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Richmond Canal Cruises

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Address: 139 Virginia St, Richmond, VA 23219-4123
Phone Number: (804) 788-6466

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What's not to like for $6?

Staying nearby and took the canal tour - $5 kids and $6 adults. About 40 minutes if history about their canals and local area. Wildlife - turtles and blue heron - were seen... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
New Providence, New Jersey
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were caught offguard on thinking this tour might take us out to the river. It does not. The so called canal is just a small section, so clearly the boat has limitations on distance travelled. Yes, some interesting facts about the tobacco industry, and the levered bridge at the furthest most point, but aside from that, little else. This... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

don't let this fool you. we took this "30 minute" cruise. the canal is so short that the boat driver took us into a short dead in canal, turned around, took us back to the start point, turned around and headed slowly up the short canal. It is located under many railways and highways. Not fun, not interesting and hope... More 

Thank Alice S
Merida, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

the canal boats are are a fun ride, they are however uncomfortable. too many people, in to small a space, and jammed so tight your knees are between the knees of the person across from you. makes it difficult to turn and look at things, and difficult to take pictures. the guide narrative is quite interesting, and the scenery makes... More 

Thank Debi K
Woodstock, Georgia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inexpensive and fun. For all ages. The boat is small, and moves slow, with the captain giving a historic tour.

1 Thank Lisa P
New Providence, New Jersey
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236 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staying nearby and took the canal tour - $5 kids and $6 adults. About 40 minutes if history about their canals and local area. Wildlife - turtles and blue heron - were seen. Interesting facts bout the former prison, Elizabeth the spy, tobacco row and the intersection of the train tracks just some of the facts by Dave our captain.... More 

1 Thank tber
Burlington, Vermont
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173 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the trip on the canal boat. It is a 40 minute ride and the guide knows a lot about Richmond and the canal but with the way the canal was rerouted in the downtown area, it is difficult to envision the canal in its heyday. It is better when the boat goes into the wider canal. The boat... More 

Thank dmount2001
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You get to hear some interesting history. Even though I am a Richmond area native I still learned a few things. The boat ride is non-eventful and rather slow paced. If it's hot you will benefit from sitting from mid boat on back as that is the area protected from the sun. Keep in mind there are no bathroom facilities.... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Incredible canal cruise. The tour operator was extremely knowledgeable about the historical contexts-past & present. Our 9-year-old was entertained with the boat & sights. There are tons of other sights once you get off the boat too.

Thank Jennifer H
Midlothian, Virginia
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457 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

a friend visiting from Normandy, France and SHE loved this cruise/tour our tour guide David Robinson was very informative and interactive........no great blue heron this time but lots of turtles and also a groundhog....who knew?? one of my fav p laces to take a guest visiting this area and the price is only $6.....what a bargain, we arrived at 2... More 

Thank jeannette y
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

The Canal Cruise was great- it was packed with historical information and we were able to see wildlife. It was fascinating to see the canal from the water. The locks and floodgates were also interesting to view and learn about. The guide was super friendly and well informed. The seating is a little crowded, but well worth the time and... More 

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