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  • Excellent44%
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  • Average25%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible6%
Feb 7, 2019
“You can walk along the charming towpath”
Aug 13, 2017
“Closed to repairs in 2017”
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1057 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-5248
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Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

The selected scenes from the Chesapeake and Ohio (C & O) canal and more precisely to Lock 7 should encourage you to come here for a morning or afternoon stroll. This used to be a famed nineteenth century waterway when barges laden with timber and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2017

Unfortunately, the DC location is closed to needed repairs this 2017 visitor season... I just wish that the visitor center would've been open to at least allow visitors to get passport stamps, since this location had a lot to offer.

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank L Z
Reviewed April 5, 2016

I literally sat along the canal every day. Its shaded and peaceful and you would never know there was a busy city just a block away.

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank DCgirl42
Reviewed October 25, 2015

To start the trip one of the crew in period clothing uses a pole to push the boat into the lock. Another crew member explains the how and why of the canal and locks. The boat is raised and the gates at the other end...More

Date of experience: October 2015
5  Thank rozg105
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!

Date of experience: September 2014
2  Thank Sussi S
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...More

Date of experience: August 2013
3  Thank Aralbey
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...More

Date of experience: May 2013
7  Thank brucedog
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...More

Date of experience: April 2013
Thank TN-Traveler38017
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...More

Date of experience: October 2012
11  Thank lordestroyer
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...More

Date of experience: August 2012
2  Thank MarylandMarie
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June 10, 2016|
Response from Sonvy W |
Canal boat rides stopped being offered at the Georgetown location several years ago. You can take the historic, ranger-led canal boat ride at Great Falls, MD. To find all the info, visit the National Park Service page for... More