Due to a staffing shortage Riverfront Canal Cruises will no longer offer public, regularly-scheduled, hourly historic tours this 2021 season.
However, customers may still reserve private charter tours, up to two weeks in advance by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" button above.
Riverfront Canal Cruises and Venture Richmond look forward to welcoming you back for regularly-scheduled hourly historic tours in April 2022.
Customers may choose for their cruise to be historically narrated. These tours of the James River and Kanawha Canal along the historic Canal Walk 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. 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.
Customers can choose to forgo the historic narration and take in the sights while listening to light music over a provided speaker or simply conversing with boat mates. The boats can be outfitted with tables of various sizes that can accommodate light refreshments or a more formal catered meal.
Your chartered boat(s) may be set up in one of three configurations:
Employee and passenger safety is our primary concern. Our safety guidelines are based on recommendations by the CDC, VDH and local authorities. If any group member shows symptoms of Covid-19, that person should not attend. Venture Richmond reserves the right to make adjustments to the Riverfront Canal Cruise schedule for the safety of both our patrons and our staff. Boat surfaces will be sanitized and thoroughly cleaned between charters and hand sanitizer is available for use.
Questions? Email email@example.com or call our ticket kiosk at 804-649-2800.
Maps Address: 139 Virginia St, Richmond, VA 23219
From the south
Take I-95N to Richmond. Exit onto the Downtown Expressway (I-195). Take the Canal Street to Route 60 exit. Turn right onto 10th Street, then right on East Cary Street. Continue on East Cary Street to Virginia Street (just before 14th Street). Turn right onto Virginia Street. Continue straight over Canal Street and, in a half block, the Turning Basin will be on your left.
From the north
Take I-95S to Richmond. Take Exit 74B (Franklin Street). Go straight through the light at the end of the ramp. At the next light, East Main Street, take a right. Then turn left at 14th Street (first light). At the second light, turn right onto Canal Street. Take an immediate left at Virginia Street (no street sign). The Turning Basin is just one block down under the bridge on Virginia Street.
From the east
Take I-64W toward Richmond. Take Exit 190, 5th Street/Downtown. Follow 5th Street to East Cary Street and turn left. Continue on East Cary Street to Virginia Street (just before 14th Street). Turn right onto Virginia Street. Continue straight over Canal Street and, in a half block, the Turning Basin will be on your left.
From the west
Take I-64E toward Richmond. Exit onto the Downtown Expressway (I-195). After the toll booth, take the 7th and 9th Street exit. Take a left onto 9th Street. Take a right on East Cary Street and continue to Virginia Street (just before 14th Street). Turn right onto Virginia Street and go straight. Continue straight over Canal Street and, in a half block, the Turning Basin will be on your left.
Riverfront Canal Cruises has released a new 360° video featuring a virtual canal boat tour with a historic narrative. The narration touches on the SOLs for Virginia Studies and U.S. History to 1865, assisting 4th and 5th graders as they complete the school year in a fun way!