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Riverfront Canal Walk

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Monuments, Historic Sites, Healthy/Active, Educational, Cultural, Historical, Touristy, Green
Canal Walk, Richmond, VA

Activity Overview

A great deal of the cultural, culinary and outdoors delights that Richmond, Virginia has to offer can be sampled along the Riverfront Canal Walk. At almost a mile and a half it doesn't take long to stroll though it is simply packed with locations of historical interest, great restaurants, many shops and in the summer lots of opportunities for sports. Here you can learn about the city's rich history or just go for a fun ramble; it's great for tourists and residents alike.

Things to Do

  • If you are a history buff then a trip to some of the attractions along the way will be a must. The Edgar Allen Poe Museum explores the writer's work and sheds light on his time living in Richmond. If you want to get a real taste of Virginia's authentic cuisine and you are lucky enough to catch one of their events stop by at the 17th Street Farmer's Market, a veritable institution of the city. A more solemn visit can be had to the Virginia Holocaust Museum which explores the terrible events of World War II as well as modern day humanitarian crises.
  • If it's a nice day and you feel like getting active there are bike hires along the walk. Or you can rent a raft, canoe or stand up paddle board to drift along the river!

Riverfront Canal Walk Insider Tips

  • An alternate trail to be explored is the Richmond Slave Trail. The route examines a difficult time of the city's history and commemorates the many victims of slave in that part of the country.

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