Falling into the relaxing-and-absorbing tour category is the Riverfront Canal Cruise. Lobbied for by none other than George Washington himself in 1789, our first president urged the Grand Assembly to connect Richmond’s waterways. These interesting tours last 40-minutes and are led by guides well versed in Richmond history. On your voyage, you might spy cranes, turtles, herons and (if you’re really lucky) eagles.
The covered boats seat 35 guests and tours leave every hour from the Turning Basin, between 14th and Dock streets on Virginia Street. While older kids will dig the boat ride, little kids will likely get antsy after the boating fun wears off. Tour hours are seasonal from April to November.