Canal Cruise Through Richmond’s Past

George Washington’s vision for a canal system in Virginia began in the 18th century to bypass the falls of the James river.  By 1840, the canal was completed from Richmond to Lynchburg and passengers, wheat, and tobacco filled the boats that cruised its waters. The railroad thundered onto the scene by the 1880’s and canal travel was obsolete.  By the turn of the century, the canals were abandoned and fell into disrepair.  Today Richmond’s canal has been restored and flat-bottomed boats steered by your captain offer unmatched views of the city of Richmond as well as the natural beauty of the James River.   During the 40-minute tour on a 35-passenger flat-bottom boat, your captain will entertain you with tales of the city’s waterways and dynamic history as well as its canal wildlife, centuries old brick warehouses, cobblestone streets, iron railroad trestles and soaring highways.  This is truly an unforgettable experience in an unforgettable city.

You’re invited to step onto a canal boat and step back in time during May Thursday through Saturday noon to 7 PM, and Sundays noon to 5 PM.  In the summer months of June 2 through August 29th, the boats run Wednesday through Saturday Noon to 7 PM and Sundays Noon to 5 PM. Days of operation will be reduced in September, October and November, so plan your trip now and take advantage of this fabulous opportunity!  Adults $5, Seniors (65 years old and up) $4, children $4 or Free if 4 years old or under.  More information about Richmond’s River District.

Add this Richmond tradition to your agenda for your trip to Richmond Virginia and choose Richmond’s premier downtown bed and breakfast as your lodging option.  Free off-street parking, hearty gourmet breakfasts, and complimentary evening wine and snacks are all part of the package. Guests from around the world have delighted in the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast’s version of southern hospitality.

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