Summers in Richmond don’t mess around, they pack a hot and humid double-whammy punch that wraps around your body with little respite from the thick, sticky air. While the outdoors can be a hot mess, literally, lucky for us Richmond small businesses offer plenty of fun – while staying inside and enjoying the air conditioning. Here are our picks for staying cool this summer.
There’s no better feeling than the accomplishment of having made something using your own two hands and hot summer days are perfect for trying something new. Tackle a new project with a class at AR Workshop, paint a masterpiece at Wine & Design, learn to make a new dish with a class at Mise En Place cooking school, or wow your friends with a new cocktail learned through Bar Chef Cocktail Kits.
Go to a Museum
Richmond is fortunate to be home to so many respected and celebrated museums. The much-anticipated American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar opened in 2019, garnering national media attention. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts boasts one of the largest comprehensive art collections in the country and also offers free general admission, 365 days a year. The Valentine provides guests with an in-depth exploration of the city of Richmond’s history, exploring both the people, businesses, and stories that make our city so vibrant today.
Staycation… with an Indoor Pool
Switch things up a bit with a staycation to the city. The Jefferson Hotel and the Omni Richmond Hotel both feature indoor pools offering plenty of fun, without the blazing sun. These indoor pools are always refreshing and perfect for swimming laps or just splashing around.
Enjoy Local Art
Richmond is a creative town which means we have a ton of amazingly talented local artists. Take a stroll through a local gallery and enjoy both the stunning collection of local talent, as well as the air conditioning. A few of our favorites are Crossroads Art Center, ArtWorks, and Shockoe Bottom Clay.
Pictured: The Jefferson Hotel