Riverfront Canal Cruises launches its 24th season of historic tours and private charters on Friday, April 5, 2024. The 40-minute, historically narrated tours of the James River and Kanawha Canal operate from April to November with varying hours. 

The boat tours travel along downtown Richmond’s historic Canal Walk and 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 boats. Visitors will see the unique railroad Triple Crossing, tobacco warehouses that have been converted into trendy lofts, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line gardens and James River wildlife. 

Tours depart on the hour from the canal’s Turning Basin at 139 Virginia Street, in Downtown Richmond. Boats can accommodate up to 25 passengers and are accessible to those with physical disabilities. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis at the Turning Basin’s ticket kiosk, and online up to 18 hours in advance. 

Canal Cruise private charters are also available as one- or two-hour private boat tours that are a favorite for family reunions, celebrating birthdays and engagements, corporate retreats, business groups, churches, clubs, and many more group outings. Private charters may be scheduled for any day and time during the season but must be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance. All reservations must be made online. To book a private charter for your group, please visit https://venturerichmond.com/our-services/riverfront-canal-cruises and click on “Buy Tickets.” 

Please visit our Instagram account at instagram.com/riverfrontcanalcruises/ and our Facebook account at facebook.com/RiverfrontCanalCruises. 

For more detailed information about Riverfront Canal Cruises and to purchase tickets for hourly historic tours or private charters, please visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-services/riverfront-canal-cruises 

Riverfront Canal Cruises, LLC is a subsidiary of Venture Richmond, Inc. 

Riverfront Canal Cruises, LLC, 200 S. Third Street, Richmond, VA 23219 


Venture Richmond, Inc., is a non-profit organization formed to engage business and community leaders in partnering with the City to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events. Venture Richmond provides enhanced property management services for Downtown, Manchester and the Riverfront including the Clean & Safe program, beautification and landscaping projects and management and maintenance of Brown’s Island, the Canal Walk and the Belle Isle parking lot. 

Venture Richmond Events, LLC, produces Friday Cheers, the 2nd Street Festival, the Richmond Folk Festival, and partners with Sports Backers to produce Dominion Energy Riverrock. 

Riverfront Canal Cruises, LLC, operates historically narrated boat tours and private charters of the James River and Kanawha Canal. 

Both Venture Richmond Events, LLC, and Riverfront Canal Cruises, LLC, are subsidiaries of Venture Richmond, Inc. For more information visit www.venturerichmond.com. 

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