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Address: 139 Virginia Street, Richmond, VA 23219-4123
Phone Number: (804) 788-6466
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A fun lesson in Virginia history!

The canal cruise starts at 12 noon and leaves every hour thereafter. Come a little early and buy your tickets ($6 adults/ $5 kids 5+). It's a 40 minute ride packed with lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Stephanie K

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The canal cruise starts at 12 noon and leaves every hour thereafter. Come a little early and buy your tickets ($6 adults/ $5 kids 5+). It's a 40 minute ride packed with lots of history about Virginia, the canal, civil war, etc. There isn't a ton to see while on the canal, but it's nice nonetheless.

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Holden, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

What a surprise and delight it was to discover the Canal Cruises on a gorgeous sunny day. Our boat's captain and guide goes by the name of Cotton and knows local history very well, telling it with a story teller's enthusiasm. The ride was about 50 minutes long and very reasonably priced. Nature perks along with all the history included... More 

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new jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a very inexpensive tour which introduces you to the history of the canal. The tour is only about 45 minutes and it is very relaxing and a lot of fun!

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richmond
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Took visiting family on this short canal cruise, they give you some history of the canal and history of Richmond, VA.. it's not a long trip and probably better for the adults.

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Moseley, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I took my four year old daughter on the canal tour. We had a great time. The price was very resonable. I enjoyed the history and my daughter enjoyed the ride in the boat. I highly recommend this tour. We had Cotton as our tour guide. He kept the tour fun and informative. He was quick with a joke and... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a low key way to learn about the history of Richmond and the shipping trade that existed in Richmond. Our very informative guide was passionate about Richmond's history and his description of the ships and trading that existed in the canal area made the area come alive with activity in our imaginations. The price is VERY reasonable and... More 

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Woodmere, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Called to make a res. glad I did not leave my credit card. Called at 5 and they told us they extended there summer ours till 8. We should be there at 750 for the 8. Got there at 720. The shack was closed nobody to talk to . We met another couple there that told us it happened to... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Richmond has an interesting history and so were the canals. Whilst there are interesting points about the foundation of Richmond, railways, different industries etc the ride it could be a bit quicker. The fee is reasonable. If you are hungry try the Tap House after the tour which is adjacent to the canal boats - they were reasonable emails and... More 

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Southbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Rusty was the Tour Guide / Captain and he interjected both sights, sounds and plenty of local history. This is a must do when in Richmond. Park along the Sea Wall and stroll the canal after buying your tickets. The boat ride was wonderful even with 100 degree heat.

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chandler, az
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The stories shared on this little canal boat ride were interesting. Sadly, Charles could not control his enthusiasm and shouted in the microphone for most of the trip. We plugged our ears with tissues and fingers. It was hard to listen as he bellowed. The tickets were reasonable, but the trip itself was short and unimpressive.

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