This Summer, I have asked several friends to tell us the Top 5 Things to do in their cities. Join us each week as we learn about a new city! This week let’s head to Richmond, Virginia.
Across the James River from the Hollywood Cemetery, is a pedestrian bridge that takes you to Belle Isle. It a popular place to visit for many city dwellers who want a break from the busy city. We only go during the day, as you may run into some shifty characters at times. Our kids love the walk bridge (although I get nervous with the heights). The view is spectacular of the downtown city skyline and of the island itself. Many visitors in the summer spend time on the numerous large flat rocks and swim and kayak in the rapids there. We have not done that yet, just jump around the rocks and watch the river roar. It is a short hike around the Isle and it too has significant history. Belle Isle was once a no-walled Civil War Prison, a Powhattan Native American fishing village and an iron works manufacturing plant (for the war artillery, nails and horseshoes). We hike around and read the plaques set at many of the ruins on the island. Mostly, the kids want to play near the rapids. Many city folks jog and ride their bikes, so we need to take heed of them speeding by us.