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5/19/20

Virtual Riverfront Canal Cruise Tour

Enjoy the Ride with Riverfront Canal Cruises

Look and listen as we take you on a 360° tour of the Kanawha Canal!

All aboard the Riverfront Canal Cruises canal boat as we set sail on the Kanawha Canal for a historically narrated tour from one of our most-experienced batteau drivers as he touches on the SOLs for Virginia Studies and US History to 1865, assisting 4th and 5th graders as they complete the school year in a fun way. The canal cruise video references and expounds on these specific Virginia SOL standards for Virginia Studies and US History to 1865 (4th and 5th grade):

  • VS.2b,c Canal and James River relationship with VA geography
  • VS.3g Christopher Newport Cross
  • VS.4a Agriculture and the canal, enslaved construction of the bulk of the canal
  • VS.5d Two capitals
  • VS.6a,c Washington’s vision, canal and transportation eased move to frontier
  • VS.7b Richmond as Capital of Confederacy
  • VS8b,c Shockoe reconstruction and railroad post commercial canal operation, triple crossing
  • VS8a,c Shockoe reconstruction and railroad post commercial canal operation, triple crossing Walker
  • Vs.10b, c Industrial products global shipping and 20th century transportation history
  • USI.9 Civil War: 1861 to 1865

Of course, this 360° tour of the canal isn’t just for kids! Children and adults of all ages will enjoy Richmond’s amazing history. The virtual 360° simulates an actual tour of the canal in the authentic boats, while seeing the restored James River and Kanawha Canal, the scenic Canal Walk, the Tidewater Connection Locks from 1853, the unique Triple Crossing railroads, historic architecture, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line gardens, and James River wildlife.

See for yourself what a ride on a Riverfront Canal Cruise is like in our video below - and don't forget to manually move the 360° view around with your touch screen, trackpad, or mouse!

Find more information about the 2020 season here!