C&O Canal - Georgetown Visitor Center

C&O Canal - Georgetown Visitor Center photo
(National Park Service)

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At the Georgetown Visitor Center, you can take an hour-long trip back in time on a replica of an 1800s canal boat, led by a park ranger. The mule-drawn Georgetown shows visitors the lifestyle of the canalers, passing along the old towpath and through a historic lift lock. The kids, or adults, can bring fruits or carrots to feed the mules.The boat usually operates from April until October.

During the summer months, the visitor center offers Georgetown walks every day at noon. Topics on these walks range from the architecture of Georgetown to Civil War history.

Activities for families and children are held each weekend -- nature walks, bike rides of Georgetown and "meet the mule" programs.

Maps of D.C., Georgetown and the canal are all available here.