Getting There & Things to Do Around Richmond

Getting There

Travel Agent

Nancy Mettes of Damar Travel, the official conference travel agent, will work with you to provide an economical travel plan. Tell Nancy you want to make your reservation for the NGS Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, and be sure to mention if you are a senior citizen. Contact: 800-999-6101 or nancy.mettes@damartravel.com.

By Air

The Richmond International Airport (RIC) is conveniently located just fifteen miles from the Greater Richmond Convention Center and Richmond Marriott. The airport is serviced by seven major airlines including American Airlines, AirTran, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest, United Airlines, and US Airways, which are supported by a number of regional carriers who provide access to smaller cities.

Taxis, rental cars, and sedan service are available. For further information about ground transportation options, go to http://www.flyrichmond.com/index.php/public-transit. A taxi to from the airport to the Greater Richmond Convention Center will cost between $30.00‒$35.00 depending upon the time of day.

James River Transportation provides private car transportation 24/7 to and from the Richmond International Airport (RIC) for a flat fee of $35 (per trip, not per person). Advance reservations twenty-four hours in advance are recommended. James River Transportation can be contacted by phone 804-249-1052 or online at www.JamesRiverTrans.com.

By Train

Convenient Amtrak service from the northeast corridor is also available. Some trains stop at the Main Street Station (RVM) downtown. The Staples Mill station in Richmond is about a fifteen minute ride by taxi. For additional information see http://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak.

By Road

Directions and parking for the Greater Richmond Convention Center can be found at http://www.richmondcenter.com/attending/parking-directions/

Daily parking will be $6 (no in-out privileges) in the parking deck adjacent to the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The parking deck is located at 351 North Third St., Richmond, VA 23219 with entrance and exit only from Third St. Overnight parking in the convention center lot incurs a surcharge. All other nearby lots have higher daily parking rates.

Directions and parking information for the Richmond Marriott can be found at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/ricdt-richmond-marriott/

The Marriott has two parking options. Valet parking is $26 per day. Overnight guests receive a $5 per night discount. Self-parking in an adjacent covered lot is currently $18 per day, with no in-out privileges.

Things to Do Around Richmond

Restaurants and Nightlife – http://www.visitrichmondva.com/things-to-do/restaurants/

If you are planning to attend the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, we recommend that you download the official tourism Visitor’s Guide, which can be found at http://www.visitrichmondva.com/plan-your-trip/visitor-guide. Richmond offers every kind of dining option you will want. Some excellent choices are in the surrounding neighborhoods and are worth a short cab ride. The dining section begins on page 57 of the Visitor’s Guide. Dollar signs are used to indicate the average cost of entrées: $ = $10 or less; $$ = $10–$15; $$$ = $16–$20; and $$$$ = more than $20. The closest restaurants are those identified as Downtown, which are listed and described here.

If you attended the NGS 2007 Family History Conference in Richmond, you will be pleased to hear that two new restaurants have been opened on Broad Street, between the Marriott and Library of Virginia, and are walking distance from the Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn:

  • Gibson’s Grill, 700 East Broad Street, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving sandwiches, salads, and entrées in a rock ’n’ roll themed setting. $$$
  • Richmond on Broad Café, 626 East Broad Street, is on the University of Richmond downtown campus and offers take-out only service for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks, and is open from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. $

Other nearby dining areas include the neighborhoods of Shockoe Slip, Shockoe Bottom, Church Hill, The Fan, Carytown, and the Museum District, all of which require a cab ride. Shockoe Slip is walking distance from the Omni and Crowne Plaza Hotels. Both the Marriott and the Hilton Garden Inn have on-site restaurants.

Check back often as we will be posting more information about dining in and around Richmond.

Attractions – http://www.visitrichmondva.com/things-to-do/

Shopping – http://www.visitrichmondva.com/things-to-do/shopping/

Sports and Recreation – http://www.visitrichmondva.com/things-to-do/sports-recreation/

 

Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at registration@ngsgenealogy.org or refer to FAQs.

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