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Special “Tours From the Top”
Boat Tours extended through October

Petersburg boat tour of the upper canal departing from Headgates at scenic Savannah Rapid Park in Columbia County, GA.

Enjoy refreshing natural surroundings and watch for wildlife. Well-informed tour guides point out historic structures and man-made marvels. Tours last an hour and depart from dock at  Savannah Rapids Park, 3300 Evans-to-Locks Road, Evans, GA 30809

3300 Evans-to- Lock Road, Evans, GA 30809

Tuesday through Saturday mornings at 10 and 11:30 a.m.(1 hour) $10
Tuesday, Wed, Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. (I hour) $10
Friday Music Cruises at 6:30 pm in Sept., 6 p.m. in October (1.5 hours) $25  Advance Reservation required.
Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. (1.5 hours) $15
Sunday afternoons at 4 and 5:30 p.m. (1 hour) $10

All Seats include a voucher for FREE visit to the Augusta Canal Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill in downtown Augusta.
Advance purchase - 706-823- 0440 ext. 4.  Day Of Tour Buy at the dock on a space-available basis.
(Departure times subject to change or cancellation due to weather, water or other conditions)

Notes  There will be NO boat tours leaving from Canal Discovery Center through October. Lower section of canal  is drained for scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Fall  mornings are often busy with school field trips on our boats. Be sure to call ahead to see if seats are available.



Returning in Fall 2016

“Great tour! Grandkids loved it! The museum, the guide, the captain, everything!”

Watch for wildlife including heron, otter and even the occasional alligator. Take one of the regularly scheduled tours, a delightful Moonlight Music Cruise, or charter a private cruise for your group. The 49-passenger capacity open boats depart from the docks at Enterprise Mill.


All boat tour tickets include FREE admission to the Augusta Canal Discovery Center. Prices effective April 1, 2015

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What Canal Discovery Center Heritage Boat Tour Civil War
Boat Tour
Music Cruise Full-Length Sunset Cruise
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What you’ll see and do. Interactive exhibits, videos, models. Gift shop. Boat Ticket Office. All tours depart here View historic landmarks, Powder Works, and canal’s abundant wildlife. Travels about half canal’s length. Learn the behind-the-lines story of Confederate Powder Works and Augusta’s role in supplying Southern troops during the Civil War. Enjoy a variety of live music from blues to bluegrass. Bring aboard refreshments of your choice.
(Download 2016 Performer Line-up)
Cruise to headgates at Savannah Rapids, then back to Enterprise Mill as the sun goes down. Bring aboard refreshments of your choice.
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Cost? Free with boat tour or $6 adult, $4 senior, student or military

$13.75 adult

$11.75 senior, student or military

$13.75 adult

$11.75 senior, student or military

$25 adult

$23 senior, student or military

$25 adult

$23 senior, student or military

How Long? Take as much time as you like. 30-60 minutes suggested. 1 hour 1 hour 1.5 hours 3 hours
When? Daily, times vary Times vary Daily, 1:30 p.m. Friday evenings 3rd Saturday
SPRING April, May, June
Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5
Sun. 1-5
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.
Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.
Mon.-Sun. 3 p.m.
1:30 p.m. April 6:30 p.m.
May 7 p.m.
June 7 p.m.
April 5:30 p.m.
May 6 p.m.
June 6 p.m.
SUMMER July, August
Tues.-Sat. 9:30-5 Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.
Tue.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. Not offered Not offered
FALL Sept., Oct., Nov.
Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5
Sun. 1-5
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.
Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.
Mon.-Sun. 3 p.m.
1:30 p.m. Sept. 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 p.m.
Nov. not offered
Sept. 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 p.m.
WINTER Dec., Jan., Feb., Mar.
Tues.-Sat. 9:30-5

Tue.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.
Tue.-Sat. 3:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. Not offered Not offered
$2-off discount applies to:
  • Students pre-K to 12 grade and College with ID*
  • Active Military/dependent with ID
  • Seniors 65 and over
    OR Groups of 20 or more paying with one transaction.
    (Only one $2 discount applies per person unless approved by Manager.)

Children under the age of 4 years are free if accompanied by a paying adult or senior. (One free child per paid ticket.) No children under 4 permitted on three-hour tour or music cruise.

*School & Youth Group Rate: $8 per student for history OR science tour, $12 per student for combination history & science tour. Effective June 1, 2012, 1 chaperone free per 10 students, all other adults $8.

General Information

All boat tours depart from the Canal Discovery Center at Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene Street, weather permitting. The boats are uncovered, so dress for the weather. We provide umbrellas on board, should the weather take a turn for the wet.

Our boats can carry up to 49 passengers, but for comfort of our guests, we suggest no more than 40 passengers per tour.

The Petersburg boats are uncovered, so dress for the weather (hats, rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.). Flat-soled deck or tennis shoes are strongly recommended, as you will be descending five narrow steps to reach the boat deck. Passengers may bring beverages and snacks aboard for personal consumption.

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Calling the day of your tour to confirm also is recommended. 706-823-0440 x 4.

Note: Departure times and locations may vary from published schedule. Management reserves the right to cancel tours when necessary and reassign patrons to an alternative departure time.

Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving week, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Online Reservations/Cancellations: All seats for Petersburg Boat tours purchased online require a credit card. You may cancel up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure. A credit will be issued on your card. Cancellations must be made by telephone - 706-823-0440, ext 4 or 7 or by email at hmadden@augustacanal.com.

Telephone Reservations: You may book reservations by telephoning the ticket desk, 706-823-0440 x 4. Friday Music Cruises and Saturday 3-hour Sunset Cruises, are held with a credit card at time of booking. One-hour tours do not require a credit card hold.

Reservation Cancellations: Reservations must be canceled 48 hours in advance for a full refund. If possible, management will issue refunds for later cancellations, but this is not guaranteed.

Rain checks:If inclement weather or any other issues cause a tour to be canceled, a rain check or a refund will be issued.

Merchandise Returns: Merchandise purchased at the Augusta Canal Gift Shop or Canal Online Gift shop can be returned within 30 days of purchase. Receipt required. Customer is responsible for return shipping to Augusta Canal Gift Shop, 1450 Greene Street, Suite 400, Augusta GA 30901.

“Displays are great! Interactive and shows step-by-step what happened. The best of all 110 national parks and monuments that we have seen.”