I’m on a Boat! – An Evening on the Canal

Norah’s first official boat ride came on a recent Friday night on the canal. We hopped on the 5 p.m. Canal Cruise and motored out for adventure. The ride, which is slow and steady, provides great vantage points of the Canal Walk, triple crossing, and Tobacco Row. It was a perfect speed for a three year old. She could stand up and look over the side, which was conveniently the perfect height for her to see over but not fall over.

While she was too young to listen to the interesting history of the canal provided by our captain and guide, Norah had plenty of fun—and questions—about the scenery. She marveled at a train passing by high up on the tracks (and reminded us that now that she’s been on a boat, she needs to go on a train too). Passage under several tunnels generated excitement and great echoes. The turtle sighting was a highlight. The captain pulled the boat up close so we could admire three dinner-plate sized turtles sunning on a log.  She heard the captain mention the bridge at the end of the canal being called See-Saw Bridge and immediately wanted to get out and play on it.

The adventure lasted around 30 minutes—just right for a three year old’s attention span. Although, she immediately said she wanted to do it again. And it was relaxing and fun for parents too. We spent some time exploring the Canal Walk on foot after the boat ride. All in all it was a lovely, and different, way to spend a Friday evening.

Canal Boats Tours depart from the Turning Basin, between 14th and Dock streets on Virginia Street on the hour.

June, August and September
Wednesday through Saturday: Noon to 7 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
July
Monday through Saturday: Noon to 7 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Katherine O’Donnell loves Richmond and promoting it to visitors during her job as Director of Marketing at the RMCVB. A North Carolina native, Katherine has lived in Richmond since her undergrad days at the University of Richmond. (Go Spiders!) She lives in the West End with her husband, Darby, and daughter, Norah.

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