Winter in Richmond? Yes, it can get pretty nippy, but don’t let that chill put a damper on your fun. Richmond’s got a cozy side that’s just perfect for those who’d rather stay snug indoors when the mercury drops. Continue reading for our picks for top-notch indoor activities that’ll keep your spirits high and your toes toasty.

Bangers and Dinks indoor pickleball courts.

Bangers and Dinks

Enjoy Indoor Sports and Activities

Just because the temperature drops doesn’t mean your activity level has to. Stay active during the winter by checking out some of Richmond’s indoor sports and activities. Join the pickleball craze at Bangers & Dinks;  go bowling at River City Roll; rise to new heights with indoor rock climbing at Peak Experiences;  join a winter cornhole league at NES Cornhole Lounge; or embrace your inner bad axe self and try axe-throwing at Shield ‘N Sheath.

flatlay shot of Mama J's comfort food dishes

Mama J’s

Warm Up at a Restaurant or Coffee Shop

Nothing warms you up faster than digging into a hot comfort food meal. From Mama J’s soul food to a steaming bowl from Slurp! Ramen, winter is the perfect time to tuck yourself into a cozy table and check out a new-to-you restaurant or coffee shop.

seed packets on a shelf at Strange's


Learn Something New

There’s no time like a new year to challenge yourself to learn something new. Sign up for a class or workshop to pick up a new skill for 2024. The options are endless, from gardening with Strange’s to home care and repair with Richmond ToolBank. Embrace the arts at Visual Arts Center of Richmond or the culinary arts with a Mis En Place cooking class.

inside of Fountain Bookstore.

Fountain Bookstore

Curl Up with a Good Book

Get lost in a new book. Visit a local bookstore like Fountain Bookstore, bbgb, Book People, or The Book Bar, to receive personalized recommendations from those who know best or attend an author event.

The exterior of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Explore Richmond’s Museums

Richmond is home to several museums that cater to a wide range of interests. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) offers an impressive collection of art from around the world. For history buffs, the American Civil War Museum provides a deep dive into one of the most significant periods in American history. The Virginia Museum of History and Culture covers topics related to the history and growth of the commonwealth, while The Valentine focuses exclusively on the city of Richmond’s extensive history. Looking for something more interactive? The Science Museum of Virginia is an immersive experience for inquisitive minds of all ages.