The 1.25-mi Canal Walk meanders through downtown Richmond along the Haxall Canal, the James River, and the Kanawha Canal, and can be enjoyed on foot or in boats. Along the way, look for history exhibits such as the Flood Wall Gallery, bronze medallions, and other exhibits placed on Brown's Island and Canal Walk by the Richmond Historical Riverfront Foundation. Many sights intersect with Canal Walk, including the Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center, and 5th, 7th, Virginia, 14th, 15th, and 17th streets meet the water along it.
The James River–Kanawha Canal was proposed by George Washington to bring ships around the falls of the James River, and to connect Richmond to major trade routes. Brown's Island, once the location of an ammunition factory during the Civil War, hosts festivals and concerts in warmer months.
Richmond Canal Cruises operates a 40-minute ride on the canal in a 38-seat open boat. Tours, which cost $5, depart from the Turning
Basin near 14th and Virginia streets. Tours run from April through mid-November and depart on the hour, but hours and days vary by season. 139 Virginia St., 23219. 804/649–2800. www.venturerichmond.com/experiences/canalcruises.