• Coal Cargo Boat in the middle of the Canal being pulled by a mule team on the right hand side.

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

Great Falls Field Trips

Programs offered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. To schedule programs at Great Falls, call (301) 767-3714.

You will need an Educational Fee Waiver to get through the entrance gate. The address for the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center is 11710 MacArthur Boulevard, Potomac, Maryland 20854.

Ride the Mercer (grades K-12): A trip on the Charles F. Mercer is an experience to remember. The Mercer is a mule-drawn boat ride. Park rangers in period costumes will talk with students about the history and operation of the C&O Canal as they ride through a lock, head down the canal. Period games and music may be part of the program. The program lasts approximately one hour. Cost: $5 per person. Please note that boat rides are dependent on weather, water, and staffing.

Meet the Mule (grades K-12): What is a mule? Why do they pull the Mercer? Find out the advantages of this hybrid animal in a special request program. The program lasts 30 minutes.

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