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FREE places to check out in Richmond, Indiana!

In Richmond, you’ll find many attractions and points of interest that are totally FREE!  That’s what makes Richmond a budget friendly, affordable family getaway.

Enjoy the outdoors?  Then you don’t want to miss these havens of nature’s beauty…Hayes Arboretum has 300 acres of woods, wildflowers and wildlife ready to be wandered through.  Cope Environmental Center features wetlands, ponds, hardwood forests, wooded ravines and an extensive trail system through natural and developed wildlife habitats.  Thistlethwaite Falls is both peaceful and majestic as the water flows through the Whitewater Gorge.  The Richmond Rose Gardens is in full bloom displaying one of only 139 A.A.R.S. Public Display Rose Gardens in the nation.

More on the artistic side?  Take a stroll on the Gennett Records Walk of Fame honoring early musical artists (1917-1932) with a marker rendering each artist as a mosaic on a bronze plaque recognizing their accomplishments.  Become spellbound by the permanent collection of American impressionists and regional artists including T.C. Steele, John E. Bundy and William Merrit Chase at the Richmond Art Museum……or enjoy the outdoor art of the Richmond Murals.  Throughout Richmond are historical time-line murals that depict Richmond events over the last 150 years including the Underground Railroad and Gennett Recordings.

If you get too hot outside, check out the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History and visit a real Egyptian mummy or stare down a 15,000 year old mastodon plus more treats that you have to see for yourself.

Lastly, for art lovers and history buffs–don’t miss our Tiffany Stained Glass Tour.  Richmond is home to a collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows.  The Reid Presbyterian Church boasts 62 Tiffany windows.  All stops along the tour offers a glimpse of this magnificent National Art Treasure.

Visit the Wayne County Tourism Bureau website for more information on these sites and attractions plus others at

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Written by : Clare Seffrin Bond, a writer, life coach and marketing specialist, lives and works in Richmond, Indiana. A native of Wayne County, Clare enjoys exploring the historical sites of the area, as well as the many new locations offering excellent cuisine and live music.