Maymont Japanese Garden


Historical Exhibits

  • Maymont Mansion - Completed in 1893 by James Henry and Sallie May Dooley, the estate stands as a well-preserved specimen from the Gilded Age. The mansion boasts 12,000 square feet and 33 rooms.
  • Historical Buildings - Restored early 19th century outbuildings include a Normandy-style carriage house, a 3-story stone barn, a 3-story garage, a water tower, a granite compost house, chicken coop, and gatehouse, a stone mausoleum, and various gates, bridges, and gazebos.
  • Carriage Collection - More than 20 carriages and buggies (and related equipment) that reflect the horse-powered transportation typical of Virginia estates in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Animal Exhibits

  • Children's Farm - A petting zoo that allows kids up close and personal interaction with various farm animals.
  • Wildlife Exhibits - Enclosed habitats featuring bison, elk, deer, foxes, bears, bobcats and many types of birds.
  • Nature Center - Aquariums and aquatic exhibits for water-loving creatures including turtles, otters, and fish.


  • Italian Garden - Modeled after 15th and 16th century Italian gardens, including fountains, geometrically shaped beds, and sculpture.
  • Japanese Garden - A faithfully reproduced "stroll garden" meant to inspire tranquility and reflection.
  • Arboretum - Home to native Virginian foliage as well as over 200 exotic species of plants and trees.
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Cactus Garden
  • Carriage House Garden
  • Daylily Garden
  • Grotto - Flanked by sleeping lion statues, the Grotto features caves and water features.
  • Herb Garden
  • Maymont House Ornamental Lawn
  • Native Virginia Landscape
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Via Florum Garden - A floral path that connects the Maymont Mansion to the Italian Garden.


  • Carriage Rides - 10-minute ride; $3 adults; $2 children
  • Tram Rides - $3 adults; $2 children; Members free. The tram makes a continuous loop with stops approximately every 30 minutes at the Children's Farm, Nature & Visitor Center, Japanese Garden, near Maymont House and at the Hampton Street entrance.
  • Hay Wagon Rides - $3 adults; $2 children. Begin and end at the Children's Farm.


Patrons wishing to support the Maymont Foundation can make donations to receive discounts, ride tickets, a newsletter, and advance notice of events and programs. Donations are tax deductible and annual membership fees range from $10 for students and seniors to $65 for families and Dooley Society membership.

More information can be found on the Membership page.

Map and Directions

Map of Maymont - Click to Enlargedriving directions to the park, as well as the map to the right.

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