Best of Virginia Winners

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PETS

Dog Training Company

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2SpeakDog
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
804-440-2498

Dog Training Company

PETS

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All Dog Adventures
All Dog Adventures offers a flexible training schedule with 15 different instructors. Training options include dog sports, agility, Canine Good Citizen, therapy dog training, and tricks. All Dog Adventures continues to grow by offering education seminars for employees conducted by dog trainers from all over the world and expanding class offerings to accommodate the evolution of dog sports and activities. 
Address:
4111 W. Clay St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-7737

Dog Training Company

PETS

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Off Leash K9 Training
Address:
Henrico
Phone Number:
888-413-0896

Pet Boarding/Day Care

PETS

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All Dog Adventures
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-7737

Pet Boarding/Day Care

PETS

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Holiday Barn Pet Resorts
Holiday Barn is a 48-year-old family business that provides fun pet vacation getaways, beautifying grooming services, customized dog training programs, and doggie day camp playgroups. The company is currently renovating the Glen Allen resort by building fresh new rooms for guests, and adding enrichment activities.
Address:
614 Johnston Willis Dr., Richmond – 3800 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-794-5400

Pet Boarding/Day Care

PETS

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Windy Hill Pet Care
Address:
LLC, Cumberland
Phone Number:
844-939-4455

Dog Park

PETS

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Barker Field at Byrd Park
Barker Field is Richmond’s oldest off-leash dog park. It is a fenced, multi-acre dog park situated in Richmond’s Byrd Park, behind the Carillon and Dogwood Dell outdoor theater. It is located on a wooded site with water, shelters, and seating. The park offers separate areas for large and small dogs.
Address:
1300 Blanton Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-239-0783

Dog Park

PETS

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Church Hill Dog Park at Chimborazo Park
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-646-5733

Dog Park

PETS

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Dorey Dog Park
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-652-1440

Veterinary Hospital

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Cary Street Veterinary Hospital
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-9144

Veterinary Hospital

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Locke A. Taylor Veterinary Hospital
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-262-8629

Veterinary Hospital

PETS

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River City Veterinary Hospital
River City Veterinary Hospital establishes personal connections with patients and promotes the health and well-being of animals. Each vet aims to help you make informed and comfortable decisions to meet the medical needs of your furry loved ones in a family-oriented atmosphere. The clinic offers diagnostics, surgery, dental health, immunizations, and senior care. 
Address:
5305 W. Broad St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-308-8920

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

Art Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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43rd Street Festival of The Arts
Address:
Richmond area
Phone Number:
804-233-1758

Art Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Arts in the Park
More than 450 artists from around the U.S. gather in Byrd Park for the annual juried arts and craft show and display top-quality fine art paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, and home and garden accessories. Arts in the Park’s proceeds support charities, community programs, and local projects.
Address:
Carillon at Byrd Park, Richmond
Phone Number:

Art Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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RVA First Fridays
Address:
Richmond Arts District
Phone Number:

Historic Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Altria Theater
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
800-514-3849

Historic Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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The Byrd Theatre
The Byrd Theatre expands the big screen experience, celebrates the art of cinema, and preserves Virginia’s grand motion picture palace. The theater continues regularly scheduled Big Screen Classics, Family Classics, and Marathon Mondays. In 2020, expect directors’ talks, Mighty Wurlitzer Organ concerts, the annual horror month in October, the Big LeBYRDski Fest in November, and holiday films in December. 
Address:
2908 W. Cary St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-353-9911

Historic Theater

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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The Paramount Theater
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-979-1333

Music Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Altria Theater
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
800-514-3849

Music Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Innsbrook After Hours
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:

Music Venue

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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The National
This Victorian theater—distinctive for its Italian-renaissance design, wooden floors, brick walls, and seven full bars—opened in 1923 as a live performance and silent movie theater and reopened in 2008 as a live, general admission music venue. Lineups have featured artists such as Trey Anastasio, Willie Nelson, and The Flaming Lips. 
Address:
708 E. Broad St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-612-1900

Non-Food Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Arts in the Park
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Non-Food Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Dominion Energy Riverrock
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-9495

Non-Food Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Richmond Folk Festival
Richmond Folk Festival, a free three-day festival, has grown into the largest of its kind in the country, drawing upwards of 220,000 fans. The festival features an array of music and dance traditions from all over the world alongside a diverse range of local artists utilizing traditional music genres with a twang of creativity. 
Address:
Richmond’s Downtown Riverfront, Richmond
Phone Number:

Food or Drink Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Broad Appétit
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Food or Drink Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Carytown Watermelon Festival
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Food or Drink Festival

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Richmond Greek Festival
The festival, planned for Aug. 27-30 this year, uses food to educate the Richmond community about the Orthodox Church and to share Greek traditions and culture. Shop in the Agora Marketplace, where vendors sell Greek crafts and handiwork, or try some moussaka, a popular Greek baked layer dish with eggplant, beef, cheese, and a bechamel sauce.
Address:
30 Malvern Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-355-3697

Art Gallery

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Crossroads Art Center
Over the years, Crossroads Art Center has grown from its original 10,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet, representing more than 225 artists. The art center boasts the broadest selection of art in central Virginia, promoting awareness and understanding of art forms, from crafts to fine art. An expansion of the gallery exhibition space is set to debut this summer.
Address:
2016 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-278-8950

Art Gallery

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Gallery5
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-678-8863

Art Gallery

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Quirk Gallery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-6036

Historic Site

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Hollywood Cemetery
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-648-8501

Historic Site

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Maymont
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7166

Historic Site

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Monticello
Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s neoclassical “essay in architecture,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that brings the past to life by sharing a comprehensive history of the plantation, the more than 600 enslaved, and its namesake. Guided tours are available daily. Beginning this year, all children under 12 are admitted free of charge.
Address:
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-984-9800

Professional/Regional Performing Arts Company

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human spirit both for audiences and dancers. The ballet is offering summer camps and classes in August. Check the websites for updates on the fall season.
Address:
Phone Number:
Richmond

Professional/Regional Performing Arts Company

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Richmond Ballet
Richmond Ballet, the State Ballet of Virginia, flourishes as a home for the past, present, and future of dance. It awakens and uplifts the
Address:
407 E. Canal St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-344-0906

Professional/Regional Performing Arts Company

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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RichmondSymphony.com
Address:
804-788-4717
Phone Number:
Richmond

Tourist Attraction

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Upcoming garden exhibitions include Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion by George Sherwood, running now through Oct. 18, and Frida Khalo’s Garden, Sept. 1 through Oct. 20. Check out Flowers After 5 on Thursday evenings in August and early September, with live music, drinks, dining, and shopping. The 2020 summer outdoor series will offer dance demos on select evenings.
Address:
1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-262-9887

Tourist Attraction

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Maymont
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7166

Tourist Attraction

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Monticello
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-984-9800

Annual Charity Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Massey on the River
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Annual Charity Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Richmond SPCA Fur Ball
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-521-1300

Annual Charity Event

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k
Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K draws about 25,000 participants annually to run up a historic street alive with costumed runners, live music, and spirit groups. Funds support the Massey Cancer Center and Kids Run RVA to help educate and inspire people to live actively and build healthy, vibrant communities. This year they offered a virtual race for runners worldwide.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-9495

Entertainment Center for Adults

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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River City Roll
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-331-0416

Entertainment Center for Adults

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Rosie’s Gaming Emporium
Rosie’s Gaming Emporium offers more than 700 HHR machines and a state-of-the-art gaming floor with cocktails, smoking lounges, and dine-in options. Founded in 2019 as one of the only gaming spots of its kind in Virginia, it is an adults-only, casino-esque emporium giving players the chance to win upwards of a $400,000 jackpot. 
Address:
6807 Midlothian Tpke., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-557-5500

Entertainment Center for Adults

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Tang & Biscuit
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-362-8264

Museum

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Science Museum of Virginia
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-864-1400

Museum

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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The Children’s Museum
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-474-7000

Museum

ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The VMFA is presenting Annabeth Rosen: Fables through April 2021 and Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities, through January 2021. Look for an Ansel Adams exhibition late next year. The museum will be celebrating the return of the renowned Mellon French Impressionist and British Sporting Art Collections in October.
Address:
200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-1405

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

Gym or Fitness Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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ACAC
This year ACAC is expanding a medical program known as the Physician Referred Exercise Program. Patients meet with a nurse, nutritionist, and exercise physiologists to begin a plan of exercise. Also, many of the personal trainers are certified health coaches, offering clients expertise beyond traditional fitness routines. Amenities vary by location.
Address:
Locations in Charlottesville, Crozet, Glen Allen, Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-378-1600

Gym or Fitness Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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American Family Fitness
Address:
Locations in the Richmond area
Phone Number:
804-364-1200

Gym or Fitness Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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Weinstein JCC
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-285-6500

Hiking or Biking Trail

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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Belle Isle Trail
Belle Isle Trail is a 1.7-mile heavily trafficked loop that sits alongside the James River, featuring multiple historical sites, a bike skills park, and wheelchair accessibility. It offers a number of activity options, is accessible year-round, and is suitable for all ages. Dogs on leash are welcome.
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Hiking or Biking Trail

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Old Rag Mountain
Address:
between Sperryville and Madison in Madison County
Phone Number:

Hiking or Biking Trail

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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Virginia Capital Trail
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-6453

Marina

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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Clarksville Marina
Address:
Clarksville
Phone Number:
434-374-8501

Marina

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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Lake Anna Marina
Address:
Bumpass
Phone Number:
540-895-5051

Marina

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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Rocketts Landing Marina
Rocketts Landing is home to Richmond’s only marina on the beautiful and historic James River, with annual, seasonal, monthly, weekly, and daily leases now available. The marina features a state-of-the-art floating dock system, offers 57 slips, and can accommodate boats up to 50 feet long. 
Address:
4708 Old Main St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-222-3555

Park

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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Deep Run Park & Recreation Center
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-652-1430

Park

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James River Park System
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Park

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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Maymont
The Robins Nature Center is debuting a whole new James River experience for guests. Features include a 34-foot-tall sculpture for active play and learning within a series of netted climbing platforms, digital touch pools, a multimedia experience that replicates interactions of animals and water in a river environment, and an exploration area with tactile recreation opportunities.
Address:
1700 Hampton St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7166

Dance Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

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Fred Astaire Dance Studio Richmond
Address:
Phone Number:
804-476-8297

Dance Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
Richmond Dance Center
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-747-0533

Dance Studio

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
SPARC
SPARC programs provide transformative performing arts education to more than 3,000 students each year. Although all summer programs were cancelled due to the pandemic, SPARC has virtual offerings and looks forward to resuming programming in the fall. 
Address:
2106 N. Hamilton St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-353-3393

Golf Course

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

1st
Independence Golf Club
Independence Golf Club is currently creating a full-service fast food restaurant, Monster Taco & More, to serve fresh tacos to players halfway through the course. The club also features the Tavern 19 restaurant, plus ropes courses and zip lines at its Canopy Adventure Park.
Address:
600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian
Phone Number:
804-601-8600

Golf Course

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

2nd
The Country Club of Virginia James River Course Richmond
Address:
Phone Number:
804-287-1330

Golf Course

OUTDOORS & ACTIVE

3rd
The Federal Club
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-798-4996

TRAVEL

Resort

TRAVEL

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Boar’s Head Resort
Address:
Charlottesville
Phone Number:
434-296-2181

Resort

TRAVEL

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The Inn at Willow Grove
Address:
Orange
Phone Number:
540-317-1206

Resort

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Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen Resort is a year-round club and resort, and home to one of the most popular ski areas in Virginia. Amenities include a full-service spa, 45 holes of golf, year-round tennis, 30 miles of hiking trails, a swimming and fitness center, Lake Monocan, yoga classes, children’s programs, and four restaurants. 
Address:
39 Mountain Inn Loop, Wintergreen
Phone Number:
434-325-2200

Hotel

TRAVEL

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Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-455-1500

Hotel

TRAVEL

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Quirk Hotel
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-340-6040

Hotel

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The Jefferson Hotel
The Jefferson Hotel is revered for its grandeur, showcasing Tiffany stained-glass windows, stately statues, and portraits throughout. Since 1895, it has created exquisite experiences featuring award-winning restaurants, suites, and the spa. The hotel is celebrating 125 years of hospitality this year.
Address:
101 W. Franklin St., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-788-8000

Air Charter Service

TRAVEL

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Dominion Aviation
One of Virginia’s oldest general aviation firms, this full-service company offers 21 planes and one helicopter. The business focuses on safety, with customer service running a close second—they even detail cars so they are clean when passengers return. This year, the team is building a new hangar and will be adding new planes to the fleet.
Address:
7511 Airfield Dr., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-271-7793

Air Charter Service

TRAVEL

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Martinair
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-222-7401

Air Charter Service

TRAVEL

3rd
Million Air
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-222-3700

Bed & Breakfast

TRAVEL

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Museum District Bed & Breakfast
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-2332

Bed & Breakfast

TRAVEL

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The Henry Clay Inn®
Address:
Ashland
Phone Number:
804-798-3100

Bed & Breakfast

TRAVEL

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The Inn at Little Washington
The inn evolves continually, refining more than 40 years of operation and high-quality service. The five-star country house features 23 bedrooms and suites, a famed restaurant, and a wine cellar. This summer, plan to visit James Beard award-winning chef Patrick O’Connell’s new PatiO’s Café and Bakery, a new alternative dining experience for guests. 
Address:
309 Middle St., Washington
Phone Number:
540-675-3800

KIDS

Summer Camp

KIDS

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Brilliant Summer at St. Catherine’s School
The Brilliant Summer camp at St. Catherine’s offers educational curriculum for kids of all ages through a Young Explorers Camp, special interest camps like babysitter certification and creative coding, and a Design Your Day Camp that allows kids to choose three to six topics to create their own camp experience. 
Address:
6001 Grove Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-288-2804

Summer Camp

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Camp Hanover
Address:
Mechanicsville
Phone Number:
804-779-2811

Summer Camp

KIDS

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YMCA Camp Thunderbird
Address:
Chesterfield
Phone Number:
804-748-6714

K-12 Independent School

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Collegiate School
Collegiate School is a JK-12 coed preparatory school that focuses on integrative learning through STEAM. The specially designed curriculum prepares students for life in a global world, offering programs like the annual International Emerging Leaders Conference, wellness initiatives, summer camps, sports, and arts.
Address:
103 N. Mooreland Rd., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-740-7077

K-12 Independent School

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Fredericksburg Christian School
Address:
Fredericksburg
Phone Number:
540-373-5355

K-12 Independent School

KIDS

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Hargrave Military Academy
Address:
Chatham
Phone Number:
434-432-2481

Playground

KIDS

1st
Deep Run Park & Recreation Center
Deep Run Park opened in 1987 on 165 acres, featuring almost three and half miles of trails, newly upgraded playgrounds, lakes for fishing, shelters, basketball, and a renovated multi-purpose field. Deep Run Recreation Center was added in 2005 and hosts recreation programs. 
Address:
9900 Ridgefield Pkwy., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-652-1430

Playground

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Mary Munford Playground
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:

Playground

KIDS

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PARK365
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-1874

Birthday Party Place

KIDS

3rd
Defy Extreme Air Sports
Address:
Glen Allen
Phone Number:
804-625-4290

Birthday Party Place

KIDS

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Address:
Locations in Fredericksburg, Richmond
Phone Number:
804-379-2500

Birthday Party Place

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The Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum inspires growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play. Party packages are designed for families who enjoy an exciting, well-organized party in a one-of-a-kind learning environment. The party fun starts in a special celebration room and continues with exploration of the entire museum. 
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-474-7000

Day Care or Preschool

KIDS

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Elizabeth’s Early Learning Center
Address:
Lynchburg
Phone Number:
434-528-5698

Day Care or Preschool

KIDS

3rd
Tuckaway Child Development & Early Education Centers
Address:
Multiple locations
Phone Number:
804-355-5093

Day Care or Preschool

KIDS

1st
Westhampton Day School
Westhampton Day School promotes intellectual, physical, and social/emotional development. This school year it will focus on Impact Projects—students, teachers, and families donate different supplies to help a local business or charity, like soda pop tops for The Ronald McDonald House, canned goods for CARITAS, and items for a local elementary school.
Address:
6100 Patterson Ave., Richmond
Phone Number:
804-282-7459

Family Entertainment

KIDS

1st
Kings Dominion
This summer, Kings Dominion’s all-inclusive water park, Soak City, will feature a newly redesigned Coconut Shores where kids can splash in Sand Dune Lagoon, a 3,000-square-foot mini wave pool featuring playful one-foot-tall waves, and Lighthouse Landing, an aqua play structure with eight slides, hundreds of interactive elements, and two dumping buckets.
Address:
16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell
Phone Number:
804-876-5000

Family Entertainment

KIDS

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Maymont
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-358-7166

Family Entertainment

KIDS

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Richmond Flying Squirrels
Address:
Richmond
Phone Number:
804-359-3866
June 14, 2024

Group Exhibition: Spiraling

Reynolds Gallery
June 14, 2024

Sweat

Keegan Theatre