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Great Falls Canal Boat Ride

11710 Macarthur Blvd Potomac MD, Potomac, MD 20854-1659
+1 301-767-3709
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A must

20 minutes from DC you enter a different world. You would think you were in the 1800 s or along the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
McLean, Virginia
This is a fun and educational way to learn some history.

This is an enjoyable visit for all ages and you learn a lot about the C&O canal! There is a fee if... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
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11710 Macarthur Blvd Potomac MD, Potomac, MD 20854-1659
+1 301-767-3709
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

20 minutes from DC you enter a different world. You would think you were in the 1800 s or along the Mississippi. A nice break from Dc. Well narrated. A fun activity for all ages. Great walks in the park. Great value. Not to be...More

Thank Ipana79
Reviewed 24 August 2017

This is an enjoyable visit for all ages and you learn a lot about the C&O canal! There is a fee if you drive a car to the visitor center (you can bike there along the tow path and there's no charge) and you purchase...More

Thank lisab99
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Takes you to colonial times and helps one understand how it was on the Canal and how the Canal locks worked. Great for children or history lovers.

Thank Umdpeg
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Period attired guides give goo esplanation as if you were on a river boat in the late 19 century C& O canal used to be the primary way to ship stu to the west on mule drawn river boats.

Thank travelsecondlove
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This is a unique opportunity for kids to see what transportation on the C&O Canal was like over 100 years ago. The two story boat moves through a functioning wooden lock pulled by mules. Kids can learn about life on the canal and see how...More

Thank Don L
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The boat goes thru one lock the process it shows is great for a child to learn how it all took place but it takes a long time and most kids are not at all amused with the fact that the boat does not go...More

Thank JennaMarie43
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Great Falls National Park. But make sure it's in the state of Maryland. Maybe that is because there are others with that same name. In our 50-State Quest this one makes #47. Yes the 37 years of the Quest is near it's end in August...More

Thank jaduckcoin
Reviewed 24 December 2016

I took visiting family members to the canal boat during the summer. The ranger was immensely knowledgeable, so his presentation truly transported us back in time. It's well worth your time to visit the gate house and explore all the historic information inside.

Reviewed 3 November 2016

the canal boat provides a one hour ride with narration & people in realistic garb leading the mules. Fascinating history in action. The boat usually operates from spring to the end of October depending upon the water level. Fall rides are best due to the...More

Thank billygoathiker
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Tried out my new fitbit at Great Falls Park yesterday morning for 90 minutes, 10,000 steps. What I did not realize was the captivating gorgeous scenic view from all angles with donated benches along the way. Even the turtles, the whole family were taking in...More

Thank Marcus M
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