Augusta Canal Discovery Center is at 1450 Greene St., Suite 400. Part of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, the discovery center, which is housed in a renovated 19th-century cotton mill, describes the canal’s 170-year history through interactive exhibits and displays of working mill machinery. “The Power of a Canal,” a 10-minute film shown in a surround-sound theater, orients visitors to the 10,000-square-foot facility.
The Petersburg Boat Guided Tours depart several times daily and offer a variety of 1- to 1.5-hour narrated canal excursions (weather permitting), passing natural and historic sites along the way. Tours featuring live musical performances also are offered.
Guided tours are available.
Discovery center $6; $4 (ages 60+, children, college students and military with ID); free (ages 0-3 with paid adult). One-hour History & Nature or Civil War tour fare (includes discovery center admission) $14; $12 (ages 60+, children, college students and military with ID); free (ages 0-3 with paid adult). Music or sunset cruise fare (includes discovery center admission) $25; $23 (ages 60+, children, college students and military with ID); free (ages 0-3 with paid adult). Phone ahead to confirm rates. Reservations are recommended.
Hours: Discovery center open Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5, Sun. 1-5, Apr.- June and Sept.-Nov.; Tues.-Sat. 9:30-5, rest of year. One-hour History & Nature boat tour departs Mon.-Sat. at 10, 11:30 and 3, Sun. at 3, Apr.-June; Mon.-Sat. at 10. 11:30 and 1:30, Sept.-Nov.; Tues.-Sat. at 10 and 11:30, July-Aug.; Tues.-Sat. at 11:30 and 3, rest of year. One-hour Civil War-themed boat tour departs daily at 1:30. Live-music boat tour departs select Fri. evenings in spring and fall. Three-hour sunset cruise offered third. Sat. of the month, Apr.-June and Sept.-Nov.; departure times vary. Closed Jan. 1, Easter, July 4, day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 1 hour minimum.