Join me as I share the best things to do in Richmond Indiana. Nestled in the heart of Wayne County in east central Indiana, Richmond Indiana offers an array of unforgettable experiences for couples or families. From exploring its rich musical heritage and strolling along picturesque streets to indulging in tasty local flavors and immersing yourself in the great outdoors, Richmond has something for everyone.
Richmond is only an hour and a half(ish) from my home near Indianapolis, so through frequent day trips, I’ve discovered the best things to do in Richmond IN, providing you with a curated list of must-see attractions and activities that will make your visit truly exceptional.
👉 Many of these attractions are quite spread out, and public transport is unreliable, so you’ll definitely need a car when you visit Richmond Indiana
31 Fun Things to Do in Richmond Indiana
Ready to discover what there is to do in Richmond Indiana? Let’s get started.
1. Richmond Art Museum
The Richmond Art Museum is a cultural treasure nestled in the heart of Richmond, Indiana, and what’s truly unique about it is that it’s housed in the local Richmond high school.
Established in 1898 as the Art Association of Richmond, it holds the distinction of being the second-oldest art association in the state. With an outstanding permanent collection of 19th and 20th century art, and frequently changing traveling exhibits, there is always something new to explore when you visit.
Admission is free, and we enjoyed wandering around for an hour cooling off and admiring the current exhibits – plus it was pretty cool to experience in a school building.
Location: 350 Hub Etchison Pkwy. Richmond Indiana
2. Warm Glow Candle Company
On our frequent trips to Columbus or Dayton for soccer, we often drive by the Warm Glow Candle Company on I-70. It’s pretty hard to miss as the entrance is an oversized candle. As part of my day trip to Richmond, this was the time to stop and check it out!
Let me start by stating that even if you don’t like candles, the Warm Glow Candle company is worth a stop. It is something else. From local beer to crazy yard art, and of course candles it felt like you could find just about anything there!
We were even greeted by several peafowl out front – and as the male was showing off to the female it was pretty entertaining. Although the Warm Glow Candle Company is technically in Centerville, it’s one of the top things to do near Richmond Indiana, so worth the short drive. Don’t be like us and drive by this wonder – give yourself an extra half hour and stop to visit.
Location: Warm Glow Candle Company
3. Richmond Murals
One of my favorite free things to do in Richmond Indiana is to admire all the colorful murals found around town. The streets of Richmond serve as an outdoor gallery, showcasing an impressive collection of murals that celebrate the city’s history, culture, and community.
From larger-than-life depictions of influential figures to thought-provoking abstract designs, these murals breathe life into the city’s walls. There are over 80 murals located throughout Richmond Indiana, so you’d be hard-pressed to miss them as you meander through the town.
If you are serious about your mural viewing, the visitors center offers a self-guided murals trail with the highlights – pick up a map at the Visitors Center or download it from their website. With just a day to explore, we simply enjoyed stumbling upon these captivating works of art during our explorations. My favorite was “The Rescue” located on the side of Firehouse BBQ & Blues.
4. Explore the Historic Depot District
While you are searching out murals and visiting some of the other specific Richmond Indiana attractions, you’ll definitely be spending some time in the Historic Depot District. This recently revitalized area near the old railroad station is home to a variety of unique shops, restaurants, and on the weekends – live music!
Be sure to set aside at least half an hour to drive or walk through the district, pop into a few shops, and admire the murals. Consider grabbing a cup of coffee at Roscoe’s first to enjoy while you explore.
5. Wayne County Historical Museum
If there is a historical museum in a city I visit and if it’s open, I’m checking it out! Through my extensive exploration of Indiana, I’ve found that the county’s historical museums offer the best and most interesting background information for an area.
The Wayne County Historial Museum was a large and comprehensive museum with multiple exhibits both inside and outside. There are actually eight buildings on the site for you to explore when you visit, and you’ll see everything from a log cabin to a 3000-year-old mummy.
As it was a lovely spring day when we last visited, I especially enjoyed walking around the grounds and peeking into all the buildings. We found several interesting storefronts, examples of homes, and a great display of early farming.
Location: 1150 N “A” Street, Wayne County Historical Museum
6. Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site
My favorite attraction on our latest day trip to Richmond Indiana was our visit to the nearby Levi & Catharine Coffin State historic site. The Levi & Catharine Coffin Historical Site is in Fountain City, Indiana, and stands as a testament to the remarkable legacy of the Underground Railroad and the heroic efforts of Levi and Catharine Coffin. After spending most of the day in Richmond, it was right on the way home, but still located in Wayne County Indiana.
Known as the “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad, this historic site served as a safe haven for countless enslaved individuals seeking freedom during the 19th century. Levi and Catharine Coffin, prominent Quakers and abolitionists, opened their home as a vital stop on the journey to freedom, providing shelter, guidance, and support to those fleeing slavery.
Today, you can explore the restored Coffin House, and gain insight into the courageous acts of the Coffins and the remarkable network of abolitionists who fought against injustice. Be sure to time your visit so that you can participate in a guided tour as the stories you’ll hear (some directly from Levi Coffin’s memoir) are much more powerful than just reading the information, and like the other Indiana State Museum historical sites, the docents are passionate about sharing them.
Insider tip: If you have your kids with you when visiting the Levi & Catharine Coffin historical site, you might consider picking up a children’s book like this one (specifically about Levi & Catharine Coffin) to help facilitate your conversations during and after your visit.
Location: 201 US Highway 27 N, Fountain City, IN
7. Model T Ford Museum
Growing up in Indiana, I’ve always been aware of the importance of the automotive industry. From the beautiful cars made in the Auburn Indiana area to the Indy 500, automobiles are a strong part of Indiana’s history.
Richmond is home to its own collection of auto history with the Model T Ford Museum. If you are a car lover or just a lover of history, this extensive Model T collection is one of the best things to do in Richmond Indiana.
Although you can wander through the museum on your own, the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and more than happy to show you around and give you a more personal experience.
Location: The Model T Ford Museum is located in the Historic Depot District, so it’s a natural place to stop while exploring that section of Richmond.
8. Gennett Records Walk of Fame
Another one of my favorite free things to do in Richmond Indiana was strolling the Gennett Records Walk of Fame. It was fun to read the plaques of the many artists along the Gennett Walk of Fame that were recorded with Gennett Records in the 1920s.
Before this experience, I had no idea how many famous jazz, blues, country, and gospel artists recorded their music in Richmond, or how strong the musical history of the city was. Not only was the walk informational, but it was also peaceful and a perfect way to start or end your day of exploring Richmond Indiana.
And if you love old buildings, what remains of the original Starr Piano Company is quite striking. Today it is often used as an event center or spot for live music.
Location: 187 Fort Wayne Ave. Richmond, IN
9. Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History
Located within the lovely campus of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, the Joseph Moore Museum is a terrific destination for science enthusiasts of all ages. Named after its founder, Joseph Moore, a distinguished biology professor, this museum offers a delightful blend of natural history, anthropology, and interactive exhibits.
The museum’s extensive collection showcases a diverse range of specimens, including fossils, minerals, and taxidermy animals, providing a fascinating glimpse into the wonders of the natural world. You can also delve into the realms of astronomy, geology, and paleontology through hands-on exhibits and engaging educational programs.
I thought this was a fantastic FREE museum in Richmond and I was especially impressed with the many hands-on opportunities for kids to learn – I think it would be a fantastic spot to bring younger kids for both learning and fun.
Location: 801 National Rd. W. Richmond, IN
10. Richmond Rose Garden
If you love roses, then a stop at the Richmond Rose Garden should be high on your list of things to do in Richmond Indiana. This was the most extensive display of roses I’ve seen in Indiana and was lovely to explore.
The garden is over 30 years old and home to over 100 varieties of roses. It’s free to enter and wander the garden, but also be sure to look for special events that occur regularly to enhance your visit.
Have questions about roses? The garden has a rosarian who will answer questions online – check it out here.
11. Haye’s Arboretum
Get outside and enjoy some nature time while hiking or biking on one of the many trails located in the forests of Haye’s Arboretum. Located on 466 acres, in addition to trails, you can explore the nature center, butterfly garden, chapel, and more.
Stanley Hayes began purchasing land in 1915 to help preserve the Hoosier forests and subsequently planted thousands of native trees. In 1963, Hayes Arboretum had a grand opening to share the land with the public and has been evolving and preserving the forest area ever since.
Dogs are welcome, so if you have your pup with you on your day trip to Richmond Indiana, this would be an ideal pet-friendly activity. Haye’s Arboretum also has guided hikes, kids’ programs, special events, and more.
Location: 801 Elks Rd. Richmond, IN
12. Glen Miller Park
If you prefer your outdoor fun a little more structured, then spend a little time enjoying Glen Miller Park located near downtown Richmond Indiana. With playgrounds, walking trails, picnic areas, and even a water feature, it’s a perfect choice for a quiet picnic or a spot to let the kids run off some steam.
Like fishing? Glen Miller Park has a small lake perfect for catch and release. Disc golf? Glen Miller Park that as an option too. There are even tennis courts if you really want some exercise.
The Richmond Rose Garden is located on the edge of Glen Miller Park, so be sure to save time to check it out when you visit the park.
Location: 2514 East Main Street Richmond, IN
13. Shopping along Antique Alley
Nestled in the heart of Richmond, Indiana, the Antique Alley is a treasure trove for vintage enthusiasts and collectors. These charming stretches of historic downtown Richmond and surrounding cities are lined with a myriad of antique shops, each offering a unique and eclectic selection of treasures from the past.
There are actually TWO Antique Alley Trails you can explore, so if you love antique stores, this is a prime spot in Indiana to visit them. As you meander through the shops along Antique Alley, you’ll discover an array of antique furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, retro home décor, and much more.
Whether you’re a seasoned antique hunter or simply looking for a one-of-a-kind piece to add character to your home, the Antique Alley Trails are a haven for nostalgia and hidden gems. Pick up a map with all the shops on each trail listed at the visitors center, so in any of the shops you visit along the way.
👉 Antique Alley covers quite a bit of ground, so you’ll want to have a car so you can visit all of the shops on the trail! Check rates at DiscoverCars.com
14. New Boswell Brewery & Tap Room
Don’t worry if you get thirsty as you explore Richmond Indiana and the rest of the things to do in Wayne County. As part of the Heartland Wine & Ale Trail, you’ll want to stop into New Boswell Brewery & Tap Room while you are visiting downtown Richmond Indiana.
Located in the Historic Depot District, New Boswell is huge! It’s also attached to an Italian deli, so if you have a craving for an Italian sub, you can enjoy one while you sip on a local craft beer.
If you are visiting over the weekend, a trip to New Boswell is one of the best things to do in Richmond Indiana at night because they often have live music. So, grab a beer and settle in for a show!
Location: 410 N. 10th St. Richmond, IN
15. 5 Arch Brewery
As a huge fan of local breweries, I also had to stop by 5 Arch Brewing Company in Centerville on our way out of town. I am so glad we did! This brewery will definitely be on my list of places to stop when we are headed to Dayton or Columbus, Ohio as the food, service, and atmosphere were all outstanding.
We sat at the bar and sampled a few beers while enjoying a great conversation with the bartender. We also indulged in a few appetizers which were the perfect complement to the beer. 5 Arch Brewery tries to use fresh, local ingredients when possible, and the quality of the food was obvious.
I also loved that for every drink you ordered, you’d get a token to donate a nickel to one of their favorite charities. Fun and good for the community. Thanks to 5 Arches’ combination of delicious beer, scrumptious food, and a comfy atmosphere, it qualifies as one of the best things to do in Richmond Indiana for foodies!
Location: 129 E. Main St. Centerville, IN
16. Chocolate Trail
By now you’ve probably noticed a theme here in Wayne County. This area loves its trails! And if you love chocolate, this one should be high on your list of Richmond Indiana things to do.
The chocolate trail is a fun little mobile pass that you can download to your phone and show at the participating businesses. When you check into each one you’ll receive a discount or freebie, and if you visit enough, you can get prizes from the visitors center.
It’s a fun and unique way to explore the area and enjoy some sweet treats as you go!
17. Abbott’s Candies
Speaking of chocolate, as part of your trip on the chocolate trail, be sure to stop at Abbott’s Candies. Founded in 1890, Abbott’s is the oldest candy shop in Indiana. And they’ve been creating delicious homemade caramels and chocolates since they opened.
Abbott started by making butterscotch and homemade ice cream but quickly added specialty chocolates and caramels to the menu. Today Abbott’s is still a family business and in addition to the Hagerstown shop near Richmond, they own an Indianapolis location and ship their goodies all over the world.
I love factory tours and seeing how things are made, so I love that Abbott’s has large windows that allow you to watch the candy-making during production hours.
Location: 48 E. Walnut Street, Hagerstown, IN
18. Hoosier Hill
Most people think of Indiana as a flat state full of cornfields. And, aside from the hills and valleys of southern Indiana, that’s pretty much true. However, even a flat state has a highest point, and Indiana’s is located just north of Richmond.
For a unique little detour during your visit to Richmond Indiana, head over to Hoosier Hill and check out the highest point in Indiana. To be honest, the site itself is a little underwhelming, but it’s fun to say you’ve visited and get a picture or two.
Be sure to sign the log book in the High Point mailbox to record your stop!
19. Middlefork Reservoir
Middlefork is a nice little reservoir located close to Richmond. The reservoir is lovely, and the area around it great for picnicking or just enjoying nature. There is a playground if your kids need to run off some energy, and a bark park for the dogs. Even though it’s close to the city, you will definitely get to see some wildlife while visiting.
The reservoir provides 60% of the water supply to Richmond, and it’s the only place in the city where you can boat, however, it is a no-wake lake, so it’s not the place for waterskiing or big boats. It’s more of a fishing or cruising lake.
Location: Richmond, IN
20. Thistlethwaite Falls
It’s always fun to visit a waterfall, and Thistlethwaite Falls is a terrific one a few miles from downtown Richmond Indiana. There isn’t a lot of parking, but if you can nab a spot, you’ll be rewarded with a short walk to the base of the falls.
Local kids were enjoying creek stomping at the bottom when we last visited and it did look like a fantastic way to cool off on a hot Indiana summer day. The falls themselves are quite lovely and picturesque.
I’ve enjoyed stopping at Thistlethwaite Falls at different times of the year and found it to be lovely regardless of the season. If you love waterfalls (like me) it’s one of the best free Richmond Indiana activities.
Location: 65 Waterfall Rd. Richmond, IN
21. Wayne County Veterans Memorial Park
We didn’t find the Wayne County Veterans Memorial Park when researching things to do in Richmond IN, but rather stumbled across it while driving around.
Although it’s not a large park, it is meticulously maintained and has information and memorials for all branches of the military along with all the wars.
It’s well worth driving through the park, stopping to admire and pay your respects to the brave men & women who served our country.
22. Richmond Furniture Gallery
While enjoying downtown Richmond, be sure to stop at the Richmond Furniture Gallery. Even if you aren’t in the market for new furniture, this 120,000-square-foot furniture store is well worth a visit.
It’s easy to spot the entrance as you’ll discover a huge chair over the doorway drawing you in. The building also has several interesting murals – the largest one above the chair.
Inside is a massive variety of furniture, artwork, decorative items, and more. The store is housed in a beautifully restored 1880s building. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more interesting furniture store in Indiana.
23. Whitewater Gorge Trail
The Whitewater Gorge Trail on Hub Etchison Parkway is a multi-purpose paved trail running through the historic gorge area. As the path is paved, it’s perfect for walking, biking, or even rollerblading.
Look carefully and you might get lucky enough to find fossils along the trail. I’ll often stop at a paved trail such as this one after lunch to get a quick burst of energy and burn some of those calories, and it’s a fun way to experience a city like a local.
Location: 544 Test Rd. Richmond, IN
Insider info: not sure what a gorge is? I wasn’t either so I looked it up and it’s a narrow valley between hills or mountains (definitely hills in Indiana). There is often a stream running through it.
24. Ralph Teetor Planetarium
Located inside the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History is the Ralph Teetor Planetarium. As one of the more educational things to do in Richmond Indiana with kids, it’s a wonderful way to introduce them to constellations.
The Planetarium is free, and if you ask, if they have enough staff they will do a short demonstration for you. Otherwise, you’ll want to visit during one of their special events. Note that the museum does have limited hours, so time your trip accordingly if visiting it is high on your list!
25. Richmond Civic Theatre
If you are lucky enough to visit Richmond when the Richmond Civic Theatre has a performance you should absolutely plan to attend. The Richmond Civic Theatre has been performing locally since 1952 and every year has a full lineup of Broadway hits, children’s theater shows, and more.
Next time we visit Richmond, I will definitely attempt to plan it for an evening when we can take in a performance. I love live theater, and this would be a fantastic addition to your things to do in Richmond Indiana at night list!
Tickets are affordable, and the shows are held right downtown at the Murray Theater located in a historic building on 10th and Main.
26. Winter Ice Festival
Indiana winters are cold and dreary and it can be challenging to find fun things to do. Richmond Indiana has a fantastic way to help ward off the winter blues with their annual Winter Ice Festival.
Typically held at the end of January, this unique festival showcases several dozen amazing ice sculptures. You can bundle up and stroll the streets checking out the sculptures, enjoying food and treats at the multiple food trucks, and more.
In addition to the ice sculptures, in the last few years the city has hosted a drive-in movie, so grab some snacks and watch a movie in the evening.
Places to Eat: Richmond Indiana
For a fairly small town, there are quite a few tasty places to eat in Richmond Indiana. From a local coffee shop to homemade ice cream you can find plenty of delicious choices.
27. Roscoe’s Coffee Bar and Tap Room
Local coffee and beer? Yes, please! Our first stop when visiting a new city is almost always a local coffee shop. And for Richmond Indiana, Roscoe’s seemed to be the coffee shop of choice.
Located in a cool old building in the historic Depot District of Richmond Indiana, Roscoe’s has a cool and cozy vibe with plenty of places to sit and work or visit and a delicious variety of hot and cold beverages.
I enjoyed my customary Americano and a bagel with cream cheese. Both were the perfect way to start a day of exploring Richmond Indiana. I didn’t try out the tap room as it was early in the morning, but it would be a short walk from New Boswell Brewery, so could make for a fun brewery hop if you were looking for things to do in Richmond IN at night.
Location: 185 Ft. Wayne Ave. Richmond, IN
28. Firehouse BBQ & Blues
Throughout our morning of interacting with local businesses in Richmond, the constant suggestion for lunch was Firehouse BBQ & Blues, so that’s where we went. Located in a restored 1860 Firehouse you’ll find some of the best BBQ in the state of Indiana.
The building is beautifully restored with fun murals outside, comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, a cool bar, and even the original fire pole!
We shared a plate of pulled pork and mac & cheese and tried all the sauces. The hot sauce mixed with the sweet BBQ sauce was our favorite. On the weekends, you can often enjoy live blues – which would make for a really fun night out!
Location: 400 N. 8th St. Richmond, IN
29. Clara’s Pizza King
Almost every Indiana town has a pizza king – it’s pretty much a requirement! And Richmond Indiana’s Pizza King is one you don’t want to miss! Not only do they have the BEST type of Pizza King breadsticks (with the dill garlic sauce of course), but this location is super cool inside.
Kids will especially love Clara’s Pizza King as they can place their order on a phone, they can eat in an actual bus, or at a table with a swing. Pretty cool, right?
Plus, pizza is always a winner for kids (and grownups)! Even though we were full from lunch, we still had to stop in to check out the unique decor – and it smelled so delicious we were tempted to grab an order of the tasty breadsticks to go!
Location: 1224 NW 5th St. Richmond, IN
30. Little Sheba’s
The other consistently suggested restaurant, Little Sheba’s, is located in downtown Richmond Indiana near Firehouse BBQ and the Richmond Furniture Gallery. I was especially fond of the terrific patio at Little Sheba’s. On a nice day, it would be lovely to sit outside for lunch or dinner.
With a menu full of interesting sandwiches, appetizers, and pizza, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Little Sheba’s prides itself on local food and great service. The restaurant isn’t open on Sunday and Monday and it closes early during the week, so time your visit accordingly.
Location: 175 Ft. Wayne Ave. Richmond, IN
31. Ullery’s Ice Cream
After enjoying a delicious lunch at one of Richmond’s terrific restaurants, stop by Ullery’s for some homemade ice cream. With handmade waffle cones and unique ice cream flavors such as Persimmon, Red Wolf Cookie Dough, Richmond Rose Garden’s Cherry Rośe Sorbet, and more your hardest decision will be deciding which one to try!
Ullery’s also serves milkshakes, malts, sundaes, and my favorite, affogato’s. Yum! If the afternoon is nice, grab a treat and stroll the surrounding downtown streets looking for murals.
Ullery’s is located right across the street from Little Sheba’s and it’s a part of the chocolate trail!
Map of BEST Things to Do in Richmond, IN
Where to Stay in Richmond, Indiana
There are a variety of hotels in Richmond to choose from, along with a few other options like Bed & Breakfasts and VRBOs.
My Top 3 Picks: Hotels in Richmond Indiana
#1 TOP PICK
✔️ New property
✔️ Indoor pool
Home2Suites by Hilton
✔️ Big rooms
✔️ Hot breakfast
🚫 No pets
Fairfield Inn by Marriott
✔️ Close to Interstate
🚫 No pets
Getting Around Richmond IN
Although there are quite a few attractions to visit in downtown Richmond Indiana, you’ll really need a car to fully explore the area. It’s not a location with good public transit and it’s fairly spread out.
FAQs: What to Do in Richmond Indiana
Have more questions about things to do in Richmond Indiana? Well, no worries as I have answers.
Things to do in Richmond Indiana at night
Live music can be found at several locations along with live theatre when the Richmond Civic Theatre has a show.
What is Richmond Indiana best known for?
Jazz music and roses are two things Richmond Indiana was originally known for thanks to Gennett Records and Hill’s Roses (which had acres of covered buildings housing roses).
What are some things to do in Richmond IN in winter?
Many of the Richmond Indiana attractions are indoors, but in addition to those gems, you should time your winter visit to coincide with the Winter Ice Festival and admire the unique ice sculptures!
Conclusion/Final Thoughts: Things to Do Richmond Indiana
Richmond, Indiana, proves to be a hidden gem that offers a plethora of remarkable experiences for visitors. Whether you plan to find things to do in Richmond Indiana today or are seeking out ideas for a future weekend getaway, you won’t leave your visit to Richmond bored.
From immersing yourself in the rich history of the city to exploring its vibrant arts scene, indulging in local flavors, and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, Richmond has something to captivate everyone’s interests.
Whether you find yourself marveling at the masterpieces in the Richmond Art Museum, basking in the warm glow of candles at the Warm Glow Candle Company, admiring the captivating murals that adorn the city’s walls, exploring the historical significance of the Levi & Catharine Coffin Site, or appreciating the natural beauty from the highest point at Hoosier Hill, each experience in Richmond adds to the tapestry of memories you’ll create.
So, plan your visit, embrace the charm, and let Richmond, Indiana, leave an indelible mark on your heart as you embark on an unforgettable journey through its 31 best things to do.