$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.