Richmond Travel Guide

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Richmond Things to Do

  • Laser Tag at Richmond Underground

    They have a great place for all ages. Laser Tag, arcade and video gaming. They also have an outdoor facility for laser tag and airsoft. It is very affordable and the whole family can go without spending a fortune. I hear they have the best birthday party celebrations anywhere.

  • See What's Happening on Campus

    Eastern Kentucky University has something going on almost every weekend, and many events are open to the public. The theater department puts on plays and musicals, the music department has concerts, and there are to "Dance Theatre" shows every year. (These are usually a lot of fun. There are more talented performers at EKU than you'd think.) The...

  • Check Out What's Playing at Cinemark

    Richmond's new Cinemark theater is a definite improvement over the last one at the old mall. The seating is comfortable, the sound is clear, and service is friendly. The theater hosts midnight release viewings frequently.

  • Kick up your heals!

    Bluegrass Dance center offers a variety of services for all ages. The professional staff offers everything from tap, to ballet, to ballroom dance.Office HoursMonday: 9:00-Noon, 1:00- 8:30PMTuesday: 9:00-Noon, 2:00- 9:30PMWednesday: 1:00-5:00PMThursday: 2:00-8:15PMFriday: 3:00-9:30PMSaturday: 9:00-1:00PMSunday: By appointment only

  • Kentucky Horse Park

    This is a more generic Kentucky Tourist acitivity, but it is enjoyable enough. You can ride around the park in a horse and carriage drawn by huge draft horses, you can walk through the barns visiting the different horses, they put on a daily show called the Parade of Breeds including those cute tiny miniature horses. The horse museum is there and...

  • Acres of Land Winery

    Beautiful Kentucky rolling hills and acres of green lush fields and vinyard! A relatively new vineyard opened by a local family by the name of Land. Delicious wines... My favorite being the Maggie Adams blush named after a lady that had lived on the farm at one time I believe. Their Vignole & Blackberry wines are also worth trying. The Concord is...


Richmond Hotels

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  • Holiday Inn Express Richmond

    1990 Colby Taylor Drive, Richmond, Kentucky, 40475, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hampton Inn Richmond

    This is one of the newer hotels in town and in a good location to walk to several restaurants and...

  • Red Roof Inn

    This hotel staff has always been wonderful to us in the many many times we have stayed here. We have...


Richmond Restaurants

  • Great Food + Great Games = Great...

    Cosmic Oasis has some great cafe food type items. Sandwiches, home cooked dishes, coffee, speciality drinks, etc. They're always trying new things. But you'll always find their local speciality classics as well. There is a very good balance of treats and sweets as well. Ice cream, buckeye candies and brownies! All of this goodness sits in the...

  • Best Chinese This Side of the...

    Tsing Tao is an adorable little family run Chinese Restaraunt on Main Street in Richmond. It's small, but the food is excellent and the lunch prices are unbelievabley cheap. Delivery available. Try the honey chicken and you'll never try anything else on the menu. (So maybe try it second?) It's wonderful. A mountain of chicken in a sweet honey...

  • Cliche, But Still Tasty

    Sure it's a chain restaurant, but Richmond natives were excited to see it open in the "new" shopping center. Olive Garden is Americanized Italian at its finest. Pasta, a few pizza options, and salty breadsticks galore. The salad holds its own as part of the meal, and the desserts are sinful. A safe choice for people who don't feel like venturing...


Richmond Nightlife

  • Irish Pub

    The Paddy Wagon is ran by two criminal justice professors at Eastern Kentucky University. It has been existing in Richmond since around 2003-2004. They've moved from a great dive location, to a beautiful street location that unfortunately, was destroyed in a fire and are currently in their newly built location on Main Street in Richmond, KY.They...

  • Best Place In Town!

    Like a pheonix, The Paddy Wagon has raised itself from the ashes. After a disasterous fire in March of 2007, the Paddy Wagon has rebuilt and is now grander than ever. Lots of brass accents the new double bar, and the live music can't be beat. Drop in for a cold beer (or a warm Guinness), and experience the true Richmond!

  • Cinemark Movies 8

    We used to have three movie theatres in Richmond but one’s been turned into a church and the other was torn down years ago so now we only have the one at the mall. They try to do a pretty good job of bringing in the new releases, but they’re main audience is made up of high schoolers and middle schoolers so they tend to get more blockbuster-type...


Richmond Transportation

  • Slim Pickings

    If you're visiting Richmond and don't have a car, you'll be out of luck. The city has no tram/bus routes other than the ones provided to school children. There are a few taxi services, all of which are over-priced.

  • Richmond Transit

    Richmond Transit is the local bus system. It has been brought back after many years and seems to running efficiently. One can schedule a bus stop whitin one mil of any normally scheduled stop by calling 24 hour in advance. Cost is $1 USD for an all day pass or 10 passes for $7 USD. A list of scheduled stops is available through the contact numbers...

  • Ok Cab Co

    This is the cleaner of the cab companies in Richmond. Fare is approximately $4 anywhere in town and if necessary, they will drive you all the way to Lexington (for around $50). It gets a bit busy on Thurday, Friday and Saturday nights, but you can call ahead for pick up from home and where ever you might be going.


Richmond Shopping

  • Craft Supplies, etc.

    Hobby Lobby is one-stop shopping for crafters. This craft supply store has everything you need for your next project. Prices are typically fair, and a different section of the store is on sale (usually 50% off) every week. Silk flowers, vases, fabric, yarn and knitting/crochet supplies, frames and framing service, canvas and painting supplies,...

  • For Shiny New Shopping

    Newly opened (to locals' delight) Richmond Center is home to several restaraunts and chain stores. If memory servers, there is an Olive Garden, Logan's Road House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-fil-A, Culver's, Panera Bread, Koto (Japanese), and a coffee shop clustered among the shops. Stores include JC Penny, TJ Maxx, Belk, Meijer, Dress Barn,...

  • Find Your Diamond in the Rough

    Shopping at Peddler's Mall is like searching for buried treasure -- sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you go home empty handed. The store is made up of booths rented to local venders. Some use their booths like a permanent indoor yardsale, while others take business more seriously. There are countless booths of used books, VHS tapes and DVDs,...


Richmond Local Customs

  • Support Downtown-Tea at the Bennett...

    One of my favorite things to do is to have tea at the Bennett House B&B. They have the tea on the first Saturday of every month and the times are 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00. Since they started them several years ago, we have not missed any unless we are out of the country. We have also stayed there several times and it is a lovely place. The tea is...

  • Richmond Pow Wow

    The Richmond Pow Wow is always a fun time for the whole family. It used to be held at EKU but in recent years has moved out to Lake Reba where there's more room. At the Pow Wow, you can watch Native American dancers, singers, and storytellers, and there are lots of opportunities for audience participation. There are also a lot of booths where...

  • Empty Bowls

    Empty Bowls is a yearly fundraiser held at one of the local churches. The location varies from year to year, but the quality doesn't. One enters and buys a ticket. After going in he/she can select a clay bowl from the hundreds on hand. All bowls are made either by local artists or Bybee Pottery. The bowls are then filled with soup for lunch or...


Richmond Warnings and Dangers

  • wost motel stay

    Days Inn in Richmond Ky is the wost place I ever stayed.Dirty rooms..broken toilet seat filthy mirror.When I complained...manager laughed and told me I was to pickyShe was very rude and told me my cc was charged and to get out!!I contacted the corporate office and was told to expect a call back from manager within 7 days. It's been over 3 weeks and...

  • Snow

    So I knew this guy in Boston and he had many misconceptions about Kentucky. We worked through them but the one thing he couldn’t comprehend was that we actually do get snow in Kentucky. I was going to Boston to spend Christmas and he was like, “Oh, you’ll love to see the snow.” I told him that I had seen snow before, and in large quantities, but he...

  • 1st Street

    Having been a resident here for nearly all my life and living with a person in the law enforcement field I have heard countless stories regarding women getting attacked in and around First Street. Now, most of these women were inebriated and were attacked by people that they knew, but you must make wise decisions. Go in groups, don't wander off...


Richmond Tourist Traps

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    This was just too funny...

    by Krumlovgirl Written May 10, 2004

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    I don't think Richmond will ever be accused of having a tourist trap. As we get very few tourists to begin with, we haven't really made a place for them to congregate that would enable us to "trap" them.

    Dolly takes a nap-no tourists to trap!

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Richmond Off The Beaten Path

  • Barn's Mill

    Barne's mill was one of the oldest business in Madison County, dating back to at least 1795. The mill was used for the production of building lumber. The mill was run and owned continuously for 100 years by the same family and closed in aproximately 1913. All that remains are the falls where the mill was located.To view the falls, take exit 87 on...

  • Kirksville

    Kirksville is located in the same area as Poosey Ridge. It’s a small, farming community that used to be a happening place in Madison County. Now, due to the urbanization of most central Kentucky towns, it has died out and nothing remains but a general store and the old Kirksville School. (It’s now been turned into a community center.) The area...

  • Country Drives

    There are some great drives in the area if you're into that. One of my favorite routes is to drive down the Bypass and onto Barnes Mill Road. If you continue on, you will end up on Poosey Ridge where you can get a great view of the county. (And a couple of other surrounding counties.) Poosey Ridge is about 8 miles long and ends smack dab in the...


Richmond Sports & Outdoors

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    All A Classic

    by Krumlovgirl Written Nov 17, 2004

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    The All A Classic, a tournament for high school students from around the state. Gets a little crazy here at that time of the year (early February) but there's a good electricity in the air. Last year, nearly 50,000 people attended it.

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Richmond Favorites

  • Church Baby Sales

    Twice a year, in the spring and in the summer, local churches hold consignment sales where they resale baby and children’s items. You can find anything from playpens to toys and clothes for very reasonable prices. Eastside Baptist and the First United Methodist Church have the biggest and best sales. To get the best selection you have to get there...

  • Christmas Lights

    One of my favorite things to do is to drive around and look at Christmas lights during the holidays. I love the people who go all out and really decorate. The more, the better. I can just imagine the people shopping for the decorations and having fun putting them up, because only people that really get into the holiday mode can decorate like that....

  • Ron Isaacs, Local Artist

    Ron Isaacs is a genius. That’s all there is to it. While he doesn’t have a store, his stuff is sold all over the country. He uses plywood and acrylic paint and makes these wonderful 3-D displays that look like real clothes. Except it’s wood! You have to see it to believe it. Once I saw one of his designs and from a distance it looked like a wedding...


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