This year marks the 40th anniversary of the James River Association. To celebrate this anniversary we’ll be releasing Top 40 lists throughout the year celebrating some of the awesome experiences the James River watershed has to offer.

This month our staff bring you the Top 40 educational opportunities and museums in the James River watershed. Grab your family and friends and head to one of these special places to learn more about Virginia’s rich cultural and ecological history.

  1. Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden – Lexington
  2. Buchanan Town Park – Buchanan
  3. Natural Bridge State Park – Natural Bridge
  4. Cyrus McCormick Museum, Farm & Mill – Raphine
  5. The Quarry Gardens – Schuyler
  6. The Lynchburg Museum – Lynchburg
  7. Amazement Square – Lynchburg
  8. Claytor Nature Center – Lynchburg
  9. The Old City Cemetery – Lynchburg
  10. The Batteau House of Virginia Canals & Navigations Society – Madison Heights
  11. James River State Park – Gladstone
  12. Ivy Creek Natural Area – Charlottesville
  13. Monticello – Charlottesville
  14. Blandy Experimental Farm – Charlottesville
  15. Pleasant Grove House Museum & Welcome Center – Palmyra
  16. Canal Basin Square – Scottsville
  17. Scottsville Museum – Scottsville
  18. James River train rides – Dillwyn
  19. Historic Belmead – Powhatan
  20. Powhatan State Park – Powhatan
  21. High Bridge Trail State Park – Farmville
  22. Maymont – Richmond
  23. Belle Isle – Richmond
  24. Tredegar Iron Works – Richmond
  25. Reedy Creek Nature Center – Richmond
  26. Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park – Appomattox
  27. Rice Rivers Center – Charles City
  28. Henricus Historical Park – Chester
  29. James River Ecology School – Presquile National Wildlife Refuge
  30. City Point Park – Hopewell
  31. Petersburg National Battlefield – Petersburg
  32. Jamestown Settlement – Williamsburg
  33. Bacon’s Castle – Surry
  34. Chippokes Plantation State Park – Surry
  35. Windsor Castle Park – Smithfield
  36. Virginia Living Museum – Newport News
  37. Mariner’s Museum – Newport News
  38. Sandy Bottom Nature Park – Hampton
  39. Nauticus – Norfolk
  40. Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum – Virginia Beach