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Richmond Canal Cruises

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  • Average17%
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“blue heron”(7 reviews)
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139 Virginia St, Richmond, VA 23219-4123
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

Nice quick cruise in a canal taught us a lot about Richmond's history, why Richmond is there, the James River, and much more. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide made it interesting, even sneaked up on a heron so we could see it take off and land...More

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Reviewed September 11, 2018

For only $8 a person, this tour is a steal. It is short, yet sweet, with lots of great facts and information about the canal, people less known and history of Richmond.

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Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

This was a quick tour but informative. The guide allowed us to ask questions and he knew a lot about the history and nature side of the city. I would recommend to go to learn about the canal's history.

Thank Rachael B
Reviewed August 24, 2018

This is another great way to learn some Richmond history. Our guide on the boat was engaging and knowledgeable. The 40 minute ride was relaxing and fun!

Thank P B
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

This is a 45 minute historical tour done in a boat traveling the Richmond canal. Very informative and a nice ride, the captain/tour guide was pleasant and knowledgeable. If you like trains, You probably will see a few on overhead bridges.

Thank M9686LGrobertp
Reviewed July 23, 2018

I'm a Richmonder and I had done the cruise once before, but this was the first time for my granddaughter. The narrator gave interesting facts and stories as we moved slowly along the canal. It was fun, but certainly the excitement level was pretty low....More

Thank DN008
Reviewed July 19, 2018

We had a great time on the tour. It lasts 40 minutes, but has a nice overview of the history of Richmond. Our captain was knowledgeable and was very interesting. We saw a number of turtles and a blue heron. It was fun to learn...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Pleasant hour with a tour guide on this canal. Loved the wild life! Baby Mallards learning to navigate the waters, turtles sunning on logs and Herons lurking in the brush for that perfect bite.

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Reviewed July 6, 2018

The ride itself was underwhelming but the history was interesting. The canal is very small and not picturesque. Small children may enjoy the boat ride but you’ll mainly take this tour for the history lesson.

1  Thank Diane W
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

Want a good overview and orientation to Richmond? Find your way to the canal cruises right downtown. We had Captain Rusty who spent 40 minutes showing us his town from the water. Kids and adults will like the pace, and you might see some wildlife...More

1  Thank Travelmom66658
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Renee M
June 28, 2018|
Response from Alexander D | Property representative |
Hi Renee, We accept all major credit cards and i think the minor ones too! The cost for adults is $8 per person. Thank you for reaching out.
June 16, 2018|
Response from Alexander D | Property representative |
Hello, We accept all major credit cards and can process debit as well. THanks for contacting us we hope to see you on a tour!
Catherine W
September 23, 2017|
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Response from Alexander D | Property representative |
Hi! All our tickets are sold on a first come first served basis from our ticket kiosk. No reservations are needed or required. If you have a large party and it is a busy day, I recommend showing up early to make sure we have... More