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James Madison’s Montpelier Estate

James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution, maintained a lifelong home at Montpelier that is open to the public and displays a recent $25 million restoration.

The centerpiece of the estate is the mansion. But visitors also can see exhibits, gardens, archaeological sites, forest trails, a freed slave’s cabin and farm, demonstrations and other activities. (more…)

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Maymont Park and Estate Visitor Tips

Maymont park in Richmond is a unique blend of mansion, gardens, farm, zoo, nature center, history, events, waterfall and rolling green hills. Even better, the grounds and most of the exhibits are free.

This 100-acre Victorian country estate resides in the middle of a Richmond neighborhood that has grown up around it over the last century. (more…)

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Central Virginia Attraction Guide

Central Virginia has numerous attractions that are sure to spark the interest of all kinds of travelers.

The area is filled with heritage, history and natural beauty. Visitors most likely can’t see everything on a single trip, but they can see some of the top attractions. (more…)

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Kings Dominion Amusement Park

Kings Dominion in Central Virginia is one of the largest theme parks on the east coast with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions.

This park is world known for its wide array of offerings. A Cedar Fair Amusement Park, it has rides, entertainment, food, games and fun for visitors of all ages. (more…)

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Bear Creek Lake Park in Central Virginia

Bear Creek Lake in Central Virginia is less than an hour west of Richmond and surrounded by the 16,000-acre Cumberland State Forest.

The park’s 40-acre lake offers a boat launch, fishing pier, boat rentals and swimming beach. Other amenities in the 326-acre park include camping, cabins, a meeting facility, an archery range, lakeside picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and access to a 14-mile multi-use trail in the state forest. (more…)

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Chesterfield County Fair

Chesterfield County Fair

Chesterfield County Fair, which has been in existence more than 100 years, occurs every year in August. The 2021 event will take place from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4. (more…)

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Carytown Watermelon Festival

The Carytown Watermelon Festival in August sells 3,000 watermelons and attracts 115,000 people, making it the largest one-day festival in the state of Virginia.

The festival takes place Sunday Aug. 8 in Carytown, a popular shopping and dining district near downtown Richmond. (more…)

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