Have You Ever Tried a Riverfront Canal Cruise with the Kids?

canal-08Riverfront Canal Cruises kicks off the 2017 season on April 1 and runs through November 12. This popular attraction features 40-minute, historically narrated tours of the James River and Kanawha Canal designed by George Washington, in authentic flat-bottomed boats. Hear about centuries of Richmond’s history, from Chief Powhatan’s Chiefdom to the first commercially successful electric streetcar in the world. See the railroad Triple Crossing, Tobacco Warehouses converted into trendy lofts, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line gardens and wildlife.

The boat tours travel along downtown Richmond’s historic Canal Walk every hour on the hour and accommodate up to 35 passengers. The schedule has been expanded this year and operate seven days a week from May through September, with varying hours in April, October and November. Please check the website for specific schedule details. Tours depart from the Turning Basin at 139 Virginia Street. The tours are operated by Riverfront Canal Cruises, LLC, a subsidiary of Venture Richmond, Inc. All boats are handicapped accessible.

CanalCruises.smA favorite for school, church, clubs, and business groups, private charters are available and offer extended historic narration, dining table and music options. Private parties on the boats are available for celebrating birthdays, weddings, engagements and other milestones.

Historic Tours:

Adults: $8.00
Children (5 – 12 years old): $6.00
Children 4 and under: Free
Seniors (65 years and up): $6.00

Private charters:
$100/hour
On-board dining is an option for private charters.
All reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 804-788-6466.

More detailed information, including the monthly schedule, can be found on the website at

http://www.venturerichmond.com/experience/canal/rides.html