We’ve got you. Start planning your day by choosing one of our itineraries, which includes a tour of VCUarts, to help you explore the River City!

Relax the Day Away- Carytown Style

Carytown is one of Richmond’s most interesting neighborhoods. There are many specialty stores, boutiques, vintage shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars, there is definitely something for everyone. Carytown is also home to our beautiful and historic Byrd Theatre, where you can catch block buster movies for just four bucks! We recommend visiting Richmond’s “Mile of Style” on a day when the weather is shining bright for you. This itinerary is full of great spots to enjoy the day in this small, yet vibrant neighborhood.

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For the Foodie

Richmond has so many great places to grab a bite to eat. From amazing doughnuts to delicious vegan dishes, RVA has a food culture that will make everyone happy! With locally owned and operated restaurants around virtually every corner, why not skip the chain places and explore what RVA has to offer?

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For the Museum Fan

There are a ton of museums in Richmond, so many in fact, there is a neighborhood called the Museum District (home to the VMFA)! Whether you’re into history or art, or maybe you’re a big kid at heart – there is a museum for you. Some are free and some require purchasing tickets in advance, so plan your trip before you come out for your tour of VCU and VCUarts.

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For the History Buff

Have you ever heard about Richmond burning down during the Civil War? Did you know that Richmond was one of the largest hubs for slave trade? What about the speech Patrick Henry gave, “Give me Liberty, give me death”? Yep, you guessed it. Right here in Richmond. If you like history, make sure to carve out some time to soak in the sites of our rich history.

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For The Self-Avowed “Nerd”

In some towns, us comic book junkies and table top fanatics are relegated to someone’s basement or a book shop’s backroom. But here in RVA you can stand proud and say “Yes world! I CAN name all 719 types of Pokemon.” Below we’ll show you a couple of ways to let your geek flag fly while you’re in Richmond for your tour of VCUarts.

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Outdoor Enthusiast

Richmond is a two-hour car ride from both the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia Beach. Many students make weekend trips outside of the city to get their fill of nature, but while you’re in town for your tour of VCUarts, there is plenty for you do within city limits that may surprise the outdoor enthusiast in you.

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For the Art Lover

If you can, try to schedule your visit around the first Friday of a month because that’s the best time to really see Richmond’s art community in full bloom! Many galleries in Richmond stay open late for the opening night of their new exhibitions (which typically change from month to month). Check out this page that has tons of information about First Fridays and plan your gallery crawl route.

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For the Thrift Junkie

There are so many awesome shops all around Richmond that it may be overwhelming at first. We seem to find new shopping gems every weekend! Let us do the work for you in this guide to some of our favorite shops close to the VCUarts campus.

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