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C&O Canal Boat Ride

1057 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-5248
+1 301-739-4200
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Closed to repairs in 2017

Unfortunately, the DC location is closed to needed repairs this 2017 visitor season... I just wish... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
United States
The Georgetown location coulnd't be more peaceful

I literally sat along the canal every day. Its shaded and peaceful and you would never know there... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2016
Yuma, Arizona
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13 Aug 2017
“Closed to repairs in 2017”
5 Apr 2016
“The Georgetown location coulnd't be more peaceful”
1057 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-5248
+1 301-739-4200

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Unfortunately, the DC location is closed to needed repairs this 2017 visitor season... I just wish that the visitor center would've been open to at least allow visitors to get passport stamps, since this location had a lot to offer.

Thank L Z
Reviewed 5 April 2016

I literally sat along the canal every day. Its shaded and peaceful and you would never know there was a busy city just a block away.

1  Thank DCgirl42
Reviewed 25 October 2015

To start the trip one of the crew in period clothing uses a pole to push the boat into the lock. Another crew member explains the how and why of the canal and locks. The boat is raised and the gates at the other end...More

5  Thank rozg105
Reviewed 30 September 2014

Nice to glide along the Potomac and be able to see almost all monuments, the Watergate and much more in a quite way ! No traffic and no noisy town around. Recommended for older adults as we'll and also much cheaper than the tourist bus!

2  Thank Sussi S
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I had high expectations about visiting the C &O canal and boat tour. I love old Canals. I never found the boat tour, but the found the canals. Is was somewhat scenic, a good diversion from the main shopping district. But, Not boat ride nor...More

2  Thank Aralbey
Reviewed 24 May 2013

We had a very informative Park Service ranger give us the history of the canal as we went through the lock and down the canal for this one hour trip. The boat is pulled by mules just as it was in the 1800's. The Park...More

6  Thank brucedog
Reviewed 28 April 2013

If you are in the Georgetown area and don't want to walk on the crowded main drag, go a block away for a peaceful walk by the canal. The C&O National Park Office had a "closed indefinitely" sign, but there were information boards about the...More

Thank TN-Traveler38017
Reviewed 27 January 2013

The canal boat in Georgetown is out of commission but The Mercer canal boat in nearby Potomac/Great Falls Maryland is alive and well. Pulled by mules and interpretive NPS crew operated. Stop in at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center for tickets and information. Well...More

11  Thank lordestroyer
Reviewed 31 August 2012

I'm not sure why previous reviewers were unable to ride the C&O Canal boat, but it's definitely up and running. It could have been budget cuts or lots of bad weather during that time of year. So plan to ride the C&O Canal boats. It's...More

1  Thank MarylandMarie
Reviewed 25 June 2012

We saw information about this mule drawn canal boat ride in several places including the 2012 Washington DC visitor's guide. We checked their website for operating times and days the tour runs several times, (even the day of our visit for directions)...only to find a...More

2  Thank stampjen
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10 June 2016|
Response from Sonvy W |
Canal boat rides stopped being offered at the Georgetown location several years ago. You can take the historic, ranger-led canal boat ride at Great Falls, MD. To find all the info, visit the National Park Service page for... More