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Canal Walk

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Address: 12th & Canal Sts, Richmond, VA
Phone Number: 804-649-2800

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lovely walk,interesting info,great views

fabulous walk along the canals, some great vistas of Richmond and the James River. Lots of interesting things to stop and see. a fun way to spend an afternoon.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Debi K
Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a few hours in Richmond and decided to walk along the canal, which borders the James River. There were historic markers telling the history of Richmond. The views of both downtown Richmond and the river were great and very relaxing. We walked a few miles, round trip, which provided us with some great exercise for the day.

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Merida, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

fabulous walk along the canals, some great vistas of Richmond and the James River. Lots of interesting things to stop and see. a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Thank Debi K
Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Get there early, parking is plenty but fills quick!!! The area is very nice and historic, with some very nicely done areas for walking and relaxing. By far a very nice area that also has a lot more potential...

Thank HungryViking2016
Emporia, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful views of city and great history tour on the canal boats....Also kayak rentals very close by!

Thank famileemn
Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A well marked walk along the edges of the (somewhat low) canal from Shokoe area to Tredegar area. Despite summer temps of 95+ we managed to do the whole walk and ended at the Tredegar Museum. Lots if interpretation along the way. Watch out for those Segway drivers!

Thank shenandoah1506
Southern Pines, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The City and developers have obviously invested a lot of money to make the waterfront area a pedestrian friendly experience, with lots of historic markers and destinations. Walk along the canal upriver all the way to the suspended bridge out to Belle Isle Park, or head downriver all the way to Great Shiplock Park. There's much to do and see... More 

Thank Jeff K
Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The canal walk is comprised of walking trails and a canal boat tour. I've done both and I recommend the boat tour, I believe it's $6 per person but call ahead and confirm especially if the weather is not perfect...the boats are partially covered and it's a great little tour, a fantastic way of learning Richmond's rich history. Lots of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk is scenic, but there are some areas where one does not feel safe. The area seems to be for locals rather than tourists, yet there are very nice views. A brochure mentioned that there were multiple places to eat along the walk, but we only saw one that was right on the canal. There are attractive portions of... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting history lesson given by our guide Charles. This was supposed to be a 40 minute boat ride but we really got our money's worth. It ended up being just shy of an hour. I highly recommend the boat tour if you have an hour to spare

1 Thank Chrissyz1
Shenandoah Valley, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

The canal walk from the Shockoe slip to the Museum at Tredegar is an easy walk along the water with interesting diversions along the way. Browns Island Park is a great stop rest. The Museum is exceptionally done.

Thank ChucknCharlie

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