We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

James River

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 22nd Street and Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23223
Phone Number:
+1 804-780-5733

This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides...

This river running right through downtown Richmond offers sightseeing rides on an antique paddlewheel steamer or on a raft with a trained guide, as well as wading, fishing, rafting, kayaking or simply relaxing on the river banks and gazing out at the city.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 59.00*
and up
Lower James Rafting in Richmond VA
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 296 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 175
  • 86
    Very good
  • 13
  • 5
  • 4
We visited Belle Isle and had a great time.

Our family visited Belle Isle via walking on the walk bridge under US 1 and it was a wonderful experience. If you live anywhere close to the James River you need to do this.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Robert N
Richmond, Virginia
Add Photo Write a Review

296 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 283: English reviews
Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our family visited Belle Isle via walking on the walk bridge under US 1 and it was a wonderful experience. If you live anywhere close to the James River you need to do this.

Thank Robert N
Level Contributor
227 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took a stroll along the river, great scenery and nice walk. Gets crowded and parking can be difficult, but worth it.

Thank Creeper523
Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going down to the James river at least monthly for the last 30 years. It never fails to delight and the efforts made in the last 5 years or so to enhance the individual experience have been fabulous. The river is more accessible and user friendly than ever. I mostly go for walks and the wildlife but... More 

Thank Mary W
Level Contributor
30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent must do trip! Captain Mike in his pontoon boat provides an up close and personal two hour tour of the 5 habitats on the James River in Richmond ,Va. This is a must see and do adventure and educational experience. My wife and I loved it and Mike knows his stuff and the eagles know him. Don't miss this... More 

Thank scottvirginia
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I love Summers at the river. Its always a bit busy when it's hot out, but its always a social event. The only complaint I have is the lack of cleanliness.. There are many bottles and beer cans left behind by people. A lot of them end up in the water, and I worry about stepping on glass while swimming.... More 

Thank JelEats
Level Contributor
89 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

First visit to this amazing city. Great to view from Church Hill. The history is rich and often sad (slave trade.) essential to American Revolutionary War and civil war history.

Thank JackBlack1952
Level Contributor
186 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Just a beautiful place. Saw many kayaks going down the river. Some small rapids. Walked the bridge with quotes ever few steps which was thought provoking. There was another hanging bridge located about a mile down the river. Plenty to do in this are and the river looked clean.

Thank allmotorchick
Lawton, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
61 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

It's a good place for a walk or run. There are several historical sites to visit. You can take a trip to Belle Isle. Fairly easy to get to, though I'm not sure about parking.

Thank ogau2015
Henrico, Virginia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

The river goes through Southside, Richmond, and rural parts of Virginia and other parts and cities in Virginia.It is scenic, water sports such as swimming, boating, party, restaurants and fun.

Thank colleenwhittaker19
Glen Allen, Virginia, United States
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I have swam in the James, floated the James in canoes and walked along the James. It is a great river and has many different types of water. There are large rocks to sun bathe on. There is slow meandering water and rapids. Lots of wild life to see also. It's a great river and there are several places of... More 

Thank MGregory2013

Travellers who viewed James River also viewed


Been to James River? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of James River and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Virginia Beach, Virginia
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from James River staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?