RICHMOND, Va. -- This city can boast of several new attractions.
The National Park Service opened the Richmond Civil War Visitor
Center in the historic Tredegar Iron Works building in June.
With three floors of exhibits, it provides an orientation to
Richmond's Civil War battlefields and related historic sites and
museums. The Web site is at www.nps.gov/rich.
The center replaces the Chimboraco Visitor Center, which the
park service continues to operate as a Civil War hospital
Tredegar, the Confederacy's main armaments factory, is at one
end of the James River/ Kanawha Canal Walk that opened in spring of
last year. The canal walk is part of a 32-acre riverfront
rejuvenation project that is attracting restaurants, businesses and
visitors.The Children's Museum of Richmond moved to a new site adjacent
to the Science Museum of Virginia last April, expanding from 8,000
square feet to 42,000 square feet.
It features a range of interactive exhibits, providing kids such
experiences as trying on eagle's wings, exploring a cave and
wiggling through a digestive tract. The museums' Web site is at www.c-mor.org.Maymont, a 180-acre country estate, opened a high-tech Nature
Center, featuring a 125-foot series of linked aquariums, a 3D model
of the James River and a 20-foot waterfall.
The center also has orientation rooms, exhibits, an indoor cafe
and a gift shop. The Web site is at www.maymont.org.Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden opened a 23,000-square-foot
visitors center with a gift shop, meeting and dining facilities,
gallery space for exhibits and an entrance for group tours.
Three acres of new gardens are being developed. The Web site is