Monday, June 13, 2016

Richmond Canal Cruises

Proving, once again, that there is always more to explore, we spent 40 minutes on Saturday touring Richmond's Riverfront Canals.  I've lived here all my life and this was my first time taking the boat tour.  

We didn't actually plan on taking the tour.  We were visiting some of Richmond's breweries with out of town friends and we stopped for for dinner at Conch Republic.  Next thing you know we were sitting on a flat bottom boat listening to a history lesson being narrated by Cotton.  

Cotton, you see, was the name of our boat captain.   And as you cruise the canal he gives you all the history of how the canal originally came to be...and how it came to be in it's present form.  He also points out some very unique facts about the city of Richmond and other city sites you might want to explore.  

I enjoyed the city's skyline from this unique perspective. We were on the 6 o'clock tour so the sun was still up pretty high in the sky.

Meet Cotton...He likes it when we say "Hi Cotton"

You can find the boat tours in the Turning Basin between 14th and Dock St. on Virginia Street.  Or as Mr. Busy points out it is right next to the Southern Railway Taphouse Patio.  The tours leave at the top of the hour and last approximately 40 minutes.  They run from April to November with varying hours.  Check out their website for the hours and days of availability.  Adults were $6 while children and seniors were $5.

Explore Richmond's was on my bucket list.  I just didn't think I would be seeing them from such a unique place.  Thanks to our friends we now have a great new story to tell and memory forever.

Happy adventuring.