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Maymont, Richmond

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Farm Landmark
The Maymont estate boasts a historical house museum, arboretum, formal gardens, wildlife exhibits, a children's farm and more. James H. Dooley, a wealthy lawyer and philanthropist, and his wife acquired the estate in 1886. After their deaths, it was bestowed to people of Richmond. Take a guided tour of the couple's Gilded Age mansion to learn about their lives and the times they lived in. In addition to the animals kept on the farm, a number of injured animals live here, including bald eagles, black bears, and American bison. If you would like to feed the farm animals, bring quarters to use in the grain dispensers. Stop for a bite to eat at the Robin's Nest cafe, or bring along a picnic. Add Maymont to your Richmond travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Richmond trip itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Maymont is a beautiful place to visit with family and friends. There is lots to do but the best part for me was to walk around, look and soak in the beauty of it all!  more »
  • Maymont is gorgeous and is situated on historic grounds. It is family friendly and its animal farm is terrific for kids and adults. The Japanese gardens are beautiful and the coy pond is always clean ...  more »
  • Maymont is an exceptional place to visit. There is plenty to do for all ages. There is a zoo for kids, a beautiful mansion to tour. We did our tour during the Christmas holidays and it was spectacular...  more »
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  • Good overall. It is very spread out, which won't be good in the heat of summer. The farm exhibits could use a few more animals, but not bad. The main nature center is good for the money, but if you are expecting a mini zoo or aquarium it's probably not what you are looking for. Their signage could be better and include a map, we had to pull one up on our phones to figure out where to go.
  • A great day trip, Maymont is a beautifully​ maintained estate property with much to see and do. Visit the picturesque gardens, visit the nature center/farm to feed animals. We also took a tour of the mansion, a must see. The house is full of history and the tour was excellently done. My young children became restless during the tour and rather than just kicking us out, the tour guide called a second guide to quickly take us through the house so that we could see all the rooms. Our family was treated with such respect; it is no surprise why this place is so highly rated. I would pack a lunch next time to enjoy a picnic on the beautiful lawns.
  • Very beautiful place to take a walk or have a picnic. The Japanese Gardens are breathtaking. Exploring the whole park (which is definitely worth it) takes at least two hours, and that's without doing any of the stuff you have to pay for. When we went the black bears were not out where people could see them, but I appreciate the park not forcing the bears to be out in the public eye when they don't want to be. However, we got to see stunning, up-close views of two bald eagles.
  • A Richmond must, great place to walk around or relax on a blanket in the grass. If you're lucky you'll be able to see the bears. The other animals are also fun to see. I grew up going to Maymont and it's great to see how they continue to improve the park and add different exhibits.
  • Always fun! Plenty of side trails and bamboo forests for the kids that don't like to stay on "the path"! Great animals and even a Nature Center and snack bar to visit if it rains or you want to grab a snack. Trams are available as well I believe, to go from one side of the park to the other. Great place for a family, romantic day in the park, or just for you alone to relax and have fun.