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The Robins Nature Center at Maymont

Maymont Nature Center, Shields Lake Drive, Richmond, VA, USA

Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm


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Indoor Running, Climbing, Playing, and Observing Animals at Robins Nature Center

My family loves to visit the Robins Nature Center on rainy or cold days! It is the perfect way to burn off some energy, while still learning. My children both love to jump and climb on the "Run of the River Rocks", which is an interactive activity with a recreated beaver lodge to visit, and rocks that resemble those from the James River! They also love to pretend to ride the kayak. Their favorite, though, is the River Reach. It is a 34-foot tall sculpture with netting. It is safe for children to climb, but you may need to go up with your little ones. My children, ages 4 and 7 are both comfortable to go up alone, but it certainly took a few visits! While the children climb River Reach, they will see images of river microorganisms. 

Once they've tired from running and climbing, they can visit with the animals: otters, turtles, fish, frogs, snakes, and more. There are many aquariums, and most have information specifically about the one you are viewing, so you can guide your children throughout the center. My son particularly loves the interactive activities, like the Freshwater Interactive Animation, which replicates lifelike interactions with animals and water in a river environment.

Tickets are required, and you will need to purchase them for a specified date and time. Members have free admission to the Nature Center. We usually spend about one hour playing and looking at the animals. Restrooms are at the entrance, along with a couple of vending machines.

On a nice day, you could pack a picnic and head straight to Maymont's grassy area, behind the Nature Center. This is a very short walk. Additionally, there are souvenirs in the gift shop to remember your day as you exit.


Parking Restrooms Interactive Activities Picnic Aquarium Obstacle Course Animals
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Lindsay Garrison
Lindsay Garrison is a Richmond, Virginia based mom to two young children. A graduate of Chesterfield Schools and Randolph-Macon College, Lindsay is proud to call Richmond home. In the years prior to planning activities and outings with her own children, she was a French teacher. During her tenure she earned accolades for her creative teaching style and ability to connect with her students. She now applies the skills she learned when she was planning student trips to France, to her own family adventures. She can’t wait to take her own children to France one day!
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