What to do and see in Sandston, United States: The Best Places and Tips

January 27, 2018 Renato Branum

Sandston is a census-designated place (CDP) in Henrico County, Virginia, United States, just outside the state capital of Richmond. The population as of the 2010 Census was 7,571.
Restaurants in Sandston

1. Roller Dome Skating Rink

4902 Williamsburg Road Richmond, Sandston, VA 23231-2827 +1 804-726-2841
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5 based on 4 reviews

Roller Dome Skating Rink

Reviewed By mnhicks55 - Greensboro, North Carolina

Roller skating continues to be an active sport for many people of all ages. Recently Roller Dome hosted a test center for skaters interesting in qualifying for various levels of proficiency in artistic roller skating. The facility is very nice. The owners/staff are very welcoming and helpful. The facility has several different coaches and offers instruction in all areas of artistic roller skating. This rink offers the general public a safe, welcoming rink to enjoy roller skating as a novice, a one-time participant or a place to become a member one of the skating teams/clubs that meet here regularly.

2. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park

5515 Anderson-Wright Dr., Mechanicsville, VA 23111 +1 804-226-1981
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4.5 based on 93 reviews

Cold Harbor Battlefield Park

Reviewed By Jack L - East Syracuse, New York

Fought from May 31-JUne 12, 1864. Gen Robert E. Lee stopped union Gen. Ulysses Grant, With Gen. Grant suffering 12,738 causalities to Gen. Lee's 5.287. The battle was part of Gen. Grant's Overland Campaign before heading south.

The visitor center's range gave much information about the before doing two tours, which are an auto & walking. The driving tour is a one way 1/2 mile winding, narrow asphalt roadway. There three stops with one-two information stands. Plenty of parking at each stop.

The walking trail will cross the roadway. Not sure how long the trail is in length & time. A wilding pathway parallels the 1864 confederate trenches & small information posts. There is bench shortly before crossing the roadway.

After crossing the road are more signs & trenches that leads to an open field & a bench. I walked to the extended Loop Trail before turning back toward the visitor center. How far the trail continues have no idea.

Locating the visitor center/battlefield can be difficult as the 5515 Anderson-Wright will not match up on a GPS unit. One address I did find is the :
Cold Harbor National Cemetery,
6038 Cold Harbor Road,
Mechanicsville, VA.
Since I didn't visit the cemetery, can't say how far the cemetery is to the visitor cemetery. A visitor can call the visitor center direct ,asking for direction.

A visit is recommended, just know the exact location & not waste time as I did.

3. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-4007 +1 804-340-1400
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5 based on 2 reviews

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

VMFA Arts is a top comprehensive US art museum with more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. The Wall Street Journal recently stated that VMFA is now a "two day museum."

Reviewed By jennifera64 - Danville, Virginia

Tis place has it all! Paintings, sculptures, furniture, Faberge, artifacts...you name it, they have it! I was pleasantly surprised and how much I enjoyed this museum. It's a lot to take in for one visit so, I will be returning. I would describe this museum as a "mini Louvre." I just cannot say enough great things!

4. Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23223-7032 +1 804-257-5400
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4.5 based on 335 reviews

Virginia Holocaust Museum

Founded to educate the community about the tragedies of the Holocaust, the Virginia Holocaust Museum strives to memorialize and document the atrocities of World War II. Through exhibits, programming, and outreach, the Museum uses the history of genocide to teach the dangers of prejudice and indifference.

Reviewed By nova654 - mclean, va

We recently visited this museum when we had a few hours to fill. Surprisingly interesting museum, especially for a free venue. One aspect I especially enjoyed was the fact that there were videos with containing stories of holocaust survivors that now live in Richmond. Many other interesting facts and pictures. One can spend 2.5 - 3 hours easily

5. Hollywood Cemetery

412 S Cherry at Albemarle St, Richmond, VA +1 804-648-8501
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hollywood Cemetery

Reviewed By FamSiam V

I went through on a chilly but sunny Sunday morning, and mostly had the place to myself. A walk would be very feasible, but because I had limited time, I drove - which was also doable. There’s no great parking near key most grave sites, but adequate room throughout to pull over and park for a few minutes. The history here is incredible, and of course complex. Take a picture of the stone map at the entrance to navigate the cemetery or use a guidebook on your smart phone. In addition to the presidential graves (ponder the fact that as of 2018, John Tyler, our 10th President, born in 1790, still has two living grandsons!), check out the memorial for the tragic Confederate figure, Major General George Pickett (of Pickett’s Charge infamy at Gettysburg); his wife was the first woman interred in the confederate section.

6. Virginia Capitol Building

9th & Grace Sts, Richmond, VA 23219 +1 804-698-1788
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4.5 based on 904 reviews

Virginia Capitol Building

Inside the white, columned state capitol building, designed by Thomas Jefferson to resemble a first-century Roman temple in France, is the only sculpture of George Washington produced in his lifetime.

Reviewed By Roy F - Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

An incredible Jefferson designed white building sitting on a hill in the middle of Richmond in a park like setting. Either guided or self guided tours are available. Very friendly and helpful staff. We went when the legislature was out of session so it wasn’t crowded and we could spend as much time as we wanted roaming around the building. Visitor entrance and center has been excavated out of the hill in front of the building, so it’s unobtrusive from the outside. It provides convenient access, a gift shop and small cafeteria. Including a bite to eat, it took about 90 minutes to see everything.

7. St. John's Episcopal Church

2401 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223-7128 +1 804-648-5015
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4.5 based on 316 reviews

St. John's Episcopal Church

Historic St. John's Church - where Patrick Henry gave his 'give me liberty or give me death' speech. We are closed to the public the month of January.

Reviewed By srcmumsey - Richmond, Virginia

Be a part of and witness Patrick Henry"s Historic "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. 4th grade and older will enjoy sitting next to the participants.

8. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

110 1/2 E Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23219-1308 +1 804-771-2017
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

The remarkable life and achievements of this famous early 1900s African-American entrepreneur, first woman bank president in the U.S. and social activist are celebrated here with artifacts, photographs and memorabilia.

Reviewed By beth070303 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Our kids do the Junior Ranger program, and this NPS has a Junior Ranger badge. I knew nothing about Maggie Walker before coming here. This was her house...and it is frozen in time. The tour was very informative and interesting. It was especially valuable if you have daughters!! A very cool overlooked site. Highly recommended!

9. Tredegar Iron Works

500 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219-4330 +1 804-226-1981
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4.5 based on 401 reviews

Tredegar Iron Works

Reviewed By actranslation - Redmond, Washington

The parking lot here is shared by both the NPS Site (free) and a paid Museum. Both are excellent in their own right, and worth the visit.

The NPS exhibits are very well down, and include an entire room of mapping the battle and seeing how the heavy artillery worked--since it was made in the iron works.

The paid Civil War mMseum used to be called the Museum of the Confederacy, and that perspective is evident in its exhibits. Some exhibits were in poor condition (buttons missing, broken answer flaps, vandalized paint), but we assume that will be remedied when the newer museum opens.

Note that the paid Museum is expanding, so there is a great deal of construction noise and dirt.

10. Virginia Capital Trail

Richmond, VA +1 804-788-6453
Excellent
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5 based on 82 reviews

Virginia Capital Trail

Reviewed By Anita J - Midlothian, Virginia

The Capital Trail is a 53 mile off road paved bike/walking trail from Richmond to Jamestown. Moderate difficulty. It is a lot of fun riding past plantations, corn fields, cotton fields, etc. The best views are biking over the Chiccohonomy River. Stopping off at Cul's Grill is a must. We have ridden sections and all 53 miles at once. There are a few bathroom stops along the way. Very enjoyable.

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