Enjoy a Mule-Drawn Boat Ride
Take a trip back in time to the 1870's! Ride along the historic C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules. Experience rising 8 feet in a lock. Hear park rangers in period clothing describe what life was like for the people who lived and worked floating on the canal.
Cost: $8.00 for adults (ages 16-61), $6.00 for seniors (ages 62 +), and $5.00 for children (ages 4-15). Children aged three and under ride free.
Purchase tickets and board the boat at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center at 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854.
Ten or more people are required to make advance reservations for the boat ride. Otherwise, seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Charles F. Mercer boat capacity is 65 people. The boat programs last approximately one hour.
Public Boat Rides Schedule - The Charles F. Mercer will not run in 2018, rides will resume in 2019.
|Boat Season||Start Date||End Date||Days Offered||Times of Day|
|Spring||April||May||Saturday and Sunday||11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm|
|Summer||June||September||Friday, Saturday and Sunday||11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm|
|Fall||September||October||Saturday and Sunday||11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm|
Please call ahead as special circumstances may affect this schedule.