9 Ways To Spend A Rainy Day In Richmond

By Martha Gill, Content Manager

Don’t let wild summer storms ruin a day of fun in RVA! Whether you’re stuck in the rain or in a house where the power is out, here are a few ways to beat the weather.

1. Explore The VMFA


200 North Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220
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With roughly four full acres of gallery space – not including the Sculpture Garden – the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a perfect spot to wander around and forget the outside world. The current Kehinde Wiley exhibit featuring around 60 paintings and sculptures looks intriguing.

2. Survive The Escape Room RVA

escape room

7025 Three Chopt Rd, Richmond, VA 23226
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Have you ever pictured yourself in the shoes of Batman, saving the city from yet another disaster? Or dodging the fuzz in a backdoor speakeasy? How about rubbing elbows with the likes of Poe and re-interpreting his mysterious works? The Escape Room RVA makes these dreams – or nightmares – a reality!

3. Catch A Movie At The Byrd


2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
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With half-price tickets, the smell of buttery popcorn, and the gorgeous chandelier overlooking movie-watchers, the Byrd is the perfect shelter when rain begins to fall in Carytown. Just make sure to get there early enough to snag a less-lumpy seat!

4. Order A Flight At Stone Brewing Co.

stone brew

4300 Williamsburg Ave, Richmond, VA 23231
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The spacious tap room of Stone Brewing Co. is the ideal place to check out the view of Richmond while sipping a tall, cold one. Stone’s badass gargoyle mascot is praised for warding off cheap ingredients, pasteurization, and chemical additives, making their brews both high-quality and quite tasty. Tours of the facility are also coming soon!

5. Race Around G-Force

g force

4245 Carolina Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
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Feeling cooped up? Rally a group of your friends and head to G-Force! Speed your way through the fastest karting track in Virginia and see who will take home the first-place title.

6. Watch The Otters Swim At Maymont


1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
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With the vast acreage of Maymont Park, it can be easy to overlook the Nature Center! Alligators, crabs, snakes, frogs, turtles, and more can all be spotted in the center. And don’t forget the crowd favorite – Maymont’s jolly otters!

7. See The “Story Of Virginia” At The VHS


428 North Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220
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One of the Virginia Historical Society’s newer exhibits, the Story of Virginia displays 16,000 years of history, from the earliest store tools shaped by humans to a satellite built by high school students. Other VHS exhibits include highlights of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Ladies’ Fashion from the 1930’s to the 1970’s in Virginia, and more!

8. Search For Treasure At West End Antique Mall

w end antique

2004 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, Virginia 23230
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Whether you’re looking for the perfect new addition to your home or simply browsing, West End Antique Mall is sure to have something up your alley across the 53,000 square foot space. Virginia Colonial, Mid-Century Modern, Vintage or Cottage, Rustic and Primitive – no matter your style, you surely won’t leave empty-handed.

9. Host An Iron Chef Competition At Mise En Place

mise en place

104 Shockoe Slip, Richmond, VA 23219
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Classes at Mise En Place enable attendees to learn essential cooking skills while adding some variety to their menu. If you’re feeling ambitious, grab a group of your friends and book a private event to really turn up the heat in the kitchen!

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Martha Gill, Content Manager

Martha Gill hails from Richmond VA. You can likely find her hanging on the James River, reading a book on the Lawn at UVA, or stuffing her face with Mexican food at restaurants across the nation.

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