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42nd Street Island is a scenic area that you can hike through to enjoy views of the James River and of the Richmond Skyline. With nothing but a thick cover of tree, rock and the river surrounding it, this is a great place to stop by for a tranquil escape from the bustling city. There are a bunch of big rocks to sit on, so after the long hike to get here, you can lounge around and immerse yourself in nature.
No matter what your age, you are bound to have a blast at Roller Dome. From adult skate nights which take place every Wednesday to their kids skate free program, this venue has something for all ages. For those who are a bit shaky on their skates, classes overseeing by professional skaters are held every Saturday. However, the venue is not simply a roller skating park but has much more to offer. You can have a rousing game of laser tag, try your hand at one of the pool tables or try out the many video games at the arcade area. If you happen to work up an appetite after a day of skating and playing, you can enjoy some delightful snacks from their snack bar.
In the 1880s, Lewis Ginter, a wealthy businessman, opened a resort on this land just northwest of Richmond. An avid gardener, he planted and cared for much of the foliage that still thrives in the park today. Upon his death, the property passed to his niece who opened a hospice for children in Ginter's home. She also cultivated the gardens and imported several rare plants. The land is now operated by the city as a botanical garden. Explore the Victorian garden, nature trails and the home, and perhaps stop at the Tea House for lunch.
If you're going to reward yourself, do so at Renewal Day Spa, where you will be pampered and rejuvenated. This intimate day spa offers a wide range of services that includes skin care, waxing, hydrotherapy, hand and foot care and body treatments. There are also a variety of spa packages to be taken advantage of. The spa has a quiet room to relax in, a nail cure area, two private massage rooms, a hydrotherapy bath and a steam sauna. Lunch service is available if requested.