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Enjoy an authentic experience

The Riverfront and Shockoe neighborhoods are alive with one-of-a-kind experiences. You'll find the most eclectic range of dining options and attractions available in Richmond, including 72 unique restaurants, 40 attractions and historic sites, unique shopping and miles of trails and nature.

Here, trendy eateries occupy century-old warehouses, trains still pull up to renowned Main Street Station and event-goers gather to listen to bands on the green grass of Brown’s Island.

Dozens of festivals and special events are held within the Riverfront every year — along with a variety of weekly concerts and other great after-work activities in the spring and summer months. Come tap into the excitement!

Walk to work, or walk to play

Our high concentration of restaurants and attractions means everything is within walking distance. It's easy to find a parking space in our many lots and decks. So, park once, lace up your tennis shoes and start exploring the entire area on foot. See parking options.

This convenience is as attractive to residents as it is to visitors. In fact, the Riverfront has the fastest growing census in the city. Hundreds of loft-style apartments and condominiums are available — many in renovated, historic structures. They offer residents the unique opportunity to live in the region’s creative center with easy access to everything Richmond has to offer.

Whether you are living, working, playing or visiting here, you can take a jog along the river against a stunning backdrop of skyscrapers, get to places quickly and easily, and enjoy of lots of restaurants, cafés and clubs — many of which are locally owned and within a short, safe walking distance!

Rent a mountain bike, kayak or paddleboard

Riverside Outfitters is renting mountain bikes, kayaks and paddleboards from the Brown’s Island kiosk on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The riverfront outpost opens June 15. There are great mountain bike trails on Belle Isle and along both sides of the river, as well as a bike skills course on the isle. Hit the streets and explore downtown on a bike as well!

Paddling on the river is a wonderful way to experience the natural environment and nature in the middle of RVA’s downtown. There are some beautiful flatwater areas of the James for paddlers to cruise.

Access Richmond’s heritage

History is all around you — from the architecture to the cobblestones in the street. Buy fresh produce at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, one of America’s oldest public markets. Visit the Edgar Allen Poe Museum to see how the writer spent his time in Richmond. Learn the importance of tolerance at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Or, cruise the Kanawha Canal.

There are 40 attractions and sites to explore, ranging from the 1865 Exhibit over the James River to the Richmond Slave Trail to the Belle Isle Footbridge. Many of the attractions will take you back in time, like the historical markers and exhibits along the Canal Walk, the National Park Service Civil War Visitors Center, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Virginia War Memorial.

Celebrate our local culture

People from all backgrounds and ages come together along the Riverfront. Our unique atmosphere attracts an eclectic group of residents, visitors, businesses and events. If you have a passion for art, food, music, festivals, history and the great outdoors, you'll feel at home here.

Download a brochure about the James and other regional rivers [PDF].

Visit our partner site to learn about the many things to do along Richmond’s Riverfront Canal Walk.