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April through October, National Park Rangers dress in 19th century clothing and lead tours down the canal on mule-drawn barges. A huge hit with children, Rangers tell stories and answer questions on life during the 1900’s.

George Washington envisioned the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal as a new commercial shipping lane between the Potomac and Ohio rivers. Although a fiscal failure, the project created one of Washington’s most scenic parks. April through October, National Park Rangers man The Georgetown and The Canal Clipper, replicas of two 19th century barges. The friendly "Boatmen" spin yarns and answer questions about local history and the mechanics of the canal’s locks. Rangers also play the guitar or the concertina and sing Civil War-era songs. Kids enjoy the lively ride and ask questions about the mules that pull the 15-ton barge.

The one-hour trips are available in two locations. The Georgetown departs from the Foundry Mall, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Wednesday through Sunday at 11 AM, 1 PM and 2:30. A 4 PM tour is also available on weekends. The Canal Clipper, leaves from the Great Falls Tavern, 11710 Mac Arthur Blvd., and runs on the same schedule.

This is a great event for kids and adults. Children are highly entertained by the ride, and weary parents get a chance to rest. The fares ($7.50 adults, $4 children, senior discounts available) are worth it.


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