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May 04, 2011

Romance/Getaway Series - Richmond Canal Cruises

Oftentimes when we visit a new city we try to take a tour, but we've already done the bus tours and the walking tours, so we decided to try some new tours, like the Canal Cruise.

About Venture Richmond Canal Cruises:
Join Richmond Canal Cruises for an informative 40-minute historically narrated tour of private charter of the James River and Kanawha Canal along Richmond’s Historic Canal Walk in one of our covered boats, which accommodates up to 38 passengers and departs on the hour from the Turning Basin, between 14th and Dock streets on Virginia Street. Richmond’s canal system first started in 1789 after George Washington lobbied the General Assembly to proceed with his vision of a canal and turnpike system that would connect the harbors of the east to the trade and market opportunities west, all the way to the Rocky Mountains.

My Thoughts:
Learning the story of the canal and the locations along the canal was interesting. One of the items we learned about (pictured above) was a box, where a slave mailed himself to a northern state to escape slavery. He was in this box for 27 hours, and at one point during his trip his box was placed upside down, as no one knew a human was inside the box. The cruise was informative and started punctually, but I did have a few qualms with the tour. My first issue is that the address provided on the pamphlet was not found by GPS so we drove around trying to locate the ship dock, and finally found it, so locating this is a challenge. My second reservation about this tour is that after my husband and I boarded the boat it was basically full, but they squeezed another 2 families onto the boat causing the boat to be tight and cramped with no room to even sneeze, which made the tour less pleasant, and this could have been avoided. Other than that, we had a great experience, and for $6 a ticket, it's a steal.

For reservations and information, contact (804) 649-2800 or (804) 788-6466.

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