C&O Canal Boat Rides

Potomac, MD

Where are we going?

C&O Canal Boat Rides
11710 MacArthur Blvd Potomac
MD 20854


What is there to do?

It's time to actually place yourselves in to the history books with the C&O Canal Boat Rides in an around the nation's capital.

Your canal boat experience takes place within the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, where natural beauty is all around you, but it's a park you won't be able to explore in just one day, because the 184 miles of towpath might just be a bit too much!

There are a couple of historic canal boat rides that you can experience where you can journey back in time to the 1870s and ride along the historic C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules (Yes, mules!)

During this trip you can experience rising 8 feet in a lock, as well as listen to park rangers in period clothing describe what life was like for the families that lived and worked on the canal (Kids, we imagine life might have been quite different back then, do you think?)

Then you have the Williamsport Boat Ride, where you can enjoy a FREE one hour replica boat program, riding from the historic Cushwa Warehouse to Lock 44 and back again.

All aboard kids, your journey back through history is ready and waiting, with your adventures out on the water!

How much does it cost?

Adults: Great Falls boat: $8 / Williamsport Boat is free with advance reservation

Children: Great Falls boat: $8 (Ages 4 to 15) / Williamsport Boat is free

Free Under: 3 years


Need a little extra help?

For those with mobility impairments, all visitor centers and their associated restrooms are accessible. The Canal towpath is a gravel graded path throughout the park. It can get muddy after rain events, making the trail uneven in places. Call them to chat about the boats specifically.


When can we go?

Great Falls boat departs 11am, 1:30pm & 3pm (weekends only April, May, Sept & Oct, then Friday to Sunday from June to Sept)

Operates April to October


Any top tips?

Make a day of it, and hike, fish, and play in the park, there is so much to explore!

I’m Hungry!

The Great Falls Tavern is well, near a tavern, so you can grab something to eat there!

Healthy Eating

You can take your own lunch and enjoy it in the surrounding park before your trip! Make sure you take water

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