Summer is the perfect time to get outside and soak in fresh air, warm sun, and scenic views. Short Pump is known for its upscale shopping, eclectic dining and lively entertainment, but wait there’s even more to enjoy here! Short Pump is just minutes from five awesome summertime activities that will refresh and enliven your summer days.
1. Summer Concert & Wine Tasting
Mark your calendars for summer concerts on two Friday nights at the Short Pump Town
Center: July 28 and August 25. The fun begins at 5pm with Copper’s Hawk Wine
Tastings on the Patio. All proceeds from the tastings support the Rotary Club of
Innsbrook. Then live music begins in the Main Plaza at 5:30pm and continues until 8pm. This Friday, July 28th, hometown singers and songwriters Colin & Caroline open the concert and then The Adrian Drake Project takes the stage at 7pm mixing a classic New Orleans jazz sound with soulful rock ’n roll favorites. Bring your friends, neighbors and family to these fun and free concerts! Plus, thanks to Capital One Cafe, if you spend $50 or more at a participating retailer between 3 and 9pm you will receive a $10 Short Pump Town Center Gift Card at Guest Services. What’s not to love about that?
2. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens of Richmond is considered one of the Top 10 Botanical Gardens in America. Summertime at the Garden means full bloom flowers, beautiful tropical butterflies, and a phenomenal collision of arts and nature. Butterflies Live! is a captivating exhibit for all ages in the North Wing of the Conservatory. See tropical and native butterflies during their daily butterfly releases at 10am, and also at 2pm on Saturdays. Nothing says tranquility quite like Yoga in the Garden on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Thursday evenings through August 17th. Click here (http:// www.lewisginter.org/events/) for registration and additional class details. Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas features Richmond’s notable art scene entwined in 50 acres of natural beauty at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. This exhibit features local artists’ work throughout the garden and even pop-up ephemeral art made from sticks, petals and stone. There’s something for everyone to enjoy this summer at the Garden.
3. Deep Run Park & Recreation Center
Deep Run Park is a scenic location just 4 miles from Short Pump Town Center. Check out the playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and fishing at Deep Run Park this summer! With ballrooms and conferences rooms available for rent, you can even host a summer reunion or corporate gathering at this beautiful park. Plan to visit Deep Run between 2 and 4pm on August 19th and you will see local artists working and preparing for fall exhibits at the Cultural Art Center at Glen Allen. Additionally on the 19th, you can visit student art exhibits and purchase art to add to your own collection. Deep Run Park is a fantastic spot to get away from the city’s bustle this summer and hike, play or fish.
4. Cobblestones Park
Cobblestones Park is a one-of-a-kind urban, family-friendly, recreational park featuring sandy beaches, swimming, volleyball, basketball, and even fishing on a 1-acre lake Why drive three hours to the beach when you can drive just 15 minutes from Short
Pump Town Center and enjoy sand, gigantic umbrellas and water right here? Plus, Cobblestones is home to one of the largest pools on the East Coast called Splash Zone. Cobblestones Park is a convenient and fun summer attraction for all ages. The park is open daily form 10am – 5:30pm and closes for the season on September 5th, so don’t miss your chance to check it out this summer!
5. Bald Eagle Tours
Discover The James Bald Eagle Tours offers our community the unique opportunity to see bald eagles in the wild. A 2-hour river pontoon boat tour takes you down a 5 mile stretch of the James River through 5 different territories where these eagles naturally reside. Over 260 pairs of bald eagles call this area home, making it one of the largest comeback areas for bald eagles on our continent. The tour costs $50 per person and comes with binoculars and water. The 24 foot pontoon boat features a canopy shading you from the blazing summer sun. Click here (http://www.discoverthejames.com/? q=Eagle-Tour) to schedule your tour today!