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Riverfront Canal Cruises returns for 20th season this Friday

The boat tours operate seven days a week from May through September, with varying hours in April, October and November.

RVAHub Staff



Riverfront Canal Cruises kicks off its 20th season on Friday, April 5, and completes the season on Sunday, November 10. This popular attraction features informative, 40-minute, tours featuring a historical narrative of the James River and Kanawha Canal designed by George Washington.

Visitors hear about centuries of Richmond’s history, from Chief Powhatan’s reign to the first commercially successful electric streetcar in the world, while traveling in authentic, covered, flat- bottomed boats along Richmond’s historic Canal Walk. See the unique Triple Crossing railroads, tobacco warehouses that have been converted into trendy lofts, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line gardens and James River wildlife.

The boat tours operate seven days a week from May through September, with varying hours in April, October, and November. Tours depart on the hour from the canal’s Turning Basin at 139 Virginia Street, in downtown Richmond. Tickets are sold on-site at the canal boat kiosk and online at All boats are handicap accessible.

Historical Tours:

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Children (5 – 12 years old): $6.00
  • Children 4 and under: Free
  • Seniors (65 years and up): $6.00

Canal Cruise Private Charters are one-hour tours that are a favorite for family reunions, celebrating birthdays, weddings, and engagements, corporate retreats, business groups, schools, churches, clubs, and so many more group outings. Private charters may be scheduled for any day and time you wish during the boat tour season, are dependent on weather conditions and are reserved on an individual basis. For more details or to book your private charter now, visit

More detailed information about Riverfront Canal Cruises, including the monthly boat tour schedule, visit this page.

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