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Riverfront Canal Cruises to Embark on 22nd Season Beginning April 1

Riverfront Canal Cruises launches a full season of historic tours and private charters on April 1, 2022. The 40-minute, historically narrated tours of the James River and Kanawha Canal will be open to the public after operating in limited capacity for the past two years due to COVID-19.

The boat tours travel along downtown Richmond’s historic Canal Walk and review centuries of Richmond’s history, from Powhatan’s Chiefdom to the first commercially successful electric streetcar in the world, all while traveling in authentically styled, flat-bottomed boats. Travelers can see the unique Triple Crossing railroad, tobacco warehouses that have been converted into trendy lofts, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line gardens and James River wildlife.

Throughout the season, 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. Boats can accommodate up to 28 passengers and are handicap accessible.  Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis at the Turning Basin’s ticket kiosk and online 24 hours in advance at VentureRichmond.com. 

Canal Cruise private charters are also available as one- or two-hour private boat tours that are a favorite for family reunions, celebrating birthdays and engagements, corporate retreats, business groups, churches, clubs, and many more group outings. Private charters may be scheduled for any day and time during the season but must be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance. All reservations must be made online. To book a private charter for your group, please visit Venture Richmond and click on “Buy Tickets.” 

For more detailed information about Riverfront Canal Cruise hourly historic tours and private charters, go here.

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