Maymont

2201 Shields Lake Dr.
Richmond, VA 23220- Map It
Phone: (804) 358-7166
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AAA Editor Notes

Maymont is at 2201 Shields Lake Dr. Part public park, part museum, this beautiful 100-acre property is a treasured gem among Richmonders. Popular with picnicking couples and parents toting young kids, the lush site boasting rolling hills and sunny meadows was bequeathed to the city in 1925. Prior to that, it was the country estate of James and Sallie Dooley, who purchased the land in 1886; typifying Gilded Age opulence, their residence, Maymont Mansion, was finished in 1893. Other historical buildings also are on-site, including a stone barn and a water tower. The elegant, manicured grounds feature such specialty gardens as Marie's Butterfly Trail, Jack's Vegetable Garden and a herb garden. The Italian Garden showcases fountains, sculptures and a long pergola, while the Japanese Garden is accented by a 40-foot waterfall, stone lanterns, paths and bridges. In addition, an arboretum shelters more than 200 exotic species of trees and plants. Maymont also includes the Robins Nature & Visitor Center and a farm, home to chickens, cows, goats, sheep, rabbits and other animals. Wildlife exhibits featuring native Virginia fauna, including black bears, a bobcat and various birds of prey, are scattered throughout a 40-acre valley. A carriage house built in 1904 displays a collection of period vehicles. Carriage rides are available by appointment; phone ahead for information. Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
Grounds, farm, wildlife exhibits and gardens by donation. Maymont Mansion $5. Nature center $4; $3 (ages 4-12 and 60+).
Hours: Grounds and gardens daily 10-7, Apr.-Sept.; 10-5, rest of year. Maymont Mansion Tues.-Sun. noon-5; last guided mansion tour begins 30 minutes before closing. Farm and wildlife exhibits daily 10-5. Nature center Tues.-Sun. 10-5; last admission 15 minutes before closing. Indoor exhibits closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.