Industrial past meets modern urban oasis
The historic C&O Canal and its towpath run 184.5 miles into Cumberland, Md.–the first mile of which is through Georgetown. Today, this serene urban oasis south of M Street offers one-hour boat tours of the Canal, is a popular running and cycling path, and the perfect picnic area for residents, office employees, and weekend visitors who prefer to sit, stay awhile, and even spot some wildlife.
Along the C&O Canal’s side streets, including Grace Street and Thomas Jefferson, you’ll find some of the best bakeries, coffee and tacos in town, as well as recreational opportunities, architectural gems, and remnants of the neighborhood’s industrial history.
C&O Canal Boat Tours
Georgetown Heritage is welcoming a new Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal boat to Georgetown for the first time in nearly a decade! The new Canal boat program is part of Georgetown Heritage’s multi-year restoration and revitalization efforts in partnership with National Park Service, the District of Columbia Government and the Georgetown Business Improvement District.
Boat rides are available Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, through October 2022, offering one-hour guided historical tours along the first mile of the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP). Visitors will learn about the fascinating history, technology and culture of the Canal, and the surprising stories of the people who lived, worked and played here over the past two centuries.
Visit the Georgetown Heritage website to learn more, and book your tickets!
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Free art classes, bike rides along the historic C&O Canal, fountain fun, and cupcakes at every turn.
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African Americans have lived, worked, and worshipped in Georgetown since its founding. Explore their history through Cultural Tourism DC.