I’m sad that this summer is ending. This has seriously been the best summer of my life. That might sound like an exaggeration but I have no doubt in my mind that it has been. The best part of my summer has been spent in Richmond. At the beginning of the summer, I signed on for another year of living in the city and the roommates and I moved into our new place. I also met an awesome new friend this summer.
Because my new friend was only in town for a short period of time, I had the opportunity to play tourist in the city I live in. I wanted to be able to show him everything Richmond had to offer so I was obsessed with doing things that were so “Richmond.” The best part was that I ended up having a couple of new experiences myself. Which can be surprising as I have lived 50 miles from Richmond my entire life, except for the 4 years that I lived at JMU.
Here’s a rundown of my random Richmond fun!
Flying Squirrels — I attended 3 games this summer to support the city’s minor league baseball team. Always a good time and Parker, the rally pig is the best part.
Color Me Rad — I participated in my first Color Me Rad race at Kings Dominion with 3 of my coworkers. We ran a 3.1 mile course through the amusement park way too early on a Saturday morning and were covered in colors.
Bacon Festival — We went to the second annual Bacon Festival. Apparently from what I’ve heard, the inaugural event was way too crowded but they did a much better job this year. We tried tons of awesome treats, all of which included bacon, so of course they were amazing.
Crabfest — We attended Crabfest which was held in Mechanicsville (not too far from Richmond). Crabfest is an event that the Richmond JMU Alumni association puts on each other that raises money for the Richmond chapter’s scholarship. There was all-you-can-eat crab, hot dogs and shrimp, along with vendors and all things JMU.
Hollywood Cemetery — I finally found someone who was nerdy enough to explore Hollywood Cemetery with me and wasn’t freaked out by the fact that we were exploring a cemetery. As a huge history nerd and photographer, this place was the perfect spot. The only disappointing thing is that I was so into taking pictures of the view of the river that I missed the grave sites of the two U.S. presidents that are buried there. Major fail on my part but an excuse to go back!
City Hall Observation Deck — When I asked my friend what he wanted to do before he left Richmond, this was the one thing that was on his list and I had to google it because I had never heard of this. In the heart of downtown in City Hall, on the very top floor is an observation deck and you can see the entire city. It is probably the most amazing hidden treasure in all the city.
Kings Dominion — When I was younger, we had season tickets to Kings Dominion for 9 years. I hadn’t been in a couple years so I took a Friday off in July and we headed over to the park. When we first started going to Kings Dominion, I was a huge scaredy cat and only rode certain roller coasters. As I got older and braver, I slowly began riding more and more of the rides. However there were still those certain couple that I refused to ride. Well this summer, I became brave. Okay, so it wasn’t that easy — there was some convincing and lots of hand holding but I rode every roller coaster at Kings Dominion!
Long Story Short: If you take the time to look around the city you live in, you can find some really fun activities and some awesome treasures.
Have you ever had the chance to play tourist in your town? What places and sites did you find?