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Maymont, Richmond

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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. To visit Maymont on your trip to Richmond, use our Richmond trip planner .
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  • The Japanese and Italian Gardens are both glorious: the Japanese Garden particularly well designed; beautiful; meditative. The Italian Gardens are smaller, but typical of their style and nicely plante...  more »
  • The Maymont Mansion and Gardens were both beautiful, even in November. We loved touring the Dooley's mansion, a stately home from a bygone era. Twenty foot ceilings, amazing gilded and silver brushed ...  more »
  • We really came to Richmond just to visit the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden -- but through the wonders of Trip Advisor also learned about Maymount. If you love large spectacular trees and flowers -- do...  more »
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  • Maymont is a beautiful place to visit. I think it deserves multiple visits as the scale of the place can make it hard to see everything in one afternoon. The attractions here are lovely and pretty well maintained which is something this place has advantages over the other parks in the area. The is a Japanese style Zen Garden, wild animal exhibits, a petting zoo, and a nature center to name a few. Maymont is a great spot to bring friends and family or visit alone. Entrance to the grounds is free but there are also paid exhibits here. They have several stations for donations around the grounds and I recommend donate if you love this place like I do.
  • The entire grounds are amazing. I loved the Italian and Japanese Gardens and how much different they were. When you're near the the pond in the Japanese Garden, you really feel like you're in an entirely different place. Maymont Mansion is basically straight put of Downtown Abbey (right around the same time period so you see some of the technologies and other ideas from the time). The tour guide was knowledgeable and since we were in a small group, took time to answer questions. Also, the Maymont Foundation keeps up with the house very well. Make sure to leave a good donation to help them out.
  • This is one of my favorite places to relax and explore in Richmond. It's very family and kid friendly. There's beautiful gardens, a mansion, and other properties to view. The tour of the mansion is free! They accept donations. They have a nature exhibit that's indoors to view some water life and they have otters right now! It's $4 per adult. They have lots of animals to view on site. The new barn that's been built houses friendly animals that you can pet. The scenery is stunning and a great backdrop for photos, especially in the gardens. On weekends they normally will try to have a food truck or vendor of some kind during nice weather. Plan on wearing good walking shoes if you want to be on the property awhile because the grounds are 100 acres and has lots of hills, some are steep. Keep track of them on Facebook for events to attend. It's great to go any day of the week!
  • So much fun. Just a big outside area. It has walking paths, gardens, petting zoo, other animals, and a mansion to go through. We didn't get to see it all because we went on Monday and the mansion and nature center is closed on Monday. We had fun here anyway. We meet some friends and our kids all played together, it was a pleasant afternoon.
  • 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.

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