. Some small rapids. Walked the bridge with quotes ever few steps which was thought provoking. There was another hanging bridge located about a mile down the river. Plenty to do in this are and the river looked clean.

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Lawton, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a good place for a walk or run. There are several historical sites to visit. You can take a trip to Belle Isle. Fairly easy to get to, though I'm not sure about parking.

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Henrico, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The river goes through Southside, Richmond, and rural parts of Virginia and other parts and cities in Virginia.It is scenic, water sports such as swimming, boating, party, restaurants and fun.

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Glen Allen, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have swam in the James, floated the James in canoes and walked along the James. It is a great river and has many different types of water. There are large rocks to sun bathe on. There is slow meandering water and rapids. Lots of wild life to see also. It's a great river and there are several places of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed a wonderful couple hours strolling around Belle Island. Plenty of nature and history to take in. Also a great place to people watch and relax by the cascading James River. Once an incredibly busy, industrious place, now a peaceful escape from the city.

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Clermont, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Through the town this rolling water has rapids and powers the wheel for the munitions factory. The water viewed from many vantage points.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

James River is a beautiful place to visit in Richmind. It's a good place to walk and do a lot of things. It's possible do so many sports there. Along the river there is a canal and we can walk along that. At sunset the view is amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

On a recent business trip another walker/jogger friend and I took the hotel shuttle down to the riverside park and we enjoyed every minute of the pathways and bridges. We crossed over the James River to Belle Isle and walked around several trails. Another beautiful spot to walk!

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