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Great Falls Canal Boat Ride

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Address: 11710 Macarthur Blvd Potomac MD, Potomac, MD 20854-1659
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No Motor...then use a Horse.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Tampa Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 anywhere just one lock up and right back. Great Falls is amazing but I would... More 

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Kelseyville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 of ((2001 not 2016)). In fact this is the final year with 3 more states... More 

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NoVA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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.

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Thank RTGNoVA
Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 leaves. Check theor website for current conditions and ride times as they change.

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Thank billygoathiker
Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 some sun on the old branches. Go out and spend some time with nature. I... More 

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Thank Marcus M
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

I was there on 10-19. The rides are seasonal. Also because there has been so little rain in this area, the canal and some of the smaller falls were completely dry ( no water). Additionally, at this time the trees were not showing much color since temps have been warm here.

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Thank Lynn R
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We booked mule-drawn boat ride at 11 am. A park ranger was the guide, and he gave lots of interesting information, as well as several songs.... It was meant to be a 60 minute ride, but was more like 90 minutes, so make sure the little ones go to the bathroom before hand. Get in line early so you can... More 

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Thank TroisChatsLies
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I found the boat ride very educational and captivating. The scenery of the canal is so pretty against the sound and backdrop of the Potomac Falls. The rangers narrating during the boat ride are very informative and can really take you back to the 1800's as if you were part of the canal operation.

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Sebastopol, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Nice little boat ride with a good amount of historical information. Went for first tour at 11AM had no problem getting tickets. Beautiful area to drive thru. Being from Calif. we would have been good with a 9AM tour so it would not be quite so humid.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Had a great time at the Great Falls National Park area, Boat Ride, then walk to the falls area. Just a wonderful place to spend a day outside. Worth a trip by itself to see.

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