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The Top 25 Fun Things To Do In Richmond, Indiana

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This article will guide you to the best things to do in Richmond, Indiana! 

Whether you are staying for a day or an entire weekend, there are many fun and exciting things to do in Richmond, Indiana.

The charming small town of Richmond sits right on the border of Indiana and Ohio. Situated in Wayne County, this east central Indiana city offers a variety of activities, from rummaging through Antique Alley to exploring the great outdoors.

Top Things To do in Richmond Indiana: Meltdown Festival
Downtown Richmond for the Meltdown Ice Festival

Whether you are looking for things to do with kids in Richmond or learn about the historic Gennett Recording Studio, where musicians such Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmicheal recorded, Richmond has something for every type of traveler.

This post is in partnership with Visit Richmond to showcase their charming town. As always, my opinions are my own. This article does contain affiliate links. If you click the link and purchase something, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.

The Top Things To Do In Richmond Indiana

Hayes Arboretum

One of the best places for outdoor recreation in Richmond is the Hayes Arboretum. From taking a scenic auto tour to tackling the mountain bike trails, there is a way for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors at Hayes Arboretum.

The Arboretum consists of 466 acres with 16 miles of hiking trails. Let imaginations run wild at the Nature Playscape or participate in one of their many educational programs at the Nature Center. However, be sure check Hayes Arboretum for events and updates on hours.

Outdoor things to do in Richmond Indiana: Hayes Arboretum
Trail at Hayes Arboretum

Tips For Planning A Visit To Hayes Arboretum

  • The Arboretum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 pm. However, the Eastside Trailhead is accessible every day from morning to dusk.
  • The Auto Tour is the perfect way to enjoy the fall foliage without leaving the comfort of your car.
  • Dogs are welcome to visit; however, they must be on a leash, and please clean up after them.
  • Mountain Biking Trails are located on the East Side of the property, located off the corner of Woodside Drive and Hayes Arboretum Road.

Address: 801 Elks Road, Richmond, IN 47374

Richmond Art Museum

As the second oldest Art Museum in Indiana, the Richmond Art Museum offers a vast collection of diverse art and collections. The museum continues to acquire works of art by American artists with a strong emphasis on Indiana and Ohio regional artists. Gaze upon artwork from American Impressionists, take in original masterpieces from local artists, then try your hand at art by signing up for a class.

Tips On Visiting The Richmond Art Museum

  • The Richmond Art Museum is the only active public art museum housed in an active public school in the United States.
  • Admission is free to all exhibits.
  • The Richmond Art Museum is open Tuesday–Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm.
  • Held in early fall, check out Potterypalooza. An annual festival celebrating ceramics and pottery.
  • There are new exhibitions frequently at the museum. Check the Richmond Art Museum for the most up-to-date information.

Address: 350 Hub Etchison Pkwy Richmond, IN 47374

Glen Miller Park

Established in 1885, the Glen Miller Park is full of fascinating history. Spanning 194 acres, Glen Miller Park is the largest park in Richmond, with tons of natural beauty and outdoor activities. The park, at one point, was home to a zoo with over 250 different species of birds and animals. However, it shut down in 1986 after being deemed one of the worst zoos in the US.

The park is now home to a variety of historical monuments, a treasured Rose Garden, along with a scenic pond. Visitors can play a few rounds of golf, go fishing or enjoy the 11,000 square-foot concrete Skate Park.

Tips For Visiting Glen Miller Park

  • One of the most Instagram-able spots in Richmond is the Richmond Rose Garden.
  • They have a great playground and a disc golf course. During the summer months, there is a splash pad to cool off in.

Address: 2200 E Main St, Richmond, IN 47374

5 Arch Brewery

Enjoy Richmond’s brewery scene with a visit to 5 Arch Brewery. Get a flight to sample various craft beers, then stay for dinner. The brewery has already included tax and tip into their pricing, taking on a different business approach. While additional tipping is always appreciated, the staff’s salary is not dependent on it.

5 arches brewery
Beer Flight At 5 Arch Brewery

In addition, the brewery includes in its mission to give back to the community by being a helping hand. Hence the hand flight board. The brewery will give back money to one of five local organizations for every drink sold. Guests choose which organization by placing a wooden buffalo nickel into the charity box of their choice upon leaving.

Address: 129 E Main St, Centerville, IN 47330

The Heartland Wine and Ale Trail

5 Arches Brewery is part of the Heartland Wine and Ale Trail. Sip your way through local wineries and breweries located throughout Eastern Indiana and even Western Ohio. There are eleven stops along the trail that will take you from a scenic vineyard in the country to an upbeat coffee shop in the heart of Richmond. It’s a great way to explore the area while tasting the local specialties.

Wine flights at the Cordial Cork
The Wine Flights At Cordial Cork

Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard & Winery

The Olde Schoolhouse Winery is another great spot to visit along with the Heartland Wine and Ale Trail. Once an old one-room schoolhouse, this historic building has been transformed into a charming winery.

The wine is all produced on-site, with an extensive variety of quality wines for all palates. Whether you are looking for a sweet sipping wine like the Fuzzy Asspricot or a dryer, more complex wine like their signature Cabernet Franc, there is a perfect wine for you.

In warmer weather, catch the sun sinking while enjoying a glass of your favorite wine on the patio. The winery does have winter and summer hours. Check the Olde Schoolhouse Winery for updated hours and events.

Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard & Winery
Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard & Winery

Tips For Visiting the Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard & Winery

  • Be sure to follow the Olde Schoolhouse Winery on Facebook as they will frequently announce events, food trucks, and live music.
  • Olde Schoolhouse is a proud member of Ohio Wines and participates in various fun events such as wine trails.
  • Get a flight to sample a variety of wines.
  • Try the ciders! They are excellent and are a great option at the winery for non-wine drinkers. However, they have soft drinks available for purchase as well.
  • The winery is known for its series of “ASS” wines, featuring a story about a beloved donkey’s quest to find his soulmate. Each bottle in the series has a fun part of the story, which has you anxiously awaiting for the next bottle to be released.

Address: 152 OH-726, Eaton, OH 45320

Warm Glow Candle Company

Located in Centerville, the Warm Glow Candle Company is one roadside attraction that commands attention. With an enormous water tower-sized candle at the entrance, visitors can’t help but navigate to it.

Warm Glow Candle Company" Best Things to do in Richmond Indiana
Warm Glow Candle Company

Warm Glow Candle Co has over sixty fragrances to choose from, along with a wide selection of home decor, home goods, and plenty of culinary treats. Their signature candle is lumpy, and bumpy homemade candles have been widely popular, making the Warm Glow Candle Company a mecca for candle enthusiasts.

Address: 2131 N Centerville Rd, Centerville, IN 47330

Tips For Visiting The Warm Glow Candle Company

  • The Warm Glow Candle Company is a part of the Chocolate Trail. Be sure to bring your passport to get your free chocolate!
  • If you signed up for the Girlfriend’s Getaway package, a coupon is in your packet to Warm Glow Candles. Don’t forget!
  • Warm Glow Candles puts on three significant events throughout the year: A Spring Open House, A Fall Festival, and a Christmas Open House.
  • The store is pet-friendly.
  • There are three other stores on the property; Home Decor & More, Artisans & Java, and the Pavilion.
  • Grab lunch at the Stone Hearth Cafe inside the Warm Glow Candle Company.

Wayne County Historical Museum

One of the top fun things to do in Richmond, Indiana, with kids is a visit to the Wayne County Historical Museum. Get up close to an ancient Egyptian Mummy, after that, retrace the steps of early pioneers by examining a variety of artifacts, including a dollhouse from 1880.

The museum is run by the Wayne County Historical Society, which began after they accepted the gift of the extensive personal collection of Julie Meek Gaar along with the gift of the historical Friend’s Meeting House. Throughout the year, the museum has received various donations, gifts, and artifacts to keep help keep the history alive.

Tips For Visiting the Wayne County Historical Museum

  • The museum charges admission. Children 5 and under are free.
  • They are not open on Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays.
  • They will offer Haunted History Ghost Walks and the Haunted Museum during October.

Address: 1150 North A Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374

The Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site

One historic stop I highly recommend is a visit to the Levi & Catharine Coffin home. Better known as the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad. This family was able to help nearly 2,000 freedom seekers on their journey to pursue their God-given right to be free.

The home tour is nearly two-hours and shows visitors where the family could safely hide the escaped enslaved people down to the well that was dug in the basement for drinking water.

Levi Coffin historical places in Indiana
Levi Coffin House

For those that may not have time for the entire tour of the house, a visit to the new Interpretive Center is a must. Located next door to the Levi & Catharine Home, the Interpretive Center has informative, interactive displays highlighting what life was like for a fugitive enslaved person and those anti-slavery activists.

Address: 201 US-27, Fountain City, IN 47341

Joseph Moore Museum Of Natural History

Another fun place to take the kids is the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History, in Earlham College. Admire a mastodon skeleton and a giant beaver skeleton, in addition to seeing another mummy, catch a show at the planetarium. Throughout the museum are a variety of interactive exhibits, including a live reptile exhibit which always draws a crowd.

Tips For Visiting the Joseph Moore Museum

  • Admission is free for everyone.
  • The museum is closed Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Planetarium shows are offered upon request.
  • Parking for the museum can be found behind Dennis Hall in front of the nearby Admissions Building.
  • Fun events happen throughout the year, such as an Escape Game to rescue a Giant Beaver.

Address: 801 National Road West Richmond, Indiana

The Gennett Walk of Fame

The city of Richmond is deeply rooted with a rich history of jazz and blues. The Starr Piano Company opened Gennett Records that recorded artists from Louis Armstrong to Artie Shaw in an unlikely event.

To help preserve this history, the Gennett Walk of Fame was created. Stroll the historic walk large consisting of ceramic and bronze medallions resembling 78 rpm records that honor music legends who recorded at the famous Gennett Recording Studios in Richmond.

Address: 201 S 1st St, Richmond, IN 47374

Doughtery Orchard

A visit to Indiana’s oldest family-owned orchard is a must during the fall. Doughtery Orchard is a must with pre-picked and U-pick apples (seasonally), a petting zoo, and a cold glass of apple cider. The petting zoo offers visitors the opportunity to feed the animals.

Dougherty Orchard offers a variety of events throughout the year as well. Including live music, wine tasting, and more.

Doughtery Orchard
Doughtery Orchard

Tip For Visiting: The U-Pick Apples are dependent on the harvest and weather. However, there are years when a frost earlier in the year can destroy an entire year’s crop, such as in 2020.

Address: 1117 North, 9411 Dougherty Rd, Cambridge City, IN 47327

Model T Ford Museum

The Model T Ford Museum is a small museum that packs a big punch. With a focus on preserving artifacts from the Model T Ford Era, visitors can see Model T’s of all shapes and sizes. Walk back in time to visit an authentic 1920’s repair and mechanic shop, get up close with many of the touring cruisers, then check out other fun artifacts from the 1920s.

Address: 309 N. 8th Street, Richmond IN 47374-3034

Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church Tiffany Windows

Unknown to many, Richmond, Indiana, is home to a spectacular collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. There are four stops along the Tiffany Stained Glass Trail, including the impressive collection at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Tiffany Stain Glass Window Trail
Reid Memorial

Louis Comfort Tiffany specially crafted all sixty-two windows in this church at the request of Richmond native Daniel Reid. Daniel Reid funded the construction of the Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, which was completed in 1906. The church is currently closed however, tours can be arranged.

Tip: To learn more about setting up a tour, contact the Indiana Glass Trail or the Richmond Visitor’s Center.

Address: 1004 N A St, Richmond, IN 47374

Thistlethwaite Falls

Thistlethwaite Falls is a scenic, easy-to-visit waterfall located in Richmond, Indiana. These human-made waterfalls have a parking area just beyond the bridge. A trail leads to the top of the falls, and a stairway leads down to the base. Hike the 3.5 trail that takes you along the river through Whitewater Gorge Park to add in a little more adventure.

The falls are full of ancient fossils that make a fun adventure for kids. However, keep in mind that the waterfall will dry up after long periods of drought.

Address: Waterfall Road Richmond, IN 47374

Hit the Antique Trail

With over 1,200 antique dealers located near and in Richmond, there are bound to be a few treasures you will stumble upon. Antiquers flock to this area to spend a weekend browsing the countless shops and antique malls.

Antique Alley : Things to do in Richmond Indiana
Antique Alley In Richmond, Indiana

From family businesses to part-time dealers, the vast, diverse selection of antiques found in Wayne County is hard to rival. The owners are all incredibly friendly and will help you plan out your route if you need assistance. Many have been in the business for decades with their own fun, unique story to tell.

The Barn at Helm

Venture off the beaten path for a remarkable experience. The Barn at Helm is a gorgeous flower farm that is the lifelong dream of owners Julie and Tim. Julie’s passion for flowers is contagious, just like her smile. She ensures that every visit is memorable and that you leave with the perfect bouquet.

For the fall, fill your pumpkin! The farm is charming, with plenty of darling backdrops to grab that idyllic Instagram photo. Stroll through the thousands of blooms while deciding which ones to fill your vase. Visit the Barn at Helm to start planning your visit.

The Barn at Helm
The Barn At Helm

Tips For Visiting The Barn At Helm

  • The Barn is open seasonally, with various floral workshops held throughout the year.
  • The Barn At Helm will host concerts in the garden under a starry sky in warmer weather.
  • Celebrating a special occasion? Have the Barn at Held design an extraordinary floral arrangement for your celebration.
  • Check Facebook for details on their hours and events.

Address: 5544 Helm Rd, Williamsburg, IN 47393

The Cope Environmental Center

Step foot inside a Living Building, take a hike through Indiana’s prairies and hardwood forest, then sit back with your binoculars to catch sight of a variety of birds. The Cope Environmental Center offers a variety of educational material on making your own home more sustainable and incorporating sustainable behaviors into your everyday routines.

Address: 1730 Airport Road, Centerville, IN 47330

Quiet Harmony Ranch

Embark on a unique adventure at the Quiet Harmony Elk Ranch in New Paris, Ohio. A hop, skip and jump from Richmond, the Quiet Harmony Elk Ranch allows guests to witness elk from the comforts of your vehicle during an educational drive-thru, stroll the meadow trek, then let the kids explore Action Acres.

Quiet Harmony Ranch
Quiet Harmony Ranch Entrance

Prepare to spend an entire afternoon at the ranch, especially if you bring children. Those looking for a more up-close encounter should consider purchasing the outback encounter. This thrilling ATV ride takes guests behind the scenes and right into the pen with the elk. Your guide will take you up close to the elk during the tour. You will get to see the entire ranch and take parts of the ranch unseen by visitors.

Top Things To Do in Richmond Indiana
Quiet Harmony Elk Ranch

Tips For Visiting Quiet Harmony Elk Ranch

  • The ranch has odd operating hours and is mostly closed for the winter season except for the Trading Post. Be sure to hop over to Quiet Harmony Ranch for their updated hours and open attractions.
  • Parking at the ranch is FREE.
  • While entrance into the park is free, many activities are sold ala kart or in a combo day pack. What is included in your free admission is parking, walking the 1/4 mile meadow trek, which takes visitors near the elk pastures, a visit to the Trading Post for a bit of shopping, and the Food Cabin
  • The Food Cabin only sells elk burgers and sides along with drinks and ice cream.
  • There are booths to buy admission at each attraction.
  • Wear proper footwear. There is a fair amount of gravel if you choose to hike.
  • Bring sunscreen. There is not a lot of shade; however, the picnic area is in the shade.
  • Wristbands are required to enter the designated areas.
  • You are not allowed to feed the elk unless permitted and accompanied by staff.

Address: 10684 Morrison-Mikesell Rd, New Paris, OH 45347

Indulge Along The Richmond Chocolate Trail

Smooth, decant, and locally-made chocolates tempt visitors to explore one of the sweetest trails in Indiana. Begin your chocolate journey by picking up a Chocolate Trail Passport at the Welcome Center. We recommend making your first stop at Abbott’s Candy Factory, where they have been crafting chocolate since the 1890s. 

Then venture over to Ullery’s Homemade Ice Cream for a special treat, ice cream that is prepared 5 gallons at a time and is churned by a 1928 John Deere engine! There are plenty of other fun stops as well! This trail is an entirely free, tasty addition to any Richmond itinerary.

Richmond Chocolate Trail
Richmond Chocolate Trail

Tips For Hitting The Chocolate Trail

  • Make sure that you have your Chocolate Trail Passport with you to get your free sample. Many businesses won’t give you a sample without a passport.
  • The passports can be picked up at the Welcome Center.
  • The Chocolate Trail is a great way to see the town and visit many of the local businesses.

Explore The Richmond Depot District

One of my favorite parts of Richmond is the historic Depot District. Browse the Model T Museum, grab lunch at Little Sheba’s, check out the 1902 Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, then grab a wine flight at the Cordial Cork.

Richmond Depot District
Richmond Depot District

There are tons of great dining options in the Richmond Depot District. Try local favorites such as New Boswell Brewery, Firehouse BBQ and Blues, and Ullery’s Ice Cream.

If not staying for a meal, grab a coffee at Roscoe’s before doing a little shopping at the nearby boutiques such as Luxe Lizzies.

Catch A Show at The Richmond Civic Theatre

A perfect spot to spend an evening is attending a performance at the Richmond Civic Theatre. The Theatre has been putting on performances for over eighty years, with an incredible line-up of shows.

A Children’s Theatre also puts on various shows throughout the year. Check out their website to find the next showtime and see a list of upcoming performances.

The Meltdown Festival

Take part in the biggest festival of the year, the Richmond Meltdown. The Richmond Meltdown is a free event that attracts thousands of visitors, including many families, to enjoy the festivities. Gorgeous ice sculptures pop up throughout town, while local businesses and restaurants host themed events and other specials throughout the week.

Meltdown Ice Festival
Ice Carver At The Meltdown Ice Festival

The Meltdown Throwdown has world-class ice carvers competing for the sacred golden chainsaw and the bragging rights that come with it. Fire and Ice are two teams, and the crowd cheers on their favorite. The throwdown competition is the main event of the Richmond Meltdown Winter Ice Festival. 

Richmond Meltdown: Top Things to do in Richmond Indiana
The Throwdown at the Richmond Meltdown Winner

Once the sculptures are complete, the crowd chooses the winner! Watch the ice fly as the competition gets underway in an event unlike any other. Get caught up in the excitement to cheer your team on to victory.

The festival is held annually, typically the last weekend in January.

Murals Tour

Richmond is a vibrant small town that has teamed up with local artists to bring enchanting, colorful murals to historic buildings. The murals define and capture the community’s beauty, history, and culture. You can find them everywhere, from hidden alleyways to busy streets. There are more than 80 murals to be discovered throughout Richmond, so be sure to download your Mural brochure to find them all.

Murals Tour
Murals In Richmond, Indiana

Explore Historic Cambridge

The hub of this Antique Alley can be found in Cambridge City. This charming small town boasts darling historic storefronts, local eateries, and over ten antique shops within a two-block area. Grab a pastry and coffee at King’s Cafe before venturing to the National Road Antique Mall.

Kings Cafe In Richmond Indiana
King’s Cafe in Cambridge

Shopping in Downtown Richmond

If antique shopping isn’t up your alley, venture to darling boutiques and bakeries downtown Richmond. Sweet Blessings was one of our favorite bakeries serving up incredible baked goodies. Swing into a variety of boutiques for a unique selection of clothing and accessories. Take time venturing up and down Main street to see incredible murals, historic shops, and you may even take home a souvenir or two.

Shopping in Richmond Indiana
Luxe Lizzies Boutique

Bike the Cardinal Greenway

The Cardinal Greenway is the longest rail trail in Indiana. Spanning 62 miles from Munice to Richmond, bikers will enjoy a scenic ride for a few miles or even tackle a biking adventure by making a day out of exploring the Greenway.

Tip: Cycling and Fitness Warehouse, on N. 3rd in Richmond, across from the Cardinal Greenway, rents free bikes. They also rent helmets and locks. Bicycles are available on a 1st come 1st served basis. 

Places To Stay In Richmond, Indiana

Richmond offers a variety of accommodations for guests to enjoy. My personal favorite is renting an Airbnb because there are tons of cute cabins, cottages, and houses perfect for families, girlfriends, or couples.

Where to stay in Richmond Indiana: Cabin

We recommend the Best Western or the new Home2 Suites for those looking to stay in a hotel.

Richmond also has a handful of charming Bed & Breakfasts.

Where to Eat In Richmond, Indiana

There are so many fantastic places to grab a bite to eat in Richmond. From chowing down on delicious pizza Redfront Pizza and Grill to more upscale dining at the Olde Richmond Inn. After several visits to the area, I came up with a guide to the Best Restaurants in Richmond.

Redfront Pizza In Richmond Indiana
Redfront Pizza In Richmond, Indiana

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