River District Canal Cruises


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Covered boat ride with a guide who narrates the history of Richmond’s canal system, which dates back to 1789

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Promotional value expires Nov 10, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 10 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Subject to availability. Subject to weather. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$6 for Canal Cruise for Two Adults (Up to $12 Value)

During each 40-minute historical canal tour, up to 35 passengers glide along the James River, Kanawha Canal, and the historic Canal Walk in a covered boat while the guide narrates tales about the city’s history. Tours depart hourly from the Turning Basin, located between 14th and Dock Streets on Virginia Street.

Riverfront Canal Cruises

In 1784, George Washington stood before the Virginia General Assembly, lobbying for a canal system that would connect the James River to the Ohio River via the Kanawha River. His vision began to materialize in 1789, when construction began on the canals, leading to further westward expansion and the canals becoming a hub of American history. Today, the guides of Riverfront Canal Cruises lead both public tours and private charters through the canal system, unveiling its storied past to passengers. The Canal Walk, for example, teems with historic significance, from hosting the world’s first successful electric streetcar system to having one of the world’s last functioning triple main-line railroad crossings. Throughout each tour, the boat’s cover keeps guests comfortable by providing shade and deflecting falling satellites.

Customer Reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed the canal cruise and the guide was most informative Well worth the time
Paul S. · November 19, 2015
The guides know their History! Very interesting!
Jill T. · November 18, 2015
One of the most fun, entertaining and educational things to do in our beautiful city!! We have been several times and will go many more!
Linda T. · November 18, 2015
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    139 Virginia St.

    Richmond, VA 23219


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