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C&O Canal Boat Ride

Address: 1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, Washington DC, DC (Georgetown)
Phone Number: 301-739-4200
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Ranked #117 of 186 Activities in Washington DC
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Portland, Oregon, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Nice to glide along the Potomac and be able to see almost all monuments, the Watergate and much more in a quite way ! No traffic and no noisy town around. Recommended for older adults as we'll and also much cheaper than the tourist bus!

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West Warren, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I had high expectations about visiting the C &O canal and boat tour. I love old Canals. I never found the boat tour, but the found the canals. Is was somewhat scenic, a good diversion from the main shopping district. But, Not boat ride nor information center was to be found.

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Las Vegas
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197 reviews 197 reviews
48 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We had a very informative Park Service ranger give us the history of the canal as we went through the lock and down the canal for this one hour trip. The boat is pulled by mules just as it was in the 1800's. The Park is a great place to visit so be sure to leave enough time to take... More 

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Collierville, Tennessee
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223 reviews 223 reviews
140 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

If you are in the Georgetown area and don't want to walk on the crowded main drag, go a block away for a peaceful walk by the canal. The C&O National Park Office had a "closed indefinitely" sign, but there were information boards about the history of the canal and locks. There are no boat rides here and from everything... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The canal boat in Georgetown is out of commission but The Mercer canal boat in nearby Potomac/Great Falls Maryland is alive and well. Pulled by mules and interpretive NPS crew operated. Stop in at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center for tickets and information. Well worth the trip!!

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I'm not sure why previous reviewers were unable to ride the C&O Canal boat, but it's definitely up and running. It could have been budget cuts or lots of bad weather during that time of year. So plan to ride the C&O Canal boats. It's a lot of fun! The crew are very informative and make it seem like you're... More 

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We saw information about this mule drawn canal boat ride in several places including the 2012 Washington DC visitor's guide. We checked their website for operating times and days the tour runs several times, (even the day of our visit for directions)...only to find a sign saying they no longer operate due to safety concerns. We spent a considerable amount... More 

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Hunt, Texas
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116 reviews 116 reviews
33 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

Unfortunately due to budget cuts with the National Park Service they have let the general upkeep of the lock system and boats decline. However, the tow paths along side are beUtiful for walking or nice for jogging. The perfect quiet place for calm. Lots of young family's with strollers enjoying the natural beauty right in the heart of Georgetown..connected by... More 

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Seattle, USA
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100 reviews 100 reviews
6 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

We took the afternoon 1 hour canal boat ride. If you're at all interested in history or enjoy mules or have never been through a lock on a boat then this attraction could be for you. It's a National Park and the guide we had was full of great information on the canal both through her talk she gave while... More 

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Washington DC
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2009

Pulled by mules (not donkeys -- you'll find out why on this tour), the canal boat heads north on the C&O Canal, past warehouses and through locks, as you find out why the canal was built, and how it became a National Park. It's fun for kids -- they get to try out period games and musical instruments -- and... More 

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