Half-Day Delights

What special experiences can you give your group in a half-day in Richmond and Fredericksburg? Tasty culinary demonstrations, cool art classes, gardening workshops, immersions into history, boat cruises, guided hikes and more can be combined with great meals in one of America’s top culinary hot-spots – Central Virginia. We know that time is precious these days, but we can help you max it out with Virginia tour experiences that are long on quality when you are short on time.

Richmond:

Culinary Immersive Experiences

Chocolate Workshops

 

Culinary

Educate Your Palate: One of the wonderful things about Richmond’s food scene is it does not all occur at a restaurant table. Enjoy a wine tasting downtown and learn all about Virginia’s fabulous wines. And what pairs great with wine? Chocolate, of course.  Attend a chocolate demonstration to see how the delectable confections are made. And you get to taste, too!

History and Heritage

Engaging Guided Tours for Groups

Engaging Storytelling

A Storied Past: Discover Richmond through stories of the city and its people on a three-hour tour that unravels the tales. What made a local woman turn spy, how did one man get his freedom in a box, how did a native princess become an ambassador and why did Richmond become a capitol?

Arts and Culture

Hot Glass and Growlers: The art scene in Richmond takes on different forms. Get your hands on some of the hottest art there is at Glass Spot Studio. Taste some of the “Cool” brews at an area brewery, then seek out fine art during a scavenger hunt at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

Outdoors

Splash and Soar:  “Get Out” and have fun in Richmond, named the most popular outdoor destination by Outdoor Magazine readers. Feel your adrenaline soar as you plunge in and out of class IV rapids on a raft ride down the James River. Swing across above the trees and animals on a Zip line through the Metro Richmond Zoo with the state’s only TreeTop ZooFari. Refresh yourself afterwards at local brewery.

Gardens

16th Century Landscapes

16th Century Landscapes

Getting a Little Dirty: Richmond’s gardens offer fun hands-on experiences for all ages. What makes up an English 16th century garden learn from the expert at Agecroft Hall. Tantalize your senses while designing an herb wreath at Lavender Fields Herb Farm or discover the “Language of Flowers on visits to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and The Edgar Allan Poe Museum Garden.

Fredericksburg:

Culinary

Fredericksburg Tourism Office

Tastings and Tours

Fredericksburg is one of Virginia’s most spirited towns in part because it is home to the storied A. Smith Bowman Distillery, makers of fine whiskies, gin and rum.  A lively tour and guided tasting reveals the complexities both in the process and product. Purchase a bottle or two to take home. Spencer Devon Brewery is the new kid on the block in downtown Fredericksburg but it has already carved its niche as a favored hang out for locals. Learn how craft beer is made on a special guided tour with the brewer.  Get a taste of the old country – Germany that is during a cooking class and tasting with Chef Jerome Thalwitz at the Bavarian Chef.

History and Heritage

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Interpreting the Past

Four major Civil War battles were fought either in or close by Fredericksburg, making it one of America’s premier Civil War history destinations. Engaging and dramatic tours reveal the stories of combatants as well as civilians caught up in war. Clara Barton and Walt Whitman served as Union nurses here and Abraham Lincoln visited Fredericksburg during the war. The city was also the site of the first amphibious assault and “beachhead” in American military history.

 Arts and Culture

Pots and Pallettes Workshop - Fredericksburg Tourism

Painting and Pottery Classes

One of the first things noticed in Fredericksburg is the number of art galleries downtown. Stroll historic Caroline Street, browse the collections and take something home for the mantle. Better yet, create your own art at a pottery painting workshop. Visit the home and studio of Gari Melchers, one of the most popular American artists of the early 1900s and learn about the incredible love story he shared with his wife.