From soaring through the treetops on a zipline to exploring hidden treasures on a scavenger hunt, Richmond is the perfect playground for anyone looking to opt outside this summer. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or a local looking for fun staycation ideas, we’ve rounded up six activities that will keep you moving and exploring in Richmond all summer long.


Ziplining and Challenge Courses

At Canopy Adventure Park you can choose your own adventure at this extensive park offering four challenging courses to choose from complete with 10 zip lines and some of the toughest obstacles in Virginia. Guests have 2.5 hours to complete one or all of the courses of their choosing. The Treetop Zoofari and Adventure Park at Metro Richmond Zoo offers guests the opportunity to travel via zipline across 3,000’ of parkland, past animals including Tapirs, Toucans, Kangaroos, Monkeys, Orangutans, Emus, and Siamangs.

two girls on a zipline challenge course in the woods

Canopy Adventure Park

White Water Rafting or Kayaking

Richmond offers an urban whitewater rafting and kayaking experience like nowhere else. Travel through Class III and IV rapids along the James River through downtown Richmond with expert guides from Riverside Outfitters and RVA Paddlesports.

A whitewater raft travels past downtown richmond

RVA Paddlesports


If you’re looking for a more relaxing day on the water, book a tube float with Riverside Outfitters, complete with a shuttle to put-in before embarking on a leisurely float down the river, from Huguenot Flatwater to Pony Pasture, at your own pace.


Rock Climbing

Go vertical with an urban rock climbing experience. The Manchester Wall offers climbing routes from 30-60’ on granite blocks as well as stunning views of the James River and Richmond skyline. New to climbing? Learn the basics with a guide from RVA Paddlesports.

a girl holds a phone in front of a wall with pin points

Discover Richmond Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Half-tour, half-interactive game, Discover Richmond’s self-guided scavenger hunts make learning about some of Richmond’s most interesting sights an adventure perfect for exploring the city with family, friends, or a small group. Choose from Downtown/Capitol Square, Museum District, Church Hill, or a Self-Guided Mural Tour.



Rent a bike from The Kickstand, an outpost of Richmond Cycling Corps situated right on the Capital Trail, and traverse the 52 miles (or as much of it as you feel up to) of the Virginia Capital Trail linking Richmond to Jamestown and Williamsburg. Prefer a tour? Check out the e-bike tours available through RVA on Wheels and Basket & Bike, including a Discover Downtown tour, a Hollywood Cemetery tour, and Upper Shirley Wine Tastings.