Places to Cool Down for the Summer Around Richmond, VA

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Places to Cool Down for the Summer Around Richmond, VA

Richmond. This hidden gem of the Virginia commonwealth is home to countless historical landmarks and neighborhoods, museums, and a long heritage of gastronomic innovation. Close to so many other attractions for sport and fine arts throughout Virginia, Richmond is a great destination for your summer vacation. Read on for some of our favorite highlights of Richmond, and for our top places to cool off during the summertime.

Kings Dominion and Soak City  

The Richmond region’s premier attraction for thrills, rides, and refreshment during the summertime, all visitors to Central Virginia this season should consider Kings Dominion and Soak City. Featuring the Zoom Flume, a raft ride for the whole group, the Xtreme SkyFlyer, soaring WindSeeker, massive Tidal Wave Bay, riveting Paradise Plunge, relaxing Lazy River, and so many more, Kings Dominion has something for everyone. Whether preferring a relaxing day floating on the water, looking for more gentle rides, or an adrenaline junkie, visitors of every interest and thrill level will find more than they can fit in one visit. Take the whole party to Kings Dominion and Soak City, a great option for groups of any size and any interest.


Immerse yourselves in the Virginia wilderness and tour the streams and rivers of the Richmond area on a kayaking trip. With plenty of rental locations in the region, this is an adaptable and accessible addition to many travel itineraries. This makes for great photo opportunities and animal-watching tours, as well as an activity easily configurable to larger groups.


Alternatively, those visitors who want a bit more of an intense experience can instead choose to brave the rafting sections around the area. With an invigorating mix of adrenaline, mist, wind, and water, this is sure to cool off and challenge even the most seasoned visitors to the Richmond area. But worry not, as there is also a range of courses for beginners and new rafters, this is an activity accessible to all as it is for the hardcore enthusiast.

Scuba Adventures

 Over in neighboring Colonial Heights, visitors can try their hand at a number of different scuba courses. This is an interesting and longer term activity for those in the region for longer, consisting of multiple trips to learn how to scuba dive over multiple days. However, this is also a highly unique experience and is also a chance to gain a novel and memorable skill. For those travelers looking to do something outside of the box this summer here around Richmond, maybe a short scuba course is something to consider.

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