6.22.2011

Maymont

Happy Hump Day!

Hope everyone has had a fabulous start to the week.  Last Tuesday, the Cuties and I took our annual trip to Maymont Park.

Cutie B, Allie, Cutie A


Maymont is one of the MANY things I love about Richmond, but the kids and I only usually make it there once a summer when we have an unexpected cool day.

Maymont is a 100-acre estate that was originally owned by the Dooley family.  The family gave it as a gift to the City of Richmond in the 1920s.  It is a free park and has a mansion, gardens, children's farm, animals, nature center, and walking trails.  It is so gorgeous and the perfect activity for a nice day.

Cutie B & Cutie A

We started the day at the children's farm and fed the animals.

Cutie A was grossed out by the goat's tongue!

Cutie B and Mr. Billygoat

We then ventured out to see the other animals the park has to offer!

Can you tell what a gorgeous day it was?

Cutie B checking out the bird cages!

Deer

Isn't this gray fox handsome?

HUGE bald eagle

Cutie A's wingspan is no match for the bald eagle's!

scenic waterfall

Next we headed over to the bears' habitat.  Maymont has always been known for its black bears.  A few years ago quite a stir arose when a four year old was bit, while he was reaching through the fencing with an apple in his hand.  The two bears were put to sleep causing great public outcry, because the bite was caused more by poor parental supervision than bear aggression.  Since then the bears have been replaced with two new bears.  When we went last week, I saw the bears the best I had ever seen them (often they are off in the distance or hiding).



After seeing the bears, we headed to our usual picnic spot in the Japanese gardens.



Normally there is the most gorgeous waterfall here, but there was no water to be seen last week...


Cutie B would have stayed on the stepping stones watching these fish for HOURS if I had let him!


Our final stop of the day was in the Italian gardens!

On the way Cutie B decided to check out what he believed to be an "Indian Trail"

The Italian Gardens had these benches in them.  
I loved this one, it reads:  
"Here in 1929 Henry asked Maria to marry him.
Their family and friends dedicate this bench
to all the joy that followed."

We had never noticed this little path and decided to explore...

and of course take a picture!

Standing inside that dome produces echoes!

Allie and Cutie A

Pretty butterfly!

If you're ever in Richmond on a sunny day, Maymont is a must-visit!

Do you have any favorite places like these where you live?

Also, if you haven't already, be sure to check out my Facebook page, here!

Have a great day, and get pumped for some very exciting news and...a GIVEAWAY on Friday!

24 comments:

  1. Aw, what a wonderful way to spend the day with kids! This sort of reminds me of the Magnolia Gardens in Charleston except this is on a much larger scale!

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  2. I bet they LOVE you! What a fun day!

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  3. That is so cool that you take them to do such fun things! I bet their Mama loves the pictures you take of them too!

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  4. I love park outings and next time I'm in Richmond I'll have to check this one out!

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  5. From your pictures, it looks like it was absolutely gorgeous!

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  6. I've never been-I need to explore Richmond more! Sounds like such a fun place to take kids. I can't deny it though-I love doing things like that! I would go even if I wasn't babysitting!Can't wait for the exciting news.

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  7. Maymont seems so pretty ... this is the first I've heard of it! The Italian gardens would definitely be my favorite part. And I loved that ya'll brought a picnic. Too cute!

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  8. Maymont looks gorgeous! What a great way to spend a day with the kids!

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  9. WOW!!! that looks like a wonderful place to spend the day... and Cutie A and B looked so happy!!! xo HHL

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  10. This looks like it was a blast! I was just passing through Richmond last week and the Southern architecture always puts a smile on my face!

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  11. That looks like a perfect day to me! I would visit there often to be sure if I lived in the area! Glad to see you are having some summer fun!!!

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  12. Well, this just seems like the most amazing trip. Cutie A and Cutie B seemed extremely happy and looked like they had a great time with you. I've never been to Richmond, but if I ever do, I'll def. have to check this place out.

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  13. Looks like y'all had a great day! I would love to be enjoying beautiful weather instead of sitting in my cubical! haha

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  14. What a fun trip with the kiddos!

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  15. This looks like such a good time!! The scenery is beautiful.

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  16. That sounds like a perfect summer activity!!! I'm just a little teary eyed at the sweetness of that bench, how sweet is that???

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  17. Everything about this post is adorable. From the bench (almost a tearjerker) to the fact that Cutie A and Cutie B really are cuties Marymount looks like the perfect day trip!

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  18. You're the best babysitter, Allie. I can't even stand it ;) Happy hump day! Can it just be the weekend already though?

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  19. What a beautiful park! It looks like everyone had a marvelous time.
    Some day you are going to make a great mother!
    What a great babysitter. I hope their parents realize how good you are and appreciate you.

    Susan

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  20. You are the freakin' best babysitter ever! I'm sure Cuties A and B just love you! The park looks beautiful, and what a beautiful clear sky!

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  21. Looks like so much fun! I have heard Maymount is gorgeous and looks like it, I'll have to visit during my Richmond summer!

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  22. YOu are such a great sitter. Maymont looks fabulous.

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  23. I can't tell you how much my hubby and i LOVE Maymont!!! This post made me sad for Richmond. Never take these great places for granted! :)

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