Great Falls Canal Boat Rides

Charles F. Mercer replica packet boat in Lock 20
Charles F. Mercer replica canal boat docked in front of Great Falls Tavern

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Enjoy a Boat Ride

Journey back in time to the 1870s and ride a boat . Rise eight feet in a lock and hear staff in period clothing describe life for the people living, working, and floating on the canal.

Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center

11710 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, MD 20854

Pick up a ticket and board the boat outside the Great Fall Tavern Visitor Center

  • There is no cost for the 2021 boat season

  • Program lasts approximately 45 minutes
  • In order to allow for physical distancing, the boat is limited to 15 riders per trip
  • Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the pop-up table outside the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center starting 1 hour before the planned ride.

Canal boat rides have ended for the season. Boat rides are expected to resume in 2022.

Visit Field Trips for programs both on and off the canal boat.


Last updated: November 3, 2021

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142 W. Potomac St.
Williamsport , MD 21795



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