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Richmond Canal Cruises

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Address: 139 Virginia Street, Richmond, VA 23219-4123
Phone Number:
+1 804-788-6466
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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This is the best $6 we have spent. This 40 minute cruise on the Canal was a pleasant surprise.The driver /guide was knowledgeable, full of information. We were happy we had... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 8, 2016

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Naugatuck, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Very unique look at Richmond, from the bottom up. Leisurely cruise on the Richmond canal. Learned a lot of history from our guide. Richmond became what it was because ships could not navigate any further upstream. Nice to sit back and relax ont his quiet tour.

Thank Huskies74
Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

After walking around town all day and covering Maggie Walker House, Monument Avenue, VMFA, and Virginia Historical Society, we were ready for a little passive touring! The Canal Tour at 4 pm was perfect - sit back and listen to a knowledgeable guide speak of downtown development, the old tobacco industry, the slave trade, the fires ... it's all there... More 

Thank laurafrommiami2015
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Took a church group on the cruise and everyone enjoyed it. Our tour guide was great and shared alot of history with us.

Thank Stan B
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

The ride was very educational, learned about the history of Virginia. Got to see the city from a different angle( groupon had buy 2 tickets for the price of 1) worth every dime

Thank ajkmlbk
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305 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

This is the best $6 we have spent. This 40 minute cruise on the Canal was a pleasant surprise.The driver /guide was knowledgeable, full of information. We were happy we had decided to do this canal "cruise".

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Lousy experience. This is no "cruise". This is a boat ride, with a rapid narrative by a guide -that is too fast and not relevant to the sights. It was hot on the boat and the ride is definitely not what it claims to be. Nothing of importance to see on this cruise. Not worth wasting your time.

Thank Meera A
Falling Waters, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

This could be the best kept secret in Richmond. Though not fancy this was an extremely interesting way to learn about the location of Richmond an its importance in regional commerce from founding to the modern era. The boat's pilot/tour guide, Cotton, was knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour is about 45 minutes long making it a great activity for families.... More 

Thank DPacileo
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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

We were hesitant to do this but so glad we did! For $6 you get a view like no other, and some interesting info from a friendly tour guide. It's a 40 minute tour and definitely worth the money. Tip your tour guide at the end, they deserve it. Our boat had tourists, as well as a local on it... More 

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Newburgh, New York
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Our your guide was really fun and gave us a lot of information about the area. We had great weather for our tour.

Thank Cris C
New Port Richey, Florida
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230 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

We stopped in Richmond on our way home from DC, and found this canal cruise on our walk on the waterfront. Very reasonable and the tour guide "Cotton" was so much fun and really knowledgeable. We learned so much about the Canal history and Richmond that we hope to make a trip to Richmond in the Future. If you have... More 

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