Although I’ve cruised through Richmond more times than I could probably count, we always take the loop around the city and rarely stop. I think I could count on one hand, maybe two the times that I’ve actually gotten out of the car in this city. So crazy since it is only about 2 hours away from our current home. We journey on up for a family wedding this past Friday. I had turned to my old pal, Tripadvisor, to fill me in on fun places to explore. Belle Isle Park came up as a top place to walk trails and just enjoy being out in nature while still being very much in the hustle and bustle of the city. It served as a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War, but it is now just a place for the people of Richmond (or those passing through like us) to enjoy a break from all the business of city life. Overall, I would give this place 2 thumbs up with one small disclaimer. Parking was confusing, and it almost appeared as if the park was closed. In fact, the parking lot WAS closed. We parked on the street directly across from an entrance on Riverside Drive at the corner Riverside and W 21st Street. Once we got all situated, we enjoyed a picnic on the rocks on one side of the isle. Water just barely trickled by as we chowed down on our sandwiches, veggies, and bagel chips. Each time that I’m getting ready for a picnic, I tell myself I will never do this again! But…once we get all situated and can just enjoy good food, great company, and the pleasure of eating outside, I feel like it is all worth it.
Here is a link to other people’s reviews.
We spent about 2 hours or so meandering around this little slice of nature and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves despite the ridiculously hot temps for early October. The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying time with family celebrating a happy union. The food was out-of-this-world, and we danced until our feet were about to fall off. Who doesn’t love a wedding?!?!?! Brings together family and friends not seen often enough and reminds you of what is truly most important in life, the people in it.
Have a restful Sunday.