National Parks / Natural World

Maymont Richmond

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Maymont
2201 Shields Lake Drive
Visitor Center Entrance
Richmond
VA
23220
Tel: (804) 358-7166

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Where are we going today?

Maymont is home to many native Virginia animals including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. Hundreds of animals, representing more than 100 species, reside within Maymont's groundsat the Children's Farm, in the Wildlife Exhibits and in the Nature Center.
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When can we go?

Winter Hours: Grounds and Nature Center 10am-5pm, Maymont Mansion 12-5pm

What people are saying?

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    If I had to pick one thing I would change about Maymont...it would be to get rid of mosquitoes. That's obviously not possible, but in all seriousness this place is gorgeous. A little bit of every type of Virginia terrain to be found here - sloping grassy lawns, giant trees, flowers, ponds, waterfalls, monuments...I could go on and on. Have been with family and walked around the estate together, been with friends and my girlfriend, and have been by myself. Any way you experience Maymont, if you open your eyes and appreciate the expanse of nature...Read More

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    Maymont wasn't anything I was expecting.I thought Maymont was going to be more similar to a southern plantation. Instead it is a huge park with a beautiful mansion, petting zoo, caged birds and a caged bear. The property was left to the city by the Dooley's, an upscale Richmond couple. Entrance is free, but a $5 donation is recommended. The house tour is free and well worth the time. The house has been left as it was lived in by the original owners. The house and the furnishings are extravagant and beautiful. For those fashion lovers - the personalized...Read More

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    Anybody who doesn't rate 5 stars is clearly blind! A clean, well maintained wonderland, for a few dollars if you choose to give. If you have children take them and become a child again...

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    I am not going to lie. When I was much younger. I would sneak in at night. There was a fox there at the time that would follow me around. I would go to the BIG magnolia tree that stands alone on the west side of the park and sit way up in it and chill. It was wonderful. This was 20 years ago. This is the best place in Richmond.

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    The animals where not to be seen except a couple of farm animals and birds. No bears,fox, or bobcat. The grounds are huge make sure to wear your walking shoes. Although there is supposed tram shutle I never saw it. Both the Japanese and Italian gardens are gorgeous and not to be missed. The house is neat too.

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by Chris Hjort

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If I had to pick one thing I would change about Maymont...it would be to get rid of mosquitoes. That's obviously not possible, but in all seriousness this place is gorgeous. A little bit of every type of Virginia terrain to be found here - sloping grassy lawns, giant trees, flowers, ponds, waterfalls, monuments...I could go on and on. Have been with family and walked around the estate together, been with friends and my girlfriend, and have been by myself. Any way you experience Maymont, if you open your eyes and appreciate the expanse of nature all around you then you will leave the park feeling refreshed and energized. This place is absolutely beautiful and a MUST visit for anybody wishing to see the best of what Richmond has to offer.

by Travelationship

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Maymont wasn't anything I was expecting.I thought Maymont was going to be more similar to a southern plantation. Instead it is a huge park with a beautiful mansion, petting zoo, caged birds and a caged bear. The property was left to the city by the Dooley's, an upscale Richmond couple. Entrance is free, but a $5 donation is recommended. The house tour is free and well worth the time. The house has been left as it was lived in by the original owners. The house and the furnishings are extravagant and beautiful. For those fashion lovers - the personalized Louis Vuitton trunk is pretty amazing. The grounds are beautiful and a wonderful way to escape the city while still in the city. I would recommend this place for families. Bring a picnic and hangout by the huge rolling hill. -Travelationship

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